First Ride Review: Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29

Blisteringly fast 29er full-suspension with effective terrain-sensing auto-lockout and brilliant spec

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The Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29 is an excellent companion for those fast, all-day cross-country trail outings when you've got a lot of ground to cover and little time to do it. The proven four-bar rear suspension design lends 100mm of smooth travel while the corresponding Brain auto-lockout shock ensures it only moves when it should, the carbon fiber front triangle saves some weight and adds handling precision over an equivalent aluminum structure, and fast-rolling 29" wheels simply devour smaller obstacles and help maintain momentum.

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