Bike Check: Cameron Mason's Specialized Epic - Pinkbike

Bike Check: Cameron Mason’s Specialized Epic – Pinkbike

Unless you follow the British XC scene in detail, you might not know Cameron Mason’s name, but you will soon. Cameron is riding for the Trinity races, which will start to look familiar to many. Although Trinity is a UCI continental road racing team, many of its riders also race in XC at both World Cup and national level. It is the same team that fed Tom Pidcock before his move to the Ineos Grenadiers.

Cam has battled all year in the UK National Series between 4 young British riders, who have dominated races from the front, with many heats ending in last lap sprints this year. Sadly when we caught up checking Cam’s bike at Nationals he had spent a weekend to forget with a crash at the start and then a rear flat which meant the best he could do was to finishing 4th in the senior peloton, not too bad for a bad day at the office.

Now, on top of all that, this is one hell of an XC race bike. There is a beautiful simplicity to the Specialized S-works Epic and with this paint job it looks even better.

My dream has settled. Already took me around Cape Epic, World Cup and hours of training. Fun on the descents, fast on the climbs and reliable in everyday life.Cameron Mason

Cam rides a medium Specialized S-works Epic. It’s not the standard Epic, it’s the new Specialized FACT 12m carbon frame. This reduces its weight by more than 100 grams compared to its predecessor. It also features a carbon link, and in addition to the weight savings, the new Specialized FACT 12m carbon frame has a 15% increase in rear triangle stiffness.

Cam’s Specialized S-Works Epic uses a full suspension package from RockShox with a Rockshox SID SL up front. The fork has 100mm of travel and Cam set it up with 2 tube-mounted fork chips with 55-65 psi of air depending on the trail and running the rebound as fast as it can. At the rear of Cam’s S-Works Epic is a custom-designed RockShox shock for this bike. It is designed to work with the Specialized Brain system that controls the fork and shock and it knows the difference between pedaling force and shock force. It keeps the suspension firm on smooth terrain and rocks the suspension so it’s fully active whenever the going gets tough. Although Cam says he sometimes disables it when racing – again, it depends on the track. As for the pressure, there is between 118 and 130 psi depending on the location of the race.

For the wheels, Cam uses Specialized’s own brand Roval Control SL, which is carbon with a 29mm internal width, 4mm hook width and 24 spokes. These are linked to Roval Control SL hubs which have DT Swiss internals. The rear hub uses DT Swiss 180 internals with a DT Swiss EXP pawl installed, both also have ceramic bearings. They are fitted with a set of Specialized Fast Track tires with the pod in the T7 compound and measure 29 inches in diameter with a width of 2.35 inches. Both the front and rear tires run tubeless, with Cam setting them at 16-20 psi depending on the track and conditions.

As for the groupset equipped, it’s no surprise to see SRAM’s AXS Eagle XX1 installed. The Eagle cassette is again the XX1 version with 10-52t. This is combined with a SRAM 36t front chain ring. Cam said he fits larger chain rings when he needs them too. This chainring is mounted on a set of SRAM Carbon XX1 cranks with a length of 170 mm. It’s more SRAM’s top-level beauty when it comes to brakes, with SRAM Level ULT brakes fitted with a set of 160mm SRAM rotors. Cam is a bit picky with his brakes and likes them to spin really hard. Pedal wise Cam uses Looks X Carbon SPDS.

Cam likes their grips to be thin and it’s more specialty house brand gear here with their fitted foam grips.
The S-Works SL stem, which is 80mm long with a -17 degree angle, holds the Specialized carbon flat bar on Cam’s Epic. The bars are cut to 720mm and there are titanium bolts holding it all together. Above the stem, simply using the O-rings that come with the mount, Cam is fitted with a Wahoo mount.
Just like many riders now in the XC realm, Cam uses a dropper and that dropper is an AXS Rockshox Reverb.
Along with its dropper, Cam has a Specialized Body Geometry S-Works Power saddle with carbon fiber rails and a carbon fiber base because every gram counts.

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