Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate

Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate

I’ve always had a thing for Specialized; it’s a brand that hasn’t been afraid to innovate. The revolutionary Stumpjumper was first introduced in 1981 and single-handedly transformed the bicycle retail industry, enabling cyclists to get of the pavement and into the dirt. The S-Works Epic Ultimate was the crown in the Specialized model line up of all-terrain bikes for 1992, consisting of carbon fiber tubes connected by Merlin-made titanium lugs.

This Epic Ultimate is from 1993-1994, and has been sympathetically restored by Retrobike author ameybrook. It sports a Shimano XTR groupset, a Syncros titanium bottom bracket and seat post. A Specialized Team Titanium stem holds the Titec bars and the brakes are Avid Tri-Align. Topline cranks and Speedplay pedals power the drive train. Those natty skewers are titanium too, by Nuke Proof.

For more old-school MTB eye candy, check out ameybrook’s blog on MTBR.

Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate
Specialized S-Works Epic Ultimate

  • Byron Loibl

    thats what a mountain bike should look like. those were truly the good old days.

  • Josh M

    @ Byron Loibl

    Mountain biking is about progression, if bikes were still like this we’d all be still doing rad skids on gravel roads in neon spandax.

    Still, for an old, outdated bike, this one is fairly awesome.

    • Byron Loibl

      i still do rad skids brother…are they not allowed on modern mountain bikes?

  • randomactsofcycling

    I love the “Computer Design” on the sticker. Wow, who’d have thought you could design bikes on computers! That sure is advanced technology. How far we have come.

  • Anti

    That looks like a great bike. So balanced.

    I would def pass on all contemporary bikes to ride this one.

  • It’s exquisite. Timeless. It might not be the latest and greatest, but it will endure longer than most.

  • Iemir75

    I really miss the good old S-works. This brings back a lot of memories from the early 90s and how MTB used to be really cool

  • Harry Farquhar

    That’s a shame if you feel MTBing has stop being really cool. I guess I’m fortunate to be having fun on my Specialized Enduro. It includes innovations like disc brakes, adjustable fork & shock, FXR rear suspension and semi-monocoque frame. This S-Works was state of the art at the time (as was CAD/CAM) but it’s really just a beautifully restored time machine at this point. Specialized contnues to build some excellent
    S-Works MTB’s now with more carbon and less ti.

  • a great frame with the best materials, for any point in time.!. wish my first hardrock was that good… 😀 … ok, so it might not have no disc brakes, but with XTR it would be pretty awesome even today… also wish that companies would make high-end stuff more available in time then just try to innovate for the rich ones… only thing i miss on this one is the color… would like something like blue, orange…. 😎 …