The Blue Lightning! a.k.a Specialized Epic HT

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With a borrowed stem and handlebar I finally could start my build today. Have been looking forward to this since first parts was ordered in November 🙂 My budget simple hardtail ended with getting the lightest mtb at work and start racing again. I’m a fan of innovation like the new style XC geometry with a bit slacker headangle while keeping it fast, Boost and of course I want a good damping fork. Wanted to build a light bike without the extra things you don’t really need like a super big cassette. Love the custom features of a Specialized S-Works crank (like Cannondale Hollowgram) and always dreamt of a set of Avid XX WC brakes.

My favorite color is blue.

It ended like this (just need to set up the right saddle height):

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A black and blue Specialized Epic HT with a Fox 32 Stepcast fork. Sram 1×10 Sram X0 drivetrain with an S-Works crank with oval Garbaruk chainring.

Black and Blue as bottom and with some silver parts to lighten it up.

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Pretty stoked over how it looks. And with a really heavy handlebar and just a plain stem I thought it would end up at 8,2kg.

But it is: 8,10kg 😀

Formula R1 Racing 2014

Formula R1 Racing sits pretty tight to the rotor but when it’s perfect it’s the best brake available I think, and lightest. But the lever is far from the handlebar compared to a Avid Elixir brakes, not the best for us with small hands. But Formula thought of that too when they upgraded the brakeset. For 2014 is even lighter, more compact so closer to the handlebar and awesome enough to be the brake to have, on all mtb’s.

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R2-bike got 25 sets. Can you buy them all before I’m getting money to buy a pair?