Specialized unveils S-Works Epic in new Olympics-inspired colorway

Specialized S-Works Epic in a blue, red and purple 'speed of light' colorway
The Specialized S-Works Epic Speed of Light (Image credit: Specialized)

With the 2021 Olympics just days away, Specialized has unveiled its Speed of Light range: a brand new colorway inspired by the neon lights of Tokyo, where the Games will be held.

The Speed of Light range includes frames, accessories and shoes, and anchoring the collection is the S-Works Epic. 

While the Epic gets a flashy new paint of coat, nothing has actually changed regarding its geometry or kinematics. You still get 100mm of suspension travel at either end and some downcountry worthy angles, including the 67.5-degree head angle.

Where Specialized creates differentiation, for those wanting something a touch rarer than the S-Works Epic, is the Speed of Light lacquer.

Instead of the factory cherry red finish, the Speed of Light S-Works Epic is finished in UV-enhanced pigmentation paint. This contains light effect reds and violets, which transform when interacting with natural or artificial light.

The result is a lightweight dual-suspension mountain bike that is as dynamic in its presence, as Tokyo is diverse in its ambiance.

Graphic designers at Specialized drew inspiration from the neon of Tokyo at night, where signage illuminates the city and acts as part of that perpetual energy and balance at the core of Japanese culture.

Beyond the select paint for its lightest dual-suspension frameset, the Speed of Light collection also delivers shoes, jerseys and helmets, all with the new color scheme.

If you want some new XC mountain bike gear, or even a frameset, to remember the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Specialized Speed of Light range obliges.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for MBR.com, Off-Road.cc and Cycling News.