1992 Specialized Epic Ultimate
"The Specialized Epic Ultimate was an attempt to build the best bike, regardless of cost. The titanium lugs were made by Merlin Metal Works and the carbon tubes were glued into place at Specialized. While Specialized never made any money directly off these bikes, they were a great marketing tool to lure people into buying their production models. This Epic is one of two that Mike Sinyard personally signed off on as receiving custom geometry, which meant a special set of fixtures at Merlin were built to weld the lugs. it is no surprise that the other custom bike was made for Ned Overend. This bike is a 16" size with the top tube of an 18" frame. This bike was built for the head of S-Works, and was ridden and raced extensively. It was used as a test sled for potential parts being evaluated for the S-Works program, and it features a number of prototypes and one-offs that were received as gifts to the owner.
The ride can be described as soft, a noodle, a swingset. There is 1/2" of backward flex in the saddle and seatpost. The cranks bend by 3/4" to lateral loads. The tips of the handlebars will twist a couple of inches up. It's a unique ride and a lot of fun as the bike floats over the terrain. Currently built to a touch over 18 pounds, this was once close to 17 pounds, and may return to that with time. Almost every bolt on the bike is titanium."
-Vintage MTB Workshop