to Auction Kulhavý & Langvad’s Epic winning Epics
Both bikes have been meticulously maintained by Specialized XCO Racing team’s mechanic, Holger Friesen (pictured). . Photo by Michal Červený.

Specialized Bicycles have been supporting since the charity’s inception ten years ago. Since 2012 Specialized have produced two exceptionally distinctive bikes for the riders representing at the Absa Cape Epic. Upon the completion of the race the bikes are donated to the charity and auctioned off to raise funds for the education and sport programmes runs in the Kayamandi community.

In 2018 the bikes set to go under the hammer once more, from Monday the 26th of March at 12:00 CAT. They are arguably two of the most beautiful incarnations of the Investec-songo-Specialized custom design yet and boast the unique pedigree of having been piloted to Absa Cape Epic victory. For the first time, in 2018, the bikes were ridden to Epic glory in separate categories – by Specialized XCO Racing’s brightest stars Jaroslav Kulhavý and Annika Langvad.

Kulhavý’s impressive palmarès includes the 2012 Olympic gold medal, silver from Rio 2016, 3 Marathon World Championship titles, a cross-country World Champions’ jersey, a Mountain Bike World Cup overall title and 3 Absa Cape Epic titles. Langvad, despite only taking to elite mountain biking in her mid-20’s has already notched up 3 Marathon World Championship titles, a cross-country World Champions’ jersey, numerous Mountain Bike World Cup race wins, an overall Mountain Bike World Cup Champion’s title and of course 4 Absa Cape Epic titles.
Annika Langvad’s Specialized S-Works Epic was trouble free throughout her Absa Cape Epic winning campaign. Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS.

In total the bikes notched up 9 stage victories, out of a possible 16 in the UCI men’s and women’s categories. In addition to the Cape Epic success Langvad’s bike was also ridden to UCI Mountain Bike World Cup gold the weekend before the Cape Epic, making it a the most successful bike ever to be auctioned by – defeating programme founder Christoph Sauser’s 2013 Cape Epic machine from the Swiss legend’s most dominant victory at the world’s most famous mountain bike stage race.

The two-of-a-kind bikes are 2018 Specialized S-Works Epic mountain bikes, with custom inspired livery. The primary white, black and world champion rainbow colours are drawn from the logo. With 2018 marking the 10th anniversary of the charity the design was updated to include the silhouettes of stylised children, holding hands, to symbolise the young people of Kayamandi whom the programme has already aided in its first decade. These silhouettes are displayed in the rainbow colours on the cuffs of the jerseys and bib shorts. They also appear in the S-Works decaling on the bike’s downtubes. The chain- and seat- stays feature icons denoting the sport and education functions of the charity, while the downtube also features a list of children in the programme. At the junction of the head-, top- and down- tubes the iconic Investec zebra and Specialized S logos are displayed in black, with the multi-coloured logo providing a flash of colour.

The S-Works frames, in size medium and large, are built with top of the range components from Specialized XCO Racing’s co-sponsors SRAM, RockShox, Magura and Rotor. The wheels are supplied by Specialized’s Roval brand, while the tyres, bar, stem, saddle and seat post are all from Specialized’s ranges too.

The auction of the Investec-songo-Specialized custom S-Works Epic bicycles will start at 12:00 (South African time) on Monday the 26th of March and will close at 12:00 on Thursday the 29th. Bids can be placed online at The reserve is set for R100 000 (€6 900) and bidding increments are fixed to R5 000 (€350). Following the closure of the auction on Thursday, at midday, the two rivals with the highest bids for each bike will be contacted and the auction will then be concluded telephonically.

Investec-songo-Specialized S-Works Epic Specifications
Jaroslav KulhavýAnnika Langvad
FrameS-Works Epic 29S-Works Epic 29
ShockRockShox 100mm / Brain technologyRockShox 100mm / Brain technology
ForkRockShox SID 100mm Brain technologyRockShox SID 100mm Brain technology
WheelsRoval Control SL 29 BoostRoval Control SL 29 Boost
TyresRenegade 2.1 Grid Front and rearFast Trak 2.3 Grid Front / Renegade 2.1 Grid rear
DrivetrainEagle XX1 12speedEagle XX1 12speed
CrankRotor 175mmRotor 175mm
Chainring36 Tooth oval32 Tooth
HandlebarS-Works Flat Bar 700S-Works Mini Rise 720mm
StemS-Works MTB 130mm  -21 degreeS-Works SL 100mm -6 degree
BrakesMagura MT8Magura MT8
RotorSL 160mmSL 160mm
SaddleS-Works Phenom 143S-Works Power 155mm
Seat PostS-Works / Carbon / 400mm / 10mm OffsetS-Works / Carbon / 350mm / 10mm Offset
ClampCarbon TI / 34,9mmCarbon TI / 34,9mm
CagesS-Works Zee Cage / CarbonS-Works Zee Cage / Carbon
StorageSwat BoxSwat Box


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