Specialized Bicycles have been supporting songo.info since the charity’s inception ten years ago. Since 2012 Specialized have produced two exceptionally distinctive bikes for the riders representing songo.info 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 songo.info 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 custom Specialized S-Works Epic boasts a medium frame size and the honour of winning every race it has been ridden in; including the Stellenbosch UCI MTB World Cup, the songo.info Champions’ Race and 7 stages of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic. 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 songo.info – 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 songo.info inspired livery. The primary white, black and world champion rainbow colours are drawn from the songo.info 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 songo.info 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 songo.info 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 songo.info logo providing a flash of colour.

Jaroslav Kulhavý’s Absa Cape Epic winning bike features a large frame size and the distinction of having spent more time at the front of the 2018 Epic field than any other machine. Photo by Michal Červený.

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 songo.info 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 www.songo.info/2018bikeauction. 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.

Both bikes have been meticulously maintained by Specialized XCO Racing team’s mechanic, Holger Friesen (pictured). . Photo by Michal Červený.

Investec-songo-Specialized S-Works Epic Specifications
Jaroslav Kulhavý Annika Langvad
Frame S-Works Epic 29 S-Works Epic 29
Size Large Medium
Shock RockShox 100mm / Brain technology RockShox 100mm / Brain technology
Fork RockShox SID 100mm Brain technology RockShox SID 100mm Brain technology
Wheels Roval Control SL 29 Boost Roval Control SL 29 Boost
Tyres Renegade 2.1 Grid Front and rear Fast Trak 2.3 Grid Front / Renegade 2.1 Grid rear
Drivetrain Eagle XX1 12speed Eagle XX1 12speed
Crank Rotor 175mm Rotor 175mm
Chainring 36 Tooth oval 32 Tooth
Handlebar S-Works Flat Bar 700 S-Works Mini Rise 720mm
Grips supacaz supacaz
Stem S-Works MTB 130mm  -21 degree S-Works SL 100mm -6 degree
Brakes Magura MT8 Magura MT8
Rotor SL 160mm SL 160mm
Saddle S-Works Phenom 143 S-Works Power 155mm
Seat Post S-Works / Carbon / 400mm / 10mm Offset S-Works / Carbon / 350mm / 10mm Offset
Clamp Carbon TI / 34,9mm Carbon TI / 34,9mm
Cages S-Works Zee Cage / Carbon S-Works Zee Cage / Carbon
Storage Swat Box Swat Box

The Specialized S-Works Epic, piloted by Annika Langvad, is not only a beautiful bicycle but a piece of history, having helped the Danish star to her forth Absa Cape Epic title – making her the most successful woman in the race’s history. Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS.