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Specialized Enduro Range Review

Specialized Enduro Review

  • Price Range: £2,600 - £6,600
  • Discipline: Enduro MTB
  • Usage: Riding challenging trails
  • 170mm of full suspension travel
  • SWAT Storage in the downtube
  • SRAM 'one by' drivetrain
  • Öhlins RXF 36 fork only on S-Works 29
  • Just one alloy frame model
  • 125mm drop seatpost even on XL size

Updated: 21st October 2016

Overview

The benchmark for hard hitting trail MTBs, Specialized’s Enduro is now more capable than ever. With added suspension travel and revised geometry, the Enduro now offers improved confidence on challenging trails while retaining its characteristic ride quality and competent climbing ability. This is a true trail destroyer.

The Specialized Enduro range is available with either a carbon (S-Works, Pro & Elite) or an aluminium (Comp) frame with 27.5" (650b) or 29" wheels. While Enduro 29er is supplied with 29" wheels it has also been optimized for use with 6fattie (27.5+) wheels with tyre widths up to 3.0". Tyre clearance has been increased on the 650b Enduro too, which allows you to benefit from the new breed of wide rubber. Subtle but significant changes to the frame design offer increased utility as well as reliability and ease of servicing. Each Enduro model features a very capable component spec for all-day-riding over challenging terrain.

Specialized Enduro frame available in carbon and aluminium

Frame and Fork

Slacker, Lower and Longer

Offering an improved ride over technical terrain, the Enduro features a slack head angle (65.5 degrees on the 650b and 66 degrees on the 29er) and low bottom bracket for stable handling over the rough stuff with precise cornering abilities. Short chainstays keep things nimble in the tight.

The Specialized Enduro 650b and 29er are available in four different models each with a different frame configuration. Specialized’s top-end S-Works features a full carbon frame built from the highest quality 11m carbon fibre. The Pro Carbon also gets a full carbon frame built from equally tough but slightly less exotic FACT 9m carbon fibres. Go for the Elite Carbon and you get the same front triangle as the Pro combined with an alloy rear end, while the Comp features a full M5 aluminium alloy frame.

All models feature oversized pivot bearings for improved handling characteristics as well as reliability. The cables run internally through independently moulded tubes while a threaded bottom bracket reduces creaks. This all helps to make servicing the bike a breeze.

Offering improved utility, the carbon framed Enduro features a SWAT storage compartment in the down tube. This allows you to store your trail essentials on the bike rather than in a backpack.

Specialized Enduro suspension - RockShox Monarch Plus rear and RockShox Lyric front fork

Suspension

More travel, more fun

The FSR rear suspension platform gives you fully active rear suspension performance that keeps on soaking up the hits on the trail even while you are pedalling and braking.

All 650b Specialized Enduro models features 170mm of suspension travel front and rear while the 29er gives you 160mm upfront and 165mm on the rear. This enables you to take on the most challenging descents with confidence.

There is a choice of two different rear shocks on the Specialized Enduro. The S-Works and the Pro both feature the new Öhlins STX with pro level ride quality and easy damping setup, while the other models get the more than capable performance of the RockShox Monarch Plus. Up front most frames sport the super-proficient RockShox Lyric fork which is ideal for hard charging on challenging MTB terrain. The Turbo Levo Comp features the RockShox Yari fork, which is just as stiff as the Lyric but slightly less refined, while the   S-Works 29 gets the much sought after Öhlins RXF 36 fork.

Specialized Enduro SRAM 'one by' groupset

Groupset

'One by' all the way

Ideal for aggressive trail and enduro mountain bike riding, each model features a SRAM ‘one by’ drivetrain. This combines a very wide range of gears with the excellent chain security you need when riding rough trails. 

The S-Works and the Pro Carbon both feature the SRAM Eagle 12 speed (with a 10-50t cassette you get a massive 500% gear range) while the Comp and the Elite Carbon are 11 speed. You get the excellent stopping power of SRAM Guide brakes with 200mm front and 180mm rear rotors on all models.

Wide 780mm handlebars give you accurate handling in technical terrain while the superb Command dropper post allows you to make the most of every trail section.

SRAM 'one by' groupsets offer the very best drivetrain options for aggressive trail riding, so it is no surprise to find them specced on all Enduro models.

Roval Traverse wheels on each Enduro feature wide rims that offer great support for the tyres

Wheels

More versatile than ever

Stiff strong and lightweight, the Roval Traverse wheels are an understated highlight on every Specialized Enduro.

With such a variety of wheel and tyre sizes now available for mountain bikes it is great to see that the Enduro is ready for all eventualities. BOOST hub spacing on the front and rear of all models allow you to fit wide tyres - anything up to 2.8” on the 650b Enduro. The 29er is even more versatile and allows you to run either regular 29er wheels or 27.5+ (6fattie) wheels with up to 3.0” wide tyres.

Roval Traverse wheels feature wide rims that offer great support for the tyres, especially when running the lower pressures that give you the most grip. You get carbon rims on the S-Works Enduro with high quality alloy rims on the other models. The build quality is superb and you get super-skinny DT Swiss Revolution spokes on the Carbon models. All wheels are ready for easy tubeless conversion.

Specialized Enduro internal wiring and cockpit close-up

Tredz Opinion

The Enduro 29er is a Staff favourite

I’d always been under the impression a 29er would take some of the fun out of riding, that it was for people who want to ride long distances up hill and that as soon as you got into technical twisty descents that it would handle like a bus. How very wrong I was.

I rode the Enduro Elite Carbon 29er over a variety of trail sections and found it better than my 650b Enduro on almost all of them. It did take a couple of turns for me to adjust to cornering on the bigger wheels, but in no time I was hitting twisty descents quicker than ever. This mixed with the quicker rolling, the well planted feel and the ability to get airborne easily certainly fulfilled the “grin factor” for me.

When I first picked up this bike, my list of cons outweighed the pros and I nearly gave it a miss, after spending the day with the bike the only con is that I don’t already have one.

Will Gammon – Tredz customer service & passionate mountain biker

Faster with more grip, nimble enough in the tight with plenty of big hit capabilities. The new Enduro 29er has just moved up to the top of my next-new-bike list.

Phil Williamson
Tredz marketing & MTB veteran

Specialized Enduro internal wiring and cockpit close-up

Best for

Enduro MTB racing, natural trails and challenging trail centre loops

From enduro MTB racing to epic adventures the Specialized Enduro bikes excel on technically challenging trails yet is lightweight enough to ride all-day-long. The 170mm of suspension travel combined with dialled geometry mean that the Enduro is capable enough to take on the most demanding enduro race stages, as well as downhill tracks. Add to this the pedalling efficiency and climbing prowess of a trail bike and you have an masterly MTB that you can ride pretty much anywhere.

With RockShox & Öhlins suspension, SRAM groupsets and Roval Traverse wheels, every model in the range now features a superb component spec for riding challenging terrain. As you move up through the range the Enduro gets lighter and slicker while maintaining and improving those great performance characteristics.

Specialized Enduro downtube opening Specialized Enduro SRAM Guide Brakes
Specialized enduro downtube compartment Specialized Enduro Front View
Specialized Enduro frame decal Specialized Enduro Suspension Mechanism

Enduro range models