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Specialized Enduro Range Review

Specialized Enduro Review

Price:

£4,499.00 - £8,999.00

Finance from:

£93.73/month (0% APR)

Carbon Fibre frame
170mm travel front and rear
29" Wheels
200mm front rotors
Bottle cage and SWAT Box
1x SRAM Eagle Drivetrains

Discipline:

Enduro/Bike Park

Weight:

15 Kg / 33 lbs *


A mini-DH bike for flat-out, hard-hitting enduro trails and bike park laps

Updated: 19th March 2020

Overview

The Specialized Enduro has been completely revamped, looking and acting like a mini DH rig, with a design based on the Demo downhill bike every model in the range has a carbon fibre frame, along with large 29" wheels and 170mm of wheel travel both front and rear.

There are four models in the range, all bikes have a spec that reflects their intention. Sizing is a little different to the norm with Specialized sizing on reach rather than standover alone. We have been out riding this progressive and modern enduro bike on our local trails, let's take a closer look.

* Enduro Elite size S3 tested, without pedals

Specialized Enduro

Frame

Completely redesigned

The carbon fibre frame is pushing the long, low and slack mantra, with the reach on the S4 (large) size, measuring up at 487mm and the head angle at 63.9°. The bike is suitably long, it is designed to plough through anything in its way with the large wheels and 170mm of front and rear suspension. It's arguably as capable as a DH bike from only a couple of years ago. The bike excels downhill but is surprisingly good uphill, the climb switch on the rear shock really helping on any long drawn out climbs.

Specialized now size their more aggressive mountain bikes with an S prefix rather than the traditional small, medium, large. The Enduro is sized by reach, with S2 being the shortest, through S3 and S4, with S5 the longest. This allows riders to buy the size not only for their dimensions, but also their riding style and prefered terrain. A longer bike is more stable at high-speed and through rough sections, with a shorter bike being more nimble at lower speed though technical terrain and in tight corners. Take a look at the geometry chart below with all the numbers.

Look at the new Demo downhill bike from Specialized and you will see the similarities with this new Enduro. The shock is mounted low allowing for a full-sized water bottle and accommodates the integrated SWAT box storage system. Not a gimmick, the SWAT system is genuinely useful out on the trails, keep some snacks and another clothing layer in the downtube. Your tools are located in the stem and steerer tube thanks to a neatly integrated tool system from Specialized.

The brand new Specialized Enduro 29 has little in common with its predecessor. It’s a brutal machine made for one thing: maximum downhill speed.
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Specialized Enduro Geometry(Click to expand)

Size

S2

S3

S4

S5

B-B Drop

21mm

21mm

21mm

21mm

B-B Drop (low BB)

28mm

28mm

28mm

28mm

B-B Height

354mm

354mm

354mm

354mm

B-B Height (low BB)

347mm

347mm

347mm

347mm

Chain-Stay Length

442mm

442mm

442mm

442mm

Fork Length (full)

581mm

581mm

581mm

581mm

Fork Rake/Offset

46mm

46mm

46mm

46mm

Front-Center (low BB)

777mm

806mm

833mm

862mm

Head-Tube Angle

64.3mm

64.3mm

64.3mm

64.3mm

Head-Tube Angle (low BB)

63.9°

63.9°

63.9°

63.9°

Head-Tube Length

95mm

100mm

110mm

120mm

Reach (low BB)

437mm

464mm

487mm

511mm

Seat-Tube Angle

76mm

76mm

76mm

76mm

Seat-Tube Length

400mm

420mm

440mm

465mm

Stack (low BB)

616mm

620mm

629mm

638mm

Top Tube Length (Horizontal)

591mm

619mm

644mm

670mm

Trail (low BB)

132mm

132mm

132mm

132mm

Wheelbase

1217mm

1246mm

1274mm

1302mm


Specialized Enduro

Suspension

170mm travel front and rear

It's basically a slightly shorter travel, carbon fiber version of the Demo 29 downhill bike, with the added benefit of room for a water bottle and snack storage.
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The linkage design is very different from its predecessor, this new design is even more confidence-inspiring downhill, though far more efficient when pedalling. When you inevitably need to pedal back to the top, it's not a slog or as much or a drain as you might imagine for a bike with this much DH capability. The curve of the suspension is more progressive than the previous version, meaning that the initial part of the stroke is supple before ramping up toward the end of the stroke, this increases bottom-out resistance to cope with the bigger compressions while being soft enough to flatten out smaller impacts and medium hits.

All bikes are fitted with air shocks from RockShox or Fox. Anyone thinking of fitting a coil shock could do, as this new suspension design and behaviour would allow for that. The linkage includes a flip-chip, where the geometry can be tweaked by using a high or low setting. The low setting gives a very low centre of gravity and a 63.9° head angle. While the high setting lifts the bottom bracket height slightly and gives a head angle of 64.3°.

Forks are beefy offerings from RockShox or Fox in the form of the ever plush and supportive Lyric or 36.

Specialized Enduro

Groupset

Eagle drivetrains on every model

Its super-capable rear suspension and uncompromising geometry make it a mini-downhill bike that still climbs pretty well.
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SRAM provides the drivetrain on the new Enduro, with all bikes getting the huge Eagle 12 speed cassette. Though the version of Eagle changes with the price points, all bikes have that massive 50 tooth ring to winch up the longest and steepest climbs. The chainstay protection keeps things as quiet as the beautifully silent Stumpjumper when out on the trail.

Brakes on the top of the line S-Works model are the gorgeous XTR 4 pots from Shimano, while the other 3 models have the powerful and proven Code brakes from SRAM. Code's have become favourites, giving modulation and proving reliable when thundering down long technical descents.

Finishing kit is from Specialized with good feeling bars, stem and grips straight from the box. The stem allows the use of Specialized's SWAT tool. In the top cap is a multi-tool with all the essentials needed, and the steerer tube conceals a chain tool with storage for some quick links, creating a neat solution so you can always be ready for the ride, with a pump and any extras in the SWAT box.

Specialized Enduro Component Specifications(Click to expand)

 

Enduro Comp

Enduro Elite

Enduro Expert

Enduro S-Works

Frame

FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end

 

FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end

 

FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end

 

FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end with

full carbon linkage.

 

Forks

RockShox Lyrik Select

 

RockShox Lyrik Select Plus

 

Fox Float Performance 36

 

Fox Float Factory 36

 

Shock

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Select

 

Rock Shox Super Deluxe Select

 

Fox Float DPX2 Performance

 

Fox Float DHX2 Factory

 

Brakes

SRAM Code R with 200mm front/180mm rear rotors

 

SRAM Code R with 200mm front/180mm rear rotors

 

SRAM Code RSC with 200mm rotors front and rear

 

Shimano XTR 4 pot with 200mm front/180mm rear rotors

 

Dropper seatpost

X-Fusion Manic

 

X-Fusion Manic

 

X-Fusion Manic

 

RockShox Reverb AXS

 

Wheels

Roval Traverse alloy

 

Roval Traverse alloy

 

Roval Traverse Carbon with DT Swiss hubs

 

Roval Traverse SL Carbon

 

Tyres

Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing 29x2.6 front, 29x2.3 rear

 

Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing 29x2.6 front, 29x2.3 rear

 

Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing 29x2.6 front, 29x2.3 rear

 

Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing 29x2.6 front, 29x2.3 rear

 

Groupset

SRAM NX Eagle

 

SRAM GX Eagle

 

SRAM X01 Eagle

 

Shimano XTR M9100

 

 


Specialized Enduro

Wheels

29" fast rolling wheelsets

There are no longer 27.5" wheeled versions of the Enduro available, the bike now running exclusively on 29" wheels. We are seeing many on the DH circuit using the bigger wheel, and even more so in the Enduro race scene. 29" wheels have proven their fast rolling ability, improved rollover and stability at speed, holding momentum and flow through any roots, rocks or drops on the trail, 

The bikes are set up with wheelsets from Specialized's wheel brand Roval. The rims are wide and strong, they work perfectly with the chunky and ever grippy Butcher tyres, again from Specialized. The two entry-level Comp and Elite models have alloy rims, while the top-spec Expert and ultimate spec S-Works models both have carbon rims.

For a big bike it has a playful character too, so it’s every bit as confident in the air as it is smashing rock gardens.
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Specialized Enduro

Best for

Smashing through the steepest, roughest terrain

The new Enduro certainly is a bruiser in its capability, but not in its weight. The light carbon frame remains nimble on the trail and has good climbing skills. It is primarily designed for descending and excels at this. If you adore super technical enduro trails and shuttling DH runs at bike parks, but, you still want to take the same bike on trail rides then the Enduro could be the one bike for you. For other long-travel 29er options check out our reviews of the Scott Ransom and Orbea Rallon.

For those of us who primarily ride trails with a mix of climbing and descending, they might be better suited to the 150mm Stumpjumper from Specialized. Those who sometimes tackle the more gravity orientated side of things might want to look at the super slack but not as hard-hitting Stumpjumper EVO. But for the hardest hitting riders who don't want a full-on DH bike, the Enduro is as close as you get while still having pedalling efficiency.

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Specialized Enduro range models

Specialized Enduro Elite pictured

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