Specialized has totally revamped their acclaimed Enduro model for 2017, with slacker geometry, shorter stays, a suspension overhaul, and the full SWAT treatment.
As far as the geo, the head tube angle got significantly slacker, down to 65.5 degrees for the 27.5 model, and 66.5 in the 29″ and 27.5+ (they call it 6Fattie) models. The chainstays were cropped down as well, now with 425mm stays for the 27.5, and 432mm stays for 29″ and 27.5+.
The Enduro is the latest mountain bike in the Specialized line to get the SWAT treatment. In my opinion, this is one of the cooler projects that Specialized has undertaken in recent years, and it involves getting as much gear and weight off your back and on the bike as possible–a process that I’ve undertaken on my own personal bikes as well.
Specialized accomplishes this goal by stashing a chain tool in your top cap, a multi-tool under your bottle cage, “and then the pièce de résistance, the SWAT™ Door storage [in] the down tube,” according to Specialized. And honestly, the SWAT door is a pretty unique idea. Being able to fill your entire downtube with gear (the door provides access to the entire hollow tube) is pure genius.
Finally, the Enduro has received the Öhlins suspension treatment for its rear shock, and an Öhlins fork on the top-tier S-Works model
According to Specialized:
Gone are the days of unnecessary clicks and adjustments and poor setups. The low-hysteresis system, found here, provides unmatched control and consistency.
- Supple low-speed compression circuit for unrivaled reaction, climbing, or descending.
- Shock Block mounting hardware provides a stiff, responsive connection.
- Tuned high-speed compression for more control on big hits.
- AUTOSAG for hassle-free set up—every time.
- Three clicks High Speed Compression.
- Nine clicks Low Speed Compression.
- Six clicks Low Speed Rebound.
S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie
Both of the S-Works-level bikes retail for $8,500 and feature similar component specs. The 29/6Fattie model, pictured here, comes with a full carbon X-Wing frame and 165mm of rear travel, courtesy of the Öhlins STX rear shock. Up front, an Öhlins RXF 36 fork provides 160mm of travel. This rig goes full-bling with a brand-new SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RS Carbon brakes, a Specialized Command dropper post, and Roval Traverse SL carbon hookless rims.
The new Specialized Enduro is available in a variety of totally-capable packages at various price points, all the way down to the Comp with an alloy frame for just $3,500–not bad!