Specialized first introduced the Enduro way back in 1999, tak- ing their existing Ground Control FSR bikes and adding a bit more travel to make them more capable as trailbikes. That
first-generation Enduro got a whopping 4 inches of travel, which was
revolutionary at the time. The Enduro was—and continues to be—
the benchmark when it came to aggressive trailbikes that can handle
almost everything a full-blown downhill bike can without giving up the
ability to climb to the top of the hill. If the Enduro were a person, it
would be an 18-year-old punk kid ready to buck the trends and
defiantly go his own way.
The 2017 Enduro debuted in August of 2016 at Crankworx in
Whistler. Riders such as Jared Graves, Curtis Keene and Hannah
Barnes raced this steed at the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, the
sixth stop of the Enduro World Series. The 2017 Specialized Enduro is
clearly a proven race machine, but we had to see for ourselves how it
would handle the needs of everyday trail riders.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Specialized Enduro is the perfect tool for ripping downhill while
retaining the ability to climb back up. It’s by no means the fastest bike
to the top of the hill, but the punch it packs for the descent is second
to none. This bike can handle bike park runs, yet can shred local
trails too. It’s a do-it-all bike for the aggressive rider. It might take
some muscle and a bit of patience to get this thing to the top of the
mountain, but its ultra-aggressive geometry makes it feel like a mini
downhill bike on descents.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The new Enduro keeps the same look, with its famous X-wing
design, but the rest of the bike has been completely renovated
compared to the 2016 model. For starters, the 2017 Enduro gets a
SWAT (Storage, Water, Air, Tools) door and an even more aggressive
all-mountain geometry. Our test bike, which was a non S-Works
model, had a carbon chassis and an M5 alloy rear end. The bike has
Boost spacing front and rear, as well as internally routed cables and a
whopping 170 millimeters of travel. The Enduro features an Autosag
rear shock that makes setting the sag as easy as pushing a button
and comes ready to rip with beefy 27.5x2.6-inch tires.
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Going Full Enduro Has Never Been So Fun