Specialized’s Enduros were some of the ﬁrst ‘all-mountain’ all-rounders and the latest version is still a very capable terrain-tamer for those who want friendly rather than feisty.
Ride & Handling: Relaxed, confident and reasonably lively
The immediate feel of the Enduro is totally conﬁdence-inspiring. With the ProPedal lever in the open position, the long, medium tune shock settles easily into its travel, with the short stem, wide bars and long front end giving an immediately commanding and stable position.
The big RockShox Lyrik fork and Fox rear shock are impressive too, requiring only a quick basic set-up to deliver a balanced, high control ride that hoovers up small stuff as well as handling the big hits ﬁne.
Typically for Specialized the rear end is tucked right in underneath too, so once it’s turning, it whips round quickly, making it easy to hurry the hindquarters through stuff even faster with a ﬂick or skim of rear brake. The low bottom bracket gives it plenty of stability through faster turns and the double ring chainset means ground clearance isn’t too much of an issue on pedally technical trails either.
You’ll need to ﬂick the ProPedal on to get a ﬁrmer pedal feel but light wheels and a reasonably low complete weight for such a big-looking bike means it accelerates and climbs OK.
The lightweight wheels and ﬂex from the quick-release back end do undermine it once you start piling the pressure on though. The back end starts to squat and twist rather than rail round and the tyres are more likely to slide than stick once you start really pushing through your feet. It’s all perfectly controllable and never feels overly nervous, but it’s deﬁnitely a warning not to get too wild. Switch the wheels though, and there’s deﬁnitely more ﬁght in the frame.
Frame & Equipment: Big fork and long shock to suck up the big stuff
The Enduro chassis is well proven. The tapered head tube is backed up with a long shared seam between the curving main tubes. The sloped top tube has a thick seat tube support strut and broad shock mount tube to form an X across the centre of the frame.
A neat curved clamp shock mount and U-shaped kicker linkage links everything together to the chunky tubed, FSR pivot rear end. Machined pivot caps and a rubber-wrapped chainstay keep everything looking neat and there’s room for a bottle and mounts for a dropper post cable.
You’ll need to trim the supplied post to get it low and clearance is tight even with 2.2in tyres. The rear end uses a QR skewer rather than a screw-through axle too.
The rebound adjustable solo air Lyrik fork is relatively simple but works ﬁne and the adjustable 55mm stem and 711mm bars are ideally proportioned for control. The big brake rotors give plenty of stopping power too.
The double ring chainset reduces clearance issues while still giving a useful 18-gear range and the Gamut chain device works OK if well set up. The light DT rimmed wheels are pretty twangy when you’re pushing hard. There’s plenty of volume in the similarly light Specialized tyre twinset though, so punishment survival stats are surprisingly good.
|Name||Enduro FSR Comp (11)|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP, outboard bearing|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X.9, 9-speed, mid cage|
|Brake Levers||Custom Avid Elixir R SL hydraulic, tool-less reach adj.|
|Stem||Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise|
|Shifters||SRAM X.7, 9-speed, aluminium trigger|
|Seatpost||2014 butted alloy, single bolt setback, 30.9mm, S/M: 350mm, others: 400mm|
|Saddle||Specialized BG Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width|
|Rims||Custom DT Swiss E440S, sleeved w/eyelets, 26mm, 32h|
|Rear Wheel Weight||2510|
|Rear Tyre||Purgatory Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.2"|
|Rear Shock||Custom Fox RP2, ProPedal and rebound adj., 8.5 x 2.125", Enduro extension|
|Rear Hub||Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, double sealed cartridge bearing, QR, 32h|
|Pedals||Resin Test Ride Pedals with toe clips, CEN std.|
|Brakes||Custom Avid Elixir R SL, hydraulic disc, alloy backed semi-metallic pads, stainless hardware, G3 Clean Sweep rotor, 185mm rotor|
|Headset Type||1-1/8 and 1.5" Threadless, Campy style upper with 1.5" lower, cartridge bearings|
|Handlebar||Specialized Enduro low-rise bar, 7050 alloy, 720mm wide, 8 degree backsweep, 6 degree up, 31.8mm|
|Grips/Tape||Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Other: Rocca|
|Front Wheel Weight||2020|
|Front Tyre||Specialized Clutch Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.3"|
|Front Hub||Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, sealed cartridge bearing, 20mm thru-axle, 32h|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano FD-M660-E SLX, double specific E-type for DMD, top swing, bottom pull|
|Frame Material||M5 alloy, fully manipulated frame w/ ORE TT/ DT, tapered and forged HT, ISCG mount, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 160mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik R, Solo Air, tapered alloy steerer, adjustable rebound, 20mm thru-axle w/ Maxle SL, 160 mm travel|
|Cranks||Custom SRAM S-1250, GXP spindle, 9-speed AM double, removable spider, with Gamut Shift Guide, S: 170mm, others: 175mm 36A x 24A, 4-bolt, 104/64mm|
|Chain||SRAM PC-971, 9-speed w/Power Link|
|Cassette||Shimano HG61, 9-speed, 11-34t|
|Spoke Type||DT Swiss Champion 1.8mm (15g) stainless|