The Specialized Enduro was revamped last year and they’ve had some great success with the bike already. Check out what the 2014 Enduro models have in store.
The Enduro is aimed at riders who enjoy descending but also want a bike that can climb. The Enduro is a 155 (29er)-165mm (26″) ‘All Mountain’ bike. Most riders can take this bike into the bike park or back-country to enjoy the descents, jumps, and rough terrain. It is still a capable pedaling bike however to access and enjoy an entire trail system whether it is pointed up or down.
Enduro S-Works 26
Video: 2014 Enduro Overview
Enduro Model Details
The new Specialized Enduro is available in 26″ or 29″ wheel’d versions and for 2014 the part S-Works spec is high-end across the board. Specialized offers the 26″ Enduro in sizes S – L. The Enduro 29″ is available in M – XL.
S-Works Enduro 29
Specialized was able to get the chainstays (430mm) of the Enduro very short thanks in part to a revamped front derailleur mounting system they devised. Typcially this short of a rear end isn’t possible but Specialized found a way and we’ve been impressed with the results.
Front Derailleur - Moficiation
ISCG05 and PF30 bottom bracket
The S-Works Enduro 29 that we rode was a blast to ride. Equipped to the nine’s with the DBAir CS, SRAM’s XX1, and the new Pike we were in heaven. The Enduro inspires confidence on the descents and is still a capable climbing bike. Things have come a long way and to be able to pedal a bike like this uphill with ease clearly makes it an easy go-to choice for Enduro athletes.
S-Works Enduro 29
The front and rear suspension was smooth and the new Pike fork fits perfectly onboard this chassis in our opinion. Specialized began moving to a bearing design to actuate their shocks some time ago in place of the conventional bushing setup that is often found on most bikes. We’ve found their design really helps give their bike a nice responsive feel as the shock is quite free to actuate and track the ground. The bearings in the linkage that the shock moves off of allows for some responsive low-speed shock sensitivity that can easily be lost on other bikes.
S-Works Enduro 29
Specialized and SRAM also are supporting 1x drivetrains and with the introduction of the X01 drivetrain is another nail in the proverbial coffin for dual ring setups. With the pervasiveness of these 1x drivetrains, it allows Specialized to design bikes differently as they don’t have to accommodate for a front derailleur. If you take a look at their 2014 product range there are a number of models that have revamped chainstays and supporting areas as they don’t have to fit a front derailleur on the bike. It’ll be interesting to see as things progress how this changes bike geometry and structural supporting members as suspension and pivots can be defined more tightly as there won’t be as big of a range of points to consider when designing suspension kinematics.
Command Post IR - adjustable air valve in the head
A lot of the 2014 bikes we tired had the new Specialized Command Post IR. This post is quite reminiscent of the current Specialized Blacklite seatpost but in a more refined package. They’ve managed to integrate the seat post lever into the grip again and we’re big fans of this setup. The post requies less effort to actuate from the lever and overall felt smoother. The PSI on these internally routed Command Posts also gives you the ability to run less PSI in the seatpost to reduce the speed of the post. I found it still a bit quicker than say a Reverb or other dropper post but its an improvement. The seat post still offers 3 adjustable positions. Some aftermarket options are available to give you a more infinite range of height options that are worth considering if you’re more particular on your seat positioning.
XX1 drivetrain on the S-Works Enduro 29
Specialized chose to use RockShox’s new Pike fork across their high-end Enduro range. It works very well onboard the Enduro and we’ve been quite impressed by the damping characteristics of this fork.
S-Works Enduro cockpit
The new DBAir CS shock allows for some unique climbing characteristics when actuated. The switch affects a pre-tuned climbing setting through low speed compression and low speed rebound. Learn more about the new DBAir CS.
There are a number of additional trim levels within the Enduro model that are also available. The Enduro platform isn’t a cheap option to buy into but there are many options to get your foot in the door if you’re looking to ride an Enduro. Unfortunately there currently doesn’t appear to be a more budget frame option as this bike rips!