New Specialized Enduro is a mini-downhill bike you can climb with

Specialized S-Works Enduro 29
The rear shock is no longer connected to the Enduro's top tube, but now mounts against the down tube (Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized has followed the trend to radically reconfigure 29er enduro bikes with its latest long-travel offering. The Californian brand’s 2020 model year Enduro has seen a significant design upgrade, including a completely reoriented rear suspension set-up. 

Specialized has been marketing the Enduro for 20 years and the latest iteration has clearly been influenced by the company’s Demo downhill bike. The Enduro’s rear-suspension is now served by a lower-link shock, which is homed in a completely reshaped front triangle. 

Specialized S-Works Enduro

A new rear-suspension package delivers 170mm of travel (Image credit: Specialized)

A tunnel base at the seat tube allows for this new rear-suspension package and it delivers 170mm of travel. This is more than almost the most ardent technical rider would ever need, especially applied to a frame rolling 29er wheels. 

Frame specification mimics most of the current long-travel 29er geometry trends and it weighs 14.47kg. The head angle is 63.9-degrees and on a large equivalent frame, your reach number is 487mm.

We say large equivalent, because Specialized has continued its S-grade sizing convention with the new Enduro, eschewing the traditional size chart and replacing it with a choice of S2-S5 sizes. 

Specialized S-Works Enduro

The new Enduro is available in four specification grades and they are all carbon (Image credit: Specialized)

If you desire an even slacker head angle for those ultra-steep Alpine descends, a flip-chip will relax the bike’s geometry by another 0.4-degrees. Clever features abound, such as meticulous cable routing ports into the chainstays and Specialized frame-moulded stowage spaces. 

As a range Specialized will be offering the new Enduro in four specification grades, and they are all carbon – with no value alloy frame offering anymore.  For those who require the most focussed composite Enduro, the S-Works model even features carbon-fibre suspension linkages, which might sound like overkill, but they do save 250g of weight.

Range and pricing:

  • Specialized S-Works Enduro - £8,999 / US$9,750 / AU$15,000
  • Specialized Enduro Expert - £6,249 / US$6,550 / AU$9,800
  • Specialized Enduro Elite - £5,499 / US$5,310 / AU$8,000
  • Specialized Enduro Comp - £4,499 / US$4,510 / AU$6,800
Lance Branquinho
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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.