2017 Specialized Enduro spotted

Enduro racers are using it in the EWS race in Whistler

27.5 29er Enduro News
This is a very loud yelllow and red color combination on Hannah Barnes' carbon race bike. We're confident there will be other colors available.

This is a very loud yelllow and red color combination on Hannah Barnes’ carbon race bike. We’re confident there will be other colors available.

Rumors about the long-awaited sequel to the Specialized Enduro have gone rampant in the last couple of weeks. The outgoing model was a revolutionary 29er with 155mm of travel with a 165mm travel 27.5 sibling.

This new bike has been spotted all over Whistler in the last couple of days in 29er and 27.5 form. This particular model photographed in the pit area is Hannah Barnes’ 27.5 steed with 170mm of front travel. Very interesting is that tires are 2.6 in size with the Butcher tread. Tire is quite big leaving only a couple mm of clearance with the fork crown. Reportedly, Jared Graves is using the same front tire for these very rough and long Whistler stages.

The new Enduro now includes the SWAT storage compartment in the carbon downtube.

The new Enduro now includes the SWAT storage compartment in the carbon downtube.

The 2.3 butcher tire  has massive clearance on the rear seatstays now without a bridge. It looks like this rear can accommodate 3.0 tires.

The 2.3 butcher tire has massive clearance on the rear seatstays now without a bridge. It looks like this rear can accommodate 3.0 tires.

The Lyric fork has 170mm of front travel.

The Lyric fork has 170mm of front travel.

The top tube on the Enduro features the distinctive X-wing bar. Cable routing is quite tidy.

The top tube on the Enduro features the distinctive X-wing bar. Cable routing is quite tidy.

Some racers are using 2.6 sized Butcher tires with Grid casing and Gripton rubber. This sits on a 30mm internal rim

Some racers are using 2.6 sized Butcher tires with Grid casing and Gripton rubber. This sits on a 30mm internal rim.

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  • Chris says:

    sexy. Too bad it’s thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands.

  • Sun says:

    This is the correct direction for Enduro riding. The skinny tires that came standard on my Bronson are too narrow, but the plus bikes change directions too slowly. 2.5s on my Bronson work great but I’d like a wee bit more.

    2.6 tires/ 30 mm ID wheels is the future, which I have been saying for the last year. This might be my next bike as it seems to check all of my boxes.

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