Is this the new 2017 Specialized Enduro?

One sided yoke could make debut on new Enduro

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Is this what the new 2017 Specialized Enduro will look like? Our magic 8 ball says “maybe.” Photo by http://mtbs.cz/

Is this what the new 2017 Specialized Enduro will look like? Our magic 8 ball says “maybe.” (click to enlarge) Photo by http://mtbs.cz/

Specialized was one of the last major players to release 650B models and until recently, they never fully embraced the wheel size. One prime example is the Enduro, this 160mm travel frame was one of the most beloved in the category, but the original 650B model utilized a front triangle developed for 26″ wheels, paired with a revised rear end and shock yoke. This gave them the correct bottom bracket and angles, while allowing the frame to accommodate the larger wheel size.

The current Specialized Enduro was released around this time two years. Most major manufacturers are on a two to three year product cycle.

The current Specialized Enduro was released around this time two years. Most major manufacturers are on a two to three year product cycle (click to enlarge).

It’s been two years since that design debuted and the brand has since released a number of new models that have been redesigned from the ground up for the wheel size. These frames have also included a number of industry firsts, such as a one sided carbon yoke as seen on the Demo, and an integrated storage compartment.

We love the look of the new Demo, but the single sided yoke leaves limited space for a bottle cage.

We love the look of the new Demo, but the single sided yoke leaves limited space for a bottle cage (click to enlarge).

Will these innovations make it to the next generation of the new Enduro? We can only speculate, but one media outlet has gone so far as to create a mockup. They believe the new Enduro will borrow heavily from the downhill rig that Aaron Gwin piloted to the overall title at the World Cup last season and take further design cues from the new Stumpjumper.

Head over to mtb.cz for more images.

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  • Timc says:

    I hope not. Looks pretty shoddy.

  • Highway Star says:

    Looks great, but I’ll only be interested if they offer it in a proper 26″ wheel size. Thanks!

  • Jplsn says:

    Yup. This is a hoax… and we all know Spesh has been known to leak bad info to get people excited (remember the aluminum mule pics of the new Demo in Whistler). It does look pretty cool though. BTW – The real new Enduro was spotted in Soquel Demo parking lot not too long ago along with a Stumpy with revised carbon rear end.

  • Will says:

    Come on guys, read the text. It’s not the next enduro nor a hoax, it’s a guess about how the next spe’ enduro could look.

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