This is Specialized’s six inch All Mountain Bike with the front travel provided by the E150 triple clamp fork and the rear provided by the Specialized AFR shock. This bike comes as a Total Suspension Integration bike where the chassis, suspension and components were designed from the beginning as part of an integrated system. This allows the Enduro to have a fork and shock with similar bump compliance providing a balanced suspension. Tagged as “Climb Higher; Descend Farther” this bike is for the person who wants a six inch travel bike that doesn’t compromise climbing for increased downhill performance.
Sweeping lines and contrasting colours makes this baby turn some heads!
This bike was lent to me by Obsession: Bikes in North Vancouver, Canada for this review.
The patented FSR suspension separates braking and chain forces from the suspension which prevents brake jack and ensures control on steep descents. Specialized’s TSI – Total Suspension Integration – allows Specialized to design a bike from scratch integrating the chassis, suspension and components to allow all components to fit for the bikes purpose.
The slack angles and low standover provides confidence on steep rough descents.
The E-type derailleur provides smooth shifting on rough terrain when switching gears during varying trail steepness.
The E150 triple clamp fork provides more downhill performance in a stiffer fork than other six
inch travel forks. The integrated stem increases stiffness, reduces weight but limits your ability to change your stem length. Matched with the AFR shock the suspension is designed to balance stability and bump management. Lowering the fork and shock facilitates long extended climbs. Releasing these settings puts the fork and shock back into full travel mode.
Slack angles make wandering through the alpine flowers comfortable
The left leg contains the attitude adjustment which can be changed on the fly. The right leg contains the compression and rebound adjustments and can also be changed on the fly. Note that you cannot change the stem length on this bike.