Review: 2013.5 Specialized S-Works Enduro 29er Tested
The Enduro 29er boldly goes where no 29er has gone before.
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29er Rear Side View
The Czar of FSR, Jason Chamberlain called and said I could have an Enduro 29er for a week. Here was a bike with 155mm of rear travel and 150mm of front travel. “Enduro 29er…not interested. Too much travel for a 29er. How can that be any good for my riding style and 5’8″ stature?” I thought.
But given all the interest about this bike since the launch, I felt it was my duty to check it out and give it a fair shake. So I headed out there, talked to Jason for a bit and then went straight to Demo Forest in Santa Cruz. What ensued was a week of riding every day with a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin’. Human behavior is interesting as we seem to spend our time more efficiently the less time we have. After the first day of discovery, I felt compelled to ride this bike every single day, since I only had seven days to ride it.
Video: Our test rider Ron Aclan explores if a high travel 29er can be ‘fun’. Fast forward to 2:30 of the video and ride along his Braille Trail, Santa Cruz, CA downhill run.
The Enduro 29 is the most exciting product to come around in the last year because it breaks the mold. People did not expect a 29er with 155mm of travel to be good, but this one definitely is. The chain stay is so short at 16.9 inches that one can say that this bike handles quicker then many 27.5 bikes and even 26er bikes. The stays are shorter than most bikes with shorter travel and it’s even shorter than the Specialized Camber or Specialized Epic. In fact, the 16.9 stays are shorter than the stays of most 29er hardtails. The result is a bike that handles so quick and is so playful.
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