Specialized Enduro 27.5 Full Suspension


  • Frame: FACT IS-X 11m carbon, 650b geometry, FACT carbon front triangle, M5 rear triangle, tapered head tube, PF30 BB, internal Command Post IR routing, 142mm dropouts, full cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 165mm travel


  Available Models:

  • S-Works Enduro 650b
  • Enduro Expert
  • Enduro Elite
  • Enduro Comp


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[Nov 05, 2017]
All Mountain Rider


NOTE: 2018 Enduro Elite Carbon model (medium) all black. The faster this bike goes, the more it seems to come into it's own. Incredibly stable. I am still learning to trust the grip. Still climbs (I will be adding a smaller front sprocket or taller cassette). Eats the big stuff without losing the trail underneath you. The Ohlins forx are ridiculously smooth and not even broken in.


Either a bail out gear on the rear cassette or smaller front sprocket (28 vs. 30?). Still figuring out if 800 mm bars are what I want and not a big fan of the stock grips.

I have entered reviews here as far back as 2004. Kona's, other Specialized Stumpy's and would consider myself an "All-Mountain" guy. I recall in 2011, purchasing an EVO instead of the Enduro because our favorite riding is in the 6-10,0000' range with a combination of single, some fire roads, climbing and very technical trails. There are no shuttles, lifts or in some cases roads to climb to get to our trails. Also in the winter you might have some closed paved roads to peddle up to the trail head. Given no cell coverage, you can add another 20-30+ pounds of camel back, body armor - you get the point. I would periodically test one of the new Enduro's and coming from a MX motorcycle background (exclusively MTB's for the last 17 years), I always felt better on a bigger bike, more upright and with 5+ inches of travel. Even before it was cool, I rode wide aggressive tires and short stems with wide bars. Not a fast climber, but I have no problem crawling my way up to the trail. I rode a 2018 Enduro Comp (aluminum) on a recent high country trip and decided to go with the bigger Enduro platform bike. This bike is so capable, it's going to take me a while to settle and dial it in, to fully realize the full potential of this bike. Quiet and really fast. Really fast downhill. Although well past my physical prime, I was a decent MX rider in my youth and I am sure there are tight tech portions this Enduro would take me through faster than on my motorcycle. The Carbon Elite build kit and especially the Ohlins forks do make a big difference as compared to the Comp, but even the comp was a blast. Did I mention how great the Ohlins fork is? There are some specific long travel, slack geo bike climbing practices you need to observe, but well worth the pay off to me. Also the plus tires (2.6 in my case) are super forgiving and have gorilla grip. Simply amazing how capable and "all-around" this 7" travel bike is, very happy with the purchase even though bikes are crazy money these days. If money is no issue, consider the model up, but make sure you get the Ohlins.

Similar Products Used:

Heckler, FSR EVO, Coiler DeeLux (yup - still have and love!), FSR, 5 Spot, 2015 Enduro Elite (my kids)

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