Fresh in the office this week is a rather stunning hot-pink Enduro from Specialized. It’s the brand new 2018 model, and represents the latest generation of the Enduro platform – a name that has been in circulation now for over 18 years!
Although a new Enduro platform had already been released for 2017, Specialized decided to refresh the geometry for 2018, with most of the key angles and reach measurements changing just 12 months on. While that sounds like an expensive proposition (and something that most brands will only do every three years or so), the word on the street is that Specialized had recently changed factories, and was given the option to alter moulds if needed. So they did. And now we have the 2018 Enduro.
“Ok, we’ll admit. We’ve been geeking out over the Enduro Elite 650b for a while now. We know that we made it and everything, but still, its design just kind of rules. We gave it a geometry features a slacker front end, a longer top tube, short chainstays, and a lower bottom bracket. All of this together makes the bike truly feel glued to the ground, and the platform is more responsive and capable then ever” – From Specialized.
2018 Specialized Enduro Elite Features
- Long travel 27.5in enduro bike (also available in a 29in version)
- Clearance for up to 2.6in wide tyres
- FACT 9m carbon fibre mainframe with M5 alloy rear end
- FSR four-bar suspension design
- Custom RockShox Monarch Plus w/AutoSag
- 170mm rear travel
- 170mm travel fork
- 65.5° head angle
- 76.8° seat tube angle
- 433mm chainstay length
- Threaded bottom bracket shell
- ISCG 05 chainguide tabs
- Adjustable shock extension alters geometry
- Boost 148x12mm thru-axle
- Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, & X-Large
The 2018 Enduro comes in two versions: the Enduro 650b and the Enduro 29/6Fattie. While both bikes share a similar suspension and frame design, the 27.5in model (which we’ve got here) features 170mm of travel front and rear, while the 29er model runs 160mm travel front and rear. There are both alloy and carbon frames available, and the range kicks off at £2999 for the base-level Enduro Comp.
The next step on the ladder is the Enduro Elite, which is upgraded to a FACT 9m carbon fibre mainframe, and features a tasty suspension package that includes an Ohlins RXF 36 fork and a RockShox Monarch Plus rear shock, complete with Specialized’s own damper tune and the AutoSag valve for easy setup.
We’ll be testing the 2018 Specialized Enduro over the coming months to see just how capable the pink machine is, while also using it as a test bed for a few other bits and pieces that you’ll hear about in due course.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear what you think of this bike – are you into it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! And if you’re after more information, you can get that via the Specialized website.
2018 Specialized Enduro Elite 650B Specifications
- Frame // FACT 9m Carbon Fibre Mainframe w/M5 Alloy Stays, 170mm Travel
- Fork // Öhlins RXF 36, 170mm Travel
- Shock // RockShox Monarch Plus w/AutoSag
- Hubs // Specialized 110x15mm Front & DT Swiss 350 148x12mm Rear w/36t Star Ratchet Freehub Mechanism
- Rims // Roval Traverse, Hookless Alloy, 29mm Internal Rim Width, 24/28h, Tubeless Ready
- Tyres // Specialized Butcher GRID, Gripton Compound, 27.5×2.6in Front & Rear
- Chainset // Race Face Aeffect, 30t Direct Mount Chainring
- Rear Mech // SRAM GX, 11-Speed
- Shifter // SRAM GX, 11-Speed
- Cassette // SRAM XG-1150, 10-42t, 11-speed
- Brakes // SRAM Code R, 200mm Front & 180mm Rear
- Stem // Specialized Trail, 3D Forged Alloy, 45mm Long (60mm on X-Large)
- Bars // Specialized DH, 7050 alloy, 8° Backsweep, 6° Upsweep, 27mm Rise, 800mm Wide
- Grips // Specialized Sip Grip, Half-Waffle, S/M: Regular Thickness, L/XL: XL Thickness
- Seatpost // Command Post IRcc, 12-Position Micro-Height Adjustable, 30.9mm, 125mm Travel (100mm on Small)
- Saddle // Body Geometry Henge Comp, Hollow Cr-Mo Rails, 143mm Wide
- Size Tested // Large
- Sizes available // Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- RRP // £4250