Always wanted an enduro, think it was the 2009 model the last one before the x-frames started, problem is would never use the travel. Currently have a camber expert 26" does everything i need biking wise. The colour is a bit meh but might get it re-sprayed at some point.
Specialized Enduro 26 Would I be mad ?
OP - would you be mad...no!
The enduro is an awesome bike, as is the stumpjumper. But if you want one bike for all the enduro is a great option.
Especially if you are intending to do more technical off piste riding in the uk and trips abroad the enduro will cover it all well. Also if you are interested in any of the increasingly popular gravity enduro type events it's the prefect tool for the job..
I use my 2013 enduro for trail centre bashing as well and its fine, may be slightly slower uphill than a stumpy but its your engine that makes the biggest difference. I went from a 26lb carbon yeti asr5 to an enduro and don't fell compromised at all.
@ deanfbm - you are coming across as a bit patronising tbh.
In fact, you almost sound like you are trying to justify not having enough bike!
There's nothing wrong with having a 150/160mm bike at all, they ride great these days with sorted geometry and advanced suspension platforms.
Mine weighs 30lb on the nose and whilst I don't think it's been many places that I couldn't take my hardtail, the manner in which it can be ridden at those places is worlds apart. That said, we all have personal limitations - I don't doubt Steve Peat could ride my HT with it's 100mm forks most places faster than I could ride my Enduro.
However, I can honestly say, I've never, ever been on a ride on my Enduro and thought 'I wish I had less travel'.
My SJ Evo 29er before descending South Head to Coldwell.
Riding trail centres it was hard to gauge any advantages over my SJ FSR 26, but I was pleased it could handle tight switch-backs as well, however descending in the Peak really showed it's capabilities.
Changing the brakes was the best thing I did on the bike, I put 180mm rotors front and rear and the increase in control and confidence was massive over the elixir 5. I was using a Command Post that I picked up secondhand for £110, can't fault it. I run the shock a lot softer than suggested and the rear as per the book, weigh 11.5 stone and run 120psi rear and 80psi pos/neg on the front.
Went to have a look at the bikes again today, LBS had sold the whyte so I couldn't get a shot but they are getting one in for me to have a go on. Tried an Enduro, only on the street unfortunately and it was also the carbon version. Pedals really well, bobs about the same as the camber with the platform off. Generally the bike felt comfortable and I felt happier on that than the 29er stumpjumper. They had an Enduro alloy in a large size and the weight was very good.
Will get a go on the whyte next weekend and can then make a decision.
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