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  • TooTall
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    Saw a link to this article via CyclistNo1 and wondered whether it had been hated by the haters yet?

    Specialized 29er Enduro

    Looks fun, but I’d guess I’d be over the back with a high seat and those short stays.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Bike looks great but that saddle is exceptionally high.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Paint job makes it look like a 2 stage dropper post.

    I don’t like the cables under the BB, either.

    otherwise it looks ok 🙂

    Not going anywhere fast (apart from up walls) with that chainring set up.

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    10t sprocket and big wheels will help though

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    I like it.

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    Looks fun, but I’d guess I’d be over the back with a high seat and those short stays

    I think that applies to many of their bikes

    TooTall
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    Not going anywhere fast

    Erm….down hills?

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    Dear Santa…

    Toasty
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    32 front + 10 rear with 29er wheels will still be a fair pelt. Similar to a 26er a couple of clicks off hardest gear.

    Really like it 🙂 Completely incapable of doing any riding that would justify it though.

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    I can’t help thinking the Enduro should perhaps stay as a 26er…

    Specialized’s Monster lob-on for all things 29″ might just see them ruin a few of their own classics I reckon.

    There’s nothing wrong with 29ers but IMO 26″ wheels better suit the whole “Plod up, Razz it down” thing that the Enduro was intended for…

    bigyinn
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    I rather like that. Doesnt look out of proportion, Im guessing its a larger sized frame. Nice slutty red too.
    Why the hate for under the BB cables? They worked perfectly on every bike I’ve had in the last 23 years!

    sambob
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    I like that.

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    it’s the two big loops of outer that bother me, not the actual under the BB thing.

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    I like it.

    TooTall
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    IMO 26″ wheels better suit the whole “Plod up, Razz it down” thing that the Enduro was intended for…

    heh – you’ve read the article and watched the video then.

    wrecker
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    Not a particularly well written article was it? Good one for bullshit bingo though.

    amedias
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    normally I don’t like the look of 29ers (visually I mean) but that one looks good, in proportion, nice colour scheme too 🙂

    asterix
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    “I can’t help thinking the Enduro should perhaps stay as a 26er…”

    completely agree – at least give us the option!

    bikebouy
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    Nope, I like it.
    Not into “enduro” type bikes me, preferring light/fast/flippy/trippy bikes. So for me to like it, I think I may take a closer look in one of those ye oldie shoppie things.
    Only other bike that tickled me was the Tall Boy.

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    Looks good to me… Seems kinda long but it’s really hard to judge. Never been a bad Enduro though has there?

    onehundredthidiot – Member

    Not going anywhere fast (apart from up walls) with that chainring set up.

    What size is it? 32×11 on a 26er is perfectly workable so at a guess that’s 30 or 28, plus the ability to have a small rear, and big wheel- looks sensible enough to me.

    I like that! If there was ever any chance of me challenging for a podium on an enduro race then that looks an excellent device for shaving off the seconds. As it is I’ll continue enjoying feeling faster but going slower on a hardtail 26er… 😉

    b45her
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    a 29er epic is a good idea.
    a 29er stumpy is acceptable.
    a 29er enduro is a step to far.

    the yanks will lap it up though.

    PJM1974
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    *Facepalm*

    sambob
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    That from personal experience b45her?

    gwinny on a 29er demo8 next… 😯

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    The haterz have moved on to hating fatbikes now.

    It’s their way of trying to stand out from the crowd. 😡

    Want!

    Not sure what I want more though, my left kidney or that…………

    Gotama
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    Gwin on the pedally south african DH course on the enduro… 😀

    Looks perfect, always had a soft spot for enduros.

    wobbem
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    430 chainstay is very impressive for a big travel 29er.

    430 chainstay is very impressive for a big travel 29er.

    Adantage of an FSR linkage, the chainstay gets longer through the travel, so as long as the tyre can clear the seatube/BB you can make it as short as you like.

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    Axle does move forward at the beginning of the travel though.

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    Certainly one of the best looking 29ers I’ve seen. Bigger travel frame seems more in proportion with the larger wheels.

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    Baldy phrased that, I meant compared to say a Kona with the main pivot in the same place the horisontal distance between the axle and the BB doesn’t decreace by as much (which makes getting the seatpost out the way easier).

    mrblobby
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    650b is the rage

    Is it?

    andyrm
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    That’s Specialized rider Curtis Keene’s bike – he’s a tall old fella, hence the seat being so high and the bike appearing so damn big. It’s a big wheeled, big travel bike.

    Running XX1 with a 32t chainring and the 10-40 cassette. Saw this bike in the flesh at SuperEnduro (where the pic was taken), and it looks less odd in real life. Out there, the big wheels and long travel for a 29er definitely make sense I reckon.

    Obviously works very well as Curtis podiumed……

    wrecker
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    Obviously works very well as Curtis podiumed……

    Although not quite as well as the 26ers of atherton and sottocornola, eh? 😉

    andyrm
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    Hahahaha true!! But he was the first yank to do it, so I thought it only fair to give him credit….. 😉

    Euro
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    I hate it! Not because it’s a bad bike, it’s very great and was top of my ‘next bike’ list, but the big S are no longer doing a 26″ version in XL. I’m having to rethink my list as I don’t want big wheels. Curse you.

    kudos100
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    It looks good, as far as 29’ers go, but I cannot really see the point of a enduro 29’er.

    Spesh have dropped the ball in the last year or so.

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    That’s a 32T sprocket? Big bike!

    I’m not normally into 29ers, but that looks cool.
    As far as 29er enduro bikes go, I’m sure something like this or that Five LT would be great for annihilating the Megavalanche for instance, but I’m far from convinced it’d work as a UK enduro bike – steep, twisty Innerleithen stuff for example would almost certainly be better on a sorted 26er. I’d be happy to be proved wrong but I just can’t see it.

    matt1986
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    b45her – Member
    a 29er epic is a good idea.
    a 29er stumpy is acceptable.
    a 29er enduro is a step to far.
    the yanks will lap it up though.
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    I agree mate. If find it crazy how they are throwing everything at 29er and not bothering with 650b surly that would be better suited for the enduro?!?

    Its f*cking rad

    talking to mate tonight who rides a 26″ Enduro, he actually said he’d buy that 29er Enduro which I thought I’d never hear from him

    myself?

    riding a 29’er Stumpy, no complaints from me, loving that bike and going faster than any 26″ bike I have owned in 26 years of riding the 26″ wheel size!

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    a 29er epic is a good idea.
    a 29er stumpy is acceptable.
    a 29er enduro is a step to far.

    the yanks will lap it up though.

    That was really my thinking too.

    Not really sure why those of us who aren’t utterly sold on a 29er Enduro and dare to question the need for this product are “Haters” I’m just not convinced that this really fits with what I understood the Enduro to be for, nowt wrong with a little healthy scepticism sometimes…

    29ers have clear benefits but then so do 26ers. Specialized now seem pretty keen to kill off the smaller wheel size like it’s some sort of unwanted Ginger stepchild, you have to wonder if they maybe have become a bit cultist about the whole thing. Not unlike some of the “trailblazers” who found 29″ enlightenment long before corporate cycling happened upon it…

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