Specialized Enduro 2017 – Here it is

Here it is: A first spy shot of the new Specialized Enduro 2017 has appeared.

 

 

New Specialized Enduro 2017

Specialized Enduro 2017

 

After months of speculation about the new Specialized Enduro 2017, it seems a first spy shot has appeared. The new Enduro seems to fulfill most people’s expectations:

 

  • X-Wing frame design
  • Slacker head angle
  • Slightly Lower BB on the 650b
  • Available as 29 (with 6Fattie / 27.5+ option) and 650b
  • SWAT door
  • Fully internal cable routing
  • Öhlins RXF 36 fork and Öhlins STX 22 shock
  • SRAM Eagle X01 1×12
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Boost
  • More travel (29: 165mm rear / 160mm front – 650b: 170mm rear and front)
  • 66° head angle on E29
  • 65.5° head angle on E650b

 

With the official launch on Crankworx Whistler only a few days away, it is not a huge surprise that the picture emerged. 

I think it is a smart move from Specialized to keep the Enduro’s iconic X-frame design. Earlier, there was a viral campaign based on a leaked prototype drawings that showed an asymmetrical frame. These were later admitted to be fake and just photoshopped from the Specialized Demo 2016 frame. 

The next evolution of one of the most famous Specialized bikes won’t be a huge surprise, bringing us a lot that was expected (e.g. SWAT Door, Boost, internal cable routing, Öhlins suspension, SRAM Eagle 1×12), except for the move to a threaded / BSA bottom bracket, which is a departure from the pressfit PF 30 BB that Specialized have sold us before. What’s missing is a longer Command Post dropper, and I think Specialized needs hurry up to keep up with longer posts such as 9point8 FallLine (150mm / 170mm / 200mm) or RockShox Reverb (150mm / 170mm) – a 150mm option should be a minimum.

The Enduro 29 was a super successful bike, and while racers found the head angle too steep, many riders enjoyed the versatility of a long-legged trail bike. In light of the Enduro 29’s heritage, it is a good decision to build upon its strengths with a more modern geometry rather than introducing a revolutionary redesign – all the while Peter Denk is probably working on the 2020 Enduro right now.

Update: Specialized has now launched the new bike (nice video here). Here are the geometry charts:

Enduro 29 / 6Fattie Geometry
Size S M L XL
Stack 609 609 622 636
Reach 410 430 450 470
Head-Tube 95 95 110 125
Head-Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
BB (29x2.3) 352 352 352 352
BB (650x3.0) 345 345 345 345
BB (650x2.8) 339 339 339 339
BB Drop 19 19 19 19
Trail 107 107 107 107
Fork length 569 569 569 569
Fork Offset 51 51 51 51
Front-Center 727 747 773 799
Chain Stay 432 432 432 432
Wheelbase 1159 1179 1205 1231
Top Tube 555 575 600 625
Stand-Over 757 766 781 796
Seat-Tube 396 430 468 523
Seat-Tube Angle 76.5° 76° 76° 75°
Handlebar 780 780 780 780
Stem 40 40 60 60
Saddle Width 143 143 143 143
Seat Post 390 430 430 430
Cranks 170 170 170 170
 
Enduro 650b Geometry
Size S M L XL
Stack 585 590 604 613
Reach 410 430 450 470
Head-Tube 95 100 115 125
Head-Angle 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5°
BB (650x2.3) 345 345 345 345
BB (650x2.6) 350 350 350 350
BB Drop 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5
Trail 106 106 106 106
Fork length 559 559 559 559
Fork Offset 51 51 51 51
Front-Center 728 750 776 801
Chain Stay 425 425 425 425
Wheelbase 1153 1175 1201 1225
Top Tube 551 576 604 632
Stand-Over 761 771 782 796
Seat-Tube 396 430 467 521
Seat-Tube Angle 76.5° 76° 76° 75°
Handlebar 780 780 780 780
Stem 40 40 60 60
Saddle Width 143 143 143 143
Seat Post 390 430 430 430
Cranks 170 170 170 170

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Looking at the numbers, it comes as a surprise that Specialized increased reach only very minimally (about 5mm), and that the BB height on the 29er has not dropped (especially in light of the 170mm cranks), since this has been a recurring comment from riders. As a result, the 2017 Enduro’s BB drop is not big, especially compared to its little brother, the Stumpjumper, which sports a whopping 36mm BB drop (in 29) and 18mm for the 650b. Some riders had also asked for slightly longer chain stays and preferred shorter fork offset (i.e. 46mm over 51mm – Chris Porter suggests this). Stack is a bit lower on the E29, but this is a lot easier to remedy if you prefer a higher cockpit. 

The steep seat angle (76° on M and L sizes) should make it comfortable to use longer travel forks, and Curtis Keene seems to be riding a 170mm Lyrik for this weekend’s Whistler Enduro World Series event. 

The Enduro comes in the following models:

  • S-Works ($ 8500 – frame $ 3500)
    Full carbon frame, Öhlins front & rear, SRAM Eagle 1×12, carbon wheels
  • Pro ($ 6500)
    Full carbon frame, Öhlins rear, Lyrik front, SRAM Eagle 1×12, aluminium wheels
  • Elite Carbon ($ 4400)
    Carbon front end, Lyrik and Monarch Plus, SRAM 1×11
  • Comp ($ 3000)
    Aluminium, Yari and Monarch Plus, SRAM 1×11

What I’d like to see in addition is a new freeride bike from Specialized, a successor to the Specialized Enduro Evo, and I still hope we’ll see this coming.

(I’ll update this post later on. I’ll also follow up with a review / ride report of the new bike soon).

    • Dave on August 8, 2016 at 20:39

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    Id guess Specialized are going to realise the enduro this week / weekend given that Specialized are presenting ‘Round 6 of the Enduro World Series’ with Crankworx in Whistler.

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      Do you mean release? I was told October..?

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        • Tim on August 10, 2016 at 08:39
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        Initially, an early release had been expected by most of us, but Specialized deliberately delayed the release date to align it more closely with the new model’s actual availability. The first bikes should be in the shops soon after the Crankworx Whistler release.

        • AlbertSP on August 11, 2016 at 21:11

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        August 14!!

        1. Tim
          • Tim on August 11, 2016 at 21:15
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          Yes, August 14th is the EWS Whistler race day, so it makes sense to release the bike at the event.

            • AlbertSP on August 11, 2016 at 21:41

            yup.. i hope it will have a downtube protector just like the stumpys and cambers.. i also don’t dig the cable routing of the rear break going out the same de of the DT passing on the side of the BB into the chainstay.. i also heard that it might have adjustable geometry if specialized decided to include it in the final design.. dont know where the or how.. may thru the headset or BB..

            cheers!!

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            • Tim on August 11, 2016 at 21:45
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            Jared Graves has posted a photo on his Instagram account showing the downtube of his S-Works Enduro, sporting a Stumpy-style downtube protector. Adjustable geometry (via flip chips) has not been the route Specialized takes – but the geo sheets list compatibility with (and BB height for) 2.3, 2.8 and 3.0 tires for the 29er, and 2.3 and 2.6 for 650b.

    2. Tim
      • Tim on August 10, 2016 at 10:46
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      Yes, we’re all looking forward to the imminent Crankworx Whistler release.

    • Andrew on August 9, 2016 at 17:06

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    That may not be a threaded BB – it could be one of the rigid insert. It has echoes of a Wheels Mfg PF30 Outboard BB to me http://wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/pf30-outboard/pf30-outboard-bottom-brackets.html.

      • Dan on August 12, 2016 at 06:27

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      It’s threaded. Seen one in person.

        • Alex on August 13, 2016 at 01:28

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        Yea its def threaded

    • Alex on August 10, 2016 at 02:36

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    Threaded bb, swat box, 1×12 and internal routing!!! The big S was listening and they delivered. Hope this is for sure getting released it looks amazing.

    1. Tim
      • Tim on August 10, 2016 at 08:43
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      I agree, Alex. There has been some complaints about this being more of an evolution rather than a revolution. But the current E29 is an amazing bike, and I appreciate they wanted to retain its strengths.

    • Sean McDermott on August 12, 2016 at 10:44

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    Tim, you mention, “but the geo sheets list compatibility with (and BB height for) 2.8 and 3.0 tires for the 29er, as well as 2.8 and 2.6 for 650b.” Is that a typo? Seems like the 650b would take the wider tires.

    1. Tim
      • Tim on August 12, 2016 at 11:08
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      Thanks, Sean, there’s been a typo in that the geo chart lists BB heights for the 650b for 2.3 and 2.6 (not 2.8 – I’ve edited my comment above). But I have heard a Nobby Nick 2.8 fits a Stumpy 650b on Roval Traverse rims with 30mm internal width. The main aspect, in my opinion, is that Specialized is establishing 2.6 with the release of wider Butcher and Purgatory tires, and that they see 2.3/2.8/3.0 as options for the 29er, and 2.3/2.6 as options for the 650b.

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