Even Long, Even Slacker – the new 2018 Specialized Enduro

published by bktr on 16/08/2017 17:33:00

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Specialized have just launched their 2018 Enduro, and it looks like we’re in for bigger changes than expected! Just a year after their overhaul of the classic big travel trail slayer, Specialized have tweaked their design even more to make what could be the definitive long-travel bike. As per the status quo, the design tweaks have come in the form of lowering the BB and lengthening the wheelbase – all with the intention of improving the bikes downhill capability and eaking out even more performance. Specialized have also integrated a ‘flip-chip’ in the shock mount, allowing you to alter the geometry to suit the trail.

 

 

At the top of the spec range is, of course, the S-Works. Featuring everything you’d expect from a top-spec bike, this is a real dream build. Suspension is provided by an Ohlins single tube rear shock and RXF 36 Fork. A SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset deals with transmission, and the new SRAM Code RSC brakes provide an unbelievable level of stopping power. A set of Roval Traverse SL wheels keeps the bike nimble and lightweight, especially when combined with the S-Works carbon fibre bars. Specialized’s brand new Comand Post IRcc WU dropper, with it’s ingenious design detailed below, rounds off the build.

  

The Enduro  Pro is one of the stand out bikes in the range, and not just because of it’s gorgeous paint job. The Pro is dripping with high spec kit, like the Ohlins suspension and SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain. The use of Roval carbon wheels and the carbon rear triangle - features previously only found on the S-Works models – is another highlight of the Enduro Pro. The spec is rounded off with a set of Code R breaks and a Command Post IRcc WU dropper.

As if you hadn’t already seen enough Ohlins suspension, the Comp Carbon model also comes adorned with the lovely RXF 36 fork. The rest of the spec doesn’t disappoint either, with a carbon fibre front triangle, SRAM GX 1x11 drivetrain and Rockshox Monarch Plus shock. There’s no carbon rims on the Comp, but the Roval Traverse wheelset are more than enough to suit hard riding.

 

The entry spec Enduro Comp has a great combination of components, while keeping the price affordable. Suspension is provided by a Rockshox Monarch Plus shock and Rockshox Yari fork, mounted on the M5 alloy frame. The Comp shares the same drivetrain, seatpost, brakes and wheels as the Comp Carbon – making for a high performance, reliable bike.

specialized command post ircc wu

The new Wu Command post, featured on the S-Works and Pro models, is a fantastic piece of design. Although the seatpost  only has a modest 115mm of drop, it’s what it does with it that’s more important. At the bottom of the Wu’s travel the seat tilts back 14 degrees, helping to get the saddle further out of the way on steep descents. The effect of this is to essentially increase the drop to 150mm, without the need for a full 150mm stanchion.

 

Prices for the 2018 Enduros are:

S-Works - £8000

Pro - £6500

Comp Carbon - £4250

Comp - £3000

S-Works Frame - £3500

 

We’re expecting our first shipment of new Enduros imminently so keep your eyes peeled for updates! If you would like any more details on 2018 Enduros, or any other bikes, then please get in touch with our Ambleside Store.

 

Happy Trails,

 

Joe