Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon
Weight 28.4 lbs
+ Specialized Command Post
+ Gamut dual-ring shift guide
+ Specialized Future Shock E160TA
Looking for a lightweight, do-it-all bike that’s as versatile as anything on the market? Ever heard the expression “X marks the spot?” Behold the new Enduro. It’s a radical change from previous generations and the new model delivers better, more aggressive descending performance without abandoning its original earn-your-turns ethos.
Boasting a FACT carbon front triangle with M5 aluminum rear triangle, the Enduro SL Pro offers 160-millimeters of travel in a ridiculously lightweight package. Managing all that travel up front is the new Specialized Future Shock E160TA. The fork has a tapered carbon steerer and offers a light long-travel package with travel that can be reduced to 135-millimeters at the flick of a switch. Specialized ditched the 25-millimeter axle concept this year and a standard 20-millimeter Maxle Lite now takes care of wheel-fastening duties. Testers were pleasantly surprised by the fork, and it performed on par with the top contenders in this category.
The suspension and angles worked flawlessly together on the new Enduro, and our testers were blown away with the bike’s descending capabilities. A 66.5-degree headtube angle invited riders to push the limits of this all-mountain rig. It felt confident and playful, yet still maintained a stiff and lightweight feel underfoot that had our testers seeking lines usually reserved for the big-travel bikes.
Lowering the front fork to its 135-millimeter setting and turning on the rear shock’s platform transformed the way this bike rode. Only in very steep technical climbs did the bike wander, but given its lightweight and DH chops, we didn’t complain.
For riders who love climbing but have the soul of a downhiller, the new Enduro is a great choice.
Bottom Line: Climbs like a trail bike and descends like a freeride bike; a great redesign and top-notch do-it-all rig