Words/Photos: S Jones
It was through unrefined real estate that they dragged the scrawny carcass of cross country hardware, rebuilding with more brawn, more travel. The Specialized Enduro of ’04 vintage was a blood pumping bike substantial in its 150mm travel frame and big Fox fork. Since then it has only grown bigger, and with the savage big wheel beast of 2013 harvest and beyond, the breed has always been a lawless one, weathering terrain previously the reserve of downhill.
specialized enduro 2017 – the review
And the tradition continues, for this new Enduro is a bear of a bike. Of the many caniforms running loose amongst the complex inlets the separate Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia, the bike, a hint of ‘Rupert the Bear’ in its colourings, is all about tearing through the undergrowth, munching up root, hauntingly powerful. Appropriate then that the latest and greatest is spotted in the mighty Coast Gravity Park. Today we’re excited to be covering the Specialized Enduro 2017 edition.
Hanging a right off the Sunshine Coast Highway, up the long Dusty Road that leads to the iconic location the new bikes have an institution to preserve. Of course the old 650 Spesh was nothing …well…spesh or extraordinary, but the 29” wheel bike was mightily unique – bigger and badder than any other 29” wheel enduro bike. It was never perfect with a high bottom bracket and slightly small sizing but boy it could truck.
The new bike attempts to correct previous imperfections whilst keeping the look, the enduro appearance. In 2017 guise the bike is substantial in travel, significant in wheel options and extremely notable in damping. In short it’s a fat load of trouble and fun waiting to happen.
Sam the product manager is currently checking out of Vancouver General with considerable body damage sustained whilst attempting Coast’s biggest jumps. This probably wasn’t what the enduro was built for but by hell that’s what its capable of. It is a seriously capable piece of hardware.
So what’s new?