170mm enduro mountain bikes sit between the 160mm status quo and the 180mm monsters that are more designed for trucking bike parks and mini downhill tracks.
Don’t be put of by their enigma status however, a lot of brands are settling into this travel for their newest models. Could 170mm enduro bikes be the future? Here are five of the best that could set the trend.
The Specialized Enduro went through huge changes at the start of this year. Most prominently the 650b model became a 170mm making it one of the biggest and baddest enduro bikes around. It doesn’t run an Ohlins shock though, which is disappointing,
This new Enduro is a bear, tearing through the woods, munching up woods and hauntingly powerful. Its colour scheme has a hint of Rupert too.
Pivot is on a new bike spree at the moment with both the Firebird and the Switchblade being released in a couple of months. Both have very different purposes and the Firebird is the one that seriously caught our attention.
170mm of bike park destroying travel, a Fox Float X-2 driving Dave Weagle’s proven suspension system and Pivot’s usual attention to detail has us salivating for a ride. And if you were worried that it can’t do stoppies just check out this launch video with Bernard Kerr.