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Five 170mm enduro mountain bikes

Enduro bikes with that little bit more

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.

Specialized Enduro

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 Firebird

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.


When we tested the 170mm Radon Swoop we wondered if it might actually be top dog? The top of the heap of the current breed of enduro mountain bikes. They call it a super enduro but we say it’s a bike for ripping in the woods, pure and simple.

All–action, outrageous parts, and a tidy price. Don’t miss this.


The Capra is a bike that’s been a legend in our eyes since the day it was released. It blew open the doors to a new age of accessible and affordable bikes for the masses and it’s become this nation’s favourite in the process.

The Capra is a multiple winner of our Enduro bike of the year award and it’s still punching way higher than its pricepoint should allow


Want to know what tricks this bike has up its sleeve? How about close your eyes just for a second and it disappears in a cloud of roost?

It’s actually a 175mm bike but that puts it in a category of its own so we’ve included it here. This isn’t a bike that cares about classification though, just pinning. Never believe it’s not so.


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