Enduro SWorks 29 gets synchronised to different wheel sizes, dampers and tyres – 29”/650b/650b+
During a period when its difficult to decide on which wheel size to ride its comforting to know that one bike can potentially cover all bases – the Specialized Enduro 29, a bike we have tested in many environments world wide.
In standard trim its not perfect in a couple of respects notably the head angle and bottom bracket. But whilst its slightly too steep and slightly too tall the bike is a real bruiser, and at 150mm travel simply the hardest charging, fastest, toughest and one of the longest travel 29” wheel bikes on the market.
Out of the box it’s a very good bike, an awesome all-rounder. Given some love and some butchering it can be made very good, in fact an all-time great. One that can tackle anything you wish it to encounter.
The current chit chat from manufacturers is that 650 is all about the lively ride and 29 is all about speed. It’s a sales/marketing strategy that’s simply there to keep everyone happy when in truth most of the product managers all ride the faster bigger wheels. But what if one bike can do both? Or maybe three wheel sizes?
Here’s a few ways of making your Enduro a bike for all occasions, we know its not for everyone – due to frame restrictions in small and medium the Ohlins damper (we visited the factory in Sweden last year) will not fit as it said to hit the seat tube and they don’t recommend the 650 shock linkage.
Here’s our guide to tuning up the Enduro to make her fly in six different set-ups.
THE SIX WAYS FEATURING TWO SHOCK LINKAGES, AN OFFSET AND SOME WHEEL/TYRE COMBOS
29” LINK GEOMETRY:-
SET UP ONE – 29” WHEELS/STANDARDGEOMETRY
Bottom bracket: 351mm Head angle: 67.5
SET UP TWO – 29” WHEELS/STANDARD LINK, MONARCH DAMPER AND OFFSET
Bottom bracket: 348mm Head angle: 66.5
650B SHOCK LINK GEOMETRY:-
SET UP THREE – 29“ WHEEL FRONT AND REAR – OHLINS DAMPER
Bottom bracket: 338mm Head angle: 67
SET UP FOUR – 650B REAR 29” FRONT – OHLINS DAMPER
Bottom bracket: 332mm Head angle: 65
SET UP FIVE – 650×2.4 Rear 650×2.8 front 650 Link Ohlins damper
Bottom Bracket: 325mm Head angle: 65.5
SET UP SIX – 650+ Front 650+ Rear 650 Link Ohlins damper
Bottom bracket: 329mm Head angle: 66