Tested: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie

Read on for our full review, or watch the video below for a discussion about the S-Works Enduro.

 


The latest generation of the Specialized Enduro is an absolute stunner.
The latest generation of the Specialized Enduro is an absolute stunner.

The 2017 Specialized Enduro 29″ keeps on pushing too. Not only is it a 29er with 165mm of travel, but it has a hole in the downtube to store spares and suspension from a company that has only been producing mountain bike products for a handful of years.

If that’s not taking a leap in search of the next best thing, we don’t know what is. For a bit more a breakdown on new Enduro frame and the changes, check out our introductory piece.


Which wheels size are we testing?

The Enduro has been available in multiple wheel size options for years, but in 2017 you have the third option, with the 29er version also capable of running the 6Fattie format (27.5 x 3.0″ tyres). We only had a brief opportunity to run the Enduro with 6Fattie wheels, and so nearly all our testing was done in a 29er guise.

Is the Enduro fully enduro?

The Enduro 29″ is most definitely an Enduro race bike, you only have to look at Curtis Keene and Graves tearing it up on the  EWS to see that. But unlike some 160mm/170mm bikes, which can feel like pure descenders with climbing abilities barely salvaged by virtue of low gearing and suspension lockouts, the Enduro still aims to be a bike that caters to a wider variety of riding than just flirting with the limit on downhill tracks.

The Enduro still aims to be a bike that caters to a wider variety of riding than flirting with the limit

The Enduro wants to go FAST!
The Enduro wants to go FAST!

What are the Enduro’s strengths?

The Enduro’s biggest strength is its incredible versatility for a bike with 165mm of rear travel. Despite being well up there as an Enduro race bike, the Enduro is still a hoot to ride on relatively tame singletrack.

For one thing, the beast can climb. The steep 76-degree seat tube angle assists seated pedalling on more sedate trails, and even in a size large the Enduro doesn’t feel like a boat. The geometry doesn’t go to the same extremes as some new-school enduro bikes, which means a more versatile ride. For instance, the top tube in a size large of 600mm and 66 degree head angle is significantly less extreme than a large Whyte G-160, which has a 655.9mm top tube and a 65 degree head angle.

The Enduro's front centre is less extreme than other 160mm bikes out there.
The Enduro’s front centre is less extreme than other 160mm bikes out there.
The new Enduro climbs remarkably well for a 160mm bike.
The new Enduro climbs remarkably well for a 160mm bike.
Jumps? No worries aboard the Enduro 29".
Jumps? No worries aboard the Enduro 29″. All the myths about 29ers being bland to ride get smashed by this bike.

On the descents, the Enduro 29er crushes every 29” stereotype out there. If you’ve got a riding buddy who still insists on bagging 29ers as being boring, awful to corner, and afraid of jumps, then put them on this thing for a run down the hill.

Specialized worked hard to keep the rear end short (430mm stays with this much travel is pretty impressive) which brings the big wheeler to life. It feels more nimble than many 160mm 27.5” bikes out there, but never does it feel unstable or too short out back either. Even on some of Thredbo’s more rowdy offerings, where a lot of testing took place, we felt calm aboard the Enduro.

The Enduro 29" corners exceptionally well.
The Enduro 29″ corners exceptionally well.

Perhaps the only barrier to the Enduro 29’s descending abilities is its rubber. The front tyre is just too skinny in our opinion for a bike travelling at this pace, and bigger rubber would enhance both cornering confidence and forgiveness when ploughing the front end through rough terrain. We found the combination of the stiff Ohlins fork, Roval wheels and narrow Butcher 2.3” front tyre a bit harsh sometimes – bung on a 2.5″ tyre.

Some bigger rubber up front would make the Enduro even more confident in the corners.
Some bigger rubber up front would make the Enduro even more confident in the corners.
The Enduro's front end was a very stiff setup.
The Enduro’s front end was a very stiff setup.

It differs from the 29” model in that you almost can’t run out of traction

Speaking of rubber, the Enduro 6Fattie, with its 3.0″ tyres, is a very different ride. It differs from the 29” model in that you almost can’t run out of traction, but we did find ourselves riding it less aggressively than the 29er. With the lower pressures of the big tyres and a lower bottom bracket (the bottom bracket height drops by 5mm when you run 27.5×3.00” tyres), barrelling through rock gardens or any harsh impacts can lead to striking your rims, so we tended to select more gentle lines in these sections of trail.

The only other downside to the seemingly limitless traction and trail dampening is in high speed bermed corners, especially droppy ones, where there is potential to for the tyre to squirm and burp air.

High speed corners require smooth cornering technique aboard the Enduro 6Fattie, rather than the old spray and pray.
High speed corners require smooth cornering technique aboard the Enduro 6Fattie, rather than the old spray and pray.

What are the Enduro’s weaknesses?

Not a great deal. As mentioned above, when steamrolling through technical terrain in the 29” configuration, at times the narrow front tyre meant the front-end felt a bit harsh. However, we were reluctant to drop tyres pressure or soften up the fork, because the Enduro encourages you to ride so fast that we felt much safer coming into sections hot with a high, stable front end as opposed to the front-end diving or slamming the rims into rocks. We do think that a wider front tyre at lower pressure, and more fine tuning of the fork could address this issue.

We’d also like to see the bike come with a dropper post that has more travel. 125mm on a size large is ok, but 150mm drop would be much better, to get that centre of gravity lower when things get properly steep.

The Enduro bloody loves smashing into rocks.
The Enduro barrelling through rocky sections.
Charging through rock gardens was a highlight aboard the Enduro 29".
Charging through rock gardens in Thredbo.

Is the spec worth the money?

There’s no hiding from the fact that the S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie costs $11000. With that in mind however, you’re getting the best of the best throughout.

The S-Works Enduro costs the big dollars, but comes with some premium kit.
The S-Works Enduro costs the big dollars, but comes with some premium kit.
The Enduro's cable routing is well thought out.
The 10-50 tooth range on Eagle puts the front derailleur argument at the bottom of the sea.

The full Eagle XX1 groupset is the perfect setup, not just for this style of bike, but for mountain biking in general. The range is massive, and it didn’t miss a trick. SRAM also provide the brakes, Guide RSCs, and whilst they come equipped with a 200mm rotor on the front and a 180mm rotor on the rear, we were finding they had some fade on the long runs down Thredbo, and so we’d suggest swapping the organic pads out for sintered pads. If you’re really keen, you could even modify the brakeset like we have on our Canyon Strive, by hooking up the RSC levers with the more powerful Avid Code Caliper.

The wheels are of course from Specialized’s wheel subsidiary, Roval. We found the carbon rims stiff and direct, and the 30mm internal rim width is ideal. Keep an eye on the spoke tension though, as after a few days of many runs at Thredbo, the rear spokes were getting loose. Despite the abuse, both wheels ran true after weeks of riding.

Finally, the Enduro is finished off with a lovely cockpit comprising of a stubby Syntace ‘MegaForce’ stem and an S-Works handlebar. Despite costing the big bucks, you’ll really struggle to get a more premium spec than the S-Works Enduro.

The moulded chainstay protection has been impressively sturdy.
The moulded chainstay protection has been impressively sturdy.
We found the limits of the Sram guide brakes on the long Thredbo descents.
We found the limits of the SRAM Guide brakes on the long Thredbo descents.

Is the Ohlins suspension really that good?

Specialized’s partnership with Ohlins suspension gives a certain gravitas to the brand – these Swedish suspension experts have an immense reputation – the Enduro S-Works gets Ohlins front and rear. We’ve had positive experiences with the RXF 34 in the past, so we were interested to see whether the beefier RXF 36 would step things up a notch.

The RXF 36 is an impressive unit.
The RXF 36 is an impressive unit.

It didn’t disappoint. With 36mm stanchions as well as the one-piece crown/steerer tube, it’s an incredibly stiff fork. In terms of damping performance, multiple testers reported the suspension feeling dead and dull when rolling around the carpark, but out on the trail the fork feels balanced and supportive. It really comes alive once you’re hammering.

We felt comfortable loading up the RXF 36 through corners.
We felt comfortable loading up the RXF 36 through corners.

The fork has dual air chamber adjustments. There’s a main chamber, for setting your overall spring rate, then a separate ‘ramp up’ chamber to adjust latter part of the spring curve. Another feature we appreciated that carried over from the RXF 34 was the compression adjustments on the top of the left fork leg, which can be used as a quasi-lockout for long climbs. Is the fork any better than a FOX 36 or RockShox Pike? It’s certainly at least on par, and the uniquely burly one-piece crown/steerer and tool-free ramp up adjustment do have real benefits.

The RXF 36 features compression adjustment on the left hand fork leg.
The RXF 36 features compression adjustment on the left hand fork leg.

The RXF 36 is paired with the Ohlins STX22 in the rear, which gets Specialized’s Auto Sag feature. Like all Ohlins shocks, there’s actually a very limited band of damping adjustment, with only a few clicks of compression and rebound to toy with, plus a ‘climb switch’ to firm things right up. The compression adjustment is very subtle too which, coupled with the absence of adjustment descriptions on the shock, made setup a bit tricky at first, so dialling in a base setting took longer than usual.

What does this knob do?
What happens if I twiddle this knob?

Once we had a base setting, however, the STX felt supportive and stable in the rear, and we didn’t feel any harsh bottoming out throughout the course of our testing, despite some casing action going down when our ambitions exceeded our abilities at Thredbo.

Despite some issues with reliability, we were pretty impressed with the STX 22.
Despite some issues with reliability, we were pretty impressed with the STX 22.

We’d like to say that everything was 100% peachy with the Ohlins gear, but we did have some problems with the rear shock. It lost air, and we had issues with air passing from the positive to the negative chamber, which caused the shock to become ‘stuck down’ and remain compressed!

To Specialized’s credit, a new shock was on its way to us immediately. Specialized told us that they haven’t seen the issues that we were having before, so here’s hoping they were genuine outliers and moving forwards Ohlins suspension is as good as we know it can be.

The Roval wheels were fast and effective, but the spokes come loose remarkably quickly.
The Roval wheels were fast and effective, but the spokes came loose on the rear wheel.
There's lots of room for bigger rubber on the Enduro 29"!
There’s lots of room for bigger rubber on the Enduro 29″
You won't be doing many upgrades to the S-Works Enduro!
You won’t be doing many upgrades to the S-Works Enduro!

Who is this bike for?

The Enduro 29/6Fattie is a bike that could service a far wider range of riders than just the Enduro race crowd. Specialized have refined long travel 29” geometry over the years with the Enduro models, and the 2017 edition does a remarkable job of hiding the big hoops in a geometry that feels lively, but also stable when the going is fast and rough.

In the 6Fattie configuration, one word that we found ourselves using continually was control. If you’re not the craziest rider out there, jumping into rock gardens and slapping turns with reckless abandon, and you’re looking for something that is predictable in just about every situation, then the S-Works Enduro 6Fattie is hard to look past.

Due to its hard-charging attitude and well-balanced angles, the Enduro 29″ is obviously a bike that fits the bill as an enduro race machine, but it could also be a great option for a rider looking for something confidence inspiring on the descents that doesn’t lose its zippiness on more sedate trails.

The Enduro is fun and lively out on the trail.
The Enduro is fun on lots of trails, not just EWS race courses.

We’re obviously testing the crème de la crème model here, so if you’re tossing up between a mid-range Enduro or perhaps a Stumpjumper, we would highly recommend going for a test ride.

There's not too much drifting through corners on the Enduro 6Fattie!
There’s not too much drifting or skidding through corners on the Enduro 6Fattie, it has so much traction.

We started the review by talking about how Specialized are a brand renowned for taking risks with their products and moving the sport in new directions. After spending some quality time on the new Enduro, it’s clear the future is only getting better for mountain bikers.

Flow’s First Bite: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie

The new Enduro is so hot it's melting the ice here in Thredbo.
The new Enduro is so hot it’s melting the snow here in Thredbo.

This bike comes with a legendary reputation, way back in mid-2013  it emerged as one of the first 29ers to challenge perceptions of what a big wheeler was capable of. It’s received a major overhaul for 2017, and as we discussed in our initial impressions piece back in August, we like the changes Specialized have implemented.

We're excited to give the Enduro a thrashing on the variety of awesome trails Thredbo has to offer.
We’re excited to give the Enduro a thrashing on the variety of awesome trails Thredbo has to offer.

So, what sort of changes are we talking about?

The new Enduro begs to be pushed hard, and Thredbo is the perfect place for that.
The new Enduro begs to be pushed hard, and Thredbo is the perfect place for that.

Heading to Thredbo? We’d suggest you give the Makin Trax Basecamp a try. They hosted us for our week in Thredbo, and it was the perfect setup for our crew of six riders. With five bedrooms, to sleep up to 12 riders, a huge kitchen, an open fire and plenty of space to store your bikes, it’s just bloody ideal. They’re doing some great accommodation and lift pass packages too. Take a look!  

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Firstly, a glance at the geometry chart for the Enduro tells you that Specialized has given this bike the ‘long, low and slack’ treatment. In our large 29” Enduro, a roomy 604mm top tube is paired with a 66-degree head angle and 432mm chainstays. For a bike that can also accept 27.5×3.00 tyres, that’s a pretty short rear end!

The new Enduro utilises a longer top tube than its predecessor.
The new Enduro utilises a longer top tube than its predecessor.

Speaking of 27.5×3.00 tyres, for our test we’re going to be alternating between the stock 29” wheels and tyres and a set of 650B+ wheels, to see exactly how the bike changes with wheel and tyre size.

Getting the big wheels of the ground on a fresh section of the All-Mountain trail that is going to blow minds.
Getting the big wheels of the ground on a fresh section of the All-Mountain trail that is going to blow minds.

How much travel is the Enduro 29/6Fattie equipped with?

The Enduro 29/6Fattie comes equipped with a 160mm fork and 165mm of rear-end travel, which is a smidgen less than you’ll find on the 650B version of this bike, which is 170mm front and rear. Even still, 165mm on a 29er is a hefty amount of travel. Will it prove too much?

165mm of rear travel handled by the Swedish maestros of suspension, Öhlins.
165mm of rear travel handled by the Swedish maestros of suspension, Öhlins.

Is that Öhlins suspension front and rear?

It sure is! We’ve reviewed the RXF 34 fork in the past, and we rated it highly, so we’re excited to get some riding in on the RXF 36, which as the name suggests comes with 36mm stanchions, as opposed to 34mm. In this longer travel format, we think we’ll be able to get a better idea of the performance on offer, which was a little tricky to appreciate in the shorter travel version we previously tested.

We're excited to see how the RXF 36 stacks up.
We’re excited to see how the RXF 36 stacks up against the Pike and FOX 36.

What about the frame itself?

Another big tick from us is the inclusion of the SWAT box in the Enduro’s downtube. We love sneaking in rides without a backpack whenever possible, so keeping the SWAT compartment packed with essential spares and room for a snack means that you can pop a bottle on the bike and you’re ready to head out for at least a couple of hours. With the riding this bike is aimed at, you’re going to appreciate not having weight on your back and being able to move around the bike freely!

We're big fans of the SWAT box on the new Enduro.
We’re big fans of the SWAT box on the new Enduro.

Another change to the frame design is the cable routeing. All the internal routeing is guided by sleeves within the frame, which means fewer hassles when working on the bike. Adding to this, Specialized have moved the rear brake and derailleur cables from exiting underneath the bike to running through the chainstays, which eliminates the chance of them snagging and bashing into debris out on the trail.

Neat cable routing through the chainstays ensures that cables are out of the way from trail debris.
Neat cable routeing through the chainstays ensures that cables are out of the way from trail debris.

There seems to be a lot of 170mm ‘enduro specific’ bikes cropping up, do I need one of these bikes if I’m not racing? 

Whilst the emerging trend of 170mm ‘enduro’ bikes is perhaps overkill for a lot of riders, the bike still only weighs a hair over 13 kilograms, so if descending is your priority, then maybe this is the right bike for you, regardless of if you plan to race or not.

We're looking forward to seeing if the Enduro lives up to its 'do it all' reputation.
We’re looking forward to seeing if the Enduro lives up to its ‘do it all’ reputation.

Anyhow, we’re off to do a few laps of the hill here at Thredbo – stay tuned for our detailed review shortly!

Specialized Enduro 2017 – Even More Enduro

Long before the EWS, open-face helmets with goggles or matchy-matchy kit, there was the Specialized Enduro.  This was a bike that defined the category before there even was a category to define. The chicken and egg of the bike world, or something like that. And just like the sport of Enduro has been evolving, so to has the Specialized Enduro. Its latest incarnation is this stunning piece of work you see before you today.

S-Works Enduro FSR Carbon 29/6Fattie. 13.2kg of category blasting goodness.
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The black on black S-Works Enduro FSR Carbon 650B. Only 13.1kg on the scales, whoa.

This bike’s reputation is superb, for many years it has exemplified the versatile mix of insane downhill speed and steady climbing efficiency that the sport of Enduro demands. With Jared Graves on board Specialized now, the brand’s commitment to the sport of Enduro racing is more apparent than ever, and we find it hard to imagine a better weapon for doing battle on the EWS than the new Enduro.

Very early on during our first ride, comfortable enough to push the boundaries just a little bit…

We were lucky enough to get some time on the Enduro on some of our local trails ahead of the official launch, and we’ll be following this initial report up with a full review ASAP. For now, let’s take a look at what the Big S have created!

The X-Wing frame design carries over similar shapes from the existing Enduro platflorm.
The X-Wing frame design carries over similar shapes from the existing Enduro platflorm.

Key points: 

Options in all wheel sizes

Boost hub spacing

More travel

More robust and sensible construction

Expansion of Öhlins suspension partnership


650B and 29er/6Fattie options: 

Time to delve into everyone’s favourite topic: wheel sizes! Specialized are covering all bases with the Enduro, so no matter what hoops you prefer, they have you sorted. For our test ride, we had a 650B with 2.6″ tyres, and 29er with 2.3″ tyres.

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The Specialized S-Works 650B with 2.6″ tyres.
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Chunky tread on the 650B Enduro will promote a bit of reckless shredding in anyone.

If you thought that 650B had won the day in the long-travel and Enduro racing world, that’s not the case. If anything, 29″ wheels are making a stronger push than ever into this realm. Take a look at the recent EWS Colorado podium if you want proof, where all three podium spots were taken out by 29ers! While we’re yet to see Plus sized wheels really blossom at the upper end of Enduro racing, it’s only a matter of time we feel.

Either way, Specialized have taken a very sensible approach with the new Enduro, offering the bike in a dedicated 650B version and a 29er version that can accommodate also accept 6Fattie (or 27.5+) wheels.

The new 650B Fattie specific treads, 2.6".
The new 2.6″ treads on 30mm wide Roval Traverse rims. These big tyres will fit the standard 650B Enduro, even though they’re verging on ‘Fatties’. Now we’re talking!

This approach makes a tonne of sense – why produce three different frames for the various wheel sizes, when you can produce two instead?  Having said that, Specialized aren’t actually speccing any Enduro models with 6Fattie wheels right out of the box. If you want 6Fatties then it’s a swap you’ll need to negotiate with your dealer, but at least it is a possibility.

Interestingly, unlike some other frames which are designed to run either 27.5+ or 29er wheels (for instance the Pivot Switchblade or Santa Cruz High Tower) the new Enduro doesn’t use any headset cups or other geometry adjustments if you’re switching between wheel sizes.

You do need to be aware that swapping wheels will have an impact on the bike’s bottom bracket height – a 29er wheel with 2.3″ tyres gives you a BB height of 352mm, swap this for a 27.5 x 3.0″ 6Fattie setup and you get a BB height of 345mm (or 339mm if you use 2.8″ tyres).Specialized Enduro 2017_LOW6795

Loads of travel, but the Enduro manages to hide it in a bike that never feels too much to manage.
Loads of travel, but the Enduro manages to hide it in a bike that never feels too much to manage.

Looking at wheel/tyre clearance, the 29er/6Fattie frame will accommodate 29×2.5″ tyres or up to 3.0″ with a 6Fattie setup. The 650B Enduro can accept up to a 2.6″ tyre without a worry, which is what we ran on our test bike.

 

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432mm stays on the 29/6Fattie and a slacker 65.5 degree head angle.

Even more aggressive geometry:

The Enduro was already slacker than a fruit picking backpacker with a Bundy hangover, but things get more laid back once again.  On the 650B bike you’re looking at a 65.5-degree head angle, while the 29er frame is half a degree sharper at 66-degrees.

Those short chain stays that have always given the Enduro such a playful ride remain. On the 650B frame they’re just 425mm, while on the 29/6Fattie frame they’re are a tad longer at 432mm (which is super given it’ll take a 3.0″ tyre). The move to Boost rear hub spacing is key in getting the rear end so short with such big rubber.

 

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165mm travel out the back on the 29er.

More bounce, more robust:

In both 650B and 29er formats, the Enduro gets a little more travel, pushing up into some truly downhill territory. There’s now 170mm at both ends on the 650B, while the 29er has 165mm rear and 160mm out front.

170mm RockShox Lyrik leads the way for the 650B Enduro.
170mm RockShox Lyrik leads the way for the 650B Enduro.

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Practicality gets a couple of big wins: the Enduro has a regular 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell AND every single bearing in the suspension is now exactly the same size, making servicing at lot less complex.

Bridge-less seat stays and a robust linkage with 8mm allen key hardware. Tough!
Bridge-less seat stays and a robust linkage with 8mm allen key hardware. Tough!

The incredibly clean lines are enhanced by the move to internal cable routing. It’s done properly too, with carbon sleeves guiding the brake and gear lines through the frame, so you’re not left swearing and trying to coax a brake line through the guts of the bike. Both gear and brake lines are now routed over the top of the bottom bracket shell, which reduces the amount of movement in the lines as the suspension cycle, for less chance of cable rub or snagging on debris.

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Without the need for front derailleur options, this area can be as stiff, compact and light as it can be.

Front derailleurs are banished:

You won’t find a front mech on any bike in the new Enduro range. Actually, you have to look damn hard to find a front derailleur just about anywhere in Specialized’s 2017 line up! All new Enduros are 1x specific, with no option to run a front derailleur. The top dog S-Works models we rode had the amazing SRAM Eagle drivetrain, which with a 500% range makes a front mech redundant anyhow.

SWAT Door:

When we first saw Specialised’s SWAT Door down tube storage, we cringed. But it took just one ride to realise that it makes a huge amount of sense, and we’re big fans now. It’s great to see the SWAT Door making its way onto the new Enduro, letting you stuff all your spares inside the frame where they’re secure, protected and never left behind.

SWAT Door.
SWAT Door.

Take one look at the trends in Enduro racing, and you’ll quickly see fewer and fewer backpacks as riders look to lighten the load. Having the SWAT Door makes this just a little easier, and means no more floppy pockets or taping crap to your bike.

Öhlins Suspension Partnership:

Swedish suspension gods, Öhlins are expanding their mountain bike range in conjunction with Specialized.
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Öhlins STX22 rear shock built for the Enduro. Low and high speed compression adjustment, rebound and also Auto Sag from Specialized for simple setup.

Specialized’s association with those premium Swedish suspension gurus, Öhlins, continues. This prestigious partnership sees the Pro and S-Works models equipped with the amazing STX22 rear shock. We’re happy to see that Specialized has moved away from Cane Creek on their high-end Enduros – our experience with the Cane Creek was less than perfect. We’re very impressed by the simple but highly effective adjustability of the STX22. Because the shock is engineered for this bike specifically, it doesn’t need a huge range of rebound or compression adjustability as it’s valved appropriately from the get-go.

Hucking is the new Enduro.
#HuckingisthenewEnduro.
Yeah, we know. It’s hot.

On the S-Works 29er Enduro you’ll also find the Öhlins RXF 36 fork too. We reviewed the RXF 34 not long ago (check out the review here) and it’s damn impressive. We think the benefits of the Öhlins damping will be even more apparent in this longer travel scenario too. For now, the 650B version misses out on an Öhlins fork, but we’re sure there’s a 650B incarnation on the way.

Stay tuned for our full review of the Enduro when they begin to arrive in Australia. Yeehaa!
Stay tuned for our full review of the Enduro when they begin to arrive in Australia. Yeehaa!

Video: Specialized Welcomes Jared Graves

Over his career, there isn’t much that Jared Graves has set his mind to that he hasn’t accomplished, whether it’s been competing at the highest levels of BMX, crit racing, 4X, downhill, or enduro.

Tenacious and determined, Jared embodies natural talent on the bike, and we couldn’t be more stoked to announce that he’s joined the Specialized family.

Look for him next year on the EWS circuit aboard an S-Works Enduro.

“I am pumped to join forces with Specialized, no other brand has the full compliment of top-shelf bikes and gear and the level of commitment to success. The whole team is setup really well with the best support, the best mechanics and the best teammates. Racing with my old buddy Curtis Keene is going to be unreal, we have been buds forever and now to be teammates, I am confident we can help each other and both become better riders through the process.” Said Graves.