The Specialized Enduro is back for 2020! We’ll give you no points for guessing what kind of riding the bike is aimed at, and none for working out which bike in its range inspired the design of the new 170mm carbon 29er.
The Enduro first came on the scene in 1999 – 20 years ago now — and in many ways, it was a completely new approach to mountain bike design back then; designed to be capable on the descents, yet still happy getting you back up to the top.
While that’s the goal of pretty much any mountain bike these days, back then bikes that were good at climbing weren’t great at descending, and bikes with the travel to get back down fast were pigs uphill.
Enduro (and the Enduro) has evolved drastically over time though: race tracks are now touching downhill levels of gnarly-ness, often lasting longer but still with plenty of pedalling back to the top. As such, specialist bikes such as the Enduro have to keep pace.
Reflecting this, Specialized’s goal was to make a bike that’s as fast as possible through rough technical terrain and when being pedalled. Specialized says that the new Enduro is a ‘momentum carrying’ bike that maintains speed at every opportunity. Massive cues have been taken from Specialized’s Demo DH bike, which is a clear departure from Enduros of old.
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