The size S4 Specialized Enduro we’re reviewing may look different than most of the ones you’ve seen on the trail, that’s because this color was only available as a frameset and was the bike Drew chose to build up as his personal test mule this year. That being said, it doesn’t have any custom parts or one-off bits that make it perform any different than what you as a consumer could procure. The one difference that most folks noted was the shock selection. Drew opted for a Fox Float DPX shock as it provides a very lively, sensitive feel which, many of our riders enjoy.
Build aside, the performance of the Specialized Enduro was pretty impressive all around. Climbing to the top of our favorite test trails wasn’t quite as fast or efficient as the Orbea Rallon or Fezzari La Sal Peak, however it was a step ahead of the Cannondale Jekyll and Norco Range. The position is comfortable, and the platform offers decent efficiency overall. Some riders would likely prefer a steeper seat tube angle but at 76 degrees, it’s not going to hold you back.
When traversing hillsides or riding along mellower, low grade trails, the Enduro remains lively and comfortable. It certainly prefers steeper, faster terrain but it does not feel heavy or cumbersome on the types of terrain we reckon most riders find themselves spend a lot of time on.
With gravity on our side, the Specialized Enduro really begins to shine. Each of our testers found themselves smiling and scorching the trails beneath them. Surprised as they may have been by this “Old” bike, Specialized Bicycles seem to have really nailed geo, suspension and overall ride quality of this bike and the many podiums it has under its belt corroborate that.
Noteworthy callouts for the bike would be the supple and very lively rear end suspension, well-rounded manners and in-frame storage compartment.