First Look: 2013 Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon 21

<b>"Climb Higher. Descend Farther." That's Specialized's slogan for the brand spanking new 2013 S-Works Enduro Carbon. With enduro racing becoming more common, they were driven to improve the bike's pedaling characteristics for the upcoming year.</b>

<b>There are new aluminum versions as well. This is the Enduro Comp, and there's also an Expert edition. Both share the same geometry, new linkage, and many of the finer details as the S-Works model.</b>

<b>More travel, less weight. The new Enduro has 165mm of rear travel coupled with a new 34mm Fox fork. Frames are 100-120 grams lighter in the carbon variety, and 80 grams less in aluminum.</b>

<b>Internal routing and water bottle mounts were a must when they sat down to design this beauty.</b>

<b>As Sloan explains, they changed the shock configuration so it no longer uses DU bushings, but now now uses the same system as previously used on the Stumpjumper.</b>

<b>For 2013, you'll see the super adjustable Cane Creek DBair on the S-Works model. In our own testing, this shock has proven to be one of the best air shocks available.</b>

<b>The Comp and Expert versions are equipped with Fox shocks with an Auto-Sag feature that makes suspension setup quicker and easier.</b>

<b>Aside from a few cosmetic changes, the 2013 version has a very similar layout to 2012, and geometry is very similar.</b>

<b>The only major change geometry wise is a shorter headtube, which will help keep the overall stack height reasonable.</b>

<b>SMOOTH!</b>

<b>Fed up with finicky plastic solutions, Specialized came up with a clever new seat clamp to hold the dropper post cable in place.</b>

<b>Specialized was one of the first to adopt SRAM's new XX1 system. It's 1x11 with a huge 42 tooth cassette in the rear.</b>

<b>Just to ensure the chain stays put, they opted to put a simple E.13 single speed guide up front. Sloan said that testing has proven the XX1 chainring to be super impressive with regards to chain retention, even without a guide.</b>

<b>Also new for 2013 are the Roval Traverse SL rims. These all-mountain specific carbon rims will come on the S-Works Enduro model, and aluminum versions will come on the Expert and Comp. Watch for more details on these in the coming days.</b>

<b>It's so good, we had to give you one more look. Watch for a Vital exclusive Enduro video with Curtis Keene and crew dropping sometime soon. You'll dig it. Curious about full build specs and geometry? Check the Vital MTB product guide for the <font color="#FF0000"><u><a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/S-Works-Enduro-Carbon,10287" Target="_blank">2013 Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon.</a></u></font> MSRP is $7700.</b>

Ohhhh yeah! We're at a big 2013 Specialized Press Launch this week, and there are several new goodies coming down the pipe soon. The number one item on the menu? The all new 2013 S-Works Enduro Carbon. It sports a new linkage, slightly modified geometry, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and that oh-so-sexy FACT carbon frame. Oh, and get this - it weighs just 25.9 pounds out of the box. Get the full scoop by pushing play.
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21 comments
  • Mike_Doucette

    7/11/2012 10:33 PM

    Why would the CTD be welcome in any high end product? CTD looks to be a selling point. Attracting people that know or care little to nothing about suspension setup. While you can still choose what setting to use for a given trail, it is a bit misleading. I.e. no compression on the descend mode!, at a loss for words. Specialized provides a shock with the most "tuneablity" on the market in conjunction with a "one size fits all damper". Give us a 36 with real high and low speed damping.

  • danseverson photo

    7/11/2012 3:31 PM

    yes please! Now, just need to scrape up a few bucks

  • Mike_Doucette

    7/10/2012 10:31 PM

    64.5% head angle? I call your bluff

  • bturman

    7/10/2012 10:40 PM

    Sloan slipped up on that one. It's 66.5 degrees.

  • Anonimatomloki

    7/10/2012 9:57 PM

    1 Word = Kashima

  • JimEG

    7/10/2012 9:31 PM

    Sounds more like a beefed up Stumpy Evo than a new Enduro.

  • divisadero

    7/10/2012 4:29 PM

    I'd still prefer to have a bash guard. But, yeah, nice bike.

  • GrantEllman

    7/10/2012 3:05 PM

    everything looks sick except the 34mm forks. Come on specialized, is it really worth those tiiiiny weight savings to ditch the stiffness of a 36 (especially on a DH oriented AM bike.) Bad choice IMO.

  • Inclag

    7/11/2012 6:29 AM

    There is also the Enduro EVO models that have yet to be released.
    See here http://fotoalbum.mtb-forum.it/albums/25162/thumbs_800/177304.jpg

    This bike will boast 180mm travel front and rear and is the reason the Big S will be dropping the SX Trail. Me thinks this will be a beefed up and more DH oriented version that some of you folks are calling for.

  • NoahColorado

    7/12/2012 9:32 AM

    34mm is where its at for a bike like this. If every part on a bike can get a tiny weight savings then the whole thing ends up being substantially lighter.

  • TEAMROBOT

    7/12/2012 2:09 PM

    The other thing that no one's talking about, UNTIL NOW, is that the 36 is 10mm taller. If you like slack head angles and tall handlebars and spacers under your stem and such, the 36 is pretty sweet. Tall bar height is so in right now.

    To clarify, the 36 represents moar stiffness, moar adjustability, a moar common front hub, and moar bar height. Moar is always better.

  • Uncle Cliffy

    7/12/2012 9:09 PM

    Too bad 20mm axles are becoming MOAR UNcommon...

  • TEAMROBOT

    7/12/2012 9:14 PM

    It is too bad, Mr. Cliffy. It seems like pinch bolts are so two thousand and late.

  • GrantEllman

    7/15/2012 10:39 AM

    Agreed. The weight savings on a 15mm axle are so small, but the stiffness advantages of a 20mm are pretty big. Why can't 20mm just be standard?!

  • Uncle Cliffy

    7/10/2012 4:59 PM

    The industry wins out yet again. 36mm forks are going the way of the freeride set. Engineer egg heads probably saw a negligible stiffness penalty with a slight weight reduction for the same travel. Reminds me of 15mm axles and how you can't get a trail fork in 20mm as easy as you used to... Meh. Still looks fine to me.

  • Hittheshowers13

    7/10/2012 6:56 PM

    Exactly what I was thinking. With the Stumpy Evo 26 taking care of that segment, why not keep the beef up front? Spoke to a top guy running 34s at Ashland and he said it was almost as stiff, but not. With a bike like the Enduro, where you can do everything, that 36 up front seems like it inspires more confidence. Haven't ridden the 34 though, but I would miss the beef when sending/dropping/plowing.

  • ryan_daugherty

    7/10/2012 2:56 PM

    I can't believe i'm saying this but $7,700 doesn't seem too bad for what you're getting.

  • callumw18

    7/10/2012 1:17 PM

    Now to figure out how to "break" my enduro frame...

  • Uncle Cliffy

    7/10/2012 1:13 PM

    Whether you love or hate the big "S," you have to admit they covered all the bases on this one...

  • iceman2058

    7/10/2012 2:46 PM

    Yeah...

  • sspomer

    7/10/2012 12:51 PM

    drool! looking good