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Specialized Enduro Expert Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
Specialized Enduro Expert Bike Enduro Expert
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    Featured Review

    “The Downhiller's One Bike”

    The Good: To put it simply, this bike rides like a DH bike but allows you to peddle to the top. The geometry, and suspension design allows you to throw your bike into the gnarliest of lines and come out clean. I've ridden this bike in every environment, from Northstar rocks to fast flowy single track and it's very difficult if not impossible to find a bike that excels as well as the Enduro in all conditions. If you are a rider that likes to haul the mail and can only afford one bike, this is without a doubt it. Good: 1) Geometry 2)Ability to plow through anything like a DH bike 3)Built to last. I ride my bikes hard, and have trashed this bike and it's still going strong. After a year and a half of shuttling, lift riding, and local xc riding(which may as well be downhilling as well) the bike has no dents in the frame and only a few minor scratches. The frame bearings are all still good, and the frame has no noticeable flex when riding hard.

    The Bad: There are 5 things that I don't really like about the Enduro. Some can be easily changed but some cannot. 1) The cable routing under the frame. This is not really a problem if you don't shuttle, or ever throw your bike over a tailgate, but I really wish bicycle companies would consider this when designing the cable routing. 2)The shock: I debated putting this in the bad category as it does do many things well, but if you are an aggressive/heavier rider, the shock has a tendency to blow through the travel on harder hits(G outs, small drops, big square edge bumps) 3)The offset specialized stem. Over time, the spacer for the stem will decide it's worn out and you will literally be able to flex your handlebars up and down a half inch. Ditch the specialized stem and buy a Thompson. 4)Not coming with a travel adjust fork. This bike will climb much better with a travel adjust fork(Specialized specced the 2012 enduro expert with a travel adjust fork). On steeper climb the bike makes you feel like your riding a wheelie. This is a give and take though. The geo of the bike yields amazing DH performance so it's understandable the way the bike climbs. From personal experience a travel adjust fork will make this thing a much more eager climbing machine. 5) The Specialized seat will eventually start to creak; get a new one. Also, if you are using a Specialized Command Post, crank the bolt that holds the seat in place five times harder than you would anything else, or your seat will self adjust.

    Overall Review:

    Overall, you want this bike if you are a gravity focused rider that can only have one bike. If you have a DH bike and are looking for a trail bike, look for a smaller bike. The only reason I say that is because this bike climbs like a pig compared to other bikes in its class. The Nomad, Ibis Mojo, etc all pedal much better. The tradeoff is the Enduro rides down the trail better. Personally, I will be selling this bike to get a lighter, more XC friendly bike at the end of the year, but that is because I have a DH bike to ride, and this bike creates some overlap in the bike stable.But, in summary, this bike is rad. You will not be disappointed if you buy one.


    The Good: Climbs well, Descends even better. Slack geometry. durable. Looks great.

    The Bad: The stock shock isnt my favorite but it is decent.

    Overall Review: I was looking for a bike that could both descend and climb. Little did I know that I was getting a bike that could both handle all the downhill I was capable of dishing out and more but I would also be able to give my XC friends a run for the money when out on XC rides. This bike really is the best of both worlds. Im not looking to replace this anytime in the near future.


    The Good: Climbing, descending, jumping, everything

    The Bad: None. This is a rad bike

    Overall Review: Rode this in Moab, UT. It is super confidence inspiring. I felt like I could do anything on this bike. Climbs amazingly well and is a blast coming down in any type of terrain. 5' drop to flat and lots of rocks with absolutely no complaints. This is an awesome bike. It is a little slower than my stumpy EVO on flats and long climbs, but one of the funnest bikes I have ever ridden

    “Game Changer”

    The Good: Everything

    The Bad: The cable routing and rear shock could be better at aggressive speeds.

    Overall Review: I got the s-works carbon 2011 and built with existing parts. Fox 36 RC2, Crossmax SX's etc. Tough and aggressive build but around 30lb. It NEEDS a Great fork as this bike is SO fast and encouraging and just Dangerous. Truly rides has a performance of a DH bike but doesn't feel slow and sluggish everywhere else. Pedals like a madman, playful and stable. I have found my soulmate! I would like to run my sag at 30+% as it feels incredible but when you sreally start to get aggressive (which is easy) it starts bottoming out. Would like more progression. Maybe an EVO install? So I run it at 25% and its all good.

    “Fast and Fun”

    The Good: Super tough, pedals amazing, super plush, goes ANYWHERE

    The Bad: Talas up front might be cool

    Overall Review: Bike is perfect. It does everything it was intended for exactly as you expect it to. It pedals phenomenally with the RP23 pro pedal and 2x10. When you get to the top, it descends any line even the wrong one. Its the perfect balance for a do absolutely everything bike.

    “DH Balls...XC Legs”

    The Good: Strong, Stiff, Light (Relativley), Perfect Geometry, ISCG Tabs, Pedals Extremely well for a bike with such DH capability. Have yet to find anything it can't handle. Blindfolded, you will think you are on your DH bike.

    The Bad: The Fox RP23 Shock leaves something to be desired when pushed. QR & 135mm rear axle spacing.

    Overall Review: If you can only afford, or only want, one bike...make it an Enduro. The Enduro is the definition of the "Do It All" bike. I am currently riding a 2010 Enduro which I built from the frame up. It is my 3rd Enduro after riding a 2007 Enduro SL and a 2008 Enduro SL Pro Carbon, I decided to go back to the aluminum version as I continue to ride progressivley more difficult (ie. Rocky) trails in the north east. If I had to do it again, I might go with the carbon frame though. I currently have my bike set up with a Fox 36 Talas fork and it is the perfect fork for this bike. Dropping the travel for long extended climbs really makes it that much better. I added the Talas after a year of riding on Specialized's own E160 fork. Not that it was bad in any way, I just felt the Fox is a little bit better. The great thing about the Enduro is you can set it up to do whatever you want it to do. I currently have mine set up with a short Sunline Stem and wide Sunline Bars. I am also currently running a 1x9 (soon to be 1x10) drivetrain with Stylo Cranks, E13 Guidering, MRP G2 Chainguide, an XO rear deraileur, and Easton Havoc AM Wheels. Before pulling the trigger on the new Enduro, I rode the Trek Remedy & Scratch as well as the new Rocky Mtn. Slayer and for my money, the Spesh was where it's at. Specialized absolutley nailed the geometry on the new Enduro and it by far one of the best, if not the best handling bike I have ever ridden. I am 6'3" tall and ride a size large frame.

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    Model Year
    Riding Type Trail, Freeride
    Sizes and Geometry

    S, M, L, XL View Geometry

    Size S M L XL
    Top Tube Length 560mm 590mm 620m 645mm
    Head Tube Angle 66.5-deg 66.5-deg 66.5-deg 66.5-deg
    Head Tube Length 120mm 130mm 150mm 170mm
    Seat Tube Angle 70.5-deg 70.5-deg 70.5-deg 70.5-deg
    Seat Tube Length 420mm 444mm 467mm 520mm
    Bottom Bracket Height 350mm 350mm 350mm 350mm
    Chainstay Length 419mm 419mm 419mm 419mm
    Wheelbase 1120mm 1151mm 1185mm 1213mm
    Standover 756mm 761mm 773mm 801mm
    Reach 404mm 431mm 457mm 477mm
    Stack 577mm 587mm 605mm 623mm
    Frame Material M5 alloy, fully manipulated frame w/ ORE TT/ DT, tapered and forged HT, ISCG mount, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 160mm travel
    Rear Travel 160mm travel
    Rear Shock Fox RP23 with Boost Valve, reb and separate climbing setting and custom 3-position low-speed comp adj., 8.5x2.125-in
    Fork Fox 36 Float R, air spring, tapered alloy steerer, reb adj., 20mm thru-axle, 160mm
    Fork Travel 160mm
    Head Tube Diameter 1-1/8 to 1.5-in
    Headset 1-1/8 and 1.5-in Threadless, Campy style upper with 1.5-in lower, cartridge bearings
    Handlebar Specialized Enduro low-rise bar, 7050 alloy, 720mm wide, 8 degree backsweep, 6 degree up, 31.8mm
    Stem Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp, adjustable rise
    Grips Specialized lock-on, S/M: Grappler, Other: Rocca
    Brakes F: Custom Avid Elixir CR SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less pad contact & reach adj., alloy backed semi-metallic pads, stainless hardware, 203mm rotor. R: Custom Avid Elixir CR SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less pad contact & reach adj., alloy backed semi-metallic pads, stainless hardware, 185mm rotor
    Brake Levers Custom Avid Elixir CR SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach and pad contact adj., alloy lever blade
    Shifters SRAM X.9, 10-speed, aluminum trigger
    Front Derailleur SRAM X.7, 10-speed, S1 direct mount for DMD, bottom pull
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.0, 10-speed, mid cage
    ISCG Tabs Yes
    Chainguide Gamut Shift Guide
    Cranks Custom SRAM Carbon S-2200, 10-speed AM double, GXP spindle, removeable spider, Gamut Shift Guide, S: 170mm, others: 175mm
    Chainrings 36A x 24A, 4-bolt, 104/64mm
    Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP, outboard bearing
    Pedals Resin Test Ride Pedals with toe clips, CEN std.
    Chain KMC X10, 10-speed, w/ reuseable Missing Link, nickel plates
    Cassette Shimano HG81, 10-speed, 11-36t
    Rims Roval Traverse AL, alloy disc, 26mm, 27/32h
    Hubs F: Roval Traverse AL, alloy, 20mm thru-axle, 27h. R: Roval Traverse AL, QR, 32h
    Spokes DT Swiss Competition 1.8/1.6mm stainless
    Tires F: Specialized Clutch Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.3-in. R: Purgatory Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss ready aramid bead, dual compound, 26x2.2-in
    Saddle Specialized BG Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
    Seatpost Specialized Command Post, 3 position, 125mm adjustable height w/air spring, remote operated, single bolt head
    Seat Post Diameter
    Seatpost Clamp 34.9mm clamp ID, 7050 hard annodized alloy collar w/ QR, black
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 10x135mm
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors Black Chrome
    Warranty Limited lifetime


    Miscellaneous Protective clear coat, derailleur hanger, reflectors, owners manual
    Price $4400.00
    More Info Specialized website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
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