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2018 Specialized Enduro Comp 27.5 Bike (discontinued)

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A four month review of the bright red bomber

A four month review of the bright red bomber
The Good:

Looks great especially in red. Beefy frame construction with added reach. No fuss components including a quality dropper post and excellent, almost plus sized tyres. Pedals well for such a capable DH oriented bike. Set and forget suspension which is plush off the top but offers great bottom out resistance on the bigger hits. Value for money.

The Bad:

The tyres - they are tough and provide reasonable grip but are heavy and the tread pattern is over kill out back. Harder to find the pressure sweet spot than with 2-3- 2.5 tyres.
The short HT and stack height makes the bars low like an XC bike even in XL, which works for climbing but isn't great when things get steep and technical. An upgrade to another brand of bar or angled stem is the only solution. Specialized bars only come in a max 25mm rise.
Guide R brakes lack the power and reliability of old SLX brakes with same size rotors. Bleeding requires bleeding edge hose from SRAM, at extra expense.
Yari fork does not match the back end in terms of plushness but is a solid performer. Wheel and tyre combo is heavy.

Overall Review:

The "bad" list appears to outweigh the good, but that's not the case. This is a very confidence inspiring and good looking bike. Although very heavy at 15.9 kg with DX pedals,  a different stem and grips, the bike pedals up hill well very well, even with the shock in the open position. Downhill, the only thing that lets it down is the brakes and at times the low bar height. The bike jumps and corners very well and carries speed through the rough. This is a beefy forgiving bike and ideal a mini-dh or park bike although as I said, it can be pedaled uphill with success and has immense grip.. My longest ride as around the 45km mark.  It likes speed and still surprises me at how fast it can be thrown into the roughest sections. The Rockshox suspension is easy to set up and doesn't seem to suffer from the problems identified with the Ohlins on higher end models. 


Product Specialized Enduro Comp 27.5 Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S (high, low), M (high, low), L (high, low), XL (high, low) View Geometry
Size S (high, low) M (high, low) L (high, low) XL (high, low)
Top Tube Length 560mm 585mm 612mm 639mm
Head Tube Angle 65.5°, 65° 65.5°, 65° 65.5°, 65° 65.5°, 65°
Head Tube Length 95mm 105mm 120mm 130mm
Seat Tube Angle 76.9° 76.8° 76.6° 76.5°
Seat Tube Length 396mm 430mm 467mm 521mm
Bottom Bracket Height 350.5mm, 342.5mm 350.5mm, 342.5mm 350.5mm, 342.5mm 350.5mm, 342.5mm
Chainstay Length 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm
Wheelbase 1171mm 1197mm 1225mm 1252mm
Standover 749mm 759mm 772mm 786mm
Reach 423mm 444mm 466mm 489mm
Stack 590mm 599mm 613mm 622mm
* Additional Info Geometry adjustable via flip chip.
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details M5 alloy, alloy ManFu link and shock extension
Rear Travel 170mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch Plus, Autosag, 3-position compression adjust, rebound adjust, custom tune, 215.9mm x 57.1mm
Fork RockShox Yari RC, tapered steerer, 46mm offset, rebound and compression adust, 110x15mm Maxle Ultimate thru-axle
Fork Travel 170mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Handlebar Specialized DH, 7050 alloy, 6° upsweep, 8° backsweep, 27mm rise, 800mm width, 31.8mm clamp
Stem Specialized Trail, 3D forged alloy, 6° rise, 31.8mm clamp, 4-bolt, 45mm length (S-L), 60mm length (XL)
Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
Brakes SRAM Guide R, S4 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 200mm front rotor, 180mm rear rotor
Brake Levers SRAM Guide R
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM GX, trigger, 11-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, long cage, 11-speed
Chainguide Upper guide
Cranks Race Face Aeffect alloy, 24mm spindle, 6000 series alloy, 170mm length
Chainrings Race Face Aeffect, 30 tooth, direct mount, steel
Bottom Bracket Threaded
Pedals N/A
Chain KMC X11, 11-speed, with Missing Link
Cassette SRAM XG 1150, 11-speed, 10-42 tooth
Rims Roval Traverse 27.5, hookless alloy, 29mm inner width, 24 hole front, 28 hole rear, tubeless ready
Hubs Front: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 110x15mm thru-axle, 24 hole
Rear: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 148x12mm thru-axle, 28 hole
Spokes DT Swiss Industry, stainless, 3-cross, 2.0"
Tires Specialized Butcher, GRID casing, Gripton compound, 2Bliss ready, 27.5" x 2.6"
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
Seatpost Specialized Command Post IRcc, 12-position micro-height adjustable, alien head design, bottom mount cable routing, remote adjust SRL lever, 100mm travel (S), 125mm travel (M-XL)
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes (single)
Colors Gloss Black/Hyper, Rocket Red/Black
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous FSR suspension
Internal cable routing
Internal dropper post routing
Price $3,200
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