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2014 Specialized Enduro Comp 29 Bike (discontinued)

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Jack of all trades, master of fun

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Fast, gobs of traction, good value

The Bad:

nothing major at this point

Overall Review:

At a demo day last fall, I took an Enduro 29 (s-works model)on the familiar trails of western CO I was amazed at how well it handled the chunky desert terrain. The Enduro 29 gets touted for being a bike that shines once the trail points downhill.  It not only did that, but I noticed a greater improvement in the way it climbed technical terrain over my previous aggressive all mountain bikes. I'm not really interested in timing my runs but there was no denying the fun when I was flying up, down and over the same terrain at a noticeably faster speed.

I decided to sell my do-it-all trusty steed and get a new Enduro 29 and my budget lined up best with the Comp model.  I couldn't help but wonder if there would be a huge step down in ride quality and fun from the s-works or if I would be kicking myself for going with budget parts found on the Comp.

The trouble with the lowest build level of a certain bike is that you often end up changing a lot of parts out. In this case it wasn't too bad.  I moved over a carbon handlebar from my previous bike, shortened the stem from 60 to 50mm, moved over my dropper post, and converted the tires to tubeless.  Specialized gets bonus points for making the tubeless conversion super easy since the tires are tubeless ready, the rims strips are airtight, and the tubeless valves are included at purchase.  After a month of riding, I ended up swapping out the 2x10 in favor of a budget 1x10 drivetrain (wolftooth GC and ring paired to a Sram X9 spiderless 170mm crankarm). Though the 2x10 worked fine, the change was mostly since I was used to a 1x drivetrain. As a perk, the swap dropped roughly 1.5 pounds off the bike.

Air suspension is getting better each year and the Pike is pretty nice, definitely the best air fork that I've ridden. The Fox CTD in the rear is fine but tends to go through the travel pretty quickly on medium hits.  A more progressive tune would be preferred to prevent bottoming out as much. As far as the switch goes, I toggle between the trail and descend modes but will often forget to keep it current to what I'm riding.

I'm a pretty die-hard Shimano guy when it comes to brakes so I figured I'd be ditching the stock Formula ones. I've stuck with them as they function well enough despite having to bleed them a little more than what I'm used to with Shimano.

At 5'10" the size medium is perfect for me.  I like frames generally a smidge on the small side.  I did try the size large and the bike felt way too big for my liking. 

The Enduro felt very comfortable from the start except in steep and slow speed handling (mostly going down) which I attribute to having a head angle that is a bit steeper than any bike that I've ridden in the past 4+ years. With speed, this bike will fly over just about anything but the awkward techy maneuvers for me were something I had to get used to.  I have gotten used to it now, one solution for me was to keep the fork a bit stiffer through the initial travel by using a couple of clicks on the compression dial.

So what do I think could be improved?

#1 Since the bottom bracket is fairly low, I wish the bike would have come with 170mm length crank arms instead of 175mm. With an aggressive bike like this, having a little extra clearance is nice when mashing the pedals through the rough.

#2 The Fox CTD shock is noticeably weaker than the Pike up front. Upgrading to a nicer shock should be something to look into if you're riding more aggressively.

#3 The seatpost quick release clamp on the bike is junk. The brass washer in the clamping mechanism ended up carving a groove in the qr lever, rendering it ineffective. Mine wasn't just a fluke, the LBS said it happens all the time. Ask your shop to change it out for you or just plan on spending a few bucks sooner or later for something decent.

Other than those things, I'm down to aesthetic quibbles and personal preferences. With dropper posts now in the 6" range, I'd like to see a shorter seat tube by just an inch. Also, I'd rather have a straight down tube with the water bottle mount on the underside and have all the cables routed on the top of the downtube for a cleaner look and peace of mind of not having rocks flip up and chip away at the brake line.

Overall the bike is a blast to ride. With over half a season under it's belt, the reliability of the Enduro has been good. So far I've had no problems besides bleeding the brakes a little more than normal. For me, this bike has added a dimension of fun to climbing without a sacrifice to the fun of the descent.  As far as the value goes, the comp model is a good value in my opinion. With a few simple and relatively inexpensive changes, the weight and functionality can approach the $6600 expert model (basically just the difference in the carbon vs aluminum frame weights) at a much better price. I'd give the stock build 4 stars. After a few personalized tweaks it's pretty much perfect for my riding style.


Product Specialized Enduro Comp 29 Bike
Model Year 2014
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
M, L, XL View Geometry
Size M L XL
Top Tube Length 23.4 24.3 25.2
Head Tube Angle 67.5° 67.5° 67.5°
Head Tube Length 4.3 4.7 5.3
Seat Tube Angle 75° 75° 75°
Seat Tube Length 17.5 18.5 20.5
Bottom Bracket Height 13.2 13.2 13.2
Chainstay Length 16.9 16.9 16.9
Wheelbase 45.6 46.6 47.6
Standover 30.9 31.1 31.3
Reach 16.7 17.5 18.3
Stack 24.9 25.2 25.8
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details M5 Aluminum
Rear Travel 155mm
Rear Shock FOX Float CTD Evolution with AUTOSAG, Climb-Trail-Descend Settings and Rebound Adjust, 216x64mm
Fork RockShox Pike 29, Solo Air Spring, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Compression, Lockout, and Rebound Adjust, 15mm Thru-Axle
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset 1-1/8" and 1-1/2" Threadless, Campy Style Upper with 1-1/2" Lower, Cartridge Bearings
Handlebar Specialized XC Mini-Riser, 6000 Butted Alloy, 750mm Wide, 10mm Rise, 8° Backsweep, 6° Upsweep, 31.8mm
Stem Specialized Trail, 6061 Alloy, 4-Bolt, 6° Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
Grips Specialized Sip Grip, Light Lock-On, Half-Waffle Aramid-Infused, M: Regular, L/XL: XL Thickness
Brakes Formula C1, Alloy Caliper, Metallic Pad, 200mm Front Rotor / 180mm Rear Rotor
Brake Levers Formula C1, Hydraulic Disc, Tooled Reach Adjust
Shifters SRAM X7, 10-Speed, Trigger, with MatchMaker Clamp
Front Derailleur SRAM, 10-Speed, Mid Direct Mount for Taco Blade, Bottom Pull
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 Type 2, 10-Speed, Mid Cage
Chainguide Dual Chainguide
Cranks Custom SRAM S-1250, 7050 Alloy Arms, 10-Speed AM Double, PF30 Spindle, 175mm
Chainrings 33/22 Tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM PF30, OS Press-In Bearings, Sealed Cartridge
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM PC 1031, 10-Speed, PowerLink
Cassette SRAM PG-1030, 10-Speed, 11-36 Tooth
Rims Roval 29, Alloy Disc, 23mm Internal Width, 32 Hole
Hubs Specialized Hi Lo Disc, Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 15mm Thru-Axle, 32 Hole Front / Specialized Hi Lo Disc, 4x-Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 12mm Thru-Axle, 142+ Spacing, 32 Hole Rear
Spokes DT Industry Stainless, 3X Front/Rear 2.0
Tires Specialized Butcher Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.3", Foldable Aramid Bead, Dual-Compound, 60TPI Front // Specialized Purgatory Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29"x2.3", Foldable Aramid Bead, Dual-Compound, 60 TPI Rear
Saddle Body Geometry Henge Comp, Hollow Cr-Mo Rails, 143mm
Seatpost Specialized 2014 Butted Alloy, Single Bolt Setback, Length on Size M: 350mm, L/XL: 400mm
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Specialized 7050 Hard Anodized Alloy Collar with QR, 34.9mm, Black
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142+ Dropout x 12mm Thru-Axle
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Gloss Black/Cyan or Satin/Gloss Black
Warranty Lifetime Frame Subject to Exclusions // 1 Year: Suspension Attachment Points, Suspension Related Equipment (Including Pivot Points, Bushings, Shock Units, Front Suspension Forks, Chain Stays and Seat Stays, Shock Links, Fasteners) // 5 Years: Chain Stays and Seat Stays
Weight N/A
Price $3,500
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