2017 Specialized Enduro 650B Review
The new 2017 specialized enduro has been completely redesigned from the frame up, all with speed, handling and strength in mind. It features Specialized's 'All Mountain Geometry', which means front angles are slacker, chainstays are shorter and bottom brackets are lower. The result is a bike that's 'flickable' and agile, and designed to make you smile when you hit the trails.
'All Mountain Geometry' is available on all bikes, from the m5 aluminium specced Enduro Comp up to the no-expense-spared FACT 11m Carbon of the S-Works Enduro 29/6 Fattie (pictured above). Both feature shorter chainstays and short seat stays for a more nimble, playful ride.
S-Works models come with an Ohlins STX shock and Rock Shox Lyric RC up front, while Elite level models get a Rock Shox Monarch Plus in the back. SRAM Guide brakes are featured through the line, with 200mm front/180mm rear rotors.
The Enduro's suspension is an FSR link design, similar to Specialized's Horst Link. It uses three air springs to adjust the high and low speed compression. The fork also offers six clicks of low speed rebound.
It's pretty much a lockout-equipped fork, so it's easy to dial in your settings. It's also a great option for trail riders who like to get a lot of suspension out of their bikes.
Fitted with SRAM Guide R brakes, the braking was decent, though we did find them a little less adjustable than more expensive options. We didn't experience any fading or poor modulation, and the brakes were good at handling the bumpy terrain.