A new flip-chip adjustment available on both models allows the rider to change head angle between a low & high setting as well as the bottom bracket height.
With all Enduro bikes becoming longer, lower, slacker it’s clear that Specialized didn’t want to fall behind the competition. Bikes such as the Kona Process 153 or the Giant Reign are really beginning to push the boundaries of the range.
New Features & Changes:
- Longer reach (+5mm-19mm depending on frame size and model)
- Flip-chip to adjust geometry – 8mm for Bottom Bracket
(Low setting slackens 0.5 degrees, granting the 29er a 65.5-degree head angle)
- Stack shrunk 4mm
- 650B Enduro shock mount location changed for more progressive spring rate
- Carbon rims on Pro models
- 800mm bars on all
- S-Works models have Öhlins TTX Boost forks
- Pro/Elite models have Öhlins StX Boost forks
- SWAT CC storage compartment
- New dropper post on S-Works, Pro and Coil models
- 2.6in Butcher tyres on the 650B models
- 12sp SRAM Eagle
Same Same but Different:
- Threaded bottom bracket
- Four Sizes: S-XL
- 170mm travel for 650B Enduro
- 165mm travel for 29/6Fattie Enduro
- 34.9mm seat tube
- X-wing frame design
- Boost 148
Update your 2017 Enduro
For anyone who has just invested in a 2017 bike, don’t despair. The flip chip extension and new shock yoke are available as service parts. This means they can be retro-fitted and you you can upgrade your new purchase. You won’t need to retune your shock, a great decision from Specialized!
And while most of the builds come as a complete package, similarly to other Specialized ranges the S-Works versions of both the 29er and 650b platform are also available as frame and shock, and not in black, black or black! They come in “Gloss stain chameleon/Hyper”, exciting
Any negatives? Other than the hefty new price tag, we can’t see too many.