This month we are logging miles on the trail on the brand-new Specialized Enduro Comp 29. This bike is a first of it's kind, blending 29-inch wheels with 6.1-inches of travel.
"They said it couldn't be done—a 155mm-travel 29er. The groundbreaking Enduro 29 is the ultimate All-Mountain machine for riders in search of the most-capable 29er in the sport. With dialed geo for navigating technical terrain, a tight wheelbase for agile handling, plus lightweight, yet strong, wheelsets and components, the Enduro 29 is a true All-Mountain game changer."
Specialized's FSR suspension is known for it's small bump sensitivity which is welcomed on a bike that is designed to rip downhills hard and fast. While this is somewhat of a trade-off to a more solid pedaling platform, with a flip of the shock's CTD lever, the bike is ready to grind out climbs.
The Enduro Comp 29 comes with a 5.9-inch Fox Float 29 CTD Evolution Series fork.
Specialized's exclusive Autosag technology is equipped on the Fox Float CTD Evolution. This system takes much of the guesswork out of setting up your suspension. Simply pump the shock up to about 300 psi, sit on the bike in riding position, unthread the red cap and compress the valve. The shock will release air until it reaches the ideal sag point and you're ready to go.
One of the most notable things about the Enduro 29 is it's short chainstays. Up until now, squeezing 29-inch wheels into a long-travel package with a short enough rear end to retain fun handling attributes seemed to be a fantasy. However, thanks to the clever design work at Specialized and a new front derailleur mount co-designed by Specialized and SRAM, at 16.9-inches, the Enduro 29 has the shortest rear end of any 29er Specialized makes. To put how impressively short they are into persepctive, the shorter-travel, Stumpjumper Evo 29's chainstays come in at 17.7-inches. Even with this super short rear end, there is still plenty of tire clearance to run proper trail tires.
The entry-level Enduro Comp 29 comes with a SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain. The X9 Type 2 derailleur keeps the drivetrain impressively quiet even when you're smashing through rough sections of trail.
Avid Elixir 5 brakes
Roller-style chain guide and integrated bash guard on the SRAM S-1250 AM crankset
SRAM uses a clever chainstay protector that doubles as a cable routing guide for the rear derailleur
The wrecking crew strives to put as many miles on each test bike before we write a full review. Watch for the full write-up on this bike in the coming pages of Mountain Bike Action.