Product DescriptionRoll it off the shop floor, slap on some pedals, strap on a helmet, and ride the whole mountain on an Enduro Comp.
- Fully manipulated M5 alloy FSR frame with ORE tubing is the centerpiece of this incredibly versatile 160mm-travel design with sealed cartridge bearing pivots, ISCG mount, and replaceable derailleur hanger
- Custom Fox RP2 rear shock features external ProPedal and rebound damping control in a design that combines high performance with low weight
- RockShox Lyrik 20mm Maxle thru-axle fork with 160mm of travel, tapered steerer tube, external rebound adjust for dialed-in descents, and Solo Air cartridge for combined negative/positive air spring adjustability 2Bliss ready Clutch Control 2.3" dual compound front tire with plenty of traction for superb braking and cornering and rear Purgatory Control 2.2" tire for lightweight grip in intermediate conditions
- Custom SRAM S-1250 9-speed double crankset with GXP spindle and shift guide for smooth, durable performance in rough conditions
- Avid Elixir R SL lightweight hydraulic disc brakes/levers with alloy backed semi-metallic pads and tool-less reach adjust for superb control and modulation
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Date Reviewed: October 17, 2015
Strengths: Wide tires, amazing on knarley fast descents, climbs great, and corners like a monster.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy but not a problem. When I hit a fast jump, or am really flying and hit a hard dip the front tire rubs on the fork even with Mavic XL rims. Its slight but that maybe because I have the 2.4 Ardents.
Price Paid: $2400.00
Purchased At: Ski Rack in Burlingt
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2014
Strengths: High speed stability. Rear braking(horst link). Geometry. Standover. Travel. Front derailer mounted on rear triangle really helps keep chain on during jolting hits
Weaknesses: Proprietary shock mount(no standard eyelet on shaft). Proprietary bottom headset bearing. Brand is infamous for having a big corporation attitude. With all their success and talent, I wish company was more humble, easy going for the cause/culture.
The Pike amplified shortcoming of frame shock. It wasn't using it's full stroke unless I badly cased a jump. I can't just go into a store and get a shock that fits so I called Push. They couldn't do their high end tune it because it had no boost valve, but they gave me valuable info for free.(They're Awesome!) I followed their advice, had OC bike garage dial in the size of volume reducers and in 3 days bike was back on my test trails. Now frame shock is on par with Pike. It's using 155 of it's 165 travel turned enduro into an incredible aggressive higher speed terrain bike.
Once dialed, the enduro comp is fully dedicated to holding my chosen line at speeds no other bike I've been on could keep so tightly. Even though I'm more daring with lines, trails, and speed, I've never felt safer. And as for climbing, it's better than I expected thx. to CTD. The stiffer compression settings stiffen the frame like a firm xc bike, and if it needs to open, factory blow-off setting is near perfect under climbing conditions.
Nowadays, there are more good AM bikes than there are bad ones. There is something for everyone. But it's all preference, style, experience. 27.5 is taking over, but if you like Specialized, and love all the fun and challenge 26 inch has to offer, once dialed, the performance of the enduro comp won't disappoint.
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2013
Strengths: Climbs, Decends!!!! And tackles anything in its way with ease.
Weaknesses: None well go on then maybe an X0 mech would be nice ha ha.
I had a specialized stumpjumper s works a couple of years ago and a demo 8 mk2 downhill bike so i have a soft spot for specialized its fair to say but they just work so well and fit like a glove. The enduro with its 160mm travel andits well pretty decent componentry to be fair on the comp is pretty good still upgradable but not bottom line.
If your finding it hard for choice on bikes just dive in and get an enduro you will love it!!.
Similar Products Used: Specialized stumpjumper S Works, specialized demo 8 mk2.
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2013
Strengths: Absolutely perfect. The ultimate All Mountain / Freeride machine, climbs to the top like a Stumpjumper, then shreds the DH runs like a Status. (excuse my favouratism towards Specialized). I have had mine for just under a month and have spent that time traveling NZ with it. I have ridden singletrack, National Downhill trails and Dirt Jumps and it takes it all in its stride.
Weaknesses: None for me personally, but if you are a X-Country rider the Lyric fork is a little too plush for XC riding.
Duration Product Used: 1 month
Price Paid: $3550.00
Purchased At: Kaimai Cycles
Similar Products Used: Giant Reign, Merida 140, Giant Glory, Commencal, Giant Reign SX
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Lyric, Fox Float RP2, Nukeproof pedals
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2012
Strengths: Everything. This bike does EVERYTHING and then it does EVERYTHING amazing. It's just the best
Weaknesses: Doesn't get hipster cred for having 29er or 650b and the new cool 666z wheels.
It pedals uphill like an xc bike and shred's downhill like you wouldn't believe! This bike is so stable at speed, unless you're sam hill, you will never be limited by the potential of this bike. It has a wide wheelbase by the geometry is PERFECT and it handles great, but its not twitchy and it encourages you to rail corners and flatten hikers. It's unbelievably plush and has a great comfortable riding position. It can be used for freeride and I've done 6ft flat landers on it with the proper PSI in the air suspension. It's also one of the most versatile frames out there. The ISCG5 tabs accept any kind of crankset, even the awesome hammerschmidt which I ran on my original enduro with no issues. It can accept a coil shock as well if you buy the EVO linkage.
The comp may be the "base" model but there's nothing base about it. I changed the fork out for a 2013 talas RC2 so I can adjust the travel for the long climbs, but the lyrik is a FAR superior fork when the mountain goes down. It may not come with an adjustable seatpost, but I put the giant contact switch on mine for $200 and its great. The RP2 is all you need for a bike like this. The propedal works for climbing and it's sucked on some of the other bikes I've ridden but it's actually a great shock on this frame. I can only imagine a pushed version of the RP2 would be even better. The avid CR brakes are great and the 203 rotors bite hard! The only upgrade I'm debating on changing even though not mandatory is adding a hammerschmidt crankset. The hammerschmidt is AWESOME! For a couple bucks you can make this bike an top of the line AM rig.
This bike is for connoisseurs searching for the closest thing to perfection. It's only limits are the person riding it and the excuses they have. I LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Price Paid: $2300.00
Purchased At: UC Cyclery
Similar Products Used: Nomad, Butcher, Slayer, Jamis XAM, Pivot Firebird, Yeti SB-66, Ellsworth Truth, Knolly Chilcotin, Canfield Theone, Reign/Reign X, GT Sanction, Remedy, Slash, Ibis Mojo HD, Transition Covert.
Bike Setup: 2011, X9 components all around, Avid CR brakes, 2013 Fox talas fork, Giant contact switch adjustable seatpost.
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2012
Strengths: Great bike to ride, this review is for the Enduro comp 2011. I come fron a Specialized FSR XC, and the Enduro definately pedals up way better than the xc bike despite it's 160mm travel fork, would not hesitate to recomend this bike as an all rounder all mountain bike, have used it on 60 km rides with other xc guys and this bike handles great, not to mention this bikes downhill capabilities! This is what this bike is really made for but wouldnt discard its peddaling capabilities.
Weaknesses: The hubs are crap! Replaced them with some flow rims on hope hubs and what a difference! But aside this the bike is a real monster! The lyrik R fork may have some brake dive, I got used to this but theres always the chance to upgrade to the DH Damper!
Similar Products Used: Specialized FSR Xc comp
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2012
Strengths: The whole bike, bought mine 18 months ago just love it second full suspension bike wanted more travel for rougher terrain at speed and it doesn't disappoint, it climbs well for its size and is lighter than it looks. I rode the tour de Ben Nevis on it this year 44 mile point to point race came in 78th out of 360 and I would have said it was one of the biggest bikes there so riding it all day is no problem point it down hill and it really Does come into its own it gives you loads of confidence needs a dropper post though
Weaknesses: You need to upgrade the wheels you feel the back end squirming around at speed in turns' I put hope hubs mavic rims on mine improved it loads (on a budget 300 quid )
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2012
Strengths: This bike rides downhill better than any other bike in this range. I have been riding quite a few downhill bikes and the back end of Enduro works better than half of them, you really dont need coil shock (rp2 is build for this bike). I have rode mine this year 30 days in bike parks (including Megavalanche) and it is still working like a charm.
Weaknesses: I have 2011 model that has QR at the back and it could be a little bit stiffer, new ones have 142+ axle so that is not a problem.
Maybe the it is not the quickes bike on pedaling or flat stuff, but it is not meant to be. It is build for fireroads to the top and then blasting on the downhill track.
If you have luck than Elixir brakes works with no problems, but many of us had to raplace them.
RockShock Lyrik has only rebound setting, but I think you dont need anything else.
Price Paid: $2500.00
Purchased At: Factory store
Similar Products Used: Enduro EVO, Commencal Meta 6, Santa Cruz Nomad carbon, Specialized Pitch....
Bike Setup: Specialized Enduo Comp 2011 with DH cartrige instaled in Lyrik, KS dropzone seatpost, stronger wheelset for bikeparks, wider bar and shorter steam (50mm).
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2012
Strengths: verry manuverable with obstacles. light weight easy to carry in the car trunk, very stable on downhill slops and loose stones trails.great bikes for desent price.
Weaknesses: pedals are a little bit too close to the ground.
Duration Product Used: 1.5 years
Price Paid: $4000.00
Purchased At: importer
Bike Setup: original. as is.
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2012
Strengths: Roll downhill lines with confidence- the steeper the better, burley bike that handles abuse well, climbs well.
Weaknesses: Pushes the rider's weight over the forks if the downhill isn't pretty extrem-o. Of course climbing is limited to a degree
You can pretty much ride this bike like you stole it, put it away wet, and crush your next ride without any concerns. I like the way the Enduro handles the techy downhill lines and steep climbs on the Colorado front range. It is a nice mix. As for the little bit of lost prowess of uphill ability, I believe you can make up for this with physical prowess (easier than you can make up for lack of bike ability on the DH lines).
So, to sum it up: this bike does exactly what all these reviewers say it does. Now leave your cubicle, fork over some cash to your LBS and begin to wallow in the pain and elation of uphill, now downhill, more uphill, then some downhill. Repeat.
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Strengths: Weight versus capability. Swiss army style rig. One to do it all.
Weaknesses: Front fork has limited adjustment knobs (1)
Rear shock would be better w/lock out
Price Paid: $3000.00
Purchased At: THC
Similar Products Used: 2007, 2008 SJ FSR, Yeti 575, Yeti 7, Scott Genius LT, Santa Cruz Blur, Intense Spider, Maverick,etc.
Bike Setup: XL frame
Easton 711 Monkeylite DH bars
Syncros 35 mm stem
X-9 Cassette Red
Salsa Red Skewer
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2012
Strengths: Climbs as good as my 4" 2004 stumpjumper. Wide grins on the descent. Buttery rear travel with negligible bob when seated. Long wheel base is great for high speed stability as it the slack head angle. Feels very responsive when on the trails.
Weaknesses: Not a weight weenie contender, but hey it's a 6" AM build. Long and slack not so great on switchbacks.
The 2010 frame is setup with Xfusion Vector shock, Vengence HLR fork, Hammerschmidt AM, and three position 100mm Command Post.
Had a few rides already at the local trails. Here's are my impressions. I'll compare my experiences against a 2004 Stumpjumper FSR. I do acknowledge that it's an older geometry, but that's all I can really compare against. Also, this is my first long travel bike, so bear with me. BTW, I've only tried the new stumpy in the parking lot, so no comparative data there.
It's quite a bit heavier than my 2004 4" Stumpjumper. This is readily apparent when climbing in the saddle. Interestingly, when out of saddle, it doesn't feel that much heavier. Maybe I got better recently or maybe the stable geometry, but I can bunny hop just as high as 4 pound heavier Enduro as my Stumpy. Weird. Anyway, moving along on the trail, it's surprisingly flickable. The only time when the weight is really annoy is when loading/unloading the bike.
The slack angle definitely feels more downhilly. On climbs, I get the sense I'm pushing the wheel through the trail instead of rolling over it visually. In checking my GPS stats later, it doesn't seem to have caused any noticeable slow down...again, perhaps I've gotten better since last I logged data. Interestingly, because of the long wheelbase, the bike doesn't have the tendency to wheelie when climbing at the limit in saddle...and that's with a 55mm stem to boot. By contrast, my 100mm stumpy with a 90mm stem still wanted to wheelie. The enduro does however want to wander the front end in steep ups when seated. I also found that the longer wheelbase did help with out of saddle weight adjustment. The sweet spot between wheelie and loss of rear grip is much bigger than my old stumpy. The 6" travel does bounce significantly out of saddle. I've started to modify my pedaling stroke to compensate, but suspect this is where the lockout in the rear would help. Unfortunately, mine was set up more for going down than up, so no lockout on the rear. Where the long wheelbase and slack head angle is a bit more of an issue is in tight switchbacks in steep baby-head-strewn trails. This, I believe, can be overcomed by more skill and experience though...and/or adjustable travel fork.
Woo hoo! Very compliant suspension keeping the rubber on the dirt. The bike goes exactly where you point the bars. There's no tentativeness as with the old stumpy on the steep descents. With the slack angle, I can pick up the front end pretty much effortlessly when hoping around wheel catcher ruts or last minute decisions to do a wheelie drop off instead of rolling a ledge--even on the brakes. As far as rolling off ledges, 1 to 1.5 footers feel like rolling a curb--as long as you clear your chainrings. In my case, with the Hammerschmidt, I've yet to make contact with the drive train coming off a ledge that I'm comfortable with. Dropping off a picnic table is pretty uneventful. The bike just drops, absorbs, and keeps on moving. At speed I can now roll through features whereas I had to bunny hop previously. Only thing to watch which is probably true of all other long travel bikes is to be aware of crank position when descending. I briefly caught a pedal a few times pedaling through on the downhill. The 100mm command post when dropped all the way down is enough to make the seat disappear in full attack position.
I haven't had a chance to take it on any kind of real jumps yet, but small dirt kickers seem promising and plenty forgiving. I've over rotated and landed on the front end a few times, and the slack 6" front end just took it without complaint or drama. On the stumpy I would've surely scropioned. Still trying to get used to the timing. The preload to take off timing is slower than I'm used to. I'm not looking to clear 20 foot doubles or manual through a dozen whoopadies, but sometimes the need to launch is useful on the trail. Will post after I've taken the bike through more of those kinds of paces.
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2011
Strengths: lot's of travel, good brakes, and excellent shifting.
Weaknesses: Slow climbing makes you fight the front wheel
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $2000.00
Purchased At: Bingham's
Similar Products Used: nothing similar in my past
Bike Setup: crank bros acid and platform pedals, blacklite post, tubeless conversion, and switched from solo air to 2step air spring.
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011
Strengths: Geo, light, stiff, seems durable, components all good...
Weaknesses: Cablerouting, mudclearence rear, no anodized finish, no standard shockstroke/lenght..
Good lowspeedhandling, agile, good climber, almost perfect then.
Improvements: above+ boostvalveshock and a more centered mainpivotplacement would cure the rest of the pedalbob(which isnt that much actually).
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $2500.00
Purchased At: specialized
Similar Products Used: Reign/Reign x, meta5, nerve am
Bike Setup: singlering, dropperpost, bigger reartire, saint/xt otw std.
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2011
Strengths: Dialed Geometry
Fox Float 32 RL (150mm)
Avid R SL brakes
Solid out of box feel
Climbs extremely well
Impeccable drivetrain, even for the cost
Descends like a mother
Weaknesses: Squeaky Linkage
Cable Routing (not so good)
2 Faulty Specialized AFR rear shocks (great dealership service though)
After the first 3 days of riding it though, the rear linkage started to creak, short story is that I took it to 2 different shops, first the one that was closer then to my dealer and after 4 times in and out of the shop it was fixed (kinda). Also the rear shock failed twice, both times there was no decrease in performance, they were just making squeaking noises and excess air noises. Needless to say I was fed up with the whole AFR shock thing, so I ordered a 2012 Kashima coat Fox rp23, fantastic shock, the pro pedal on and off switch is dialed.
Now for the good:
1. The bike is extremely composed on the downhill, the geometry is absolutely perfect (for me), everyone has their own preference but this is a well balanced bike. The new enduros have slacker geo but this year/ model is plenty fine for descending.
2. Fox Float 32 RL. Extremely light and great bump compliance makes the front end the star of this bike. Thank god I didn't buy an enduro with one of those Specialized E series forks on it, this fox fork is great. It also has a 15mm axle, witch provides stability.
3. Avid Elixer R SL brakes, not the all out braking power that an xtr set up will give you, but you gain all that back in modulation, sweet sweet modulation, top notch, has saved my proverbial bacon many times.
4. Drivetrain, you do NOT need expensive XX or XTR stuff for your bike to enjoy reliable and responsive shifting. This is set up with X-9 rear, and X-7 shifters, haven't had to adjust them in 6 months and never had a gear slip, crisp shifts and quiet system all together.
The no so good.
1. While the Fox fork up front is a great fork, it needs a little more stability, something like a Float 36 would be nice. I am not saying this because I abuse the thing, Im just saying that a 6 and 6 bike will generally be thrown off some small drops and pushed through some rocky stuff and you can feel the slight flex in the front end. Not enough to spoil the bike.
2. AFR rear shock is unreliable and you can get two identical shocks with different feeling tuning. The first was stiff and did not pick up trail chatter, second was softer but squeaky.
3. Cable routing is horrendous. So many other bike companies have figured it out. The cables rubbed against the front fork and headset and dug holes in them before I put clear laminate tape on them. Also on the rear swing arm where the hydro cable wraps around the arm underneath (where by the way you cannot see unless lifting or turning the bike over) it rubbed a substantial amount of precious M5 aluminum off the frame, kinda pissed about that, covered it up with the same tape.
Conclusion, if you happen to come across one of these bikes, left over on clearence or well maintained and not abused, they are a great buy! If you are looking to get away from a cross country bike or want something that will eat up all the single track you can feed it this is your bike. If you are a really big guy or girl or want to throw something off a huge drop, this is not for you. Will not dissapoint! Pro's far out weigh the cons. Cheers!
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $1999.00
Purchased At: Gerick Cycle Nelson
Similar Products Used: 2003 Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc
Bike Setup: 2009 Specialized Enduro Comp, with 2012 Fox RP23 Kashima coat.
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