Thank you for your info. Sounds like 07/08 Enduros are way to go if fork and shock has been serviced.
and here's a pic of my Enduro in a recent post
(I replaced the stock AFR shock with the Marzocchi, but this is more out of curiosity than a need. I explained it in that post).
so summary, get the E150 Enduros if:
- you don't race. you don't care about being first to the top
- you enjoy climbing/crawling over small boulders to test your skills, but yet not looking to race with anyone
- you fancy doing small drops and small jumps, yet don't want to abuse your body joints
- you enjoy a supple ride but yet at the same time don't want the noodle feeling up front nor back end, especially on high speed double track
- you want a well balanced 6" bike, but not looking for a sofa to plow downhill against the clock
- you want a bike that can rail relatively smooth and flowy singletracks "almost" as well as the Epics, but will smoke them Epics when there are abundant babyheads and ruts on such trails. Not to mention your joints will thank you for it (hey, as i get older, pain tends to creep in quicker and go away slower!)
Don't get the Enduros if:
- you're looking to launch from things starting at 5 feet high. There are much better bikes for these, like the SX, and many others.
- you do a lot of of tight switchbacks, because you're gonna be dabbing your foot all day with the E150 lol.
The real jewel of the Enduro is really the E150. It's what gives it the stiffness and plushness so you can rail and bomb at the same time. All the other high end all-mountain bikes like RFX from Turner, Pivots, Ibis, etc, etc, may have longer travel forks but those forks ain't the the same stiffness AND plushness like the E150.
Now this is just me talking, I'm an average mtb biker with average skills, who like to do things slowly, maybe fancy a little drop now and then, does not want to get hurt or get abused by the bike (it's an age thing). And as a hobby like to tweak with his Enduro so he can pose, like those rich old baldy guys driving Ferraris down a coast highway but can't shift the thing if not for paddle shifters. Hehe. But at the end of they day, we enjoy life.