Just another perspective from somebody who had an enduro for a year and switched out to the Evo. They are both spectacular bikes in their own right. I loved my enduro. The thing just rails going down hill and as folks have commented also climbs pretty well, and, although I have PR'd most of the stuff I climbed with the Enduro on the EVO, that probably has more to do with improving fitness than anything else. For me the difference really comes down to the flexibility of the bike. I can run my EVO steep and high for the local XC trails and still have fun popping off every little thing and then slack it out for the crazy steep stuff that is slightly farther out. The enduro on these XC'ish trails is just too much bike. Flattens the trails to the point of boring, but it was never meant to be ridden like that. If I got up to the mountains more often I'd even say that an Enduro / Epic Evo combo would be ideal. However, being an N+1 rider where N=0 as a single bike the EVO is just about perfect. Additionally my Enduro was around 35 lbs and I got the EVO down to about 31lbs. Held up really well to bombing down some of the blacks in Pisgah but the 4lbs seems to make some difference every where else. Regardless, a lot of that is just running some lighter casing tires but I don't typically wreck tires too often so I'm giving it a go to see how long these last. Entirely different conversation I realize.