Enduro SL sizing?


First of all, I want to thank you for your site. It has been an excellent source of information for me and my co-riders.

I know you are riding the enduro sl and I’m having trouble with size. I’m 5’11” with a 31″ inseam and I have heard that I need a large for one bike shop and a medium from another. I’ll be riding all the front range stuff and usually take 3 trips or so a year to Keystone. I’ve ridden them both around and the large seems a bit big but I sit pretty upright on the medium. I’m really confused about size and it seems that I’m right between the two sizes. Since I know you ride the Endo SL and you live in CO I thought you might be able to help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, is your site the only place to buy your Mastering Mtn Biking Skills book?

Thanks for your help.


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Hey Matt,

Here’s the word from Brandon Sloan Himself, the product manager for the Enduro SL:

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Hey Lee!

W/o seeing this guy below, I would say run a L frame and put a shorter stem on it. It seems like his legs are relatively short so maybe a longer TT would be good. Anyway, shorter stems are always better!


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7 replies
  1. Biscuit says:

    I’m 6’0″, an agressive descender who climbs a lot. I’m quite comfy on my Large stumpjumper with a 50mm stem.

    I was “in between sizes” too when test riding, but am now extremely happy with the large frame / short stem setup for all-mountain ass kicking.

  2. Biscuit says:

    Oh, and get wider bars. For some reason every specialized I’ve ridden came with super narrow bars that don’t quite work for taller, more agressive guys.

  3. Bill says:

    Just thought I’d wake this dead thread with another question along these lines. I am also looking at an Enduro SL. I am 5’5″ and have _maybe_ a 28″ inseam, maybe shorter. So I have shorter legs and a longer torso. I demo’d a medium at a local trail for hours – with the 80mm stem and I felt right at home on it. I presently ride a medium 04 s-works enduro (with the brain) and it feels OK, but a little awkward in the corners (Doesn’t want to lay down and carve). Anyway, the medium SL felt great, but I found it impossible to get the front end off the ground.

    But based on my size, most shops automatically steer me towards the small. I’d hate to make a mistake on this purchase. Thanks for any advice.


  4. leelikesbikes says:

    Sounds like you should rock a medium with a very short stem. 50mm will do the trick.

    As for not being able to lift the front end, that’s about 90 percent technique.

    CONSIDER THIS: When you’re Riding the bike (with a capital R), the seat tube length is meaningless. You want the right relationship between the pedals and the bars. If you have a long torso, the medium will probably work better for you.

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