Question re: Specialized fork on Enduro SL
I have been trying to select the right all mountain bike and think the new Enduro SL might do the trick. I was originally planning on building up an Intense 6.6, but the Enduro seems better price/perf. A few concerns though:
Did you ever give feedback on the final fork? Also with the custom 25mm hub will I be stuck with limited wheel selections (i.e. no Crossmax)?
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I rode the Specialized fork (and shock) last time I was in Norcal, and I really liked them. They had a nice, firm pedaling/pumping platform (which rips on buffed Santa Cruz singletrack). When I landed hard or rat-tat-tatted through the braking bumps, some sort of blowoff let loose, and the fork and shock got quite plush. The geometry and riding position on Brandon’s bike were spot-on. I could tell this bike was made for extended, technical climbing and bomber descents.
Caveat: The fork I rode was not production. It’s a prototype, I assume for the next generation. (The blowoff on that fork was a bit too abrupt for my taste, but that’s one of the things they were experimenting with.) I’m supposed to receive the S fork and shock, and when I do I’ll wring ’em out and tell you guys everything.
Hub. You’ll have to build your wheels with the Specialized 25mm hub, at least for now. I don’t think that’s the end of the world — how about that hub with a Mavic 823? God’s own rim.
I hope that helps. I’m gonna ride my Enduro SL today …
I’m pretty excited about the SL myself.
I test rode one at my LBS this past weekend.
It felt sweet, but I was cramped. It was a Large too.
Go figure, I’m 6’1″ with a 34/35ish inseam.
My knee was a little past the pedal at the 3 o’clock position.
Did you find that they’re running on the small side?
I’m not aware of the bikes being small. The issue seems to be the relationship between your saddle and the bottom bracket.
– The SL seat angle is steeper than before, to facillitate climbing.
– The seat might be too far forward on the rails.
– You might be sitting too far forward on the saddle.
– You might have freakishly long femurs. 🙂
Knee past pedal at 3 o’clock …