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)?
Thanks, Huck

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Hey man,

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 …

— Lee

2 replies
  1. Greg says:

    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?

  2. leelikesbikes says:

    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 …

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