No bike in the test field had us riding as fast the Specialized Enduro S-Works. Your pupils are the size of a dinner plate, adrenaline flooding your brain and pumping through your veins and all you’re thinking is: how on earth did I get down that trail?

Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020 | 170/170 mm | 14.66 kg | € 10,999

The Specialized Enduro S-Works has nothing in common with its predecessor. Gone are the days of the classic X-Wing design. Once tame and playful, Specialized have turned the Enduro into a descending machine. While developing the latest Enduro, the American brand drew from what they learned in creating the new Demo, their downhill bike. One of the top priorities here was the rear axle path as it goes through its travel. Instead of getting hung up on obstacles, the wheel moves back and out of the way, allowing the bike to carry speed more efficiently. As you’d expect, the frame features Specialized’s SWAT-Box in the down tube and a tool conveniently stowed in the steerer tube. As with the Stumpjumper Evo, the sizes of the Enduro are no longer defined by the height of the seat tube and you choose the bike based on its desired length. The spec looks a bit of a mix and match at first but Specialized wouldn’t settle for anything but the very best and so the American brand combine a wireless RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post with a Shimano XTR drivetrain and XTR four-piston brakes. Our only gripe is the small 180 mm brake rotor on the rear wheel. The FOX Factory suspension consisting of a 36 GRIP2 fork and an X2 shock offers 170 mm travel, front and rear.

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