Specialized has their big wheel game dialed, so rather than hoping on the marketing bandwagon, they chose to sit out the tweener arms race. With the exception of a few gravity oriented models still available in 26″, they stood firmly behind their “bigger is better” mantra, until earlier this year when they quietly released an updated version of their Stumpjumper Evo platform.
The new phrase in town is now “bigger is better – except when it’s not” (what’s currently trendy.) Because despite the sharp handling of their 29er mountain bikes, there will always be a group of riders who consider the wheels size less fun, or too big, or for whatever reason prefer smaller wheels.
So for those consumers, the Big S has released an updated Enduro, which shares some of the innovative features pioneered by the Enduro 29er, but sits on 27.5″ wheels.