2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike

For every one of you who has long lamented the lack of a long legged all mountain capable 29er, or preached the capabilities of just such a steed, Specialized has something for you.

Released today with availability this March, their new 6″ travel offers something completely unique. Wagon wheel past the break for all the details and stay tuned tomorrow for our full tech breakdown and first ride impressions.


2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike

At Specialized, the design philosophy of their all mountain and trail line bikes has always revolved around building the funnest bikes possible. In honor of that tradition, the Enduro 29er has some really short chainstays.

At 16.9″, they’re only .4″ (11 mm) longer than those on the Enduro 26. Which is still shorter than the rear ends you’ll find on some of their other competitors 26″ equipped 6″ travel bikes.

2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike

They were able to squeeze everything in by removing the front derailleur. Sort of. If you’d like to run a 2x or 3x drivetrain, the “taco blade” allows you to mount a front derailleur, and it’s easily removable if you prefer a 1x drivetrain.

Given the bike’s burly 6″ capabilities, the company chose to spec it with ISCG 05 mounts. While we have yet to experience a dropped chain using the excellent new XX1 drivetrain, those looking for a little extra security, or still running older setups will still be able to mount their preferred chain retention device without having to resort to a BB adapter.

2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike with internally routed Command Post dropper seatpost

The new Command Post IR uses the same lever for three different ride heights, but now features full internal cable routing. An external valve located just below the saddle for easy accessibility allows the user to adjust the return speed.

2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike with Cane Creek Double Barrel

The S-Works level frame comes with stock with a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock, with a special lever mounted on the low speed, in order to make quick adjustments to the pedaling platform.

The Expert and Comp models will come equipped with the new Fox CTD shock and Specialized’ unique auto sag feature for quick adjustments.


2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike

The S-Works Enduro 29er, which came in at 27lb 15oz (with 330 gram pedals) on our scale, is the grand daddy of gangster. Stock it comes equipped with Specialized Carbon Roval Traverse SL wheels, a CCDB Air shock, 150/120mm Fox 34 Talas (with that genuine Kashima coat), Avid XO Trail Brakes, and full XX1 groupo. Sure, the $9,000 MSRP price tag will make you feel fiscally irresponsible, but that apprehension will disappear as soon as you hit the trails.

2013 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29er mountain bike

Throughout the full lineup, retail price remains the same as it’s smaller wheeled brethren.

The Enduro 29er Expert Carbon will set you back $6,600 MSRP for a mix of smartly spec’d mid and high end SRAM drivetrain and braking components.

2013 Specialized Enduro Comp 29er mountain bike

The budget Enduro 29er Comp runs $3,500 MSRP and comes with a mixture of SRAM components – including a clutch derailleur. A dropper post does not come standard at this price point, but internal routing is standard, and aftermarket options are always available as funds permit .


2013 Specialized Enduro 29er mountain bike geometry

Want to learn more? We’ve got more tech details and our first ride review impressions on the way! Check back with us tomorrow for the full story.


  1. @JonDanger FTW:

    Did you read the specs? A 1159mm wheelbase on this vs. 1153mm on the 26″ Enduro. Not sure how that equates to a school bus-level turning radius…

  2. What about people for whom 30+” standover and 23.5″ top tube is too large? That would be about half of the population that is under 5’8″

  3. @JonDanger

    Look at the chain stay length too. It’s shorter than most competitors shorter travel 29ers.

    I have a feeling these are going to be hot commodities.

  4. The full ride review is coming out tomorrow, but without giving everything away – I was blown away by this bike. Specialized did an incredible job.

    The only sizes available are Medium, Large, and XL. The company just couldn’t shrink the bike down for a size small and keep the magic intact. More on that tomorrow…

  5. @Saris:

    Looking forward to it, despite the fact that the decision on my next bike has now become even harder. Between a Santa Cruz LTc, the rumored Yeti SB-95 Carbon, and now this, not sure what I’ll do.

  6. After owning a 120mm full suspension 29er all I can say is that “29er” and “all mountain” should not be used in the same sentence. Cool bike, but big wheels are awkward in the air.

  7. But wait….there’s more, They have the PB&J which is a 7″ travel 29er as well…So what original that Specialized did? Oh a carbon 6″ travel 29er.

  8. @Josh- just because Lenz has had a 6″ plus bike for 3 years doesnt mean that it was any good, hell the bike probably rides like a bag of turds. Here is a thought for you luddite- READ THE ARTICLE! You might pick up on what they actually did to make the bike revolutionary before spouting your useless bike knowledge off. People like you would complain if your ice cream was cold…

  9. a – Lenz, you can’t call your bike the “lunchbox”.
    b – 17.4″ chainstay on the Lenz is why no one was “going there”.
    JonDanger must have been referring to this bikes limo-like handling.

  10. Nice effort and I’m sure it will be a good bike for some, but they missed the target by about 1.5 inches. 650 will rule this category going forward…and I’m a 29 fan.

  11. That “Lenz Sports” “Lunchbox” looks like something you’d find at Target. No thanks. I’d rather ride a fully Next and at least have some street cred.

  12. so happy right now, all day since I read about this I have been smiling… Thank you Specialized! for sticking to it! I chose your brand in 04 (road and mtb) and you have not let me down, you just blow my mind every time …

  13. Where did they get a magic 150/120mm 34 Talas? The standard Talas on Fox’s site says 140/110. So I need a complete S-Works to get that, or I can purchase the S-Works as a frame with that fork option? Why would they use a 140 fork on a 155 frame right? Who’s got a 155 fork, anybody?

  14. Just been testing the epic 29 and stumpjumper fsr 29er. Loved the stumpjumper. But I also like shimano shifters and brakes. I hate that such a beautiful bike coast an arm and a leg without ANY customisation options. Just like Orbea or Trek they need to start a custom build up program, then I’m all in. For a bike that’s over €5000,= that should be normal customer service. Why not sell this bike with the best wheels and shocks full Xt and save over a thousand dollar!

    Still…. I’m saving up to buy me one.

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