Last year, the heralded SX Trail and SX were dropped from the Specialized line up. While the vacancy left by the departure of the long travel SX Trail was filled by the Enduro Evo, the company decided to create two very different short travel bikes to replace the SX.

For dirt jumpers they designed the P-slope with input from some of freeride and slopestyles biggest names. The slope style bike featured the same dialed geometry as the popular P series dirt jumpers but had 87mm of rear travel. For those interested in a play bike with a racing pedigree, the company claimed to be developing a 4″ travel shredder dubbed the Enduro SX.



Fast forward to Sea Otter and the bike that never was – was everywhere! While the Enduro 29er might have dominated the downhill, the little SX was the steed of choice for every Specialized team rider hitting the Dual Slalom Track.

Want to be just like Gwin? For 2013, a limited production run of 100 frames will be available. That’s right, just 100 frames.  Frames will be available in May, so now is a good time to start bugging your dealer. Price is TBD.

Specialized SX Rear Shock



The engineers tuned the FSR suspension for the sprinting and high speed impacts racers are likely to encounter on a dual slalom course. Rear travel is 100mm.



Going around the frame, the company has spec’d the usual goodies, including a tapered headset, ICSG 05 mounts, and 142×12 rear end.




The frame will be available in two sizes. The short chainstays,  superlow bb, and relatively slack headtube angle ensure this speed demon will burst through the sound barrier in the correct hands.



At  6 lbs .09 oz (sans axle), the Enduro SX is considerably lighter than many similar travel play bikes. Regardless of weight, this is one bike I would love to have in my stable.






  1. no hate can be had for these bikes. not sure why spesh killed the sx in the first place… it would sell out in a few months every single year. i’m still riding mine.

  2. bash bash bash.
    who cares. #1.
    who cares #2. These bikes are a smaller market than balloon tire bikes.

    the 27.5 train is blowing right by the big S.
    Oh wait – so are about 15 other manufactures with really innovative bikes.
    Isn’t the big s moving into trek territory?

  3. ah, yes, the 27.5 train. 15mfgs adjusting to fit a wheel is innovative, eh? maybe not all of us wanna flow by train…or boat..

    if you ride or session a spot that this sled is intended for on your fatbike or other innovative whip that has blown past the rest of us..props to ya!

  4. stir, stir, stir the pot.

    yes bigS fans and faithful blindfolded S worshipers because:

    Scott, Giant, Fox, RockShox, Titus, Reynolds, Stan’s No Tubes, Jamis, Kenda, Norco, KHS, Pivot, X-Fusion, Enve, Mavic, Shimano, Focus, Kirk Pacenti, Tom Ritchey, Intense all don’t know what they are doing at all building on the 27.5 platform.
    26″ is dead. Long live Silent Bob.

  5. 26″ is dead? wtf…Just because all the big players are picking it up DOES NOT mean it is the be all end all of wheel sizes. I will never trade in my 26 for aggressive riding. How about 36 inch wheels or 24 or whatever some crackpot decides is the best for you? How about we all just ride what we have and not be forced into some new platform because the pros who get paid to ride are riding it.

  6. Billy,
    If you didn’t notice most of the bikes shops aren’t selling many if at all any 26″ wheel’d mountain bikes. They are out and gone.
    Nice, calling the engineers and decision makers of all the above companies crackpots.

    The pro’s got paid to endorse 29er’s. Just like they got paid to endorse cross bikes with disc brakes. Yes it’s all about money.

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