Many said it could not or should not be done…build a 29er FS with 155mm/6″ of rear wheel travel into a tidy package with the FSR rear suspension and do it for a wide market. Things would get too big, too long, too ‘too’. But here it is, the just released Specialized Enduro 29er line of big wheelers ready to be hitting trails sometime in the future. 155mm of rear wheel, FSR type travel, frames in alu and carbon…yes, there is an S Works version that is said to be around or under 26lbs…all with 430mm/16.9″ chain stays and spec’d with 2.3 tires (that are really 2.2s). That is hard to do and only one other bike on the market gets close to there that I am aware of and that is the Lenzsport line of 29er FS bikes with 17.3″ stays and 6″ of travel.
Fox forks in 150mm guise or, depending on the model, 150mm/120mm Talas versions, Autosag rear shocks for easy set-up (excluding the S Works equipped Cane Creek shock) round out the squishy parts.
Also pretty darn new are the Roval Traverse SL 29 142+ rims in a 29mm rim width. Zero beadhook technology, 15mm or 20mm front hub compatible and in 32 spokes. Dt Swiss based hub as always with the high end Rovals. Other models get a 28mm wide alloy version…only the S Works gets the carbon wheels standard. I bet that these will also be ready to go aftermarket in a non-142+ version.
The S Works gets the goodies besides the candy wheels…XX1 drivetrain, very tunable Cane Creek shock, Talus fork, and the new Command Post IR with internal routing and reduced activation effort. Below that is the Enduro Expert Carbon 29 SE in a 1/2 caff frame…carbon main and alu rear…and the Enduro Comp 29 SE in alloy frame all around. Looks like Avid brakes and drivetrain on all models.
That is the good news. The bad news? Only the Comp SE is coming into the US market for now. Really? So I was told. Pricing will be comparable to the 26″ version and it will be ready to buy end of March/early April.
More info as we get it and yes, we are already planning to ride one. WHEEEE!!!!
Now some pics and the spec sheet for the three models here in a PDF file.