Video: Curtis Keene’s New Specialized Enduro

Aug 23, 2019
by Enduro World Series  

When it comes to the Enduro World Series, there aren’t many racers as experienced as Curtis Keene. The Californian racer has travelled the world campaigning for his long-time sponsor Specialized pretty much since the series came into existence. The bike he’s used has always been their Enduro, one of the most established monickers in the mountain bike world. The Enduro is both a factory race bike and a privateer favourite. It was one of the first of the modern breed of long travel 29ers and has evolved at the very forefront of enduro bike technology.

Curtis and the rest of the Specialized team tackled the previous round in Whistler aboard some dazzle camouflage wrapped not-so-prototype machines which turned out to be the latest evolution of the Enduro platform. The frame has had a ground up redesign and whilst some features are carried over others have been completely reimagined.

Watch the above video to find out more about the bike's development, Curtis’ role in that process and how he sets up his ultra-pro S-Works workspace.


111 Comments

  • 55 18
 I don’t want to say anything, because I love the bike but... this thing requires the return of the Totem... that RXF36 looks like Fox 32 CTD on it...
  • 10 33
flag COnovicerider (Aug 23, 2019 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 It looks nothing like a Fox 32.
  • 10 2
 i was thinking the same thing!!!! it needs something beefy on the front
  • 25 7
 @COnovicerider: have you seen 150 Fox 32 on a remedy or Stumpy back in 2012? Well this is how this RXF36 looks like on this Enduro.
  • 7 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Yikes, I have to agree with you on that. I had a 2012 Remedy...
  • 6 2
 I was thinking that a single crown Fox 40 in a 180mm might be the beez kneez.. if such a thing were to exist outside of my head.... One could even make it with slightly thinner CSU slider wall-thickness... because ya need to shave off that last three grams for lightness!!
  • 8 5
 @COnovicerider: I am sure this RXF is suited for the job, it just looks small Smile
  • 6 5
 @CrispiRider: yes I would really love to see an Evo version of that hah
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns ...or just wait for 2020 and put on the new EXT fork?
  • 21 6
 You dont want to say anything?? That’s laughable waki. All you want to do is “say stuff”
  • 17 0
 MANITOU MEZZER 37mm.....is the one you look for
  • 2 15
flag pargolf8 (Aug 23, 2019 at 14:25) (Below Threshold)
 Ur such a douche
  • 3 0
 @CrispiRider: if the bike is long enough then might as well put a regular 40 on it
  • 7 0
 forget the Totem, let's get a Bullet ZZYZX on there
  • 3 0
 "Hucked to flat" in slo-mo would be interesting.
  • 5 5
 Mr. Keene, I actually rode with you back in the DH days, or at least attempted. Sorry but I think I have a crush on your new bike.
  • 6 7
 You'll have to think outside the box with me on this but what if the fork on his bike actually ... ready? ...performs really well, regardless of how it looks?

BRAIN EXPLOSION>
  • 7 1
 @COnovicerider: Well that’s just like... your opinion, man.
  • 2 1
 @pargolf8: He’s kinda got you pegged there, Waki....
  • 3 1
 @JTepic: I miss those videos. That was a fun week on the internet.
  • 2 1
 That is what I noticed looking at the frame. The frame triangle are quite big.
  • 1 0
 Exactly, it's just the length of the fork itself, and the 29" bike it's on that's causing this. No need to change it.
  • 1 0
 @listeryu: what- any Infos ?
  • 3 2
 You are right, the forks just look too small for the bike. Reduced travel 49s would be far better.

Also how long before Enduro bikes have the same travel as DH bikes. Would this then make DH bikes just an Enduro bike with different components?
  • 20 2
 The American Dream is the kind of pro you want talking about your products.
  • 20 0
 Nice to see a little curvature in the brim of his hat. Are flat bills finally out of style???
  • 7 6
 @sngltrkmnd: in England it’s a peak. I’m gonna start saying bill. I like ducks..
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Ducks rule but what about Duck bill platypus?
  • 2 1
 @BedsideCabinet: not so keen mate, it’s all about the constant quacking for me. (P.s. how on Earth did I get downvoted for that last comment? Lmao, I’ll never understand some pinkbikers)
  • 2 0
 I was thinking the same thing. He has the perfect mix of knowledge, enthusiasm for the product and rider credibility.
  • 10 0
 This seems really boring after watching the 10 weirdest MTB marketing videos of all time.
  • 14 0
 Try watching this after watching the deer and squirrels in the backyard. You've not seen excitement til you've dug into that big sliding glass window.
  • 12 1
 It’s the “going to commercial break from the olympics” jingle music that EWS uses to start their videos that eats away at my soul for some reason.
  • 4 1
 @generationfourth: I think of sunday afternoon golf on CBS when I hear that music.
  • 1 0
 U got a link for that weirdness?
  • 4 0
 @generationfourth: Straight up hunger games theme
  • 2 0
 @generationfourth: They need to change it
  • 1 0
 @generationfourth: I reckon it's a sub conscious reaction to the commercials that succeed it
  • 8 2
 I still don’t understand the naming scheme
“What’s our downhill bike gonna be named?”
“Demo”
“How about the cross country bike?”
“Epic”
“Okay so what’s the name of the enduro bike? Is it like the ripper or something?”
“Naw it’s called the enduro”
  • 12 0
 Best part is the bike predates Enduro as an Mtb race format.
  • 3 0
 When specialized were sponsor of the Enduro race series in the UK it was a 6 hour XC event, generally around flat muddy fields. Long before the EWS format arrived.
  • 1 0
 @Riggbeck: how long ago was this? I believe the first "Enduro" frame model came out around 1999.
  • 1 0
 @taletotell: that’s weird haha
  • 1 1
 I can't wait to build a 30lbs enduro and jump it over your doublewide.
  • 3 0
 @jorgeposada: what? Is that an insult or are you referencing something or what’s your deal?
  • 1 1
 @BCtrailrider: Why are you in your feelings insulted. I have been custom building bikes for 30 years. Hi how are ya doin? Excited about a new challenge finally.
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be insulted. I’m not but I’m not even sure what you were going for with your first comment. I don’t live in a trailer though so I don’t know haha
  • 1 1
 @BCtrailrider: Congrats, let me make it mega simple. 170mm frame- me have worked magic on for years. Many a custom build defying industry weight standards. Looking to get this frame and go ballistic to the moon status.
  • 3 1
 @jorgeposada: I reckon I’ll re read this when I’m not over tired and hate myself. Also dh bikes are better. Fight me
  • 1 0
 @jorgeposada: is the 30lb figure with or without bar ends and eggbeaters?
  • 1 0
 @BCtrailrider: Already have a DH bike for warp 10+ action. This will be similar to a few other builds I've done. If you know what your doing and don't mount 6 levers and an espresso machine to the bike you can get the weight down and still blast massive hucks. Let's say I'm exhibit A.
  • 1 0
 @jorgeposada: looking at this the next day, your wording was kinda throwing me off haha
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: I could be wrong but I think 2001, was always called the Enduro 6 but had various headline sponsors. Ran for many years.
  • 1 0
 @BCtrailrider: All good. I have raced box, xc,road,DH so being a weight freak while maintaining shred level maximum has been my obsession. Hopefully this build won't keep me up too many nights.
  • 1 0
 @Riggbeck: Now you got me curious so I looked it up. Turns out there is a 2016 Pinkbike article (from Vernon Felton) that describes the evolution of the Enduro. Looks like 1999 was the year. I recall that year because my buddy got an Enduro frame as a warranty frame from Specialized and we were perplexed by what kind of frame it was.

m.pinkbike.com/news/the-evolution-of-the-specialized-enduro-2016.html
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: I think there was a hardtail early days as well. They were XC bikes really. I always assumed the name came from the world of MX then evolved to mean something completely different for mountain bikes as it does now with the EWS.
  • 10 0
 Just drink more Redbull.
  • 8 0
 "29 only, AS OF NOW" . . . . . waiting for the 27 and 279. . . . come on specialized, make it so!
  • 4 0
 Needs aluminium aswell, over forking out for plastic bikes
  • 7 0
 Yea I want it. lol. you got me, Specialized
  • 6 0
 Drink the Kool Aid, driiiiink iiiitttt...
  • 5 0
 Never been a huge Specialized fan but after seeing the new Demo and this, I can't help myself from wanting both Drool
  • 4 0
 Personally I'm a big fan of the big S, had a long time loan of a stumpy. That swat box is so handy. I'm also running their side load bottle cage/ tool combo.
  • 3 1
 Curtis is a really nice guy. Humble and obviously one hell of a racer. For those interested I just finished riding this bike in an S4. Brief thoughts are it’s fast, “bottomless”, and climbs really decent while sitting. On the flip side it’s long AF and difficult to whip(at least for me). It seems like complete overkill if you aren’t on some super gnarly fast trails. Rode the Expert and the code brakes were great. Hucked an 8+ footer to flat and the suspension ate it up super nice. Really good race bike, too much for me in Santa Cruz for 95% or the trails. At 5’11” I would like to get on an S3 if it were going to be my trail bike. Think that would make it a little more well rounded rather than super long and stable.
  • 1 0
 Seems like pretty much every "trail" bike is also an enduro-worthy bike. Just depends on where you live. "Would you like our big-mountain enduro bike? Too much? How about our Midwest enduro bike? 29 or 27.5?"
I think the categories are going to start making more sense based on location and not race format.
  • 2 0
 It was a long video and I zoned out a couple times... Did they go through that entire 11.5 minutes without mentioning what tires he was running or did I just miss it?
  • 3 0
 Was that an aguy up front?
  • 3 1
 Its going to get to the point where the forks will be horizontal with the top tube the head angles are getting that slack!
  • 7 1
 Parallel?
  • 6 0
 @wpplayer18: yeah that one lol!!
  • 5 2
 Where is the 27.5 alloy option?!
  • 7 8
 I dunno, maybe it's my eccentric taste, but TBH I don't really like the aesthetic of the new specialized bike line up. It seems that alot of bicycle manufacturers are making their bicycle "line-up" with all the same bikes, the only difference is the obligatory name/model and a lower/higher amount of travel that translates to a whole different bike. I can't help the feeling that there's alot of 'over the top' marketing, how much longer di we have until people realize that every technological advancement only precludes the most advanced technology? Has any heard of 'planned obsolescence' I think alot manufacturers take heed to the rules of a capitalist society and that year after year to produce the most profits. I dunno the past few years "bicycle innovation" has been stale
  • 2 0
 Say it with me..... Bicycle companies are in business to make MONEY.
  • 2 0
 Damn you Specialized Australia for not selling the frame only option
Frown
  • 3 0
 And damn them all for showing that gorgeous blue as a frame only option in all the press, but not actually selling it. Black or white only, per their support and my local shop. I hope that changes.
  • 2 0
 @James2785: Blue frame only is available in some Asian countries, Singapore for example Smile Hence I'm trying my damnest to figure out how to get one from there to me!
  • 3 1
 He's only 6 foot..what do tall people ride 700 mm reach.. ridiculous...
  • 1 2
 I was wondering how tall he was. 6ft is hardly tall enough to warrant being on the largest size possible. Either bike manufactures have no idea about sizing or people just want to ride the biggest bike they can..
  • 4 0
 @Odysseus: you do know you can choose to ride whatever frame size you want, right? you could be 5ft nothing and choose to ride an xl if you so wish... i'm 5'11" and i choose to ride medium to small frames, depending on what i'm riding.
  • 1 0
 @muyguapa: clearly I don't understand how the new sizing scheme works then.
  • 1 0
 @Odysseus: He's on the size reach (meaningless without the STA being factored in) Nicolai/Geometron recommend for folks 5'11"+ - but he's running a couple of spacers under the stem and as short a stem (pretty much) as you can go. His seat is pushed forward too. All of that reduces his effective reach.

I bet he could ride the S4 with a 50mm stem no problem, but then he'd give up some of the wheelbase the S5 gets - which is great for calming the bike down at speed. Pros are fit and strong so they have no problem with teh extra effort required to muscle a longer bike around.

Personally I found 510mm reach (77 deg STA) no problem at 5'10" with a 35mm stem. But i think my happy place would be 490/500mm is with a 50mm stem
  • 1 0
 @nouseforaname: im also 5'10". I ride an S3 Stumpy Evo with a 35mm stem. Im curious as to why you prefer a 50mm stem? Im riding steep descending trails, not worried too much about optimized climbing.
  • 1 0
 Hes only worried about racing stability at speed. I’m sure he would ride a shorter reach bike for fun.
  • 2 0
 @JDFF: Because I'd like a bike to be more than just optimised descending.
I ride steep descending trails also - PNW FTW - but also want to enjoy pedalling to get my kicks. I think designing around a 50mm stem creates a more balanced bike. But that's an op9nion not backed up by fact.
  • 1 0
 @nouseforaname: cool, thanks. I hear ya for sure.
  • 1 0
 Curt I got you on my fantasy team this week! Come through on this new enduro!
  • 1 0
 Oh and the xfusion dropper was fine. No issues. Not as good as bike yoke if you ask me.
  • 1 0
 Anyone knows what size is the one with the wrap that he tested ?
It doesn't look so big (if it is S5 and Curtis 1.85m)
  • 2 0
 looks dope
  • 1 1
 Wow! What a Big bike ! Öhlins Shock ... Love it!

Check my Flightdesk!

youtu.be/IX9MimP2Puw
  • 1 0
 No speci dropper post? Hmm finally they opted for something that works
  • 1 0
 What kind of pedals are those!
  • 1 0
 i'd take that over a yeti any day
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