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2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
01/16/16 at 10:34pm
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Anyone ridden both these and have any feedback?  looks like the 650b is considerably slacker.... I'm leaning toward the 29 but haven't made up my mind....

Looking at the comp spec in both....

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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #1 - 01/17/16 at 1:55am
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I haven't ridden the Enduro, but I ride 29 Stumpy and love it.  I believe you will tend to always see slacker head angles on 27.5 then 29 to keep the wheelbases similar and the bike handling similar when the chain stay length is longer on the 29.  The Enduro 29 has won bike of the year from a bunch of different sources so it's got a pretty good rep.
  
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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #2 - 01/17/16 at 2:21pm
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I just upgraded my 2012 Stumpjumper 29" to a 2016 S-Works Enduro 29" and I love it so far.  I haven't taken it on a trail yet but it does all the stairsets, drops and ledges that I ride in Uptown Charlotte with ease.  The extra bit of travel seems to be a huge improvement over the Stumpy.  I wanted a bike with more travel than my Stumpy had, 120mm doesn't cut it for Pisgah, imo.  When I took it to the shop, all the shop employees were drooling over it so that must be a good thing, lol.
  
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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #3 - 01/21/16 at 7:52pm
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The 2016 SJ FSR 650b runs 150mm travel front and rear.  As for the Enduro...do you like to ride over stuff and gobble up the trail?  Or do you like to whip it round and be playful with it?  29'er if the former and 650b if the latter.

We don't have Enduro demos in stock but be do have SJ FSR 650b's to demo.

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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #4 - 01/21/16 at 9:40pm
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I plow.... Thanks...
  
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FredRubble wrote on 01/21/16 at 9:40pm:
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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #6 - 02/10/16 at 1:17am
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I have ridden both. I went with the 29 for shock leverage ratio and it's a great all day bike. As well as some fun in the mountains. I did pmbar with mine last year and can also hit jumps and good tech. The 275 pedaled well and my only concern was the shock ratio since I weigh in at 210 with gear I don't like maxing out the air pressure. If your looking to go that route (27.5)also try the nomad. I was a big fan of it for the wheel size
  
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Re: 2016 Specialized Enduro 29 vs 27.5?
Reply #7 - 02/10/16 at 2:43pm
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I just finished testing about 10 different bikes, and finally settled on a Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29. Strictly in terms of wheel size, I think you're better off with the 29. I noticed how much better they roll the same obstacles by riding them literally back to back (and the 27.5 I rode was a $5k Santa Cruz Bronson). And with most of the local trails, I think momentum is probably more of a factor than "flickability." 

If you're going to spend all day on the bike, and "plow" through everything, you're better off on the wagon wheel. 

And make sure that you sit on and ride as many bikes as possible. The bikes I "thought" I wanted just from research and the internet, ended up on the bottom of the list when I actually started riding bikes. In the end, I chose one that wasn't even on my radar when I started. 

Just my 2 cents.
  
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