I really thought they would go straight for 650b wheels. Then again, developing these products takes years, and this bike was likely well underway before the current 650b surge: the Enduro 29er.
With 155mm of rear wheel travel in a chainstay that is only 10mm longer than the 26-inch version (430mm), it shouldn’t have the land-yacht feeling you might expect. Mated to a 150mm Fox 34 Float CTD fork, this is one of the most burly 29ers we’ve ever seen.
To accommodate such a short chainstay, Specialized also partnered with SRAM to create a new front derailleur mount system, though a 1x or SRAM XX1 setup will likely prove very popular.
Other specs on the $3,500 Comp model include an M5 alloy frame, Avid Elixr 5 brakes, a SRAM X9 and X7 drivetrain, and Specialized’s Roval wheels.