Specialized have thrown the covers back on the new Enduro. With the Stumpjumper filling the needs for just about any rider seeking a trail bikeor all-mountain rig, the Enduro has been designed fresh as a big-travel, big-wheeled Enduro racebike.

Specialized went all in to make this thing as fast as possible.The shock and linkage has dropped super low in the bike and there are many similarities with theall-new Demo. The new design keeps the weight down a lot lower, aids stiffness in the rear end,opens up the main triangle for a full size bottle and means the standover height can be reduced–opening up options to size your bikes on length not height.

The new design delivers 170mm of travel front and rear, and the frame is only made in carbon. With a new axle path that is more rearward than before, the Enduro will hang up less on big hits. With a more progressive spring curve, it's now plusher for small bump sensitivity and ramps up better for the really big hits. Specialized's engineering boffins have also increased the anti-squat–or made it pedal better. Whether that's jamming it out of corners, sprinting to the end of a stage or surviving a long liaison under a baking alpine sun–it does it about 40% better than the previous Enduro.

The carbon frame has stiffness related to the size. Big frames are stiffer, smaller frames are a little less stiff, to work better for smaller riders. The geometry follows modern trends with a slack headangle and long reach, a steep seat tube and a low seat tube length that allows for a really long dropper, and allows you to size your bike more on reach than leg length.

There are four models starting from the Comp Carbon at $6800 through to an S-works model at a pricey and droolworthy $15000. But, Specialized set out to make the fastest Enduro bike possible. And this is it. For full details and availability drop into your local Specialized dealer or visit their website.