Specialized Enduro

Specialist Enduro

Once upon a time, the Specialized Enduro was the newie on the block, now it is one of the huge Specialized family of bikes. We’ll look at this year – 2010 model.

On the plus side it has been touted as being light years ahead of its predecessors, but to one reviewer it does not have the same clout as the “Why aren’t all bikes like this,” of earlier Enduro.   Quick answer to that. Enduro is one of many and now needs to have that extra little stand out element to put it back where it should rightly be.

Having said that, I’ll maintain that the Enduro is a brilliant bike and for those of you in the market for a lightweight bike with enough travel to take what mountain biking offers, Enduro is recommended, even in the tough competition of mountain biking.

Enduro is designed for trail riding and despite some negative reports, still delivers what it promises.

It’s a nice looking machine and depending what you buy, prices range from around $2000 – cheaper for pre-loved and superseded models.

That’s the 2010 model.  The 2011 has yet to be released and from reports promises to be a goodie.

Real life testing

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Specialized Sirrus

IT’S GOT WHAT YOU WANT

“Fast and durable city bike; Excellent entry-level ride; Well worth the dollars spent; Solid for city riding,” these are some of the comments expressed about the tough, urban friendly, Sirrus, another winner from the Specialized team.

One tester, who works as a bike mechanic was lavish in his praise of how the Sirrus was made.  I quote: I found that Specialized somehow puts their bikes together better than anyone else; they seem to break less often than bikes from other manufacturers.”

Finger- lifting light, yet tough, Sirrus offers 28mm wheels which are great for the urban roads tarmac; a fast city rider without sacrificing comfort.

In a few cases there were gripes about the tires and the seats; the tires picking up flats easily and the seat posts being spongy, and even being too wide for men.  One rider was not happy about the stitching around the seat which let in water, either from rain, puddles or washing

There was one complaint about its poor handling; that was swallowed by the good comments our testers provided.

From about $500 US, the Sirrus is a good buy for those who like their bikes to versatile pavement and trail-friendly.

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Specialized Allez

A Lot Of Go for Less

More than 20 years ago, Specialized Bicycle Components named its first road performance machine, Allez, the French word for go and redesigned the alloy frame – similar to its brother, the Tarmac.

Here’s a ‘goer’ offering lots of bike for less money and for those who may want to spend ‘a penny less’ you are not going to be robbed of value.

Specialized’s Allez) is an aluminium bike that does offer a rigid, stiff ride with the durability you’ve come to expect with a Specialized product.  Although made of aluminium, there is carbon in the frame; the seat stays and the forks which lessens the weight.  This, of course, lessens the road vibe and makes the ride more comfy.  The ergonomic short drop handlebars is another comfort plus.

Reviews have been mixed as to its performance on the road – some claiming it a bit heavy, most riders spoke positively of the bike.  A reviewer told me he was worried about rumors of Allez’s components being made offshore, but still spoke well of the bike.

The Allez scored well on its overall rating – 3.5 out of 5.

Overall the Allez delivered the lightweight and exactitude which road riders require.

Whether you say rapidement, or fast.  Specialized Allez is the bike for you.

Specialized Roubaix

Roubaix Puts You in The Rider’s (Comfortable) Seat

The Specialized Roubaix may have an exotic name but it is a good, down to earth bike, offering a great ride with little, if any, discomfort.

Roubaix handles well at speed but is a little slow off the mark claims one tester.

One former racer described his bike as being a most comfortable trainer.

For a fast, go along, high performing bike, Roubaix offers advanced ergonomics with a frame that is light and dependent, quick and compliant.

Fatigue – Especially after long haul riding. Roubaix has never heard of it judging by comments from some riders putting the bike through its paces in Utah.

A British rider took his through the hills and dales of Yorkshire. After an 80km ride his comment was: “Unbelievably comfortable – although he did enhance the saddle a bit.  Nonetheless, he bought a Roubaix for himself a few days later.

In the main, there are a lot of good things to be said about the Roubaix – I haven’t yet worked out the French translation, but, what’s in a name when it is a product, and a good one, from the Specialized Group.

On a par with other bikes of its kind – Roubaix is not overly expensive – in the $3000 range.

Specialized Stumpjumper

Suddenly There Was The Specialized Stumpjumper

As a favorite trail bike, the Specialized Stumpumper tops the list.  With all of the goodies it has to hand, the Stumpjumper it’s hard to wrong with that bike under your rear end.

Specialists put the Stumpjumper – incidentally, the first of Specialized Mountain Bikes to go public – to the test and found little to complain.

It was tested on some of the toughest terrain in both Colorado and Utah ranging from mud, hardpack, sand and snow.  The Stumpy took its place with other trail bikes and came up trumps with no complaints about its performance.

Pros:

  • Its geometry was nice and comfy.
  • Lightweight with a huge amount of travel.
  • Reliable fork.
  • A nice component spec.

With most pros comes a con or two and the Stumpy is not without them. Our testers found two.

Cons

  • Limited seat post height adjustment, and
  • A derailleur – the mechanism on a bicycle used to move the chain from one sprocket (gear) to another – knock.

Despite these minors, Stumpy is a hard bike to complain about and despite its many changes since 1981; it’s still a Specialized family favorite and is still wheeling along strong over these past 29 years.

Specialized Rockhopper

Does It All

First we had the StumpJumper and now the Rockhopper – Rockhopper a member of the Specialized family of bikes.

Riders give it mixed reviews – not too many negatives though although there are some weaknesses brought out.  In the main, the riders had nothing but good words for this bike.

Lightweight, it has a good response to quick changes and suitable for all terrains.  Rockhopper is as it name implies, a bike for hard rear ended biker.

Rockhopper is cost effective too.  Not a great deal to lay out – about $450 and the bike itself is upgradeable allowing more sophisticated gear for the more experienced.

The bike is not designed for hard competition but nonetheless a fun machine to get around the trails.

Yes, Rockhopper does have some areas of concern.

The SRAM 830 cassette gave up after 400 miles, reported one rider.   Another was disappointed in the pedals, cranks and front shifting which had to be frequently adjusted; a problem switching to a higher speed was the complaint of another rider.

On the up side; a great bike, especially for those starting out. A bike that runs anywhere; sand, rocks, mountains in all states and provinces.

Rockhopper can tackle them all –it’s true to say, you’ll miss it should you ever part company.

Specialized Hardrock

The Hardrock

This All Terrain, old favorite has garnered some favourable reviews from new owners and upgraders alike.  One described the Hardrock “For Whoever You Are”.

If one is looking for a bike which says: “You.” It has to be the Hardrock – a bike which is tough enough to take what you want to give it.  Urban riding or for that tough outdoor trail, it’s hard and fast and rides with your moods.

Hardrock also has the old favorite – Sport.   Hardrock Sport is the one for zipping around town and ideal for its XC tasks.   One rider praised the gears and brakes and said that he’d recommend it to anyone.  As they say; word of mouth is the best form of advertising.

A tester said that the frame was so good it was worth buying the bike just for that.  Hardrock Sport is a bike that will take upgrading and indeed, a lot of bikers are doing that.

This, said one, is a top notch bike and many have said they would certainly recommend it to a friend.

For beginners and enthusiasts alike, the Hardrock and any of its family members should be on your ‘must have list.’   Hardrock a proud member of the Specialized family.

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