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    Enduro Bike Tests

    From mtb-freeride.tv. Cool vids, not a ton of explanation as to why they scored them the way they did but very well done videos nonetheless.

    My personal favorite (i.e. my bike):

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing! I'd also like to know exactly how they rated each bike. Would be nice to have some sort of voice over going along with the vids. Still, rad nonetheless.

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    Thanks. There are three more to come that I'll post when they are up so we have them in one place. The Scott Genius LT20, Rocky Mountain Slayer and and the Trek Slash 9. I have to say, I was a bit surprised the Spesh Enduro scored so low. I know it's a European production and they might have a slight bias toward the Lapierre. I do like the fact that it looks like they rode each bike on the same trail(s) so they could have a controlled testing ground to compare all the bikes traits on the same sections.

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    I agree. I have/ride a Spesh Enduro and absolutely LOVE it. Of all the many bikes that I've ridden, the Enduro has been my fav. It does give up a bit on the climbs, but being enduro, we're not too concerned with the speed of the climbs now are we?-just have to make sure we get to the top to go back down again! Anyhow, the reviews are pretty good and it's great to see that more specific enduro bikes are gaining some ground in the market.

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    Latest vid is up. Scott Genius LT 20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pike14 View Post
    I agree. I have/ride a Spesh Enduro and absolutely LOVE it. Of all the many bikes that I've ridden, the Enduro has been my fav. It does give up a bit on the climbs, but being enduro, we're not too concerned with the speed of the climbs now are we?-just have to make sure we get to the top to go back down again! Anyhow, the reviews are pretty good and it's great to see that more specific enduro bikes are gaining some ground in the market.
    Yeah, everyone I know that has a Spesh Enduro loves theirs. My GT Sanction is the same, a bit of a pig on the climbs but the geo and handling make up for that on the downs.

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    Best score, better than Lapierre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfas View Post
    Best score, better than Lapierre
    Thanks for staying on top of it Serfas! Yeah, the Slash is a sick bike for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pike14 View Post
    It does give up a bit on the climbs, but being enduro, we're not too concerned with the speed of the climbs now are we?-just have to make sure we get to the top to go back down again!
    But you still have to be aware of the time limits on the untimed sections and some events they are quite tight, while you might not have to worry about times some can really make a toll on you physically.

    Never rode the Spesh but while i loved the Sanction on the downhill, i could see the problem in the uphill and more pedal sections. Can't understand the high grades on the LaPierre, didn't really liked it when i rode it ( it was a rental but still )
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    Super surprised at how low the Slayer scored...

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    Latest test: Ghost Cagua Lector

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    One spicy for me, please!

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    Any 2-9 action?

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    I'd like to see 'em ride an Ibis Mojo!

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    Hopefully they keep up with this and add more bikes. Definitely a few that are missing. Glad to see the Slash made it on, I've been eyeing that for a few weeks now.
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    Found the reviews and tests translated to English. Hope this helps shed some light.

    GT Sanction 7.8 Overall
    Enduro Test: GT Sanction 1.0 - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

    Lapierre Spicy 516 8.4 Overall
    Enduro Test: Lapierre Spicy 516 - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

    Specialized Enduro Comp 7.7 Overall
    Enduro Test: Specialized Enduro Comp - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

    Scott Genius LT20 8.0 Overall
    Enduro Test: Scott Genius LT 20 - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

    Trek Slash 9.0 9.1 Overall
    Enduro Test: Trek Slash 9.0 - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

    Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 7.6 Overall
    Looks like the review links to the Ghost for this one. Not sure where it is. If anyone finds the specific review for the Slayer please post here.

    Ghost Cagua Lector 8.6 Overall
    Enduro Test: Ghost Cagua Lector - Photo - Video | Red Bull Bike

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    Man, I wish they had the Pivot FIrebird.
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    Or a couple of the new 29er AM bikes like the covert.

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    I would like to see one on the stumpy carbon evo 26. Torn between that and the mojo hd.

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    I ridden both and Mojo HD hands down, plus its not the Big S so it will hold its value longer then the stumpy.

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    Really, so far ive only heard good things about the evo. What did you not like about it?

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    Mojo HD is awesome. Basically the reason Im looking at a Firebird is that's essentially a cheaper Mojo, since both use DW link, and it's setup more to my liking: more travel, 2x10 with bashguard, etc.

    I really enjoyed demoing the Mojo, and it's a great up and down bike. I just wanted something a bit more towards DH style, and found the Firebird pedals as well as I would want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jredling View Post
    Really, so far ive only heard good things about the evo. What did you not like about it?
    Agree with this, everyone I've heard loves them. I haven't ridden one. I own an HD and love it.

    HD is approved by Ibis for 650b. Enduro has ISCG. FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Man, I wish they had the Pivot FIrebird.

    Here is one review from Bikeradar: Pivot Firebird custom

    Couple other recent enduro bike reviews from bike radar:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Mojo HD is awesome. Basically the reason Im looking at a Firebird is that's essentially a cheaper Mojo, since both use DW link, and it's setup more to my liking: more travel, 2x10 with bashguard, etc.

    I really enjoyed demoing the Mojo, and it's a great up and down bike. I just wanted something a bit more towards DH style, and found the Firebird pedals as well as I would want.
    I'm interested in the Firebird as my next frame. I would probably add an adjustable headset to get a 66 degree instead of 67. It looks like such a sturdy and plush bike. I hear it isn't terribly snappy or reactive to input popping off jumps and the like. What's your experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whip Chop! View Post
    I'm interested in the Firebird as my next frame. I would probably add an adjustable headset to get a 66 degree instead of 67. It looks like such a sturdy and plush bike. I hear it isn't terribly snappy or reactive to input popping off jumps and the like. What's your experience?
    I'm not the best person to review bikes just because I haven't ridden enough to now how different styles ride. With that said, I could feel the difference in weight between the FB and DH bikes, in that it seemed to be easier to move around while going down over stuff, as opposed to plowing through stuff. One of the trails is called River Tr, because it rides right next to the river. It's basically flat but you can get moving at a decent speet. There are a few spots along the trail where there are slight water bar type jumps across the trail. It's basically flat so I was really pre-loading up for them and trying to pop off them. I know there was one it felt like I jumped way higher than I expected and was presently surprised. This area isn't much of a jumping type spot so there's not to much to say on that end.

    I am tempted to add an angled headset also and take off a degree, but to be honest I went down one steep drop at a lower speed and never felt close to going OTB. It was one of those situations where your kinda like "crap crap crap crap.......ok that went alright"

    Hopefully that helps. I personally couldn't find anything I didn't like about the bike so I'll probably be ordering one in a week. I would say definitely try to demo one, as that's really the only way. Basically I just wanted something I could ride down, but pedals better than my Glory, and this fits the bill for me, as well as some of the specs I wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jredling View Post
    Really, so far ive only heard good things about the evo. What did you not like about it?
    First I will not lie I am not a fan of FSR, the square edge bumps cause you to get hung up while climbing and can feel the pedal feedback really bad on the way down. So DW link wins off the bat. Also in the reviews you are reading are you reading them form XC guys that went AM/Enduro or DH guys that went enduro? There is a very big difference in the reviews you get.
    Coming off a enduro I test the SJ EVO and found it felt to "trail bikeish" Took a XC/Trail bike platform and slackend the headangle and sold it. I never felt when I demoed that bike that I could charge into things like with my enduro or sanction or the covert I tested. Felt like I was always wanting more confidence if things not nasty and steep that I was riding a lighter mini downhill bike. Which is super important, in the enduro world to me you are charging lines you have not seen before or maybe once or twice on a preride at almost if not DH bike speeds, you need to know if you pick a bad line or a drop was bigger then you thought or to flat that the bike will take it and ask for more. I never got that feeling with the SJ EVO just felt more like a XC racers "AM bike" not a real enduro style sled more of a Slack trail bike a "inbetweener" as my friends say, more on the xc side of enduro then the DH side. That said I am no pro by any means and to each their own, its all about riding bikes we line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whip Chop! View Post
    ...I hear it isn't terribly snappy or reactive to input popping off jumps and the like. What's your experience?
    Farthest thing from the truth that I've read in a long time It's a really snapping and playful bike, and the DW platform makes it a quick accelerator out of the corners when you step on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    Farthest thing from the truth that I've read in a long time It's a really snapping and playful bike, and the DW platform makes it a quick accelerator out of the corners when you step on it
    Ok, that's good to know. I got that feedback from someone who demoed one. One thing I like about my GT Sanction is that the i-Drive is snappy when you push it.

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