I had a chance yesterday to look at the 2009 dealer book.The E150 has all but disappeared from the Enduro SL lineup. There is only a seemingly token, S-Works model with that fork. Otherwise, from the Pro Carbon model on down, the E150 is gone.
I am flat-out astounded. The E150 is the defining characteristic of the Enduro SL -- the "raison d'Ítre" for the entire bike. Without an E150, is it even really an Enduro SL anymore? Not in my mind. Now the bike is just a Pitch with a slightly better frame.
Is it the cost? I did note that pricing on the Enduro SL line took a big leap from 2007 to 2008. With the falling dollar, I'm sure we're due for another big leap in cost in 2009. Did the E150 just become too expensive for mere mortals to afford?
(I will say that, had I not bought my SL in 2007, that I would have been totally priced out of the market in 2008).
Or is Specialized giving up on their fork? Is the S-Works model nothing more than a token, to avoid having to admit total defeat?
Neither of the above alternatives is pleasant to contemplate. I've grown to like the E150.
Specialized's rear-shock, at least, is prevalent across their line. That would suggest that Specialized isn't giving up on their own suspension program. But the almost-complete retraction of their E150 fork sure did leave me with my jaw dropping yesterday.
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