Earlier this week, Specialized Racing announced their long-awaited 2021 Enduro World Series and EWS-E race squad. It’s a bold move for the big, red ‘S’ with a brand-new line-up consisting of Sofia Wiedenroth, Charles Murray, Cecce Camoin and Kevin Miquel.
In Miquel they’ve enlisted the services of one of the fastest riders amidst the elite group of French talents currently dominating the pro ranks. And extremely fast riders demand extremely fast bikes - enter the new Specialized Racing S-Works Enduro!
Introduced last year, the new-look Enduro continues a lineage of heavy-hitting, race-ready machines which are held by many to have really started the ball rolling in terms of 29in wheels in enduro (and even downhill) racing. The latest incarnation has a purposeful silhouette and the team bikes are stamped with Morgan Hill’s premium ‘S-Works’ badging. The chassis is fully carbon fibre and keeps the weight of its moving parts and the shock which they drive down low between the riders ankles. They also feature the brand’s SWAT storage compartment inside the downtube which is accessible underneath the water bottle cage.
The Specialized Racing team bikes are finished in an ultra-factory combination of custom-painted reds.
Having spent a few years running Ohlins suspension, Specialized have made the jump to RockShox with Kevin’s bike running the brands Zeb Ultimate fork with a full-strength 170mm of travel. The Zeb is as burly as mountain bike forks get with 38mm stanchions and the brands latest Charger 2.1 RC2 damper. A RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock handling the 170mm of rear wheel travel.
SRAM are also responsible for the bikes groupset too with their latest X01 Eagle AXS bluetooth-enabled taking care of shifting, cable-free. The same brand’s Code RSC brakes sort the stopping. Chunky 200mm brake rotors front and rear keep things balanced. Kevin’s bike is also running an e*thirteen TRS chain device which includes a bash guard a trend we’re seeing re-emerge thanks to the ever-lower BB heights of modern enduro bikes.
Kevin runs a pretty sizable 36T SRAM X-Sync chainring to help get his considerable power down as quickly as possible.
Specialized’s-own Roval Traverse 29 wheels are wrapped in some interesting rubber. Kevin’s bike was running Specialized’s Butcher tyre front and rear in their heaviest-hitting Grid Gravity T9 guise. The American brand have been making their own tyres for years with the Butcher moniker remaining their go-to aggressive option.
In terms of componentry, Kevin is running a Renthal cockpit set up with their alloy FatBar handlebars and Apex stem alongside an internally-plumbed RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and a Specialized saddle.
You can listen to Kevin’s new teammate, Charles Kelly, talking to Ruaridh Cunningham and Ric McLaughlin about going full-time with the Specialized Racing team and his own brand-new race machinery right here.