When Specialized introduced the Enduro 29, it was one of the first production 160-millimeter-travel 29ers to grab attention, including ridicule from riders reluctant to accept changing wheel sizes. Today, the sluggish stigma once associated with larger hoops has largely dissipated. Good thing because for 2017, the Enduro line sees rear-wheel travel increase to 165 millimeters, a slacker head angle, steeper seat-tube angle and plus-size compatibility. Specialized offers four Enduro 29 and 650b models (the latter come with 170 millimeters of travel), ranging from $3,889 to $10,449.

Our test model packs in a ton of value. Riders get the new alloy frame with Boost rear-hub spacing, the RockShox Monarch Plus shock with Autosag, a threaded bottom bracket, SRAM Guide R brakes, an internally routed Command Post dropper and Specialized’s Butcher and Slaughter tires with mid-weight Grid casings mounted to Roval Traverse alloy rim.