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We have been eagerly waiting for the season opening since we received our 2013 Demo8 I Carbon in December. Knowing that the Scandinavian season will not begin anytime soon, we were early in booking a few days in Winterberg Bike Park in Germany for the beginning of May. Unfortunately, it's not looking too promising there either. The following information was posted on Winterberg's website on Wednesday: “The bike park opening 2013 is on May 1. Today it´s to much snow on the tracks. The weather in the night is colder than -10 C! We are still waiting for better conditions!” Fingers crossed that further delay in the season opening can be avoided. We took the opportunity to take a few photos of our Demo8 before into enters the service…

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We picked up our S-Works Enduro at the weekend. Looks great and feels light. We can hardly wait for snow to melt away! More photos here…

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We received some great news today amid sleet pouring from the sky: Our 2013 S-Works Enduro is now waiting for to be picked up from our dealer! The bike actually arrived about a month earlier than we had expected. While it's still a long way to go to the Scandinavian MTB season, we are very excited to get our hands on this gorgeous bike.

Two features that we are particularly excited about are SRAM's brand new 11-speed drivetrain XX1 and a new suspension geometry of the 2013 Enduro with the S-Works model coming with a custom Cane Creek Double Barrel Air rear shock. Interesting to see how it pedals considering that, unlike Fox Float CTD equipped Enduros, the Cane Creek shock does not have a separate climb setting. Also very interesting to see how the new Roval Traverse carbon wheels will perform on this bike.

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Our Demo 8 I Carbon was scheduled to arrive in Europe in mid-September but ended up being delayed due to a suspension issue. The bike finally arrived to our dealer some three weeks ago and we picked it up earlier this week. Demo 8 I Carbon looks fantastic in its black/white bodywork and we can’t wait to get going with it. It will be a long wait, however, considering that the 2013 season is still many months away here up north.


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The new S-Works Enduro looks certainly very promising on the paper and definitely great in the pictures. We couldn't resist the temptation and placed an order for 2013 S-Works Enduro early last week. Read more...

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Our hopes of testing 2013 Demo 8 I Carbon were wrecked last week when our dealer told us that the delivery will be postponed until December due to “an issue with the rear suspension”. As far as we understood the issue concerns all 2013 Carbon I Demos. Read more...
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Our Demo 8 is expected to arrive in Europe on September 19, probably in the first patch of 2013 Specialized bikes coming to Europe. While lifts in many Scandinavian bike parks have already closed or are just about to close, we still look forward to some initial testing already in October. Read more...

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We had 2012 Epic Expert 29er delivered in February and have been riding the bike ever since snow melted and trails in Finland dried up in end-April. Most of the riding has been on typical intermediate cross-country terrain with small obstacles like roots, rocks, loose surfaces and hard pack and depressions.

2012 Epic Expert 29er comes with Fox/Specialized rear shock with remote brain with inertia valve and fade adjust. While we were very satisfied with the feel and functioning of the suspension, we found the rear shock quite oily after a few hours of riding, making us suspect that it might be leaking. Indeed, after a few more hours of riding, all damping was gone. Luckily, turning the brain to fully firm position we were at least able to ride home without problems. At that time in early-June, the bike had no more than some 20 hours of riding behind.

Contacting our local Specialized dealer, we learned that we will receive a brand new shock / brain from Specialized Finland. The dealer did the installation as soon as they received the parts, fast enough for us not to miss our next XC race. While we were obviously disappointed to see the rear shock failing, to get it fixed went fast and very smoothly thanks to Specialized and our dealer (Sportia Kuopio, Finland). This certainly is a good reason for supporting those local dealers that have honestly good customer service.

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After picking up Enduro S-Works from Trail Head Cyclery, we checked in the bike in Trico Iron Case at San Francisco International Airport for a flight to Europe. Iron Case provided the bike with well protected transport across the Atlantic. The case appears tough and simple to use, hopefully giving us many trouble free flights in the future. Read more...
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Unable to find Specialized Enduro S-Works 2012 in Europe, we were very lucky to get an opportunity to pick one of these sweet rides from Lars at Trail Head Cyclery, San Jose, CA. Read more...
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I understand that importers and especially retailers have limited interest in stocking expensive gear like top-of-the line bikes. I was still surprised to learn that Enduro S-Works is very difficult, or should I say impossible, to get a hold of in Europe. Read more...

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