My job is Bike Take a look at Editor, and listed here are my predictions for five hard-hitting enduro bikes that may get a whole refresh in 2024


Everyone seems to be saying enduro is useless, however I am betting we’ll see new bikes from Forbidden, Scott, Specialised, Orbea, and Privateer this yr.

Most bike manufacturers function on a 3 yr mannequin cycle, so that you don’t want a crystal ball to foretell which fashions are due an replace. It’s not a tough and quick rule that you just get a brand new mannequin each 36 months although. Dwindling gross sales, or a swap in suspension design, can speed up the launch course of. Conversely, a shift in focus can imply {that a} mannequin runs for longer than anticipated. Additionally, given how unpredictable the final three years have been, you shouldn’t take my predictions as gospel. Nonetheless, I’m fairly assured we’ll be seeing these examples of the finest enduro bikes in the marketplace up to date within the subsequent 12 months.

Photo of Forbidden Dreadnought standing against a brown background

Will the Dreadnought get Forbidden’s new inverted 4-bar suspension in 2024?

1. Forbidden Dreadnought

Provided that the Druid V2 and Forbidden’s new Supernougth DH bike are each now operating inverted 4-bar suspension designs, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the Dreadnought enduro bike will get the identical remedy. The subsequent era Dreadnought can also be prone to get some, if not all, of the adjustability that was ushered in with the brand new DH bike. So on the very least, count on to see adjustable chain keep lengths for tweaking the load bias of the brand new Dreadnought.

>> learn the complete assessment of the present Forbidden Dreadnought

Scott Ransom=

The Scott Ransom is the final in line for the hidden shock remedy

2. Scott Ransom

Since Scott acquired Daring Cycles in 2019, it has slowly been transitioning its suspension bikes to the interior shock design. First to get the “the place’s the shock” remedy was the Scott Spark, shortly adopted by the newest era Genius. So that you don’t must be a genius to see the sample right here. Hopefully Scott may also supply an ST model of the brand new Ransom, identical to the Genius ST 900 Tuned we rode on the launch in 2022, the place solely the rear shock is connected to the three place TracLoc distant.

>> Learn the complete assessment of the present Scott Ransom

Specialized S-Works Enduro

The massive hitting S-Works Enduro lacks all of Specialised’s newest geometry adjustment

3. Specialised Enduro

Launched in 2019, the Specialised Enduro was an amazing race bike however it’s clearly getting lengthy within the tooth. And whereas there’s been a lot hypothesis in regards to the arrival of the brand new Enduro, nobody actually is aware of what kind it should take. Will it have the UBB suspension of the prototype DH bike, and even an loafer design that was outlined in a latest patent software? That every one stays to be seen. What we are able to say with some confidence although is that it ought to get the totally adjustable geometry that presently options on the Stumpjumper Evo and Turbo Levo. We’ve additionally seen Specialised favour MX wheels on the newest Turbo Levo SL, so will the brand new Enduro additionally transfer away from the complete 29in format?

>> Learn our full assessment of the present Specialised S-Works Enduro

Orbea Rallon M-Team

The Orbea Rallon M-Workforce has modified rather a lot, even when it doesn’t appear to be it

4. Orbea Rallon

Orbea has regularly elevated the journey, tweaked the geometry and boosted the sizing of the Rallon because it was first launched in 2018. That makes it one of many longest operating platforms on the race circuit. We examined the bike in 2018, and extra just lately the Rallon M-Workforce in 2022, and whereas it’s nonetheless an amazing choice for enduro racing, we are able to’t assist however really feel that the Rallon will get misplaced in all of the noise. What’s wanted right here then, is a recent new design to seize everybody’s consideration – maybe a brand new body design with a vertical shock structure identical to the wonderful Orbea Wild e-bike that we’ve simply examined?

>> Learn the complete first experience assessment of the Orbea Rallon M-Workforce

Privateer 161

A brand new model of the Privateer 161 is scheduled to launch this spring

5. Privateer 161

That is much less of a prediction and extra of a heads up. Privateer has made no secret of the truth that the 161 is getting a significant refresh for 2024. Constructing on the progressive geometry of the unique 161, the newest model has revised suspension kinematics, bridge-less seat stays and significantly outsized pivots. The aim right here was to enhance suspension efficiency and reliability and Privateer seems to have delivered on each counts. The brand new 161 ought to launch this spring, so maintain checking again to the Privateer web site for updates.

> Learn the complete assessment of the present Privateer 161