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The 10 Most Expensive Downhill Bikes on the Market

Some of these are the top of the downhill world, but does a big price tag always mean the best?

1) Trek Session 9.9 – £9000

The detail and finish on the Trek Session is unparalleled, and it comes with the price tag to match.

The Session is the most expensive production downhill mountain bike on the market right now, but it’s also the one that carried Rachel Atherton to the perfect season, and has been proven on the big stage through Aaron Gwin and Tracey Moseley as well.

The suspension design is 10 years in the making, the bike is well-balanced and while the stock handlebars are narrow, the ride is sensationally fast. The Session isn’t perfect, but it is one of the best around.

Full review of the Trek Session 9.9 2016 model here

2) Kona Supreme Operator – £7899

The Kona Operator will have an entirely new frame for 2017, burlier than the previous generations, and it’ll now be rolling on 27.5” wheels for the first time.

While the supreme Operator comes in at just under £8000 though, the entry level price for the base Operator has dropped significantly and it should be available for around £3000.

Read about Connor Fearon’s Kona Supreme Operator here

3) Santa Cruz V10 CC – £7699

 

With proven success behind it and the cult status that comes with being ridden by Minnaar, Peaty and Ratboy, the Santa Cruz V10CC is one of the most coveted bikes on the market.

The sixth generation of the flagship Santa Cruz model now offers 216mm of travel in two adjustable geometry positions. The shock rate has been tuned to be more linear and deliver consistent damping throughout the travel.

The introduction of XL and XXL sizes last year also mean it’s viable for the tallest of riders.

Full review of the Santa Cruz V10 CC here

4) Haibike xDuro Downhill Pro – £7599

Take a deep breath. It’s okay. You don’t have to buy it. But yes, you can now buy an electric downhill bike for just under £8000, and the Haibike xDuro isn’t the only one on the market either. We just thought best not to pack this list full of the things.

This has been described as “the next big thing”, and Haibike say it’s “a must for all downhill mountain bikers who want to take the pressure off coming back up”. We’ll leave you to make your judgments.

5) Mondraker Summum Pro Team – £7599

The final podium at the 2016 World Champs will have made for pleasant viewing for the people at Mondraker. Not only was Danny Hart opening up the champagne after a winning run on the Mondraker Summum, but Laurie Greenland and Florent Payet in second and third were also on the Summum. How’s that for an advert?

This is an impressive build, light as anything, and apparently it’s not too slow either…

Full review of the Mondraker Summum here

6) Specialized S-Works Demo 8 – £7000

The Specialized S-Works Demo is most at home on rough, rocky, steep and technical downhill tracks.

It sails down the steepest terrain you can find with a silence that speaks volumes, and the clean, smooth style of the bike has become iconic in the world of mountain biking.

The bike has been proven on the big stage time and time again, with Aaron Gwin famously riding it to glory even without a chain in Leogang in 2015, and going on to take the series win in style.

Full review of the 2016 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 2016 here

7) Intense Cycles M16C Pro Build – £6895

The M16 is described as “a world-class, downhill racing machine”. It’s got 9.5 inches of rear travel, with geometry developed in conjunction with Bernat Guardia, Jack Moir, Luca Cometti and Ferran Jorba and Intense test pilots Chris Kovarik, Shaun Palmer and Claire Buchar. A few names you may recognise, then.

Intense is a bike brand with one hell of a legacy, and they’re still innovating now. The M16 is one of the longest travel downhill bikes on the market, but this does impose certain limits when you’re not going in a straight line.

Full review of the Intense Cycles M16C Pro Build here

8) Ion G19 QLF Line – €7,000 (£5,945)

 

 

Raced on the World Cup circuit for the fist time this year by Jack Reading’s One Vision race team, the Nicolai G19 takes the lessons learnt from the Geometron and runs wild.

Clocking a head angle of 61.6° and a wheelbase of 1347mm in size  XL this truly is a bike of epic proportions – with a sizable price tag to match.

9) Scott Gambler 710 – £5899

Still one of the lightest aluminium production bikes on the market, the Gambler stands out for its flawless geometry and the fact it can stand up to a lot on the trails.

It’s got its flaws but it passes the test when it comes to hard-charging and ploughing through tough conditions, as proven when ridden to a podium position in Fort William by Adam Brayton and numerous top 10s by Brendan Fairclough.

Full review of the Scott Gambler 710 here

10) Orange 324 Factory / Polygon COLLOSUS DH9 / Transition TR500 / Devinci Wilson Carbon SL / Giant Glory Advanced 0 – £5500

There are a few downhill bikes that come in at the £5500 mark give or take a pound, so the tenth and final spot in our list is divided between five rigs.

The Orange 324 is a bike handbuilt in Halifax with old school looks and modern geometry, the Polygon Collosus DH9 a proven Red Bull Rampage winner, the Devinci Wilson Carbon SL a charismatic bike that delivers straightforward performance and the Transition TR500 playful, powerful and fun. The Giant Glory is one of the lightest downhill bike available, and one with a smooth ride which translates to serious speed.

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