Downhill Bikes

10 Downhill Mountain Bikes From European Brands

Some of the best downhill mountain bikes available around the world, all made in Europe...

There’s a whole host of downhill mountain bikes from Europe on offer these days, from value-for-money direct sales to World Championship winning rides.

The majority of these downhill bikes have seen their fare share of action on the World Cup circuit and impressed around the world. There’s even a couple from the UK, though for a more specific look at home-grown rides check out our list of downhill bikes from British Brands.

Of course, the range gets a whole lot larger and a whole lot more impressive when you open it up to the whole continent, including quite a few rides also featured in our ‘best downhill bikes of 2016‘ feature. Here’s just a small selection of the downhill bikes being offered by European brands…

Canyon Sender CF 9.0

German brand Canyon have long been known for offering top of the line bikes at reasonable prices and the Sender is one of the best on the market at any price.

We were delighted to see Canyon develop something new rather than just build upon an already established platform when they dropped the Sender onto the market in 2016, and there’s no doubt that the €4800 ride stands out from the crowd.

The detail, sizing, geometry, and the noise from the bike, or lack thereof, are all spot on.

Check out our full review of the Canyon Sender for much more

Solid Strike

The Solid Strike got in on the 650b action early on and it remains one of the best around. It may be aluminium but weighing in at around 36lbs, it does make you think about whether less comfortable rides on cheaper carbon frames are really worth it.

With ‘reach’ at 453mm, a bottom bracket drop of -8mm, which puts it at under 350mm, the Strike is near enough perfect on numbers. And a wheelbase of 1270mm makes the German ride longer than the extra large Trek Session or Specialized Demo.

Read the full review of the Solid Strike here

Mondraker Summum

It will have been a sunny day in Spain no matter what the weather when the guys at Mondraker tuned in to see the 2016 World Championships.

The brand saw the Mondraker Summum clean up in Val di Sole, with Danny Hart, Laurie Greenland and Florent Payet coming in first, second and third, all riding the Spanish bike. How’s that for a bit of helpful PR work?

Full review of the Mondraker Summum here

Scott Gambler 710


One of the lightest aluminium production bikes on the market, Swiss company SCOTT have specced out the Gambler nicely for a £5000 downhill mountain bike.

The Gambler isn’t perfect but it’s a hugely enjoyable ride, and Adam Brayton has proven its credentials by riding it to a top 10 overall finish this year.

Click here for the full Scott Gambler 710 review

YT Tues

The pricing on the YT Tues makes it a standout from the get go – a carbon frame downhill bike from an entry level £2700. When you’ve got the fastest man on the planet Aaron Gwin winning World Cups on the thing too, there can be no doubt about the quality of the ride.

YT are another German brand cutting through the market right now, and doing a damn good job of making people take note. If you’re looking for a downhill mountain bike for under £3000 this may be the way to turn. An essential addition to any list of downhill mountain bikes from Europe.

Read the full review of the YT Tues here

Cube Two15 HPA Race

With a new design for the past year, the Two15 is now lighter and more dynamic than previous generations. The frame is now designed around the 27.5 inch wheel but still delivers 215mm of travel at the rear. The German Two15 is designed for rocks, roots and the toughest tracks out there.

Lapierre DH World Champion

The Lapierre DH World Champion is duly named because it was ridden to the 2015 rainbow stripes by Frenchman Loic Bruni.

The French company need to take a closer look at the height, steepness and weight of their production version, but it should be a doable job. There’s a lot of potential there as shown by Mr. Bruni.

Read our full review of the Lapierre DH Team here

Orange 324 Factory

Built by hand in Halifax, Orange may not have reigned over downhill mountain biking for some time now but they can still put a damn good ride together.

Don’t be fooled by the throwback look, this is a modern ride, rough around the edges but with a whole lot of character.

Read the full review of the Orange 324 here


German brand Nicolai tested the ION-G19 for some time with Chris Porter from MOJO UK, took the numbers from their studies and came up with a bike with some extreme geometry.

The long reach measurements are to allow for better weight distribution descending and increase the stability, and the bike was raced on the World Cup circuit for the first time this year by Jack Reading’s One Vision race team.

Saracen Myst Team

The British bike that brought Manon Carpenter the World Cup overall and World Champs title in 2014, the Saracen Myst also has winning pedigree through Matt Simmonds in the British Downhill Series.

The Myst was in the Dirt 100 in 2015 thanks to great value spec and racing credentials, and it’s now available in carbon.

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