Trail and Enduro Bikes

10 aluminium enduro mountain bikes

For those who still love welds

There are a whole number of reasons companies would eschew carbon frames – cost, environmental impact, difficulty to produce – but all we care about is that there’s a great selection of bikes in both materials.

To be clear, we’re talking about bikes that are only available in aluminium here. Most companies produce aluminium versions of carbon bikes and there’s none of them in this list.

So, without further ado, here are ten aluminium enduro mountain bikes that are more metal than Ozzy Osbourne standing on a Marshall amp.

Whyte G-160s


It’s all a bit different at Whyte these days – more colour, less angle, better value. The G-160 is one of the longest size L bikes on the market but it’s just right. It’s manoeuvrable on the hoof where the slightly too long bikes become lazy and levered into the ground. The geometry numbers on the G-Works are about as good as it gets.

Orange Alpine

Everytime we swing a leg over a new Alpine we always wonder how they can make it any better… They always do. Yes all the up dates are in place with the standard mountain bike spin of lower, longer, faster, lighter but of major importance here for Orange is that it’s curvier than ever. One of our all-time favourite bikes just got better.

Orbea Rallon

With curves like that , you almost expect the Rallon to be carbon, but lean in close and the welds are clear to see. The Rallon is class. Getting onto BOS suspension is like climbing into a hot bath after a cold day on the hill, backed up with Christian Dior shampoo and a big furry towel.

GT Sanction

Deep in north Wales on a wet, rocky, rooty day of nonsense, the GT Sanction Team lit up events with its shape and balance, beautiful damping characteristic and silent glide through Llangynnog’s worst. In fact it had been our intention to concentrate on downhill bikes that day but so stunningly placed was this mule bike to deal with what was on offer we simply got carried away.

Radon Swoop 170

The Swoop is all about cutting loose in the woods. It’s multi position geometry, reasonably light 32lb weight and killer component specification make it a coveted bike before you you take into account the 170mm travel, ride characteristic and outrageous price.

Commencal Meta

The Meta has been one of our favourite bikes ever since it was first introduced about ten years ago. Since then it has gone through very many versions. We were not massively captivated by the V3 but this the V4.2 of the Meta has certainly got our attention and from what appears to be everyone else’s imagination.

Kona Process 153

They did it. Kona changed things up and created one of their most inspired bikes ever. The Kona Process 153DL didn’t flinch and was the bike that everyone wanted to ride. Featuring one of the most durable swingarms in the business with superb damping characteristics and a full aluminum chassis, the Kona Process 153DL is a bike with a fully upbeat mindset.

Nukeproof Mega

The Mega, be it in 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes delivers quality componentry within a solid chassis at great prices. Up until this year the design centre based out of Northern Ireland have only offered the bike in 27.5” but now they have got wise and have the larger, faster wheel into the mix. Its great to see.

Solid Magix

Solid’s entire brand is built around the fact they don’t use carbon on their bikes and the Magix, of course, is no exception. Boasting a whopping 175mm of travel the Magix straddles the enduro/mini downhill boundary.

Bergamont Encore

OK, so we know it has carbon swingarms, but as it’s majority carbon, the Encore sneaks onto the list. This is an race machine through and through and is making waves under the ferocious riding of Joseph Nation.

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