Enduro bikes have taken the mountain bike world by storm. These are bikes designed to hit the descents alongside their downhill bike siblings, only to be pedalled back to the top. None of that pushing up lark. More runs, more fun.
The rise of the enduro bike is down to the format of its namesake, the racing itself. A race format that is essentially like being out with your mates, it is all about competing on the down, not too worried about heading back up. This is an ethos that most mountain bikers can get along with, racing or not. These modern enduro bikes are really going everywhere with us now. From hacking it about your local woods to big alpine days out, they are seriously versatile bikes.
If you looked at them as a sum of their parts, enduro bikes would look very similar. Sporting on average 150mm to 180mm travel, with wide bars, dropper seat posts and running 1x drivetrains, you could say they were all one species. Characteristically however, these are all different animals. Each has a mind of its own, some bulldozing through the descents like a bull elephants on heat, while some climb like supple leopard eager for the big days out. Companies are really pushing the boundaries of geometry too, all in the quest of making these bikes as capable as ever. They come in a range of materials, with many companies exploring the world of carbon whilst some delve deeper into aluminium. Proving that neither material is superior.
We put the bikes through some serious testing to come out with this years Dirt 100. So without further ado, here they are, the cream of the crop…