The first thing to get out there right away is that, unfortunately, downhill is not a cheap sport. It’s not like football where all you need is a pair of boots, a ball and couple of jumpers for goal posts, you’re going to have to fork out a decent chunk of money before you get going.
The biggest expense will no doubt be the bike itself. Downhill rigs can become frighteningly expensive with some riders spending as much on their ride as you might do on a family car. Thankfully not everyone has to spend quite that much and cheaper options are becoming available all the time thanks to direct sales through the internet.
We’d never try to tell you how much to spend on a downhill bike, that’s entirely down to your personal budget. But here’s what you can expect for your money:
If you want a new downhill bike but aren’t prepared to sell one of your kidneys, you’ll probably be looking in the £2-3,000 region. The trickle down of technology from more expensive models means that you can get some really decent kit at this level without breaking the bank.
If you go direct, you could pick up a carbon frame. The YT Tues CF for example starts at £2,700 and the Canyon Sender at £2,900, but this means you are prey to the pitfalls of buying online. In fact, all the rules are thrown out of the window as they generally come with far better kit than you could pick up from a shop floor. We see them as the exception to the rule though, so we’ve instead decided to focus on bikes sold in the traditional manner.