Top 5 | 2020 Enduro Bikes

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[VidSitePro id=16 ]Enduro has arguably done more for the development of mountain biking in the last decade than any other genre but in the sport bikes have to be flat-out fast on the descents and yet cannot be such sluggers that they’re exhausting to ride uphill the result is a category of bikes that are as versatile as they come and have driven developments in frame design geometry kinematics tire construction drivetrain technology and suspension sophistication 20:19 was a bumper year for new enduro bikes so we’ve drawn together a list of the big hitting rigs you need to look out for in 2020 as always if you want to see more content like this make sure you like subscribe and click the little bell icon so that every time we upload a new video you get a notification anyway let’s get on with the show Giants rain has been in their range for the last 15 years and has always been their gnarly terrain easing all-rounder and for 2020 it now comes with 29 inch wheels the rain has a fairly conservative 146 millimeters of rear-wheel travel as we all know it’s quality not quantity that counts giant have stucked their ever-faithful Maestro suspension linkage which is no bad thing and in our experience it offers trail smoothing competence with paddling efficiency that shouldn’t leave you gasping at the top of every climb geometry is bang up to date with a 65 degree head angle seventy six point eight degrees seat angle and reaches ranging from 428 to 516 millimeters as one might expect from China there are plenty of buzzwords connects to the frames construction with boost Mega Drive Power Core and overdrive let us know in the comments if you can translate those another bite that’s now sporting the larger and dare we say it master wheel size is the GT force 2018 saw the release of the updated force with GT dropping their high drive suspension in favor the more commonly seen horst linkage style back end that bike though was 650 B only and it’s taken until this year for GT to give us the force 29 while many brands try to tell you just how good their bikes are at peddling GT you’ve gone the opposite way and are hiding the fact that their bikes have lower anti-squat figures than many the reason for this to give even better suppleness when tracking over rough descents which should hopefully improve grip control and we hope that all-important enduro speed to further counter wear other brands are heading GT even recommend using less sag down to around 25% rather than the usual 30% on enduro style rigs with lower anti-squat giving more supple suspension you can run slightly higher pressures without compromising grip and comfort these high pressures then starts weight peddling performance could the orange switch be a taste of things to come while not a completely new concept 20/20 really could be the year the mullet bite takes off that’s outside of downhill yes switch joins the rather small ranks of production bikes designed to run a 29 inch front wheel and 650 B rear whether this works for you or not will largely come down to personal preference but in our initial testing of mullet bikes that doesn’t seem to be too many downsides it’ll be no surprise to anyone that the switch uses an aluminium monocoque single pivot design it is an orange after all there’s 145 millimeters of travel at the back and 160 millimeters up front but unlike a lot of mullet bikes out there orange are keeping the tire which similar front and back with 2.5 and 2.4 inches respectively geometry is on the money for an aggressive enduro bike with a size large having a slack 64 degree head angle and a steep 76 degree seat angle all paired with a lengthy 484 millimeter reach we’re afraid that this bike is rather UK centric given that is only available from the go outdoor superstore but we still think it’s a bike well worthy of its place on this list the caliber century is we reckon one of the best value budget enduro bikes out there with a price tag of two thousand pounds that’s assuming you have the all-important five-pound guard doors discount card and if you don’t have that you’re missing a trick not only does the 2,000 pound model have great kit for the cash with a yari guide re brakes and an NX Eagle drivetrain but it also has super progressive geometry proving good design doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg if you’ve got slightly deeper pockets and extra 800 pounds gets you the top-end lyric rc2 four and a Super Deluxe coil shot with a remote lockout bang for book we don’t think there’s any better AWS ready bike on the market right now but don’t forget to let us know in the comments if you think otherwise we’ve kept you guessing as to what would complete the list could it have been the santa cruz mega tower or maybe the effort ins prototype enduro bike ibis transition and privateer also had a great shot of getting on the list however how could we not run down the top 2020 enduro bikes without the brand new and almost genre-defining specialized injury yes you’ll be no doubt well aware that specialize have released three new bikes this year the epic cartel the kinivo a bike and the enduro and we think they’re all really good the enduro has been developed alongside the demo downhill bike with a focus on making it as smooth and therefore as fast as possible down a hill the new linkage with a shock mounted low in the belly of the enduro gives a more rearward axle path this helps to get the rear wheel out of the way on harsh edges meaning less rear wheel hang-ups and that all-important buttery smooth ride while its carbon only and far far far from cheap specialized are pretty much defined the insurer and category and this generation enduro shows no signs of giving up their stellar reputation in the gravity-fed market so there you go top five enduro bikes for 2020 we’ve no doubt that you’ll have your own ideas of what should be in there so please let us know in the comments.

October 16, 2019

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