Video: 5 Carbon Enduro Bikes - Eurobike 2018

Jul 10, 2018
by Mike Levy  


The sprawling halls of Eurobike are home to nearly anything and everything when it comes to cycling. That recumbent with a fairing that I know you're looking for? Yup, it's here. And so is a carbon fiber run-bike that your little kid obviously requires to keep improving, and about six zillion motorized contraptions. Thankfully, there are some mountain bikes to check out, too, including the five carbon fiber enduro bikes shown here from Kona, Polygon, Pivot, Marin, and NS Bikes.

Which one is your favorite?


MENTIONS: @MarinBikes @Polygonbikes @pivotcycles @konaworld



63 Comments

  • + 86
 "It's a 160mm bike that feels like a 130mm bike"

Well that's a different marketing tactic.
  • + 16
 Who doesnt love those hard and brutal bottom outs. You know, those ones where the frame is screaming mercy, you fear for you life that its just going to explode under you.
  • + 17
 I would like that. 160mm Enduro bike thats as playful as a 130mm Trail rig. It always depends from your point of view ????
  • + 2
 It's what you do with it that counts ;-)
  • + 0
 Hahaha.. Seriously didn't see that one coming.. Normally its a 140mm bike that feels like a 160mm bike~lmoa
  • + 11
 He says it’s 160, she says more like 130
  • + 2
 @chillrider199: Compare your name to what you just said. lol

But it should mean that its very versatile i think.
  • + 47
 External routed cables are the future.
  • + 14
 Even better when they’re routed where no mud will ever be collected making a pain to clean off after a ride.
  • + 12
 Even better when there's a protector over them (ala Canyon and others) so it's both clean looking, clean of mud and easy to access!
  • + 4
 Gt
  • + 6
 @Milko3D: the Canyon system is definitely clean.
  • + 4
 ...or internaly routed in "sleeve" like on my Carbine - its 3min job for all cables and looks way nicer. Wink
  • + 0
 When looking at the new Alutech Fanes, it really makes me wonder why some companies (even with internal cable routing) either have your rear mech cable and rear brake hose dangling lower than any taco could go (like a Rocky Mountain) or so high in the front triangle that only the PB reviewer doesn't see those bottle mounts are useless (like the new Santa Cruz bike).

That said, yes I prefer my cables on the outside too. Those who prefer dropper seatposts though may run out of luck though, as it seems there will be fewer and fewer dropper posts where the cable goes to the collar instead of to the bottom. 26" may not be dead, but it seems externally routed droppers are.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Ah, when it comes to droppers - I'd like them internally or at least partly-internally routed, please.
  • + 1
 @strormy: ms. Daniels, is that you..out of jail?
  • + 30
 Is no one going to mention how the Polygon & Marin are the same bike???
  • + 11
 Both Hideous
  • + 62
 The Polygon & Marin are the same bike.
  • + 0
 Its just the same rear end i think. Just like how other companies utilize VPP or DWlink
  • + 12
 Just the names are spelled differently because language
  • + 4
 And they painted them black to distract from the rear...
  • + 2
 Only the rear end is the same because of the suspension. Kinda like how some bikes have the same fork...
  • + 5
 Polygon has 180mm, Marin Wolf Ridge has 160mm. Not the same bike... just same suspension design.
  • + 4
 @mtbikeaddict: and the polygon rides like a 160mm trail bike
  • + 0
 Can't wait NOT to ride either of them!
  • + 15
 wake me up when it's steel and or ti
  • + 8
 Dear NS... thank you, external routing and chipset. Just needed a chipset on the rear and adjustable headset to be perfect.
  • + 6
 Built in reach adjust is sick. Very few offer that on trail bikes.
  • + 2
 Clean looking bike... That cable routing down the center of the downtube will be toast in a week though.
  • + 2
 And a pain in the ass to clean with crusted mud trapped under and around the cables. They should have taken it a bit further like Canyon did and put a simple cover over the cable channel. That way it still has easy access but is protected from the elements. Best of both worlds.
  • + 1
 cable channel will be full of mud and scratched up paint where it'll get behind the cables and rub, not real clever im thinking
  • + 2
 @MrMentallo: a cover may be better. To be honest though I use a mudguard when it's wet (rockguard) and little mud gets onto the downtube.
  • + 1
 @betsie: yes, a one piece cover/rockguard with rubber gaskets at the top and bottom. I want a rock guard anyway(after my intense 951 pop can experience a $60 “rockguard” more than pays for itself). Besides that, these bikes are dialed. Sweet features and numbers. Wonder how durable ns bikes are and how is their customer service?
  • + 2
 @won-sean-animal-chin: there are some local guys who are fast who ride the NS's and really like the way that they handle, they have not had any complaints about the bikes so not sure what the CS is like.
  • + 1
 @betsie: nice thanks. I’ve been looking at them since the snabb started. We just don’t see many around here. Used to see hardtail dirt jump bikes from them occasionally
  • + 7
 I would get a new bike but I'm really looking for a new proprietary hub spec....
  • + 7
 Carbon 153 29er looks good. Heres hoping for frame only option.
  • + 1
 I would think very hard about a 134 29er frame in carbon. Way slacker and longer than a Satori and not too much travel for my riding style in our locale.
  • + 2
 Eurobike 2018: 5 Bikes You'll Never Be Able to Afford - Video

Some real nice lookin' whips in the vid. I bet that Pivot is siiiiick. Pretty cool that the Polygon is down to 5k (where does the Marin compare?). I've never ridden an NS mountain bike, but damned if I haven't always been curious.
  • + 7
 endeurobike 2018
  • + 2
 The Polygon, down "tube" forward of the crank - does that seem low to anyone else? They put a guard over it but I can see that slamming into the ground.
  • + 2
 Talked to a guy who rode the Marin, said it was easiest pedaling long travel he ever rode. I think the looks keep people from trying it. I am super curious about it.
  • + 1
 Definitely the Firebird. If my partner wouldn't kill me and if i weren't already so happy with my current ride I'd be so tempted.
  • + 2
 A 160 bike that feels like a 130, genius!!!
  • + 1
 NS is the only one who cares about consumers. 3 or 4 holes for water bottle cage!
  • + 2
 I WANT THAT POLYGON #NextBike
  • + 1
 Bike colors sure improved a ton of late. Finally getting away from bright green and orange. (Motocross colorways)
  • + 0
 The editor must deliberately put the amazingly charming Pivot Firebird before the Polygon bike, making you feel a "free fall" from heaven to hell.
  • + 2
 Plesse go back to pictures
  • + 1
 #650Bisdead or it’s on the way out...
  • + 1
 Polygon rear looks so flexy!
  • + 2
 Zendyt!!!!
  • + 1
 Zendy is about to get sendy!
  • + 1
 Anyone knows Rachel's number?
  • + 1
 Heard the Pivots are bomb proof...
  • + 1
 Xquare one.
  • + 1
 EndEuroooooo!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Pretty
  • + 1
 That Firebird 29 tho!
  • + 1
 great looking bikes!
  • + 1
 CARBOOOOONNNNGGGG
  • + 0
 ENDUURROOOOO!!!!

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