I've you've spent any time on a proper downhill bike, you'll know why we love 'em. All that suspension, traction, and geometry, combined with more reliable components, can turn seriously scary terrain into a good time, and any downhill bike on the market can make you feel like a World Cup pro. So how come we're wondering why you'd buy one?
The answer is obvious and the same reason you might buy anything: Because they're fun and that's all the reason you need. But thinking a bit more practically, as many riders must, does the modern enduro bike make more sense for anyone who's not planning on doing lift-assisted three-minute race runs on the weekends? After all, they won't hold most of us back on most trails, and they can be pedaled to the top of the mountain easily, making them much more versatile than a downhill sled. So if you want a capable bike and the most saddle-time for your money, an enduro machine might make the most sense.
Don't worry, the downhill bike isn't going anywhere, no matter how enduro it gets around here. We've also got a couple of the latest downhill rigs in for testing, so stay tuned for those.
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THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?
Sept 24, 2020
But what DH bike would you buy?
Hosted by Mike Levy (usually) and featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike Podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.Previous Pinkbike PodcastsEpisode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?Episode 3 - Pond Beaver TechEpisode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?Episode 7 - Wild Project BikesEpisode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike SetupEpisode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad? Episode 19 - The Hardtail EpisodeEpisode 20 - MTB Conspiracy TheoriesEpisode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong AboutEpisode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!