The Rise Of Enduro - Movie Trailer

Sep 16, 2014
by TheRiseofEnduro  
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Dropping December 2014 - The Rise of the Enduro
A glimpse at the history of enduro & the 2014 season for the sport's top athletes

Enduro is dominating the mountain bike world! This format - attracting DH racers, XC athletes and every type of rider in between - has quickly become the most popular form of mountain bike racing. The Rise of the Enduro weaves the story of the sport while showcasing the world's most respected riders riding some of the most epic, breathtaking terrain in the world.

www.theriseofenduro.com

Presented By:
Shimano

In Association with:
Pinkbike
Enve
Marin Bikes
Maxxis

Supported by:
Yakima
Ergon
Cane Creek


144 Comments

  • + 137
 I don't get it, cant we like both? Downhill and Enduro races? Why do we need to hate one or decide on one? does not make sense....

I enjoy following both tremendously for various reasons...
  • + 53
 I don't know why people seem to hate enduro. Sure its not as exciting as downhill but its definitely not an easy sport since it requires the technical skill of downhill and the endurance of XC.
  • + 44
 and its very fun. the haters should actually try it
  • + 36
 To be honest I love everything on 2 wheels don't get why some people choose one then are docks towards the rest
  • + 25
 I like it b/c it seems like a closer representation of what everyday mountain biking is - in a much more burly way of course. Climbing, big descents, tight singletrack, etc....I can relate to it much easier.

I love DH, but it's a specialized thing - those guys are like the rock stars of the sport. I have great respect for XC, but it seems closer to road racing in a way, and the tracks are too contrived for my taste.
  • + 6
 i compete in the both .
that love hate relationship between the two styles of mountain biking riding i think it's because a lot of people run from dh to enduro with the recent hype of the sport and some people don't like it, maybe because in some places the downhill even'ts are being destroyed because the lack of people racing downhill now a days

and some make fun of enduro because the "enduro specific" components and riding gear that are almost like what already existed but they do it for more sales
  • + 28
 Enduro is precisely what riding in southern BC is. Big ups, lots of technical climbing and insane downs. It's so much more satisfying to make it up on your own power to hit a trail that's in great shape because it's not been brutalized by shuttle access.
  • + 17
 the technical skill of downhill and the endurance of XC. Exactly carfreak. Enduro is for Spartans. Not that dh isn't and I do agree with with the OP, both are awesome. But enduro takes way too much flack. It's simply what we always did, riding everywhere.
  • + 26
 I don't think its the actual riding that people hate. I think its more that the marketing departments of bike companies are applying the term to ridiculously over-priced products that are somehow special because they are "enduro" specific.
  • + 6
 Really though are marketing departments actually overdoing it? Or do a few people on the Internet make this claim and the rest of you just jump on the bandwagon.

Most of the "enduro specific" fits a niche and a need in a fastky growing and competitive segment of our sport.

All if your bikes are better because of "endur" so stop the hating and blind repeating of bs you've read in the comments somewhere.

Having been to all the locations featured that trailer does a good job of capturing the stunning locations. Nice work.
  • + 5
 yes they are, like clothing and helmet's for example, the enduro specific of their range already existed before all this hype about enduro, one of many things that they brand of enduro specific that already existed for example
  • + 4
 Geez Trumpore, if you'd get out from behind your camera, off your bike, and back from all of the locations in this film and jam your ass down into a chair and keyboard warrior for a while you'd understand that Enduro is all hype AND you'd be content with that 32mm Boxxer stuck onto a rattle-can'd BigHit because NEW TECHNOLOGY IS ONLY A CONSPIRACY AND you'd like it.
  • + 6
 "try enduro"? or the acai diet, or kettle bells.
  • + 8
 The problem is,a lot of people just were doing downhill,but when enduro appeared they realized that it was what they were really doing.
  • + 5
 As a spectacle I find enduro pretty dull. I don't hate it, and I reckon it'd be a lot of fun to take part in, I just don't wanna watch a film about it.
  • + 2
 dughead123 I'm with you. As a racing discipline I do not find it entertaining to follow as a spectator (online or in person). I haven't participated in a race, friends who have say it's awesome and the most enjoyable discipline (and I believe them). I will stick to watching DH racing.
  • + 3
 LuccsPB has hit the nail on the head. i end up at some trails on my transition bandit n go down the supposed downhill lines faster than the kids on there full downhill rigs but then ride back up
  • + 7
 The biggest difference between DH and enduro/trail riding is we like to ride our bikes, where as the DH brigade stand and talk about what tyre pressures Minnaar runs, which apparently is 16psi. then wonder why they puncture on the first run, but this is good as it gives them another 2hrs to talk to each other about how do you have your shock and spring rate set, which is usually full bouncy setting, from what ive seen.
  • + 1
 16psi is an awful pressure, I'm light enough to run it but there's no support for the casing. Wink I ride enduro and dh but I just don't like the marketing for enduro and I really don't enjoy it as a racing discipline because the whole sport is just a big compromise, I love riding my Slayer with 160mm of travel but it's just a lot of fun it doesn't feel like a racing machine. When I step on the dh bike which is a dedicated race machine I love every minute of riding it and racing it. I still respect it as a racing discipline and if you don't have sponsors or can't afford a dh, xc and am bike then I definitely think am bikes are the best thing to buy and the nice thing about enduro is that it's a lot cheaper to race than downhill. What I'm saying is: it's a good sport but not everyone has to like it.
  • + 3
 In my opinion there is only DH and Enduro... everything else is XC and Road bike riding.
  • - 7
flag Linc (Sep 17, 2014 at 17:42) (Below Threshold)
 There is a lot of reference to 'people' that don't like enduro, but I see very little evidence of such people posting here. Well I'm one of these 'people'. I hate enduro. It's a ridiculous excuse for a sport that celebrates mediocrity. There are two essential elements to mountainbiking - endurance and technical skill. If endurance is your thing and you want to race - then suck it up and race XC against the best endurance MTB athletes. If technical skill is your thing and you want to race, then suck it up and race DH against the best technical riders. If you're 'racing' at events that are something in the middle then you're just accepting that you can't be bothered putting in the effort to master either aspect. All that the rise of enduro is doing is filling a gap for corporate punters with limited technical skill or fitness to turn up to a race and think they're heroes - without actually putting the time and effort into perfecting either endurance or technical skills.
  • + 1
 Isn't the point why enduro started is because we want the best of both disciplines? I mean yeah the Enduro riders may not be the best at either technical or endurance but the point is you have to do both in one race. Its one thing to know how to descend on a bike but its also another thing to be able to hold their own on the climbs. The point of Enduro is that you have to be able to ride like a DH pro while still being just as fit as an XC rider
  • + 3
 Linc, its more involved than that though. Its kinda like for out for a rip with your buds on trail bikes. You pedal to the top and rip fast going down. Most of the trails are not dh bike worthy, so a mid travel bike is perfect. DH bikes and courses are so specialized, but so are XC racers and their training. Take good aspects of each and a new athlete comes to the top.

Being good at DH or XC doesn't mean you'll be automatically good at racing enduro

You can socialize riding up to the trail head, no pressure, then casually self time on some natural singletrack. And plus there are multiple stages usually over a weekend, which makes it not only good value but gives you more chances to win (or lose).

Then you drink beer afterwards.

Plus, this kind of format and name has existed in dirtbiking forever. They don't seem to have a problem with it. Its actually one of the more respected types of moto racing.
  • - 6
flag Linc (Sep 17, 2014 at 19:37) (Below Threshold)
 Let's not pretend that the reason enduro is growing in popularity isn't because it takes less effort than XC or DH. The whole sport glorifies what is essentially a lazy person's cop out. WayneParsons and carfreak2000, you say that enduro combines the best of DH and XC - it absolutely does not. What it does is strip out the most challenging elements of both, leaving a soft watered down core of tame fire-trail climbs and mellow unoffensive downhills. Enduro plays to the lowest common denominator of mountainbiking - it gives riders a taste of what they could do if only they didn't ride enduro.
  • + 2
 So much retard in here.

Cop out? Lazy? Easy?

Pull your ignorant heads out of your asses.
  • + 2
 What do you mean by unoffensive downhill? You do know that some Enduro races are actually hosted on Downhill trails like Highland Mountain bike park. And not to mention the event Megavalanche, do you think a lazy person can survive Mega?
  • + 3
 @linc so what if it does? I for one don't want to put in 8 days a week getting my fitness up to that of an elite level XC racer, and I don't care for racing 3 minute runs where dabbing a foot means 10 placings. I suggest that its a super fun way of racing, maybe you should give it a try before you mock it?
  • + 2
 How does racing enduro make you shit at either endurance or technical riding? its a fun racing discipline. simple as that. To win you have to be good at both technical and endurance riding. Not shit at either
  • - 5
flag Linc (Sep 17, 2014 at 20:33) (Below Threshold)
 @treymotleyDH - ...yeah but just not as good at either as you would have to be to win an actual XC or DH race. To wit, MTB as a whole doesn't progress, it just stagnates around, as I said, a mellowed out lowest common denominator of XC and DH with people getting amped about 'flow trails' and tracks with nice views.
  • + 3
 linc, tell the truth...have you tried an eduro race?
  • + 5
 Oooo, Linc be vexed. Next thing he'll be telling triatheletes to man up and do a bike race. Because they're being lazy and copping out by not focussing on the format THAT HE LIKES. Twat. It's eight in the morning in England, and yeah, he's pissed me off.
  • + 7
 Jared Graves wins and EWS one weekend and get a Bronze medal at World Champ DH the next. Richie Rude is jr DH World Champ and has own stages and finished 2nd overall in EWS events. Martin Maes is at the top of the EWS field and won the Jr WC and Fort William.... Might want to do more fact checking and less trolling @linc
  • + 2
 Jared was on an Yeti SB66 trail bike for that Bronze medal at the Wold Champ as well, not bad on a DH track.
  • + 1
 Broady not a very good argument there... Most of the racers run a7" bike a peteirmeritsburg now...I know I butchered that name. But look at the last Oregon enduro race they'll do. They run the Glade trail (3-4 mile dh run from timberline to govy) then the next stage is the pro/cat1 dh course. The likes of these courses are DH race courses and a lot of the top riders would school the likes of Linc or most of us on their 6" bikes if we were on full blown dh rigs.
  • + 2
 scott, i agree, they do run mostly enduro/all mountian bikes now at pittabread-meritsberg or what ever its called. its just in the UK for what and where i ride on my 140mm trail bike i can school most of the DH riders cos, what they class as DH isnt DH.
  • + 3
 Hey Linc check out who just won the kamikaze dh race on an enduro and beat out dh racers on dh bikes.
  • + 1
 Jared Graves also won national XCO races in Austraila last Winter (2014). He did not do it on his 6" enduro frame though...
  • + 37
 Remember how mtb racing first started? Ride to the top, then race down? That's essentially what this is, only on better courses with better bikes. I get the hatred towards the marketing machine, but the actual activity of racing 'enduro' is very fun.
  • + 7
 And like you say, it's is the essence of our sport and where it all began. Crikey if we don't cherish that we will all end up on ebikes I can assure you.
  • - 1
 I think almost all of the discomfort people feel towards "enduro" comes from the obnoxious marketing (like this film) associated with it, just like you say. And the fact that this movie looks like it's gonna blow... and not in a good way.
  • + 27
 I love Mountain Biking, period. In fact I am going for a ride right now. Have fun with the hatefest
  • + 3
 rabble rabble rabble
  • + 5
 IamSeaDevil, I wish I could join you I'm chained to a desk... But once this prison gate opens I'm going to ride like a madman
  • + 19
 Elite DH racing is the domain of few and damn awesome. Elite Enduro has more appeal to the general riding public, but let’s not fool anyone – it ain’t a ride in the park either. Look at all the ex or current DH pro’s racing it… and yep it’s mountain biking any way you slice it.
  • + 4
 If you saw the highlights from the over mountain enduro from highline you'd see they were running that race down the dh course, threshold, and odb.... Those trails ain't no walk in the park on any bike. I kinda want to try an enduro race to see how I'd do but I still need to get in a bit better climbing shape...
  • + 3
 Highland?
  • + 2
 Fucking autocorrect on the iPad.. I meant highland....
  • + 3
 if you saw the race at mtn creek this weekend you wouldve seen everyone walking their bike up the access road and then waiting in line for an hour and a half for ride the course
  • + 4
 @hatton - that's just a badly organised race then.
  • + 13
 Am I the only one who's looking forward to this? Filming looked great, scenic places and awesome riders such as Graves, Keene and Moseley. If this does not get you excited then I don't know what...

Ok, the trailer trailer was a bit dramatic, but not on par with the redbull production with Keene, which I still really enjoyed. Personally hope some riders that was not mentioned is featured just because I root for them. But all in all I'm pumped!

And you know what? You don't have to watch it if you are so sick of enduro racing.
  • + 2
 Looks pretty fun to me
  • + 2
 I'm quite stoked for this as well. The Enduro scene is just starting to take off here in Quebec. Next year I'll be giving it a go to see how I do.
  • + 1
 I am going to give it a go next season a well, spent the last couple of years dealing with injuries, illness and just plain boredom with biking in general. I see nothing wrong with getting more people stoked on riding.
  • + 1
 You should! I've only done one race a year but it's the high light of the season. Never thought I was going to get hooked cause I'm not a competitive person but it's good fun and there really is so much more to it then just the race it self. When I get out of Uni and start making some money again I'll definitely will do more of it.
  • + 1
 I was hoping to do the last race of the Oregon enduro season up at mt hood but injury lack of funds and bad timing prevented me from running it next weekend.
  • + 5
 Nothing wrong with Enduro racing, I'm sure it's great fun to participate. I stopped racing bikes once I realized it wasn't bringing out the best in my riding experiences. I think that the spectator aspect of DH is unparalleled, since it is so finite in nature. One run, that can be easily encapsulated, broadcast and compared to others. Enduro coverage is just not as exciting due to the prolonged nature of it. I have no doubt this video would be well done, but it doesn't get my blood flowing. I'd rather go hammer some trails than watch dudes enduro. Yet the WC DH coverage has me coming back for every broadcast.
  • + 8
 looks like a cool movie about mountain bikes. I dig it.
  • + 3
 The level of riding at the EWS is amazing so I'm stoked to watch those guys ride in this film. I don't fully get the hate? Is this hipster fallout ("I liked it before it was cool")? Reading articles on this website are optional activities...so if you know that enduro is not your cup of tea perhaps next time spend the 55 seconds of your day it took to click on the post, write a negative comment about how its being forced on you or is boring (and remember...you took a break from cat videos or the forty foot jumps you and your mate built to click on it without anyone forcing you).
  • + 6
 chile, france, whistler, Marin...wait, what? EWS in Marin? That would be awesome!
  • + 2
 Enduro would be cool if all the washed up DH racer would stop saying if it's not taped it's far game. You can't tape that many miles of trails, nor should you. Have some respect for the trails and then I can respect you as more then someone who just can't get results racing DH anymore. Oh and stop bitching about some pedaling, pedaling technical singletrack is as much of a skill as going down it. Because I thought Enduro was about finding the person with the best over all skills and endurance on a bike. HAHA I said endurance which is the root word of enduro. Sincerely a professional shovel monkey
  • - 1
 XC is the best overall skills and endurance on a mtb... enduro is downhillers with half decent climbing legs.
  • + 0
 That's the dumbest thing i've heard on Pinkbike. Most XC is pretty much a gravel road race. I don't like Enduro but I hate XC racing unless it's more then half a day that doesn't do the same lap.
  • + 1
 You haven't ridden our xc, the Gear jammer is a very technical course.
  • + 1
 What about the times that Marcos Fontana, Nino Schurter, Ratboy, Minaar, and many other have done it and didnt't do great? To me that's pretty clear
  • + 1
 nino and fontana would probably win if the uphill was timed (best overall if you're only racing a descent doesn't make sense, by that logic the guy who wins the dh world cup overall is the best overall rider) and you try racing world cup xco or dh then switching bikes for a weekend... you're not going to win obviously
  • + 2
 Looks fantastic, and I am looking forward to the full film. I feel its great that peeps have personal opinions and preferences and that leads to some great banter! I just enjoy watching all forms of Mountain Biking and riding anything with 2 wheels and that is where the fun is!
  • + 2
 What Fred Glo said, was the stupidest thing ever!
If you're not a true mountainbiker because you ride downhill, then f*ck true mountainbiking!
What's that even supposed to mean? So are all the people who use skilifts in the winter "not true skiers"? Or false skiers? Or does that only apply to mountainbiking?

I'm beginning to be really pissed off by all these Enduro guys who have to state their opinion about Enduro being the best and only mountainbike discipline ever all the time and every time a camera points at their face!
I see myself as a downhill rider, but I spend most of my time on my Enduro/All Mountain bike, because I don't have any lift accessed trails here. I even went on a two week Enduro holiday in the swiss alps and did a few Enduro races.
But I just see Enduro as another discipline that's fun to do. If I had a choice I'ld go downhill riding more frequently, but I don't have the urge to rub that into everyones face and declare dh as the only discipline worth doing and as true mountainbiking because... idk... it's the most intense or some other reason!

I like Downhill and also Enduro and sometimes a bit of Cross Country but I would never make anyone feel bad about preferring another discipline!
  • + 2
 Looks like you totally missed Fred Glo's point here. He points out that riding uphill is a way to get to the downhill and the downhill should be the MOST FUN part of the ride.
  • - 1
 you're right, didn't understand the beginning of the sentence.
I still think he's wrong, I don't like that "true mountainbiking" phrase and I still get pissed about that constant whining of how great Enduro is!
  • + 3
 I think you are still misunderstanding what he said - didn't he say "if you dont enjoy the downhill after the uphill"....."that is true mountainbiking" - he is saying the downs are the important bit. Chill the f*** out fella.

I like the idea of multi day multi stage, riding trails blind type racing. I dont ride downhill but I do enjoy watching it, but I could ride and race enduro.
  • + 2
 'Enduro'? Wasn't it just 'All Mountain' 5 minutes ago? Then there was 'Over Mountain' Aggressive XC' 'Light Freeride' 'Longer travel trail riding' 'mini DH' blah blah. Just give me damn 6" travel bike with big bars and fat tires call it what you like.
  • + 6
 Classic over dramatic sound track....
  • + 4
 Check what happened to DH Rider Adam Brayton when he tried to race Enduro here in Chile...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV0ir9WGUI0 watch from 4:00
  • + 5
 was anyone else not just waiting for Peebles, Scotland in the location list, disappointed
  • + 1
 i am glad to see enduro take off so fast. if u dont like enduro marketing hype, dont buy the product, but as long as people gobble it up, companies are gonna sell shit. enduro is like entry level dh and is more accessable to more people since u need a place with chairlifts to get serious fun in. i think more grassroots style events become possible too. and all the tech being dumped into enduro spec stuff trickles right into your everyday trailbike since they are so closely related. yay
  • + 1
 You know why I like enduro?
Cause I don't have to wear all that heavy hot protective gear in 90*+ temperatures that downhill requires, and still be able to shred hardcore down and get a great workout going up. And I don't have to depend so much on shuttles and lifts to get me to the top.
Every pedal stroke of agony up hill is a glorious second going down! It's my reward.
  • + 1
 but your uphill isn't timed. silly.
  • + 3
 in the end with both our downhill bikes and enduro we ride the same trail (downhill) and the only thing is changing is the amount of time we spent in our bikes
  • + 3
 What people forget is that enduro is a race format not a riding style. You don't ride enduro you race it. People forgot about the word all mountain as a riding style.
  • + 4
 I LOVE FREERIDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 Stunning locations to ride what's not to like.
  • + 0
 Maybe im missing something, isn't enduro regular mtbing but in race form? Is seems to me every time I go ride with friends it could be called "enduro". It's nothing special cause it has an official name. Golf Wang, f*ck that.... out!
  • + 3
 The comments on these enduro threads were way funnier when we all hated enduro. I can't wait for the next big thing we hate.
  • + 1
 Isnt "enduro" really just "all mountain". Its just "trail bike" racing?
New term for industry hype.....don't really care..if the tech evolves I am happy.
  • + 3
 C'mon guys, enjoy the trailer and go ride your bike...whatever you like.
  • + 1
 As a spectacle,, downhill is the winner as an event to compete in in person enduro is the winner,, overall who gives a fuck!!
  • + 1
 Where is Jerome Clementz?!?! How can they make an enduro film without him? Anytime that he's in good health, he is THE man to beat. I think Graves would agree.
  • + 2
 I love to ride both downhill and enduro just not road
  • + 2
 Is enduro to DHers like what CX is to roadies?
  • + 2
 Well that was very exciting.
  • + 3
 so dramatic
  • + 2
 Cue the PB hate.
  • + 1
 this is just as bad as cyclocross.
  • - 1
 For those of you who write "the endurance of xc," no, it is not. Enduro needs to go away. Yes, I have tried it and it favors the rider with DH/BMX background. It is silly.
  • + 1
 Looking good guys. Getting excited to see the final movie!
  • + 1
 Wait, people actually dislike a different form of racing?
  • + 1
 Only hyper positive comments get a up vote on pinkbike
  • + 1
 Cedric Gracia is not a featured name?!
  • + 1
 Cedric will definitely be featured in the movie...
  • + 1
 If there was a movie called 'the fall of enduro' I would watch it.
  • + 1
 Promising
  • - 1
 A pretty poor trailer imo
  • - 1
 And people were complaining about the cyclocross post...
  • + 0
 one word " wow "
  • - 3
 I would have called it "Endurection"
  • - 2
 I'd enduro that
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