Pinkbike Poll: Will Your Next Bike be Downhill or All-Mountain?

Dec 6, 2016 at 14:02
by Richard Cunningham  
Whistler Bike Park opening day 2015
Opening Day at Whistler bike park.

A decade earlier there would be no question: if you shuttled downhill trails, hucked to flat, rode bike parks and hit the big jump lines, you wore a full face helmet, baggy pants, probably used flat pedals, and you rode a downhill bike. Today, you are likely to see a substantial number of riders hitting the same trails and features clipped in, wearing half-shell lids, tailored-looking kits, and riding all-mountain bikes.

The easy explanation would be that the recent push to build ultra-capable enduro racing bikes has improved the performance of the genre to the point where, in capable hands, they can match the performance of a DH bike in every aspect shy of World Cup competition and the Red Bull Rampage. Why buy a dedicated gravity design that requires pushing or lift assistance, if I can get the same downhill performance from a bike that actually pedal well uphill?

Luca Cometti image
The 170-millimeter-travel Commencal Meta AM V4.2 blurs the line between all-mountain and downhill.

In theory, that may be true, but the extra four pounds of material that goes into a downhill bike raises questions pertaining to the long-term survival of enduro riders who dare invade the sanctuary of big bikes. Beyond the obvious, however, there may be more compelling reasons for riders who would normally have chosen a DH bike to opt instead, for a long-travel all-mountain model.

One reason is the expectation that comes with ownership. DH has matured to the point where if you toss a Santa Cruz V10c into the shuttle truck, it would be fair to assume that you will be hitting all the big features on the trail. Show up with a Santa Cruz Bronson, however, and you would be scrutinized less harshly. You would probably be expected to be a good bike handler, but there would be no assumptions beyond that. If you are feeling it, you can go big. If not, few observers would give your performance a second thought.

PEF had a sick old time out in the desert this week and was stoked to secure his return invite by hitting the top 10.
Pierre Edouard Ferry illustrates what a DH bike was born to do at the 2016 Rampage.

And, there's the economy of having one bike that can supply a full dose of downhill adrenaline and double as your go-to trail whip. To get the most from a DH bike, you can't compromise much of anything, so it's going to be an expensive purchase however you look at it. Spend a similar figure on an enduro bike and you are essentially getting two high-end machines for the price of one.

Bringing the subject full circle, there is much truth in the saying that any device designed to do multiple tasks will never be able to do any one of them well. You may or may not aspire to be invited to the next Rampage, or World Cup DH, but that doesn't alter the fact that a downhill bike is the best choice for riding downhill. If you are a gravity rider, you probably should be honest about it. So, today's poll question is:



Downhill or All-Mountain Bike?

You ride trails, but you ride bike parks and downhill trails for your primary riding experience, and you can only have one bike. Would you choose a DH or an all-mountain / enduro model?








299 Comments

  • + 233
 Just bought both - A Capra for myself and a Tues for my son (don't tell him - it's a X-mas present!)
  • + 520
 Have you considered adoption? I can sign all my own paperwork.
  • + 120
 Would you fancy another son? I'm15, get crappy grades and have no interest whatsoever in anything except dh, and frankly, I'd run away as soon as you get me a Tues. What do you think?
  • + 133
 single crown a dh bike and put a bigger cassette on the back. oh wait, didnt they used to call that freeride?
  • + 20
 Even better than Husker2112 - I have my own place, buy my own food, pay my own bills and like zsandstrom can fillout papaerwork and have room if you ever are in the 4 corners area - plus I'm over 16 so I can be your DD when you get to drunk at the bar to drive home
  • + 17
 @Grmasterd: I can fill out paperwork too. When I get my own place it'll probably be a van insulated with pictures of myself riding lol
  • + 16
 The Zink Brothers appreciate your business! Also, your nomination for FOTY has been submitted.
  • + 7
 the next one will be whatever the current one isn't
  • + 5
 @keystonebikes: or keep the dual crown fork and add a granny hear like I did. Lol
  • + 6
 FML, all I inherited was my good looks and even that is questionable... Jokes aside, I can't wait to spend money on bikes for my kid, he is a little young though (5 months)
  • + 25
 @marcsb95c:

Your kid is 4 months over due for bmx.
  • + 5
 @keystonebikes: prefer it to a full DH rig myself... had to answer DH as the FR option was missing......
  • + 5
 full stable here. With the all but standard red 2015 session that half of america owns.
  • + 4
 @keystonebikes: the bikes now are way better than when they called it freeride though...
  • + 5
 I'll get a DH bike and "trail ride" down hills. Ah winning!
  • + 5
 i told him. sorry
  • + 3
 Dad of the year right there!
  • + 3
 @owlie:

Fo' real owlie. Saw some old lady riding back from the market today on her red session.
  • + 3
 Dad of the year right here boys! \m/
  • - 18
flag Wouldhaveletmego (Dec 9, 2016 at 22:35) (Below Threshold)
 Good job limiting your son's potential
  • + 2
 @keystonebikes: Haha, Right to the point!
  • + 2
 @pikebait2013: Exactly dude, that's why saint front mechs exist!
  • + 2
 @marcsb95c: bought my son a spesh hotwalk at 6mo
  • + 6
 if adopted is my new mom hot ?
  • + 1
 @Plym-Valley-Cycles: yeah although I got a great deal on an xt for half price...couldnt beat that with a stick!!! Front mechs help when you have a ss rear wheel and 6 speed cassette
  • + 158
 "Why buy a dedicated gravity design that requires pushing or lift assistance, if I can get the same downhill performance from a bike that actually pedal well uphill?"

This statement is complete nonsense: you cannot get the same downhill performance from an AM bike as one designed for downhill, in my experience the fastest bike on a downhill track is a downhill bike.
  • + 43
 AGREE, DH bike designed keep you from going over the handlebars. DH bike designed to have better center of gravity. DH bike way cooler looking!!! DH bike designed to seat back AND huck off big drops with little effort. what the hell are people talking ABOUT! The world is coming to an end when there are no more DH bikes.
  • + 6
 It's a matter of feeling oh shit when will my frame snap and how big do I have to go to snap my frame. I think the DH bike is better for everything in the BP and Aline I awful on a enduro bike.
  • + 42
 If AM bikes were as fast downhill as downhill bikes then the dh wc would be AM bikes... But it isn't, so they're not...
  • + 16
 Exactly, they are NOT the same. I used to think a dh bike could be replaced but now that I have one.... The feel and fun of it is irreplaceable. My AM bike doesn't compare. I get the biggest smile on my face riding the dh bike.
  • + 7
 %100 agree, that statement is just ignorant. WC DH races, fest series... Show me an enduro or AM bike in either of those types of events...
  • + 13
 i cant deny that i can ride the bike park a little bit faster on a downhill bike, but honestly i have more fun on my trail bike and i dont plan on racing so.... obvious choice
  • + 3
 @elong801: You know several guys were running Freeride bikes....I mean Enduro bikes in Rampage right...?? As recently as 2012!

Miss ya bud, WV has got me on that Enduro bike grind lol.
  • + 2
 @RLoganSx: Yeah but still the large majority of pro riders are on full 8" travel bikes for that kind of stuff. Can't argue that having the extra travel/ stability doesn't give a rider more confidence to go faster or bigger.
Miss you too boo boo! Haha
  • + 9
 @nickmtb914:
That´s what all my "enduro convert" friends keep telling me.
They have been constantly riding slower each year since :-P
  • + 12
 It depends on what you consider a DH trail but regardless the feeling of a dual crown with 8" is insanely different and incredible compared to a single crown 6".

It comes down to trade-off and I feel you become severely more restricted with a DH-only rig vs. a capable AM bike. If you ride only park and shuttles and have access all the time to that, its a different situation but I feel that's a small segment of riders.
  • + 7
 RC's just stirring the pot. As are all the contributors this week. I think they're just trying to go for a record and get 1M comments by the end of the week by ruffling everyone's feathers. Good reading tho'!
  • + 7
 Well I work at a shop so i can take out trail bikes anytime, I'm a dirt jumper and only own dirt jumpers. My city is about to open a lift assisted bike park and i have a Demo on order now. Yet still the only reason i got a DH bike is because i feel like a man when i ride it.
  • + 6
 "Spend a similar figure on an enduro bike and you are essentially getting two high-end machines for the price of one"

Yeah, a 19lb xc weapon and a dh race rig, for the price of one!!! No. Idiocy here as well. You are getting a trailbike, so unless you bought a Bionicon, I don't see a "two for one".... and even then it still sounds like marketing sweet talk
  • + 5
 I used to have both, then I got a 180/170 Knolly delerium that I put a 200 boxxer on the front when I want to do DH. Since I'm not an XC guy, this is the perfect bike for me and it's only 1 bike to upkeep Smile
  • + 3
 Because the DH bike gives me bigger smiles when i reach the bottom..
  • + 2
 the point is that phil atwill on a hardtail will be able to whip the arse of most on a dh sled... become a better rider and save money!!
  • + 1
 @Strath-cona: Exactly the same (except I actually bought the DH after the AM). But dude, way more fun in the bike park.

Obviously the AM is way better when I have to pedal "flat"hill. I never pedal uphill ahah.
  • + 1
 @tomm4444: I don't see that you would be saving any money, DH vs Enduro, same specs level = same price (approximately)
  • - 4
flag ewoodard024 (Dec 10, 2016 at 9:49) (Below Threshold)
 Really? Is that why the air DH at Crankworx in Whistler barely had any riders on DH bikes? Because they're faster? Then surely whoever won was on a DH bike. But wait, wasn't it a Patrol under Van Steenbergen that took home the win? Hmmm....
  • - 2
 @elong801: How many people ride fest sized jumps or WC level rough stuff? God knows I wish I could ride the latter but unless you live in the Alps or BC you'll have some way more moderate terrain, meaning a long travel "enduro" bike would be fine as well.

I ride lots of DH tracks on my (slacked out) Capra and I rarely feel I'd need more travel, when riding with my friend (national level DH racer) on his Gambler we are usually really close. I tend to be a bit quicker around tight turns and on super techy stuff, while he pulls away on the really fast stuff but this might also be down to our backgrounds (BMX vs MX).
  • + 8
 @ewoodard024: A-Line isn't a downhill trail though. How many people raced Canadian Open on trail bikes?
  • - 6
flag ewoodard024 (Dec 10, 2016 at 10:58) (Below Threshold)
 @chrisclifford: LOL whatever you say technical Terry
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: Agreed. I always want to add another option to the polls. Mine would be "Depends". I wish my local trails had more/bigger features. I have 2 bikes. My ripley ls is more than enough yet nible/light. At the bike park my HD3 works, but ideally I wish it was a degree slacker. Yet I don't hit a full dh park enough to warrant a 3rd bike.
  • + 1
 @zzRider Ride the new specialized enduro and you'll change your mind...
  • + 1
 @elong801: Well shucks! By the way OBP is looking good. Cant wait to come back and shred all the hard work you guys put in hahaha!
  • + 6
 @jordangraves: You think a Specialized Enduro is faster downhill than a Demo? You fellows are deluding yourselves if you really think a Capra/Range/Reign/etc. is faster downhill than a Tues/Aurum/Glory/etc. It's fine if you want to compromise some downhill performance for uphill, but you can't argue against logic, well you can! Let me guess which bike you own.......an Enduro? Smile
  • + 0
 @zzRider: depends on the terrain. Anything under 200mm would be a nightmare in val di sole but most people ride more a line ish tracks, where a trailbike would be ideal. Anyone claiming he needs a big rig for that stuff either needs to learn how to land smooth or is just full of shit.
  • + 2
 @Augs: Yeh buddy Christchurch Adventure Park!!! Making the trip down from Auckland this summer. Also have a Demo too haha
  • + 77
 What a f ing dumb poll. Thanks for trying to bait people into saying they only would own an all mountain bike. Of course that's a better choice if you only own one bike and pedal up hills but stop trying to sway our opinion into believing there is a substitute for real dh bikes.
  • + 16
 yeah put a gun to my head and ill pick enduro all mountain or whatever the f*ck you want to call it every day. but if you asked me would I like to have both plus a dirt jumper? will yeah duh.
  • + 12
 Its stupid because DH bikes have and always will likely be a secondary bike for most people.
  • + 4
 @Jokesterwild: I do exactly just that, it's great. Each bike performs really well when used to do what it was designed to do! Smile
  • + 51
 I am voting enduro only because I have a decent downhill bike. But I will always be saving for next killer DH bike!
  • + 13
 Same. Bought an all mountain bike, then bought a DH bike, problem solved!
  • + 4
 This is me. Have a downhill, love it very much. But I want to ride the trails that climb too... So I'll Keep the downhill and get a trail bike them a downhill then a trail and so on.
  • + 2
 I'm with you, I'm happy with both.. but if it came down to just one, for all of your riding, which one would make the cut? I think that's what they were getting after. Maybe they need a D) Both! option
  • + 8
 DH bike is much better for reliability
  • + 1
 Same here. Bought a new DH bike earlier this year, but may consider buying a new trail/enduro bike in 2017 to replace my trail bike.
  • + 45
 ""DH has matured to the point where if you toss a Santa Cruz V10c into the shuttle truck, it would be fair to assume that you will be hitting all the big features on the trail""

I own both a DH and AM/Enduro... I show up to the trail with not a care in the world what anyone else thinks. If I look like a fool because I ride my DH bike half as well as the 9 year old riding an enduro, so be it. If owning a DH bike makes you automatically and assumably hit the biggest drops, then I guess i should get rid of mine. But i wont, because I ride to have fun. I think its awesome when i see a 9 year old fly past me. And I feel more comfortable on my DH bike in the parks than I do on my AM.
  • + 7
 Well said!
  • + 19
 Well said.
This seems like a common theme among enduro converts though.
"Looking down" on dh-bike riders to make themselves feel superior because a) they can ride it on their AM too, and b) because you´re not even utilizing that DH bike to it´s full potential.
The constant teasing of friends to "bring your enduro bike, not your dh bike" to a park trip and "this trail is so much more fun on the enduro!" comments are really infuriating at times.
Why the hell would i not use my dedicated park bike in the bike park? Just so i can fit in with the enduro bros?! Also i just went way faster than you on that trail! And yes, i had tons of fun on my dh-bike!

So amen brother! Let´s just all continue to ride our bikes as long as we have fun doing it.
I´ll also happily continue wearing my bright TLD race pajamas while taking the chicken line around that monster drop, without a care in the world what others think about me! :-P
  • + 4
 @wvanlogg: Ditto. My wife and I both Ride DH and have gone on trail rides multiple times with friends who ride XC. We may not go as fast uphill pedaling/pushing but I bet our friends secretly like that we ride DH so they have a legit excuse to not pedal their ass off. At the end of the day we rode and had fun!
  • + 1
 Agreed. That quote is typical of the author, fashion victim and he doesn't even know it
  • + 4
 "I show up to the trail with not a care in the world what anyone else thinks....I ride to have fun."

THIS!

Have fun. Give not a sh!t what others think.
  • + 35
 Downhill bike is still the best tool in the bike park. Ill miss it too much
  • + 0
 650B or 26 "???
  • + 2
 i feel like it depends on the trails you ride. The steeper angles on most enduros makes flow and jump trails more fun. I agree if you primarily try and do rock to rock gaps over gnar. then a dh bike makes sense.
  • + 10
 Haha coach freeride over here
  • + 2
 @rockyflow no doubt. The rock gardens around here eat through the first 5" of your suspension before you're 3ft into it...
  • + 4
 @barbaricht: either way....just give me 8" of travel
  • + 19
 never bring a knife to a gunfight.
  • + 9
 @stacykohut: but a gun at a knife fight is rather boring, eh? Smile
  • + 18
 The best tool in the park is that tank top wearing, no gloved, "park bro." aka "The Canadian DH scene kid"
  • + 5
 Although a knife in a gun fight may make it interesting for skilled warriors. For most though, a knife in a gun fight means death.
  • + 7
 @barbaricht: 26" obiously
  • + 3
 @aks2017: If destroying everything in sight is boring ...I would take a grenade to a knife fight if i could...
  • + 4
 @aks2017: It worked for Indiana Jones!
  • + 11
 @marcsb95c: we call them 'aussies' up here......................

500 hundred dollar helmet, neck brace, no gloves/ no elbow pads..............

classic.
  • + 5
 @rockyflowtbay: That's what she said...
  • + 2
 @preach:

preach it, preach!
  • + 1
 @aks2017: A samurai sword is much more fun.
  • + 3
 @stacykohut: Haha, yeah, definitely felt 'overdressed' with elbow pads in Whistler, but not that I gave a shit.
  • + 5
 I know a guy who's a great rider and sometimes he dresses to piss off people in the park. He tries to look like an xc racer with knee pads and one of those super light baggy pants. Smith open face lid and oakley radar clear glasses. Rips by half of folks on DH bikes while riding a 140 Rocky Mountain with dh tyres.
  • + 31
 "you can only have one bike"

does not compute
  • + 1
 "Or"? No! "And"
  • + 24
 This poll should ask if you are going to ADD a bike for mostly DH or gnarly terrain, do you get a downhill or an enduro like a SC Nomad or a RM Slayer. I mean having one bike that is supposed to ride trails and legit downhill?... you can't pedal a downhill bike through most cross country trails, this poll is set up to skew it towards enduro because of the need to pedal. I ride my SC Tallboy LT on legit downhill trails but it doesn't even come close the speed and stability I can get on a DH bike.
  • + 5
 It does say riding mostly downhill trails and only one bike. I think alot of people are only reading the title
  • + 28
 DOWNHILL BITCH!
  • + 23
 I'm so sick of these polls/articles...no modern AM bike is blurring any lines between DH and AM...sure they are far more capable than they were 5-10yrs ago, but there will always be a place for DH.

Anyone who says a modern "enduro" bike blurs lines between DH and AM is either not going fast, or doesn't have burly enough features to warrant a dual crown.

I LOVE my SC nomad, but one a to b comparison with a DH and its night and day how much less twitchy the front end is at speed.
  • + 5
 "Twitchy at speed" yep that's a good call sir.
  • + 12
 And this line of thought seems to always ignore the advances in DH bikes. Sure trail bikes and enduro bikes are getting more capable, but so are DH bikes. A DH bike today is superior in many ways to the DH bikes of just 4-5 years ago.
  • + 2
 @nvranka:
Preach it!
If i got a penny for every guy bragging on mtb forums about how his new enduro is so much more capable than his 10 year old Kona Stinky...
  • + 5
 Will someone take one of these modern DH rigs and complete the Jah Drop? And forget this stupid poll unless golfers start using just one "do it all" club.
  • + 14
 I guess it depends where your local trails are. When I lived in Whistler, I wouldn't consider anything but a DH rig. Now I'm in England (with a distinct lack or chairlifts), a DH bike seems utterly pointless.

DH rigs are utterly sublime, but spending $4000/£2500 x 2 for a used DH rig and a used all mountain rig seems a little insane, when you could just spend $5000/£3500 and get 90% of both.

It's a shame, but in 5-10 years, I can see DH bikes being like dirt jump bikes - mostly used in competition and that's about it.
  • + 6
 I agree with everything your last sentence says except the shame part. As long as DH Racing continues the bikes will continue to develop. Kind of like Honda's F1 efforts. The Civic doesn't look like a racecar, but how many lessons learned on the track have been applied to the design of those cars over the years.
  • + 8
 I do see light though. While dh bikes will still be designed to do one thing I predict hard charging 30 lb 180mm enduro bikes with 64° headangles and long wheelbases. Its a cycle and free ride will be in full swing again in 3 years Smile
  • + 1
 True in the trails. My DH bike has been enduroised so I can ride it up the wee hills we have in Southern England. My trail buke gets way more use as it's all I need.
  • + 3
 @ibishreddin: The rise of the Super Enduro bike.
  • + 3
 @ibishreddin: That's pretty much what I ride, a slacked out banshee darkside with 180mm of rear travel, a dual crown fork, dropper post, and 11 speed gearing and it is perfect. It let's me do pretty much any type of riding I want and makes it fun. I still do prefer to call it freeride instead of super enduro though.
  • + 1
 @VwHarman: Very good point ala Honda and F1. Essentially those bikes become the prototypes. The only worry I'd have is the pull out entirely...
  • + 1
 @jamesdunford: Agree. My hope is that there is always a drive towards the Geometron end of the spectrum and that DH racing is the venue to push those boundaries. It is as exciting a race type as exists, but I do love the capability of the so called mid travel bike now. Way too much fun.
  • + 1
 My thoughts exactly. I live close enough to north wales to regularly get out to Llandegla, Coed Y Brenin, Marin Trail etc but most of those trips are spur of the moment things whereas to book uplifts you usually have to travel miles or book well in advance. I would love the facilities to warrant a DH bike but honestly in the UK its a bit overkill. Even if you live near somewhere like Fort William does one decent track warrant the need for a DH bike. Don't get me wrong if I could afford it I would have one because they look amazing but for now I'll stick with my 160mm all round bike.
  • + 12
 Enduro / All mountain bikes have exploded in capability....
If I rode DH more than 6 weekends a year, I'd definitely buy one.
But as-is, I'll continue to use my all-mountain bike at parks and resorts.
  • + 3
 Bingo!
  • + 10
 I don't get the voted enduro cos i just got a dh bike answer, shouldn't you vote dh then? I just bought a trail bike, still voted dh if i had to only choose one form of riding it would be dh ie down hill - because riding up hill sucks
  • + 8
 Years ago I crashed on my DH bike park riding in Livigno. The day after the crash, stil bruised, I sad to myself: "ok, gonna ride the enduro bike today, take it easy, go slower, more flow less aggro". Had the most fun day ever and never looked back. I still like and respect DH riding very much, but personally I have more fun with a 160-170 bike.
Now even more so, having moved to Finale Ligure.
  • + 1
 why do you get to ride in all the cool places????
  • + 3
 @adrennan: there's always a price to pay, believe me. :-)
no, it's a just a case of the grass is always greener... and so on.
  • + 2
 @andreabonasia: what is the price? having to drink nice italian wine on the finale coast? I think i can make that sacrifice.
  • + 5
 @adrennan: what about 75% taxes on you income (42 taxes 33% social security) but unlike Scandinavia nothing back?
I'm willing to settle for worse food and and less editing trails. Or better just go to Finale as a tourist
  • + 7
 My enduro bike was stolen right before I had planned to upgrade the DH bike. What to do?

I bought the DH anyway and stick to shuttling. Soon I'll be able to replace the enduro bike, but until then the skiing is a fantastic distraction.
  • + 10
 DH 90%, AM when I can't make it to the lifts.
  • + 9
 DH bikes have been getting better also - Enduro rig will never replace a proper DH rig in the right setting
  • + 6
 There are some seriously scary downhill trails in my area (San Luis Obispo) that have almost entirely gotten overgrown. It sure seems like there used to be more unofficial downhill races, especially down those trails. Nearly vertical rock roll-downs one after another, with big wooden doubles, etc.

The way I see it, one of the downsides of the rise of the enduro segment is that true DH tracks, the ones nobody really wants to touch except with full armor and 8-10" of travel, are getting neglected. It's hard to justify riding the DH bike all the time when you can pedal to the top of the trail on an "enduro bike" really quickly nowadays and hit stuff almost as hard as you would on a DH bike.

Having said that, there are definitely talented guys who are riding those trails on trailbikes, and doing it about as fast as they used to on DH sleds. But overall, I think many of those kinds of trails are getting a lot less use and may someday be gone.
  • + 5
 I bet they think they're going as fast but they might get a shock of they timed it
  • + 1
 Ah, "tower" and "face" not sure how my e29er would do?!?!
  • + 1
 Man, makes me appreciate how well the local crew maintains our "illegal" DH trails in socal
  • + 6
 I got a canfield balance with a coil shock (push). Sometimes I think I just bought a dh bike. I feel more capable on the Balance than the Demo 8 I used to ride. But maybe that is just the magic the Bros put in their bikes
  • + 2
 I know what you mean. I think longer reaches of enduro bikes give a lot of extra confidence. After demoing an evil wreckoning it made my Wilson feel like a little kids bike in the reach department and not to mention 29, but that's a different story
  • + 1
 I've got a similar setup, Intense Tracer with a CCDB Coil and a 36 up front. That thing feels amazing compared to my DH bike.
  • + 1
 @ibishreddin: dunno, I can't stand not being able to hang off the back of the bike on the steeps..
  • + 4
 I'm so sick of these polls/articles...no modern AM bike is blurring any lines between DH and AM...sure they are far more capable than they were 5-10yrs ago, but there will always be a place for DH.

Anyone who says a modern "enduro" bike blurs lines between DH and AM is either not going fast, or doesn't have burly enough features to warrant a dual crown.

I LOVE my SC nomad, but one a to b comparison with a DH and its night and day how much less twitchy the front end is at speed.
  • + 4
 I feel this is a lil biased... I have both a 160mm jekyll for trail that can handle plus.. And a kona operator carbon for lift access.. I was at highland this fall and rode both but nothing compares to the stability of a dh bike
  • + 4
 My Trek Session was my first bike but i just recently bought a V1 Bronson. I love DH, i head to Whistler at least twice a summer, however there's a good chance i eventually ditch the Session, i don't do big enough hits to warrant the bigger bike anymore, and the Bronson can do everything i ride well enough. I'm more on board with AM/ENDURO as the one-trick pony.
  • + 3
 This poll is loaded with such a tainted question, leading in with an article which boasts the abilities of the smaller bikes. If I can have only ONE bike and DH is my primary goal, then I can continue to climb just fine on my Canfied Jedi. You won't get me to place a vote against it by attempting to ramp in with biased claims.
  • + 7
 The question feels a bit skewed towards enduro.
  • + 3
 To answer the poll it says "you ride bike parks and downhill trails for your primary riding experience, and you can only have one bike." then the question is Primary riding experience? Hmm downhill bike then.

Pretty simple right? but then again how big do you go off jumps, flats and hucks? How old or crazy are you still? and do you want a bike that can handle anything your willing to hit?
I have a Reign and love it, but have a strong desire to own a big bike, and to suit my riding style and the places I love to ride. Downhill it is. So on my Christmas list this year is a 2017 Glory Advanced 0.
  • + 3
 My next bike will be a banshee darkside or something along those lines. I'm building some decent sized trails right now, and while my nomad is a great, fairly capable steed, it's just not stout enough to handle the hits repeatedly. So maybe not a dh rig, but something far stronger, gravity oriented, that will never feel like a wet noodle if I case the 30 foot double, or send it off the big stuff. I went all out with the "one bike for everything" with the nomad, but it's just not burly enough to feel confident all the time. If I suffer pedaling to the top, we'll so be it, I won't have to worry about picking through the wreckage of my bike when I crash!
  • + 3
 Are these polls paid for by bike manufacturers? You shouldn't worry about what other people will think of you cruising the blues on a dh bike, anyone that thinks less of you is a dick. An enduro bike cannot match a dh bike on even regular dh trails eg the Whistler bike park black tech, especially when the laps pile up.
  • + 4
 Spend the most money on the AM rig. The shifting alone of a cared for AM rig is really nice. My dh bike is a blast in the park, but I'm less concerned about how pretty it is, because send.
  • + 8
 DH forever!!!
  • + 2
 Literally built my enduro today, don't get me wrong it feels good but not as planted on the descent, feels sketchy as f#*k at the mo. It will feel better with time but no way can it descend like a DH bike. Example went to BPW in the summer on a hired spec enduro. Had to pick my lines better and be smoother, went there in the pissing down in between xmas and new year last year on my DH bike and god it was unreal. Goin this December on the DH bike and I'm sure it will be more fun than 30 degrees heat and concentrating so hard my eyes pop my goggles. Plus I like the uplift/walk up, gives me a chance to focus or the pure bants you get in the van with the boys. DH bike takes it all, #dhforlife
  • + 2
 This pole is probably a little misleading. Im willing to bet the majority of people on this site already have a capable DH bike and so for many the logical next purchase is an All-mtn bike to compliment the DH bike. While the DH bike may not get the same amount of use it surely doesn't mean they are replacing their DH bikes. If you regularly ride steep technical DH trails, not buffed out bermy jump lines. The All-mtn bike is by no means as capable or a replacement for a real DH rig.
  • + 0
 I think you will find more people have it the other way around. A trail bike is a good starter into gravity riding. Build your skills up before you go for the bigger bike. You would not want a complete novice heading straight to heavy hitting fast DH trails straight away surely?

I went for the "enduro" bike as a good way to get my fitness up and develop the essential skills for gravity riding. Maybe one day in the future i will decide a DH bike is the next step.
  • + 2
 It depends on the bike park, Freeride (highland mtb park) I prefer the dual crown for hitting the big stuff all day. My enduro bike wears me out if I consistently hit the bigs all day long. I love my enduro bike on natural trails and flowy stuff though! Each tool has a specific purpose.
  • + 2
 Luckily we don't have to choose just one ! This poll is definitely trying to get us to say all-mountain, I'll keep at least three bikes in my quiver- jumper,all-mountain, and a DH. It's dumping snow these days hmmmmm fatbike anyone
  • + 2
 To answer the poll it says "you ride bike parks and downhill trails for your primary riding experience, and you can only have one bike." then the question is Primary riding experience? Hmm downhill bike then.

Pretty simple right? but then again how big do you go off jumps, flats and hucks? How old or crazy are you still? and do you want a bike that can handle anything your willing to hit?
I have a Reign and love it, but have a strong desire to own a big bike, and to suit my riding style and the places I love to ride. Downhill it is. So on my Christmas list this year is a 2017 Glory Advanced 0.
  • + 2
 The line isn't blurred at all, nor will it ever be. There is always a way to make capable bikes in any genre. But I can damn well guarantee that the mbt rider's brain always knows that heavier thicker tires, steep head angles, and long travel are essential to aggressive downhill riding for any length of time.
  • + 2
 Just bought a DH bike with a full length seat tube, so I could raise seat to pedal up and drop it to go down. Been pedaling 40 lb bike up hill for past 5 years no lock out just out of the saddle grunt work. There is always a place for a burley DH rig, no substitute. 180mm for all mountain 210mm for DH Please bring back the totem and bomber 66, need something more than pencils for stanctions and a tooth pick for an axle.
  • + 2
 surely freeride is the next best thing if it was still a think......I know some enduro bikes are close but my 2013 supreme fr has 180mm front and rear travel and has slacker angles than 99% of non dh bikes. Not as light as a enduro rig though at 16.6kg with deemax wheels. But that's what I would use if I had to move qaway from dh but my empire ap1 is still my choice weapon for dh as I don't get to ride proper dh much and it just feels awesome.
  • + 2
 Nobody bringing up durability here. You might be able to hang with riders on dh bikes while you ride your AM, but do that over the course of a season and the enduro bikes get super clapped out. DH bikes are tougher and are purpose built for the rough stuff. I prefer a DH and a trail bike, though my bank account will probably say all I can do is a trail bike.
  • + 2
 A large group of buyers are the 'married with or without kids' who are keen to get riding again, having not to have the whole,
"Why you need a downhill bike; when you're not racing downhill" conversation...

Buying an "all mountain" bike is better received, when going though the chief financial officer.
  • + 2
 I don't think there's anyone who wouldn't take a DH bike if they could afford one. But for many of us, we can only have one bike and that means a trail bike is the way to go. My nomad can handle 90% of the stuff in Angel Fire and it actually feels pretty good on even the super fast, rocky stuff as long as you're not pushing it too hard. That being said, I don't think trail bikes will ever truly replace DH bikes, but the differences between them will continue to get smaller and smaller.
  • + 2
 Use the right bike for the job, that's why I now have 8, I'm not rich, my bikes have been evolving for years now. If I only had one bike it would be a hardcore hardtail, I miss racing all the latest greatest enduro machines on a hardtail. It's still the rider and not the bike.
  • + 2
 Look at it this way; to go downhill, one first must go uphill. Hence, this can not always be accomplished without assistance from another vehicle. So before I click my answer , I predict the that the majority will answer likewise with the bike that can pedal to the top.
  • + 2
 I rode 300 Queenstown Bike Park descent on my enduro bike and still was smocking tons of poeple with DH rig (mostly rode blacks, double blacks ans secret vicious tracks, mini dream jump line as well). Yet i could ride to the top of coronet peak on my saddle and tackle the 40 kms moonliggt tracks cross country trail.

Careful, i don't deny DH rig are best than Enduro bike for DH, but if you are a fine pilot and wanna tackle any trail and ride any kind of trail, Enduro bikes are the way to go.
  • + 4
 who wants to pedal a bike up 600m for maybe 2 runs in a day when theres a lift you can do 20 on.... I'll aways want a DH to go with my slope bike...
  • + 1
 But you can do that on an enduro too and you can reach trails you can´t with your DH bike
  • + 2
 even a 180mm travel bike doesn't feel as good as a full DH bike. sorry if your DHing best to have a proper bike.. I still don't do enduro...
  • + 4
 @bat-fastard: Your 100% right nothing feels as good as a real DH bike. f*ck ENDURO! hahah
  • + 1
 @spirit-of-enduro: you can do that on a enduro bike but your bike won't last long and it's nowhere near as fun.
  • + 1
 @bat-fastard: exactly get used to riding a dh bike then jump on an enduro bike and treat it like a downhill bike and they don't hold up.
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: I just put this out there, my Darkcycles is 14 years old and it for the Alps again next year. Theres no frame protection needed either as its steel and stones just bounce off it...
  • + 4
 since when has an all mountain been approaching the capability of a DH bike?? can someone fill me in please?
don't believe it kids they just trying to kill off DH
  • + 2
 I`m riding a Sender and a Strive, I wouldn't cross the line, it's a long debate managed by personal riding style and experience, but it's like the all season tyres,they aren't 100 % good in winter or 100% in summer. But for one that primarely rides trails and want's only one bike, go for the all`mountain .
  • + 4
 Have both and always will! I don't doubt that modern enduro bikes are massively capable but nothing rides or jumps like a great DH bike
  • + 2
 Tough question - since I wouldn't be me if DH was my primary ride variety.

I had to answer DH since you frame it as Park/lift access primary, but choosing DH does rule out ANY pedal accessed trail riding.

Now if I could only have 1 bike, it would be something like a Norco Range.
  • + 3
 Hypothetical poll:
You ride DH. Which bike would you ride?
A tricycle
Or an enduro bike.
Poll brought to you by the marketing agency for the bike industry
  • + 1
 it's funny when you stop tuning into the bullshit that pinkbike pedals on their front page, you end up at bike parks in the summer time and you see a handful of folks on am bikes and then you see a large handful of rippers on dh bikes because nobody f*cking cares and none of this matters. just ride what you need to accommodate the trails you ride, some people have one bike some people have two. Will an AM give you what a DH bike can give you at the park? f*ck no, don't forget your speedo if you're going to promote that line of drivel. You'll always see DH bikes where DH bikes have their place. I'll never not have at least 7 inches of rear travel at Whistler. End of story.
  • + 3
 Stop trying to kill the downhill bike jesus christ. There is no substitute for a dual crown fork, downhill specific geometry, and a proper beefy frame.
  • + 1
 Rode nothing but DH bikes for years -- switched to a LP Spicy 2 years ago and haven't looked back. I am in way better shape than I ever was riding just DH and having way more fun overall. The modern trail bikes are amazing machines, but still have major disadvantages -- much twitchier in high speed chatter and on super big hits. Overall Trail bike was the right choice for me, but I still get why people love DH bikes and I will probably own one again some day once my son is a little older and assuming he is into bikes...
  • + 1
 Built up a custom V10 in May then busted my foot in July with only about 12 days on the bike. Will be back on the DH bike in the spring but that bike will likely last me years and get claimed by my kid once she is tall enough. I ride the "enduro" bik all year long and it takes much more of a beating.
  • + 4
 If someone say that an enduro/AM bikes does as same as a DH bike, it because never used a DH bike properly.
  • + 1
 Ten years ago my enduro bike was a dh bike. The trail bikes at the time couldn't handle the punishment of constant dh abuse and I didn't mind earning my turns. A couple years back I sold my dh sled and an older trail bike to fund a one bike. I bought a Knolly Chilcotin and it did the best of replacing a dh bike and a trail bike. II now have th Chili and a dh bike, strangely enough I often reach for the Chili even on shuttle runs. I love the way an enduro bike handles tech terrain. So currently I have both bikes for sale. My thoughts are if I sell the all mountain I'll buy a trail bike to compliment my dh.
  • + 1
 To answer the question posed by PB -- 'next machine will be an enduro (I've been saving $ for eons). If one can swing it, and has the time, it's nice to have more than one bike. Really, all that matters is having fun.

Run what you brung. #runwhatyoubrung
  • + 1
 What about a good 'ole xc bike? The mountain bike market these days is all too saturated in bikes that are "all mountain" or "enduro". When many riders would find just as much enjoyment out of a good xc bike. Don't get me wrong I love going full broduro from time to time, but as a bike shop employee I see way to many customers who are set on buying bikes that are simply too much for the local terrain. My steel hardtail with a pike is all I'd ever need for 90% of riding. Anything more would make it dull and enjoyable. But maybe I'm just part of a niche nowadays.
  • + 1
 If there was a chairlift in snowdonia, I'd buy a dh bike today. But there isn't. Just mouldy vans. One uplift that's fantastic but too busy in the summer and one that's short and damp.. There's no denying over the bumpy bits and big hits a dh bike wins. Its just it sucks at everything else.

If there was something I could do on a dh bike that I can't on an enduro then I'd be more interested.

Oh and those who care how they look whilst riding are probably still virgins. 15 yr old Shropshire kids who's daddy buys them a new v10cc every year. (In fluorescent pink)
  • + 1
 On Vancouver island DOWNHILL IS DEAD. island timber west (logging company who owns most island back country) locks the gates to prevent ppl from F**King around. vandals garbage ect, can't blame them. BUT this is the reason most of us have all mtn setups. and then as soon as i go to whist i want a DH bike.

So really its all preference and where you live and ride really.

I now have a 2017 Giant Reign Advanced and could not be any happier. my solution. the two times i go ride bike park a year i'll just rent a sick trek so i don't beat my bike up. but the reign in the bike park is also rad

either way most of us can't afford a high end bike for every decipline.
  • + 6
 I have troubles believing DH is dead on the island since thats where two of the fasted DH racers in canada come from. not to mention coast gravity a small ferry away. You not riding DH there doesn't make it dead lol
  • + 3
 not to mention I was there a few months back and there was no shortage of trucks with dh bikes slung over the back
  • + 1
 @nismo325: that is a caption from the local bike shop....no downhill bikes selling here. Lots of trails but rarely can shuttle have fun pushing
  • + 1
 So that lift assisted park that just opened spring of 2016 is not on the Island then huh? Mount Washington ring a bell?
True the trails are a bit tame but that was the first season, support it and I am sure it will grow.....
  • + 1
 @DaleE:

YUP but you don't see my point, buying downhill bikes are dead. i could ride everything with ease on my giant reign lol, everyone's so butt hurt i said downhills dead but in reality they are making trail bikes so good these days they can handle most DH.
  • + 1
 @nismo325:

buying Downhill bikes are dead *
  • + 2
 Took my Reign to a bike park this year to see how it compared to my Jedi.. There is no comparison between the 2.. Trail features I don't even think about anymore on my Jedi scared the shit out of me on the Reign..
  • + 3
 So they get a few thousand votes for the categories who's advertising they need to sell... and none for what the vast majority of riders actually buy.
  • + 2
 To pinkbike...mission accomplished and well done. Amazing how easy we get riled up over a what if poll. Grab whatever bike you want, and go for a ride. I'll be on my pink bike...
  • + 3
 LOL first says will your next bike be dh or all mountain....then "You ride trails...." who would ever buy a dh bike to ride all mountain??
  • + 1
 The poll clearly asks choose one bike everyone saying ive got 2 bikes clearly didnt read the question, as a dh bike park 1st choice and trails second then you have to ask yourself do i ride my dh bike on trails or get a hardcore endurabfie the best of both worlds. Well i asked myself and then it depends on how big the dh/bike parks are so if the dh is rough but not extreme and too my capabilities then im going giant reign 1 (which i own) great for the dh i ride (not extreme) and the welsh trail centres which i can pedal uphill.
  • + 3
 yeah but riding an enduro bike down rough DH trails is harsh, unless its built up with HD DH parts, your gonna be breaking shit alot.
  • + 2
 I put a full range cassette on my downhill because this is the problem I'm faced with. I chose the downhill bike because I'm a larger rider and the added durability/strength is simply unmatched. Send it, don't mend it.
  • + 3
 If I only could have one bike (which is not the case), it would have to be a DH bike, cause I never has so much fun as I do on my DH rig.
  • + 5
 this is a dumb poll...why would i EVER own only one bike?
  • + 2
 Well... I have 4 bikes: GT Ruckus Flowta (Freeride/AM/Enduro), GT Ruckus 3.0 (HT AM/TR/XC), Oxford 29" (XC) and a Haro Escape (TR/Street)... And I want a ROAD bike!!! Or a TRIALBIKE.
  • + 1
 Am I the only crazy guy out there with an 11-speed cassette on a DH rig that climbs everything? I rode up Sandy Ridge almost every day with a dual crown 38lb bike. Moar fitness= moar fun. See me pedaling this Spring on a decked out Fuzz.
  • + 5
 Flawed logic.

No "Both" option for this poll.
  • + 1
 Sold my Summum and bought a Dune XR.... The Summum got used maybe 20 days a year, parks with uplift, and was awesome ! but 20 days ??? I put in more time in the first month of having the Dune, in fact my XC lays dormant preferring to spin out on the Mondraker... No denying that it cannot smash down rock gardens, massive step downs and big hucks.. but it still scares the shit out of me descending when you open the taps, and brings the smiles ! and the ability to hit the dropper back up, and go and do it all again :-)
  • + 4
 The thing is people like a dh bike that can climb. Hence enduro. We are all dh riders Smile
  • + 1
 In my opinion this article is just further exposing the cost issue of owning multiple bikes at least as much as practicality of an AM rig. Especially given that the AM rigs of today are obviously very capable. I got myself an Enduro after a few years of riding an AnthemX.
Why? I wanted to descend, but I also wanted to be able to pedal the bike as well. I still have the AnthemX and it's great for cardio, but the Enduro leads to adventure and fun.
  • + 1
 I'll go for DH and just not trail ride. ( in the Rockies you need a trail or enduro bike) however I am not nearly a good enough rider to ride a "shorter" travel bike. I lack the finesse to land a decent jump or drop without the worry that a 150-170mm travel bike may blow the rim or both.
  • + 1
 I have a hard tail and a DH bike. I can't really sit on a bike seat for more than 20 minutes without sever discomfort (thanks, Crohn's disease) so I don't really forsee myself every buying anything other than a full squish DH rig again. I use the hardtail for riding around the neighborhood with my kids or to take to the city owned XC trails where I can get two fun laps in before my a*shole starts to bleed. Other than that I hit one of the local bike parks 3 days a week on the DH rig. I don't spend a lot of time sitting down and I can still get my jollies on a bike.
I'd consider a trail bike to replace my hard tail because I think I could get longer ride times out of it on XC trails but that's a lot of money for me to spend on something that's not guaranteed so I just save my pennies and keep riding my 8 year old DH bike.
  • + 1
 After owning multiple DH bikes over the last 15 years, I'll be making the switch to some kind of 150/160mm AM bike probably in the 27.5 range. For where I am now in southern AZ, we have a few small to medium sized mountain ranges but outside of that, a full on DH bike here even with, say an 11-34 cassette is not practical for 80% of the rest of trails here.
  • + 3
 I wonder how much pinkbike make selling awesome market data from all our answers on this plys the random side polls to bike manufacturers?
  • + 2
 Downhill bike set up to climb ...easy, I already have one and I have an all MTB ....my all MTB just sits there....as I climb my DH bike up some gnarly stuff and when I starva my climbs I match my all MTB times, so.....
  • + 1
 Next bike is most likely going to be a long travel 29er. I hate to say it but a wagon wheel with 160mm of travel is pretty much unstoppable. The new Evil Wreckoning has caught my attention and looks very promising. Only time will tell if I give up my DH bike and all mountain bike to opt for only one bike to do it all !!!!
  • + 1
 I didn't vote bcos nowhere in my country warrants the need for a dh bike. But for world cup tracks and bike parks, current 160mm enduros are barely enough imho. So vote dh bike n push uphill or vote enduro bike n ride on the edge downhill. Either way is a compromise I reckon.
  • + 1
 Yeah I bought into the hype and had a big enduro most of last season. Was pretty fun in the park but not nearly as fun trail riding. The long fork felt odd trying to nimble it through the woods unless I was pointed down. Sold it bought a trail bike and a dh bike. So much happier now. Everyone amps how capable the enduro bikes are at the park and it's true they climb ok but I found they weren't as much fun as a aggressive trail bike most of the time.
  • + 3
 There's a disconnect between the article title and the poll title. Sounds like most people are just answering what they personally would do, not what the poll question asks.
  • + 1
 Sold my v10C (a truly sad day) and about to hit buy on a new Canyon Strive. As much as I love riding DH the scene here in my Brisbane is no where near what it was 5-10 years ago when DH seemed to be at it's peak and the trail riding/enduro stuff is just more accessible and I can smash out 5 hours of riding and be home by lunch time.
  • + 1
 When I go to the bike park I ride my cx bike, its obviously faster and way lighter to lift up onto the rack on the lift.
Actually I ride my 2009 Demo with a totem fork and 9spd cassette. I also sometimes ride it uphill (slowly). It is almost as light as my jeep. I am certain that a decent new AM bike would be way better all the way around. I do have fun though.
  • + 2
 The question should be: When you buy both your new DH & AM bikes, how long can you keep them hidden from your wife? 1) 1 week, 2) 1 month, 3) 1 year, 4) As long as they are all kinda the same color, forever!
  • + 6
 Freeride bike
  • + 1
 Purchased my Enduro Norco Range 7.1 this year after owning DH bikes for the past decade and its safe to say, Ill never be puchasing a DH bike again. The Range is so more nimble and versatile and light that it fulfills greatly beyond all my expectations and needs.
  • + 1
 Just ordered my Commencal V4.2 Race, unless I was frequently travelling outside of the UK to ride, I don't see the need for DH rig just yet. The Commencal will do everything I want it to
  • + 0
 Id love to buy a full downhill sled for racing, but for me it just doesnt make sense. The only time it would be better than an enduro rig would be at the 6 or 7 dh races ill hit up in he next year, and besides that it will just be too much bike. My next bike is gonna be the new Rocky Mountain Slayer, but maybe in a couple years ill have to money to just get two bikes though....
  • + 4
 Next bike will be a 2017 glory and next will be the 2018 giant reign
  • + 2
 Great choices
  • + 1
 Soon they'll have something like a Full Carbon "V0-10" with matching "0-10" forks where a button on handlebar switches from full rigid to 10inch swamper and everything inbetween....
5yrs away give or take lol
  • + 4
 Another Industry led poll... Sigh...
  • + 4
 E-bike
  • + 1
 Ha ha ha ha ha ha
  • + 3
 I have a Downhill bike so i dont smash up my Trail bike....love them both.
  • + 1
 I would really really really want to find an explanation good enough to convince my wife that I really need a proper dh bike.
  • + 4
 try.....all the real men have one, or just beg
  • + 1
 Just buy one and deal with the consequences later. What the worst that could happen?
  • + 5
 My girl left after I built my bike. Its Nice high five great success. More time to ride
  • + 1
 I can't believe that people are getting sucked in to this industry induced fad. Wake up people. Death to enduro. Long live DH
  • + 2
 I'm not good enough for a thoroughbred DH bike so I'll stick to enduro for now hahaha
  • + 0
 My next bike is going to be an enduro. One that can handle downhill very easily, but that it mostly to use as training for this off season. Nothing beats racing a full blood downhill, so I am saving for that also.
  • + 1
 Like the "enduro" bike the best. My wreckoning kills it on dh runs / parks and the local trails. I ride both regularly. I'm sold on one bike.. my wreck!!!
  • + 3
 you cant huck on a trail bike broh.
  • + 3
 next bike will be bike....which bike? whatever...
  • + 1
 win
  • + 1
 just purchased a 2014 scott gambler dh 30 off here today!!!!! so we know my answer. cant wait to shred! pics and vids coming soon guys
  • + 3
 My next bike is my current build in progress. Commencal Supreme.
  • + 4
 DH Bike forever!!!
  • + 2
 I've built a DH rig, a full suspension trail bike and a freeride hard tail all three are fun to ride
  • + 2
 Only reason voting enduro is because I bought a V10 not too long ago. DH is just more fun to me
  • - 1
 "there is much truth in the saying that any device designed to do multiple tasks will never be able to do any one of them well"

Uhh, no, there isn't. Devices designed to do multiple tasks can do every single one of them well. They MAY not be the BEST, but often they can do everything intended more than well enough. Tell your statement to any of the great multi-tools out there, or the Nissan GTR, or smartphones or desktop PCs that are better at gaming than consoles, better at calculating than calculators & better @ playing movies/music than a home theater etc. etc.

How about the MTB in general? It's as multi-purpose as a bicycle can get. The reason why the MTB dominates the world is because of that versatility that no other vehicle can match. It does the road well, it does off-road well, it does every discipline 90% (or more) as good as any other & a proper long travel w/a solid SC fork & a good drivetrain will do DH @ 98% of a full DH.

Yeah so you snap your fork instead of your head tube, why's one better than the other? I'll take versatility when all other things are equal, which they pretty much are in this case. All we're talking about now is 20mm of travel, gear ratios, DC vs. SC forks & maybe a dropper post & sus' lockout. All can be interchanged between the two. Some companies use the same frame for both. It's the same shit more or less at this point. Buy a DH & you can still easily turn it into a climber.

Kinda hard not to want a Dorado or an Emerald though.
  • + 3
 There's no such thing as only one bike It's a myth
  • + 0
 Only in the market for a DH because I have a good Enduro bike. I want the DH bike primarily for bike park fun, I prefer my Enduro because it gets me to those harder to reach places faster.
  • + 1
 only because i already have a 2014 giant glory, that i decided to get a reign advanced.
  • + 2
 Depends where you live and ride. It's no more complicated than that.
  • + 2
 Why does it have to be these two? what about Dirt Jumping?
  • + 3
 27.5 Canfield One
  • + 1
 "If you can't ride there on a Downhill bike; you should be riding a moto."
- Goon riders bible
  • + 2
 i'd buy another dirt jumper and a shovel. a nice shovel. hickory. solid.
  • + 1
 None of the above. A nice lightweight 130 mm trailbike is all I'll ever need.
  • + 2
 Is e-fat-end-duro considered downhill or all-mountain? Razz
  • + 0
 The numbers speak for themselves......Enduro all the way people.... (side note-Id love a DH rig but can only afford big ass Enduro)
  • + 1
 I got a 2015 meta v4 and a 2015 voltage 710 ! Love them both but use the meta more !
  • + 2
 Machete dont't text, and I don't pedal uphill.
  • + 1
 I find if hilarious that just above this poll is a video of Conor McFarland going big on a single crown Knolly.
  • + 2
 Industry is paying for discrediting downhill, very sad.
  • + 1
 Protip: Stick DH casing tires on that Enduro bike, suddenly you've got a DH bike to sell....
  • - 1
 www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-poll-will-your-next-bike-be-downhill-or-all-mountain.html
Maybe they should of inserted this poll after the video of Conor Mcfarlane ripping in his "Trailbike" on every terrain.PROOF!!!
  • + 1
 Not a change would I be able to go as fast on a enduro as I do the big rig. Still want one though
  • + 2
 My new bike would be the XL yt tues if they bring them out in 2017
  • + 1
 Downhill, but first i need to sell mine. Anyone interested? Smile Razz
www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2092577
  • + 1
 Enduro because at my local bike part a full DH rig would be overkill. Also I don't only do the bike park.
  • + 1
 How about it will be a freeride bike, a mountain bike for riding without style...
  • + 1
 Bottlerocket with 66's and Black Sabbath and tall cans gets me up and down the mountain.
  • + 1
 Here is the question,If you could always ride lift assisted big mountains or would you prefer to always pedal to the top,
  • + 2
 NEVER GO ENDURO, ENDURO = Flexy Crap
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 It takes a certain kind of person to crave 8" in the rear at all times
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 I feel like they have this poll 4 times a year...
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 ARBR Saker!
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 Only one bike... That's stupid.
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 I'm buying a rigid 29er or 27.5 + next...
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 I just go downhilling on my beach cruiser with coaster brakes.
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 Enduro/all-mountain bikes are the best option because they are made for the real meaning of mountainbiking (going uphill, downhill, xc, etc... even road hehe). These bikes are the best option 85% of the time, that other 15% goes to Rampage or a World Cup, but in the most cases the enduro/all-mountain are made to perform as well as a downhill mtb and even better.
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 To many folk going jenner these days
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 Apart from smashing through rock gardens I'd choose a All mountain bike every time with slacker angles
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 I got a Tues and love it, decently going to consider upgrading to a Jeffry or capra al.
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 That Commy might be my next AM bike...
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 N+1, got my Aurum for park days. and a Range for everything else.
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 I've already got a great downhill bike, but no AM bike so kinda obvious...
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 Depends on how the Advent Calendar giveaway goes for me.
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 a single speed CX bike so I can watch a bus load of strippers
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 Where's the option for a 12 speed, 650b hover unicycle
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 dh bikes are not dead!
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 Right tool for the job.
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 hardtails for the win!
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 get a Brompton
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 want the enduro bike, butll prolly just rock a hairdtail with a 36.
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 Hardtails are the future.
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 All mountain, only because I already own my dream DH rig!
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 I already have my dh bike, so yes, All mountain.
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 Slayer!!!
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 skateboard !!
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 Herd Effect. Simple.
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 26 4 life
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 All down mountain with a 36" front and 24" rear
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 Just got a tr500
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 No Freeride option?
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 With a good Enduro/AM there is no need for a DH just huck everything
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 There's nothing like a good downhill bike, and no matter what the industry tells you downhill bikes ride completely different to ''Enduro'' bikes. anyway, a downhill bike is way more suited to hucking than an enduro bike.
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