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Best All-mountain / Enduro Bikes 150-180mm travel

By Mark David Hartley   /  Last updated - December 27, 2021   /  Best-Of-Reviews, Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes, Mountain Bikes

Enduro-style mountain bikes are relatively new to the MTB scene, with the discipline only gaining widespread popularity over the past five to six years. The earliest recorded enduro-style race was in France in 2003 but MTB bikes with enduro-specific geometry and suspension were only developed later.

An enduro MTB race usually consists of all competitors riding up a mountain and then racing down the other side in a timed event. The concept was apparently influenced by rally car and motorbike racing and often includes up to 6 timed downhill stages plus several uphill ‘transfer’ stages.

Trail  /  All-mountain  /  Enduro
100-130mm  /  130-150mm  /  150-180mm

person riding an enduro bicycle down the hill

Enduro racing involves two components, firstly riding up a mountain to a start position and then racing down in a timed event. Often, an enduro MTB race involves several sections.

Enduro MTB travel range – Metric to Imperial conversion chart

180mm – 7.1″
175mm – 6.9″
170mm – 6.7″
165mm – 6.5″
160mm – 6.3″
155mm – 6.1″
150mm – 5.9″
145mm – 5.7″
140mm – 5.5″


Table of Contents

*Front travel in millimeters

180mm enduro bikes

170mm (f) enduro bikes

160mm (f) enduro bikes

150mm (f) enduro bikes


FAQs – Extended!

Introducing the Best Enduro bikes of 2022


Best 180mm Enduro Bikes

1. YetiSB165$5,500
2. SalsaCassidy$4,999

Travel Range

180mm / 165mm

1. Yeti Cycles – SB165 C2 🏆

Yeti Cycles coil powered mountain bike

Available in three designs

MSRP: $6,200
Jenson USA

Best for enduro, freeride, downhill – this 27.5″ from Yeti cycles is an upgrade from the Enduro World Series winning SB6, designed with longer, slacker geometry for better downhill handling and speed.

It features a full carbon frame and a Fox 38 fork with 180mm travel, running on DT Swiss rims and Maxxis Minion tires.

The frame incorporates Switch Infinity rear suspension with 165mm of travel and a Fox Performance Elite coil shock with a refined leverage ratio for better heat management and small-bump compliance. If you’re a downhill MTB fan, you’ll find the Yeti SB165 an excellent descender with the added advantage of some decent climbing skills, making it a solid enduro bike.

  • Fork – 180mm, Fox Performance 38
  • Shock – 165mm, Fox Performance Elite DHX2 Coil
  • TURQ Carbon
  • Sram GX Eagle
  • 27×2.5″ & 2.4″

Jenson USA

2. Salsa – Cassidy

salsa yellow enduro bike

MSRP: $4,999
REI Co-op

With 180mm of travel on the front and 165mm on the rear, the Salsa Cassidy is a full-suspension enduro mountain bike that means business. The EPS carbon frame is paired with heat-treated 6066-T6 aluminum chainstays, keeping it as light as possible without sacrificing durability.

If you aren’t feeling like charging downhill this weekend, simply use the Split Pivot+ technology to change to 140mm of rear travel and a 160mm fork, resulting in more of a typical trail bike feel. Either way, the 12-speed Shimano SLX groupset will get you up any mountain required, with solid 4-piston hydraulic brakes to keep you safe on the way down.

  • Fork – 180mm, RockShox ZEB Select+
  • Shock – 165mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Carbon
  • Shimano SLX
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″

REI Co-op


Best 170mm Enduro Bikes

3. Norco – Range C2 ‘2022
4. RevelRail $6,999
5. IbisMojo HD 5 $5,199
6. PivotFirebird $5,599
7. TransitionPatrol $4,999
8. EvilWreckoning $8,099
9. IntenseTracer Pro $5,899
10. YetiSB150 $8,000
11. OrbeaRallon $4,499
12. CannondaleJekyll $4,400

Travel Range



3. Norco – Range C2 ‘2022

norco range 2022 enduro

MSRP: $7,199
Jenson USA

Norco’s Range C2 is a high-end full-suspension mountain bike with premium components and innovative design features.

The Range C2 has 170mm suspension in the front and the rear. This suspension combines with Hight Virtual Pivot technology which increases precision and reduces fatigue by efficiently transmitting drivetrain energy and providing a more stable platform when pedaling. Additionally, stability and agility are boosted as Norco designed the suspension components low in the frame.

The Ride Aligned Design System is another great feature as it allows each Range bike to be tuned to the rider, delivering an unbeatable personalized bike fit from day one.

Finally, this sleek bike has a full carbon fiber frame, premium SRAM Code R hydraulic disc brakes, a pro-level 12-speed Sram GX drivetrain, and durable 2.4″ Maxxis Assegai / Dissector tires. Don’t miss out on this Enduro masterpiece to take your riding to the next level.

  • A carbon frame, Ride Aligned geometry. High Virtual Pivot design
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2
    170mm travel
  • Rear Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory Coil
    170mm travel
  • Sram GX drivetrain
  • SRAM Code R brakes
    4-piston hydraulic
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″ Maxxis Assegai / Dissector
    DT Swiss 350 wheels

Jenson USA

4. Revel – Rail XT

Revel - Rail XT Complete Mountain Bike 2021

MSRP: $8,099

The Revel Rail is a high-quality, competitive-level enduro bike kitted out with only the best components and technology, which explains the slightly high price tag. Not only does it benefit from Shimano’s killer XT drivetrain and brakes, but it’s also decked out with a top-shelf Fox Float X2 shock and 38-series fork, providing 165mm of the rear and 170mm of front travel.

The frame is molded from a mix of super-strong Japanese Toray fibers and optimized with Canfield Balance Formula (CBF) suspension for maximum pedaling efficiency on any terrain. The 27.5″ wheels are made from composite polymer carbon fiber for a super lightweight and highly responsive experience.

  • Fork – 170mm, Fox 38 Factory
  • Shock – 165mm, Fox Float X2
  • Carbon
  • Shimano XT
  • 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″


5. Ibis – Mojo HD5

Ibis HD5 SLX Mountain Bike

MSRP: $5,199
Competitive Cyclist

The new and redesigned 2021 version of the Mojo HD5 has a longer reach and wheelbase than before, with an even slacker head tube and shorter seat tube angle. It combines a Fox Float shock with a DVO Onyx fork, using Shimano SLX for the 12-speed drivetrain and 4-piston hydraulic brakes.

As an enduro bike with 170mm travel, the Mojo 5 is clearly intended for some extreme downhill riding and takes some influence from the Enduro World Series pro team. This is backed up by 153mm of rear travel on the DW-Link suspension system, further supported by Ibis’ excellent Traction Tuning for high-speed compression and rebound.

  • Fork – 170mm, DVO Onyx D1
  • Shock – 153mm, Fox Float DPX2 Performance
  • Carbon
  • Shimano SLX
  • 27.5×2.5″

Competitive Cyclist

6. Pivot – Firebird

Pivot Carbon 29 Race XT carbon Mountain Bike

MSRP: $5,599
Competitive Cyclist

With a massive 162mm of rear travel and 170mm of fork travel, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Firebird is a downhill MTB. However, with the supportive DW-Link suspension, 29″ wheels, and super-short chainstays, this beast can climb hills just as well as it can charge down them.

Despite a slack 65-degree head tube, the front wheel maintains solid traction when climbing, thanks to a 44mm offset that keeps it closer to the steering axis. With a carbon frame, Fox Factory components, and a Shimano XTR drivetrain, it’s clear to see that Pivot hasn’t cut any corners on the Firebird.

  • Fork – 170mm, Fox Performance 36 GRIP
  • Shock – 162mm, Fox Performance DPX2
  • Carbon
  • Shimano XT & SLX
  • 29×2.5″ x 2.4″

Competitive Cyclist

7. Transition – Patrol

Carbon GX

Transition - Patrol Carbon GX Complete Mountain Bike 2020 with a coil shock

MSRP: $4,999

Transition incorporates a range of modern technologies into this carbon 29er, including GiddyUp 2.0 suspension and Speed Balanced Geometry (SBG). Combined with a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil, the Patrol delivers firm suspension with 160mm of travel and just enough bottom-out support to maintain stability and pedaling efficiency.

Upfront you get an extra 170mm of travel on the RockShox Lyrik fork and a high ratio SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, making this enduro riding MTB a solid climber and a drop-swallowing beast. Not only that, the SRAM Code R disc brakes and Maxxis Minion tires ensure you descend with confidence and agility.

  • Fork – 170mm, RockShox Lyrik Select+ RC
  • Shock – 160mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select+
  • Carbon
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″


8. Evil – Wreckoning

evil wreckoning coil powered enduro bike

MSRP: $8,099
Jenson USA

Fortunately, the only thing evil about this 170mm travel mountain bike is the price – the rest is a collection of top-quality parts that make up one of the best enduro bikes available today. With X-LOW adjustable Miracle-Gro suspension on a RockShox Super Deluxe coil, your rear wheel stays locked tight to the ground while smoothing out any nasty little bumps and vibrations.

The quality rear suspension is complemented by an additional 170mm of travel on the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork, so you can fly into those jumps with confidence. Lightweight Industry Nine wheels combined with next-level SRAM X01 gears and electronic shifting make hill climbs a breeze – not to mention the fully wireless dropper post. Yup, it’s basically the Rolls Royce of enduro bikes!

  • Fork – 170mm, RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, Charger 2.1 RC2
  • Shock – 166mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate, Trunnion
  • Carbon
  • SRAM X01
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.3″

Jenson USA

9. Intense – Tracer Pro

intense tracer enduro bike

MSRP: $5,899
Jenson USA

Intense cycles’ Tracer Pro is an MTB enduro bike with an Optimized Carbon frame and a stronger focus on downhill charging than other bikes in this category. The long, slack geometry makes it great at handling sharp corners on steep declines, while a high ratio 12-speed Shimano XT gear range allows for easier hill climbing.

Pedaling and braking are carefully separated from the suspension by a JS Tuned Enduro Link, allowing the 4-piston hydraulic brakes to lock in traction without compromising stability. The high-end E*Thirteen LG1 Enduro Race carbon wheels are a notable addition, giving the Tracer Pro a highly professional feel.

  • Fork – 170mm, Fox Performance Elite Float 38
  • Shock – 165mm, Fox Performance Elite DHX2 Coil
  • Carbon
  • Shimano SLX
  • 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″

Jenson USA

10. Yeti Cycles – SB150 TURQ T2 ‘2021 🏆

High-performance, professional enduro race bike

yeti sb 165 high performance mountain bike

Yeti bikes are known for their high-performance set-up and stiff feel, which is suitable for experienced and for shredders only. Not for intermediate or slow riders, as the geometry and set-up come to alive on faster trails!

MSRP: $8,000
Jenson USA

The Yeti SB150 is a popular, podium-winning enduro MTB racing bike with a super-long wheelbase and massive amounts of travel. You get a full 170mm upfront and 150mm rear, which when combined with the 29″ wheels and extended reach makes this the 4×4 of MTBs. It’s a very big, very fast bike that amateur riders might find difficult to control.

Yeti’s industry-leading Switch Infinity precision dampening system is paired with Fox Float suspension to make a bike that sails past the competition. Steep, rocky mountain passes fade away below you as the 1×12 Shimano XT drivetrain carries you upwards with ease.

Yeti has always managed to put out one of the best enduro mountain bikes for the market, hence the reason why many riders say that Yeti is the brand they’d get once they’d hit the jackpot and could afford one!

  • Fork – 170mm, Fox Factory 38 GRIP 2
  • Shock – 150mm, Fox Factory X2
  • Carbon
  • SRAM X1
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″

Jenson USA

11. Orbea – Rallon M20 ‘2021

orbea rallon mountain bike

MSRP: $4,499
Jenson USA

The Rallon M20 is an enduro-specific MTB racing bike fitted with an ultra-wide ratio Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain and M6120 hydraulic disc brakes. The lightweight carbon monocoque frame and DT-Swiss wheels make for easy hill climbing, while the Fox Float 170mm fork and DPX2 shock swallow up any nasty bumps and vibrations, allowing for smooth, agile descents.

One cool thing about the Rallon is that its suspension is tuned specifically for better stroke efficiency with even more bottom-out support than usual. In addition to that, the steep frame geometry takes on enduro terrain with an aggressive style, supported by ISCG05 tabs, Boost spacing, and an OC2 dropper post.

  • Fork – 170mm, Fox 38 Float Performance
  • Shock – 160mm, Fox DPX2 Performance, 3-Pos
  • Carbon
  • Shimano Deore
  • 29×2.5″ & 29×2.4″

Jenson USA

12. Cannondale – Jekyll Women’s

Cannondale Women's Carbon Jekyll 1 - 170mm Travel - Enduro Mountain Bike

MSRP: $4,400
Gravity Coalition

The Jekyll Carbon Women’s is an affordable 27.5″ enduro MTB that uses Asymmetric Integration (AI) for greater tire clearance without compromising on frame stiffness. Cannondale uses a mix of SRAM NX and GX Eagle parts to keep costs down while still providing a high-quality drivetrain and wide gear ratio for easier climbing.

Conveniently, the Jekyll Women’s enduro MTB incorporates the Cannondale’s Gemini dual-mode system into its Fox Performance rear shock so that you can easily switch between what level of suspension response you need. This allows for better speed transference on flats and improved handling and agility on technical descents.

  • Fork: 170mm, Fox Float Performance 36
  • Shock: 165mm, Fox Float Performance DPS EVOL w/ Gemini

Gravity Coalition


Best 160mm Enduro Bikes

13. IbisRipmo $3,199
14. Santa Cruz BicyclesBronson $4,399
15. PivotSwitchblade $5,499
16. JulianaRoubion C R $4,399
17. EminentOnset $4,899
18. Santa Cruz BicyclesMegatower $4,499
19. Rocky MountainInstinct A70 BC $4,699
20. NorcoSight $2,999
21. SalsaBlackthorn $4,999

Travel Range

160mm / 160mm
160mm / 155mm
160mm / 150mm
160mm / 147mm
160mm / 142mm

13. Ibis – Ripmo V2 ‘2021 🏆

The best 160mm enduro bike for 2022

ibis ripmo bike

Available in both aluminum & carbon, coil shock is available as an extra (+$100)

MSRP: $3,199
Jenson USA

The Ripmo is an affordable enduro-focused Ibis MTB, keeping costs down with an aluminum frame and mid-range Shimano Deore groupset. It doesn’t cut back on aggressive, mountain-taming suspension though, with a 160mm DVO Onyx fork up front and a DVO Topaz shock on the rear.

The wheels have fairly standard Ibis rims but are fitted with top quality, time-tested Maxxis Assegai tires, ready to tear up the countryside with tight traction and smooth-rolling. At only £3,199, the Ibis Ripmo is a great enduro MTB option for those who want a decent quality bike but are on a budget. We’d recommend watching the 15-minute Long-Term Review on Youtube to get a better overview of the bike.

  • Fork – 160mm, Fox Performance 38
  • Shock – 147mm, Fox Performance Elite DHX2
  • Aluminum
  • Shimano Deore
  • 29 x 2.6″


14. Santa Cruz Bicycles – Bronson

Santa Cruz Bicycles - Bronson Carbon R Mountain Bike - Olive

MSRP: $4,399

The Bronson is a 27.5″ all-mountain enduro bike with a slack geometry, extended reach, and lots of travel for downhill charging. The VPP suspension platform uses a lower-link shock for better traction and smoother compliance over obstacles, making it ideal for charging along rocky trails at speed.

The RockShox suspension provides 160mm of upfront travel and 150mm of the rear and the Carbon C frame includes a FlipChip for slackening the head tube angle even more. The only slight disappointment is the use of an SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain – we would have expected better on a bike in this price range.

  • Fork – 160mm, RockShox Yari RC
  • Shock – 150mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Select
  • Carbon
  • SRAM NX Eagle
  • 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″


15. Pivot – Switchblade

Pivot 29 Race XT Mountain Bike

MSRP: $5,499
Competetive Cyclist

The Switchblade from Pivot is a long travel mountain bike with 29″ wheels and progressive, enduro-focused geometry. The carbon frame uses hollow-core molding for lightweight stiffness and DW-Link suspension to ensure now power transference is lost at the pedals.

The Fox Performance suspension system provides 160mm of upfront travel with 142mm on the rear, just enough to absorb big drops while also staying tight on hill climbs. When combined with a potent mix of Shimano XT and SLX gearing and braking components, you get a bike that thrashes down mountain trails at speed without losing traction and control.

  • Fork – 160mm, Fox Performance 36 GRIP
  • Shock – 142mm, Fox Performance DPX2
  • Carbon
  • Shimano XT & SLX
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″


16. Juliana – Roubion C R

Juliana - Roubion C R Complete Mountain Bike - Women's 2021

MSRP: $4,399

Juliana is famous for its excellent female-specific bike designs, and this women’s enduro bike is no exception. With the lightweight Carbon C frame with lower-link mounted VPP suspension and an adjustable Fox Float fork, you get a smooth ride every time, no matter your style.

The wide-ratio 1×12 Shimano XT groupset needs no introduction, known for its reliable shifting on ascents and superior braking on descents. For solid grip and traction, RaceFace rims are paired with ever-popular Maxxis Minion tires. It may not be the cheapest women’s enduro bike out there but Juliana certainly made sure it’s one of the best!

  • Fork – 160mm, RockShox Yari RC
  • Shock – 150mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Select
  • Carbon
  • SRAM SX Eagle
  • 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″


17. Eminent – Onset MT Comp ‘2021

black full suspension enduro mtb

MSRP: $4,899
Jenson USA

Eminent may be a less-known bike brand but that hasn’t stopped them from producing a top-quality carbon enduro bike for a decent price. The Haste uses Eminent’s own Active Floating System (AFS) for suspension which provides a surprising amount of sag considering how smooth and responsive it is.

The 160mm of fork travel and 160mm of rear travel combined with 29″ wheels result in a fun, agile riding experience and the lightweight futuristic carbon frame looks awesome! Buyers get a choice of Shimano or SRAM groupsets. With Eminent being direct to consumer brand, the price is lower than other similar quality enduro MTBs.

  • Fork – 160mm, Fox 36 GRIP Rhythm
  • Shock – 160mm, Fox Float DPX2 Performance W/3 Position Switch
  • Carbon
  • Shimano SLX
  • 29×2.6″ & 2.4″


18. Santa Cruz Bicycles – Megatower

MSRP: $4,499
Jenson USA

The Megatower is a carbon-framed Santa Cruz enduro MTB designed specifically around improved hill-climbing abilities. With clearance for either 29″ or 27.5″ tires and a convenient FlipChip adaptor, you can easily adjust it to your preferred cycling style for that day. The excellent lower-link VPP suspension benefits from a RockShox Super Deluxe shock and is complemented by 160mm of travel on the RockShox Yari fork.

Unfortunately, we think that the SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain feels like a budget choice for a bike in this price range but it DOES have a wide-ratio 11-50T cassette, helping to scramble up those steep ascents. If you can look past that, overall the bike is an impressive enduro machine.

  • Fork – 160mm, RockShox Yari RC
  • Shock – 160mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Select
  • Carbon
  • SRAM SX Eagle
  • 29×2.5″


19. Rocky Mountain – Instinct A70 BC

Alternate Image

MSRP: $4,699
Jenson USA

With a carbon front triangle and alloy rear, this Rocky Mountain all-mountain bike balances lightweight material with a strong design. It utilizes the high gear range of a 10-51T cassette in the 12-speed Shimano XT drivetrain to provide excellent hill-climbing abilities and solid 4-piston brakes for confident descending.

The suspension adopts an optimized single-position link with aggressive geometry and 155mm of rear travel, paired with an extra 160mm on the Fox Float fork, resulting in a smooth, trail-blazing ride over any terrain. Finish that off with RaceFace rims and Maxxis Minion tires and you have a bike that offers incredible value-for-money!

  • Fork – 160mm, Fox 36 Float EVOL GRIP2 Factory
  • Shock – 155mm, Fox Float DPX2 Evol Factory
  • Carbon front, aluminum rear
  • Shimano XT
  • 29 x 2.5


20. Norco – Sight

MSRP: $3,399
Jenson USA

Norco has recently emerged as a leading MTB manufacturer, producing several podium-winning bikes and top-class riders. The Sight is an aluminum Norco mountain bike with mid-level components at an affordable, entry-level price. You get a decent Shimano Deore drivetrain and brakes, paired with WTB STi29 rims and the ever-popular Maxxis Assegai tires.

It may be a bit heavier than other enduro MTBs but the suspension is still great, with RockShox components front and back. It has a Deluxe Select rear shock with 150mm of travel balanced out against the Yari RC Motion Control fork with 160mm of travel. A solid piece of machinery for long weekends in the mountains.

Affordable enduro mountain bikes aren’t such a common sight just yet, but you can’t really go wrong with Norco when it comes to mountain bikes, right?

  • Fork – 160mm, RockShox Yari RC Motion Control
  • Shock – 150mm, RockShox Deluxe R
  • Aluminum
  • Shimano Deore
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″


21. Salsa – Blackthorn

Product image for tan

MSRP: $4,999
REI Co-op

If you’re looking for a lightweight full-suspension enduro mountain bike with lots of travel, the Blackthorn has got your back. This carbon 29er from Salsa features a highly adjustable Split Pivot+ frame that isolates pedaling and braking forces to improve traction and control. The extra-long wheelbase and slack headtube angle inspire confidence when landing a jump or descending at speed.

The Shimano SLX gears and 4-piston brakes make up the groupset, providing hassle-free hill climbs and solid, confident descents. With a RockShox Super Deluxe shock and Lyric Select+ fork that can accommodate up to 180mm of travel, you can’t go wrong with this Salsa Blackthorn.

  • Fork – 160mm, RockShox Lyrik Select+
  • Shock – 140mm, RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
  • Carbon
  • Shimano SLX
  • 29×2.5″ & 2.4″



Best 150mm Enduro MTBs

22. NinerRIP 9 RDO$5,400

Related: Best Mid-travel Trail & All-Mountain bikes [130-160mm travel]

22. Niner – RIP 9 RDO 29 3-STAR BIKE ‘2021

150mm travel enduro mtb by niner

MSRP: $5,400
Jenson USA

Niner sticks to their namesake with this 150mm travel 29er, a solid enduro-style bike with an RDO carbon frame, SRAM G2 R hydraulic disc brakes, and a GX Eagle drivetrain. Naturally, it benefits from Niner’s famous Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) anti-squat suspension, providing stable, solid response and tight support on climbs.

And that’s not all – it comes fully equipped with Fox Float suspension front and back, with a DPX2 Performance shock matching the Factory GRIP 2 EVOL fork. Throw in a killer dropper post, DT Swiss rims, and Schwalbe tires, and tell me this isn’t a ride worth taking!

  • Fork – 150mm, Fox 36 Float Factory GRIP 2 EVOL
  • Shock – 140mm, Fox Float DPX2 Performance EVOL
  • Carbon
  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • 29 x 2.6″



Top Picks 🏆

What are the best 29er enduro bikes of 2022?

  • Ibis Ripmo – Best all-around mountain bike, a playbike
  • Yeti – SB165/150 – Best performance bike
  • Norco Sight – Cheapest aluminum enduro bike
  • Santa Cruz Bicycles – Most enduro bike models on their range

What are the best 27.5″(650b) enduro bikes of 2021?

  • Ibis Mojo – Both 4 and HD5 are one the best picks
  • Revel Rail
  • Intense Tracer
  • Transition Patrol

Best Enduro mullet mountain bike:

Alchemy- Nine7Five is the number one mullet bike in the enduro scene.

What are the best tires for enduro mountain biking?

  • Maxxis Assegai EXO
  • Maxxis Minion DHRII
  • Maxxis Dissector

Which is the best drivetrain set-up?

1×12-speed is the most commonly used drivetrain among enduro bikes. 10-50T, 10-51T, 10-52T.

Best brakes for enduro riding?

Most enduro mountain bikes use 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 200mm(f) or 180mm(r) rotors. Shimano brakes are known for their progressive on/off feel, while SRAM has quite a progressive engagement.

Best saddle for enduro riding?

Most bikes have been using the WTB Silverado on enduro bikes.

*The rest of the models we didn’t cover that are made by large bike brands who also specialize in other disciplines primary.

  • Trek – Slash 170/160mm, 29″
  • Specialized S-Works – Enduro 170/170mm, 29″
  • Marin – Alpine trail 160/150mm, 29″


Extended FAQ

Is the enduro bike a great all-rounder?

Enduro cycling is more specific than trail or cross country but since they’re built to handle both steep descents and hill climbs, they do make great all-rounders. However, unless you plan to do a lot of technical descents at speed, you don’t really need to spend the extra for enduro-specific MTB.

What is an enduro mountain bike best for?

Enduro MTB, other times also categorized as the All-Mountain bike is ultimately built to descend. Technically, you can use any MTB to ride an enduro-style course but you’ll find it easier on a purpose-built enduro MTB. These bikes typically have longer travel than standard MTBs, slacker geometry, and higher bottom brackets to allow riding over larger obstacles.

What are the top 3 ’boutique-type’ enduro mountain bike brands?

Ibis, Yeti, and Santa Cruz Bicycles. These three MTB brands have put out the most specific set of enduro, all-mountain, trail, and XC bikes.

What brands belong to the top 10 of full-suspension enduro bikes?

On the top 10 list of enduro bikes, after Ibis, Yeti, and Santa Cruz, we would go for:
Listed in no particular order

  1. Evil
  2. Pivot
  3. Juliana
  4. Orbea
  5. Devinci
  6. Revel
  7. Transition
  8. Norco
  9. Trek
  10. Intense
  11. Niner

Related: Best Mountain Bike Brands

27.5″ or 29″ for enduro?

27.5″ bikes are better for either shorter riders or technical sections, while 29″ allows for a better speed and roll-over.

Trail/All-Mountain vs Enduro

The mixture of the Enduro MTB and trail bikes are better known as the all-mountain bikes. Enduro mountain biking usually tackles more extreme terrain than typical trail or all-mountain riding. To handle this, enduro mountain bikes have more travel on the suspension and a longer wheelbase, making it more stable over obstacles and more agile on steep, technical descents.

Gravity/Downhill vs Enduro

Downhill, or ‘gravity’ bikes, are designed specifically for racing down steep descents as fast as possible and have no uphill climbing abilities. Enduro bikes have similar downhill capabilities but with some sacrifices so that hill climbing is possible, like shorter travel and a dropper seat post.

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Is 140mm enough for enduro?

140mm on the front might be fine for light enduro racing, while it’s recommended to have slightly more.

Is 130mm enough for enduro MTB?

Yes, when it is 130mm on the rear end for a lighter rider, anyone under 160lbs.

What are the best places to find enduro mountain bikes for sale online?

Besides the Facebook marketplace, craigslist, and local bike stores, more and more people are looking for bike stores online to find the most suitable model to fit their needs. Down here you’ll find a list of the best places to buy enduro mountain bikes online:

  1. JensonUSA – Top brands represented
  2. REI – Cannondale, Salsa
  3. Backcountry – Top brands represented
  4. Competitive Cyclist – Top brands represented
  5. Planet Cyclery – Cannondale, Intense

How much does an average enduro mountain bike cost?

Since they usually benefit from advanced suspension technology, and enduro bike price is usually high compared to standard trail MTBs. For a decent enduro MTB, you’ll want to spend at least $4,000, although some are available for $3,500. Considering how high some prices are, the average is around $5,000.

Enduro MTB frame materials

Right now there are only two main materials available to get an enduro mountain bike.

Aluminum – A cheaper and more affordable option that’s great for intermediate or beginner cyclists. Ibis Ripmo is an ideal example that high-end brands use aluminum frames compared to most other boutique brands that have gone for the carbon only. Alloy enduro bikes are not as common but offer super value for the money!

Carbon – A material that dominates the whole cycling industry for a good reason – it’s lightweight and has superb vibration-reducing qualities. Why carbon might not be suitable for beginner cyclists? Although the overall quality of carbon has significantly increased over the years – beginner cyclists must know how to properly handle the bike to and from the trails, and obviously when riding one as well!

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