Are Downhill Bikes Still Relevant?
Do you think Downhill Bikes are still relevant today with Enduro and Trail bikes being as competent as they are at not only climbing but also descending? Clearly, Downhill bikes still have their place in racing but do you think the average rider needs one, even when it comes to bike parks. Let us know in the poll below.
What is a Downhill Bike?
A downhill bike is a full suspension bicycle designed for downhill cycling on particularly steep, technical trails. Unlike a typical mountain bike, durability and stability are the most important design features, compared to lighter, more versatile cross-country bikes.
Downhill bikes typically feature double-crown forks and usually have 200mm of travel to absorb those bigger hits.
Unlike an Enduro or Trail bike a downhill bike often only has 7 gears. This is because a downhill bike is designed for going fast downhill and doesn’t require any gearing for climbing as ascending is not an intended use of a downhill rig.
How and where to buy a downhill bike?
Downhill bikes are becoming less common and even less commonly seen for sale in bike shops with more people opting to buy Enduro and Trail bikes which allow the rider to ascend as well as descend.
If you ride downhill trails frequently, live near an uplift, or are lucky enough to be able to make use of a chair lift frequently then a Downhill bike may still be a great option for you. You can still buy downhill bikes but you’re less likely to see them for sale in your local bike shop these days. However, your local bike shop is very likely able to order one in for you or you can pick one up online very easily. We love to support local bike shops though so if you can try and support them as you will certainly need them one day for a repair or last-minute part.