Here are 4 of the best budget downhill bikes around today. With some brands’ ‘halo’ downhill bikes now topping out at £10,000, we’d wager that most riders with a hankering for some gravity-fuelled action are more likely to buy an enduro rig, which they can pedal to the top of descents instead of always having to rely on uplift services.
However, dedicated downhill bikes are still within grasp for those with less cash.
In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of the fancy tech that makes top downhill bikes so expensive trickle down to their more affordable siblings, so you can get quite a lot of bike for your buck. Most downhill rigs now have adjustable geometry, metric trunnion shocks and downhill specific parts. Our four are no exception.
We tested the bikes on a variety of terrain, from the well-worn runs of BikePark Wales to some hidden, steeper and fresher tracks away from the crowds. The bottom line is that nothing quite beats the speed and outright wildness a DH bike provides, despite it being possible to ride an enduro bike on the same terrain.
Let us know what you think of our top pick in the comments!
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