Best Budget Downhill Bike | 4 Way Shootout of The Big Rigs

Best Budget Downhill Bike | 4 Way Shootout of The Big Rigs

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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  1. Leon Voit on October 11, 2020 at 3:49 am

    I love these angles where you can see the suspension moving. Tanks for the satisfication (and also the good Test)

  2. Churn02. on October 11, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Damn man, you guys must be balling overseas!!! I’m in the US, and IN NO WAY is 4K considered “budget”…

  3. Santiago Restrepo on October 11, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Budget? Buedget? WTF?

  4. roddas26 on October 11, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I’ll take zee over gx thanks. Great reviews, cheers.

  5. Johannes Nilsen on October 11, 2020 at 3:57 am

    12:39 time to install Mudhugger rear guard then, it will protect against that, and potential crashes due to ass in tyre and what not. I run Mudhugger rear guard all year long for this reason.

  6. Avid on October 11, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Fork – BOXXXER RC (same one that the nukeproof dissent has)

    Shock-RockShox vivid r2c

    Rims- E*thirteen lg1 and same on the hubs

    Full raceface Chaster cockpit and cranks

    Rear derailleur – Sram gx7

    Breaks – TRP QUADIEM DH

    The same geometry that won soo many world cups and freeride races like the rampage.
    The Cf pro is a carbon frame that comes with full fox float elite and raceface atlas components and e*thirteen lg1 plus hubs and the TRP quadiem breaks, that are way better then all the Sram and shimano breaks that are showed in this video.

    The only bikes that I agree on this list are Vitus Dominer and Canyon Sender

    Soo if you ask me

    2.Canyon Sender
    3.Cube two15
    4.Vitus Dominer

  7. uonadtehrrocks on October 11, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Here have the 1000th thumbs up

  8. max seminck on October 11, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Nice video! Thanks for the comparison. How tall are you ?

  9. Tottoduvan on October 11, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Budget Downhill Bike: "So this is the least expensive it’s only 2k USD pretty cheap"

  10. Andrew Nguyen on October 11, 2020 at 4:01 am

    The people bitching about these not being budget must have never ridden or owned a DH bike. You can get a $1500 used DH via bike park rentals end of season sales. But those bikes were thrashed. The lowest you can go is the canyon sender AL and yt tues AL at $2600. But you tend to get shitty brakes. $3500-$5000 is the magic price most riders who are dedicated park or free riders.

    But if you are truly into the sport, you wouldn’t even bother with a stock kit. You would buy a bone stock frame and build up with the components you want to use. This applies to all disciplines of mtb.

  11. Chip yard on October 11, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Use a different word to ‘budget’. It’s not hard, you’re writers.

  12. Jonte Hedberg on October 11, 2020 at 4:01 am


  13. z.browning on October 11, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Where can I get one of those clear plexiglass support rods used to prop up the bikes for the glamour shots? Also, the Canyon’s spec is absurd for the money, incredible.

  14. Ettore Marinello on October 11, 2020 at 4:02 am

    This is not budget, this is mid range, canyon offers the same bike in alluminium for 1899 €

  15. steve g on October 11, 2020 at 4:04 am

    "Even though 3500 seems like a lot of money it isn’t compared to some of the more expensive bikes" lol

  16. Elliott Dolby on October 11, 2020 at 4:07 am

    How is this budget then

  17. BikeRadar on October 11, 2020 at 4:11 am

    What do you think to our winner? Let us know in the comments!

  18. Edgar_Redilosa on October 11, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Am I the only one who does hardcore downhill using a 100 dollar bike

  19. Johannes Nilsen on October 11, 2020 at 4:11 am

    13:02 I recommend to install Revgrips. I got a review on my site, I still use them.

  20. Aidan Smith on October 11, 2020 at 4:12 am

    “Budget”? Wtf are you smoking?

  21. WeJockMcPooPlop on October 11, 2020 at 4:14 am

    ‘Budget’ is 3 months salary (over 25 UK mini wage) BEFORE TAX!?! Not cool

  22. Will Dekker on October 11, 2020 at 4:16 am

    I think yt Tues should of been in the test for its budget price for the spec

  23. MLC Music on October 11, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Is it bad that my hartail cost more then theses bikes.. ??

  24. JIMMY norco on October 11, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Budget daw puta mahal kaya

  25. Tec Designs on October 11, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I remember when budget meant £250 gt outpost

  26. DaveH1977 on October 11, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I feel that choosing the lowest price models would be a better comparison, I’ve rounded up the RRP prices but these would be a lot of people’s entry level downhill bike if buying new on a budget.

    Canyon Sender AL £2300
    YT Tues AL £2400
    Vitus Dominer £2500
    Saracen Myst AL £2600

    Then you could throw in a more expensive bike to see if spending an extra £1000 really makes much difference.

    The Vitus can even be bought for a discount price of £1700 on CRC making it even better value for money.

    Personally I would buy a used DH bike for around a £1000 or less.

  27. LeftBrained on October 11, 2020 at 4:21 am

    What model of the canyon would i be looking at. It ranges from 2,600 usd to 3,600 usd.

  28. bike life Will on October 11, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I’ll never have 3k in my life, I’ve never had 1 thousand…. I’ll just stick with my shitty 120mm Jamis I guess…. But not good for DH, throws me off alot 😔

  29. Basil Rehmann on October 11, 2020 at 4:23 am

    3:10 WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK ARE U SAYING!!!???? those arent the code calipers! those are the guide RE (the ebike variant) calipers!!! tf u talking about

  30. Sam Davison-Wall on October 11, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Funny, all the best rigs are going back to Al, which I prefer in a DH rig. Can’t say I enjoy that harsh stiffness in a carbon DH bike. Carbon is ok for Enduro but even then, I’d probably rather Al.
    Also, having an air rear shock on a DH bike is a major draw back in my opinion. Having to get it serviced twice a year is a serious amount of money in up keep. I’ve run CCDB and Öhlins coils for years at a time without a service and had no noticeable drop in performance. Of these I would go the Nukeproof. Ride is good and you get a truly outstanding fork if you ever wanted to buy a different frame and ride something else.

  31. Georger the Explorer on October 11, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Whadabout the tues?

  32. Julian Rime on October 11, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Where is the yt tues?

  33. Hamza Ben L'ahmar on October 11, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Can I get a free one ? as a shoutout ?

  34. Pegasus Airborne on October 11, 2020 at 4:33 am

    I thought his was budget?

  35. ProGenji69 on October 11, 2020 at 4:34 am

    where is the cube two15 tho? its like 2200-2300 and is great for the price

  36. The_Baker on October 11, 2020 at 4:34 am

    I’ve been waiting for this video for ages

  37. Andres Togores on October 11, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Budget DJ!

  38. Peter Briganti on October 11, 2020 at 4:36 am

    An Enduro bike would have done just fine on those trails.

  39. Johannes Nilsen on October 11, 2020 at 4:37 am

    the Nook prof seems to be the best option, cus of the steep seat tube angle that makes it possible to make kind of it a do it all bike.
    but if budget is not an issue I would go for Nicolai, put a dropper post on it, have a nice wide range big cassette. Due to the features it has, liek awesome cable routing, all threads in the frame being replaceable.
    I think I might get the G1 enduro bike, as do it all bike.
    But if that did not exist I would go for Nukeproof or Transition, cus they do make nice frames with good design, but to me the features, welds, of Nicolai seem to make a beast of a frame, I think Nuke proof does decent job with the cable routing, it’s external which is a must for me, but Nicolai nails it, so swapping brakes is not an issue, but Nukeproof is good too I guess, but on the dh bike I see it has soem internal cable routing which I am not fan of.
    But where I live dh bike is overkill.
    I’ve experienced the need to re bleed/fill up new brakes, with shimano M6000, but I also experienced the evil circle of bleeding brakes, but I haven’t tried Sram but I will avoid DOT fluid, due to it being toxic, and bad for eyes, and skin.

  40. GT3k 1 on October 11, 2020 at 4:38 am

    You can find the Vitus for $1800 on CRC.

  41. Paul Merzweiler on October 11, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Commencal ??’

  42. Jeremy on October 11, 2020 at 4:39 am

    The only real affordable dh bike I’ve found has been the mongoose boot’r and people are saying it’s trash ¯_(ツ)_/¯. But $1800 usd is cheap and affordable imo.

  43. k0enig._ on October 11, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Hmm I wanna buy a used dh bike not more than 1500 dollars
    The video: 2500 all the way to 3000 pounds
    Me: G G Good good yea

  44. computerbob06 on October 11, 2020 at 4:40 am

    I always wonder how Vitus make any profit? Their sub £500 hardtails are fantastic!

  45. Robin - Pubg Mobile on October 11, 2020 at 4:42 am

    Im poor i can only buy 500 dollars below

  46. stopitdan on October 11, 2020 at 4:42 am

    2,500 "budget" hahahaha okay buddy

  47. J Dinsdale on October 11, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Never take a dh bike to BPW!

  48. nirrec on October 11, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Budget! Aye dead on…

  49. Daveed Nation on October 11, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Has anyone ever thought of putting an eagle gx on a dh bike?😂 I wonder if it would be able to climb anything

  50. jordan longstreet on October 11, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Budget? Who cares if theyre not even sold in your country lol