What Is A Downhill Mountain Bike? | Full Suspension DH Bikes Explained

What Is A Downhill Mountain Bike? | Full Suspension DH Bikes Explained

You can ride downhill sections of trail on any bicycle, but competitive downhill mountain bike racing requires a very specific bike. In this video, Doddy talks you through everything that makes a full suspension DH Bike the right tool for the job! Is the downhill bike the coolest type of bike on the market?
Have you ever tried or owned a DH bike? Let us know your thoughts 💬👇

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50 Comments

  1. Monteiro on June 23, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Can I try one?

  2. Isak s on June 23, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I used to run my saddle on my down hill bike extremely low.

    but that is mostly because I have exceptionally short legs and just need to get it out of the way so when the saddle is less than 10mm from the rear wheel when the suspension is fully compressed is it where I want it to be.

    but on the statement you put out about the down hill bikes being the coolest bikes do I have to disagree. I used to agree with you until roughly half a decade ago. around that time did I transition from thinking that downhill bikes were the coolest to thinking that the enduro bikes are the coolest. I think they look cooler and the fact that they are nearly as capable down hill whilst still being able to pedal up hill makes them even cooler. but a DH bike is still a close second.

  3. Tony Spencer on June 23, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I always wondered why mountain bikers don’t label the downhill fork clamps as triple clamps as we do in moto. The crown is actually on the fork legs. Up high is three clamps, two on the fork stanchions and one for the bars, where as the "crown" bridges the lowers. Just my two cents. Cheers!

  4. W B on June 23, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Doddy, could I use an eccentric BB to compensate for short chainstays? I’m in between L and XL sizes on a bike I’m interested to buy but I’m worried the short 435mm chainstays will put my weight too far back on the bike. I wonder if a ~6mm shift forward using an EBB would be noticable and comparable to a 441mm chainstay?

  5. Mikael Jacobsson on June 23, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Still want one. But no DH tracks around here. Asked Brett Tippie for some advice a while back and have my eyes on a Enduro bike. Like the YT Capra.

  6. Nikola Vrckovic on June 23, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    This is not a downhill bike. It has Vittoria tires.

  7. Andre C. on June 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Trail and enduro are my favorite categories, but the downhill bike means business.

  8. YaBoyUneven on June 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    DJ is Redbull and,
    DH is Mercedes
    if you get what I mean

  9. NY Nomad on June 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    26in for life!!! 2001 Schwinn Straight 8 all day!!!

  10. Steven Jam on June 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I think a beefy enduro rig with a dual crown fork at 180/190 would be the perfect one bike

  11. Markus Ilomaki on June 23, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    What "makes them so specialist from everything else in the market" is that you can only ride them with an uplift 😀 which is ok if thats your preference!

  12. Chet Shultz on June 23, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Would the Norco Shore be considered a DH bike. Weight was never considered, and with a simple adjustment to the shock it has 190 rear travel, and it has a 63 degree head angle and a longer wheelbase than some DH bikes.

    I know I would consider it a downhill bike because when I got it and put DVO emerald dual crown forks on it and an eagle drivetrain and 210 dropper my goal was a DH bike that could crawl to the top if needed.

  13. 470danadidas on June 23, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I used to have a Kona Stab when I did DH comps. Loved it.

  14. Andrew Green on June 23, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Video on dirt jump bike.

  15. Tong Maestro on June 23, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Why not talk about Trials Bikes. I absolute love trials bikes as the skills I learn from it help me a great deal on mtb riding also.

  16. Daivd1111 on June 23, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Want one but can’t afford one…

  17. Mo on June 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Loved this video! Just got my first DH bike and obsessed! Rides unlike anything else and is just so rad!

  18. Roddy White on June 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    That Brendog special though. Sweet bike.

  19. Erik Augustine on June 23, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I got a down hill bag and once you feel it go down the hill there’s know going back

  20. Floyd Blandston on June 23, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Having spec’d out a lot of bikes, the first thing to acknowledge is the rider, their goals, and abilities. I saw one of the Lacondeguay’s hang mid-pack in a WC XC race on a rigid SS in jeans and a t-shirt- for the first two laps…My 2003 Turner DHR got turned into my daughter’s first full bore DH bike, and would still fill that role for any small, light rider for at least their first 2-3 years of lift service. Show me a top 50% e.t. and you get a better bike- that’s the rule. Turned out, XC was genuinely her thing, so the DHR is available again; don’t spend stupid money on ‘new’ you don’t need.

  21. Ian Tarry on June 23, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    So will we get Neil saying that the Enduro bike is the best and Rich doing the CX and obviously Martin with a Trials. I mean today its Doddy and the coolest bike is DH and yesterday was Blakes love of the Hardtail. I don’t mind great videos just wondering.

  22. Bmatrue on June 23, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Imagine being the one dislike 😡😡

  23. Mike S on June 23, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Reminds me of the Buccaneer aircraft. Designed and built to do one job (carrier-based low level bombing) and do it really well.
    Like a DH bike, a really tough specialist.

  24. johansevenofnine on June 23, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    What cap is it you are wearing?

  25. Aggressive mtb rider on June 23, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    More videos on DH bikes for gmbn there’s not that many videos on DH bikes or DH bike builds

  26. Ryan SARA on June 23, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Looks like a session

  27. Ryan Alexander Bloom on June 23, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Never owned one. I know I guy who works in Moab in the summer. His “xc” bike in the early 00s was a DH bike with around 200mm travel and was like 40lbs. His “big bike” was somehow bigger and heavier than that. He could ride uphill faster than anyone else I knew at the time on his “xc” bike when the rest of us were on actual xc bikes.

  28. irvsstella on June 23, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I totally agree with Doddy on this one, D/H riders are the fastest coolest bikers on the hill. Still running 26x 2.30, Z1 BAM Bombers, low saddle, wide bars, gripshift 7 speed.
    Catch me if you can. Dave Hemmings is the only pro to pass me xxx

  29. Leon Caravelli on June 23, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Hey Doddy, just remind me again… what is the point of a downhill bike? Thanks!

  30. Andrew Vickers on June 23, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    It’s a shame that a lot of other bikes don’t have the same adjustability, at the mo it’s only the specialized Stumpy EVO and I can’t bare to buy the Audi of MTB world

  31. Josh Ormond on June 23, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    I picked up an older (2011 Demo8) DH bike over the winter and have been bringing it back to life. I’ve always wanted one and now you can pick up decent old ones for reasonable prices. Looking forward to weekend shuttle laps with friends this spring.

  32. Ellery Bice on June 23, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    No brakes is what makes the very best of the downhillers.

  33. Jimmy Hedman on June 23, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    So, is the whole point of a downhill bike to get down the side of the mountain as quick as possible?

  34. Cia Pak on June 23, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Finally an educated video about downhill bikes, Many thanks

  35. Sarah Luther on June 23, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Doddy is a traile bike more like a downhill bike more similar than over bikes out

  36. Adraps on June 23, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    for me there is a mistakes in this video, and it’s considering that downhill = downhill racing. A huge part of the riders that own a DH bike don’t even race, we can ride bike park, freeride lines, or even huge jump lines, which doesn’t mean going down the mountain as fast as possible, other than that it’s pretty complet

  37. Bas Poelmann on June 23, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Love to see a video on ‘all mountain’ or enduro bikes, and what the benefit is of extremely wide tyres on some of them: 2.8 or even 3.0 inch.

  38. Adrian Veidt on June 23, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    I didn’t knew DH bikes can have a straight tube. Sweet. That means I can put newer DH forks on my old school frame?

  39. OG_ Queenie on June 23, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    @Doddy , or someone else, plase tell me what hat you (he) are wearing, i have a cap fetish 🙂

  40. Brandon Williams on June 23, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    i’m piecing together a nukeproof dissent at the moment, & i’m soooo stoked on getting it finished before the local park opens up! it will be my first time riding one

  41. Joram O on June 23, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    @GMBN, one thing I’ve been wondering about for a while now, is why people flip their bike sideways when jumping (even downhill racers)… it does look cool of course, but is there an actual benefit for throwing your bike sideways?

  42. Jesse L on June 23, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Nice in depth look Doddy
    Now this isn’t necessarily another bike to review, more so relating to the age old rider fit conundrum we all face when buying a new/second hand bike.
    Im referring particularly to Lee McCormacks famous R.A.D system (rider area distance)
    I know pros like Sam Hill and the like supposedly use this method to fit their bikes, however, i am interested in your take on this method and seeing how it relates to the average everyday rider who is going to be both focusing on efficient pedalling uphill and bombing downhill tech and gnar.
    Cheers! 🤙

  43. Jeff wy on June 23, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    I guess I am in an odd minority in that I started mtb on a DH bike and, 17 years later, I only recently got my first “pedal bike” (a Nomad). I still think of DH bikes as being the purest mtb, with everything else being a compromise made to get you to otherwise unreachable goods. In my mind, an Xc is to a DH what Nordic skiing is to alpine skiing,; related but not really the same sport.

  44. Polo T on June 23, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    I like DH bikes. An hour to lift on week days
    5min on week-ends
    Yes for DH bikes

  45. BIG_NOSE_BOZO on June 23, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Hey guys you should do a new tech video mid 90s themed and review tech from then like it’s new now I think that would be sweet to watch for a special video👍🏻🔥

  46. Cia Pak on June 23, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I am almost 63 years old, with no experience of DH biking (ever). Just got myself a 2016 Cove Shocker bike, want to compete in MEGAVALANCHE 2023 (on my 65th birthday). any advice would be very useful, Part from (Are you out of your mind) thanks

  47. Eli Roberts on June 23, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    it’s cool that you mentioned the difference in bike setup from a pro VS an amateur. It’s like an F1 car. They are built and designed to function at race pace. Anything slower and they don’t work well.

  48. Devour Dutty on June 23, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    whats everyones dream bike brand mines nukeproof

  49. Iann Cove on June 23, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    That is a phat bike man

  50. Iann Cove on June 23, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Guys build your own style bike it’s the best ever lol mine is the only one in the UK RACE edition all hand built it rides like a dream haha

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