- How much quicker is a downhill rig?
Well, if you have a rig as part of your quiver as well as an Enduro specific gnarpoon, you should be able to shred 3.76 more gnats on the big rig. Unless of course your cruising the brown pow, in which case you’ll need to be prepared for some serious roost.
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Not gnarly, fast with roots, trees, I know it seems like a daft question, I timed myself riding a course that had been used for a timed run, I felt like I was riding as fast as a middle aged mincer could go, eyes on stalks, i would have been in the bottom of the field but not last.Posted 3 years agoSuperficialMember
Depends what sort of timed run. I once took my DH bike out in the peaks to try and beat some strava times (I know, I know) and was very disappointed that I was slower with 9 inches than I was on my 140mm travel XC bike. Essentially if the section involves any pedalling, I’m probably quicker on a bike that can pedal well.
This was Blacka Moor Devil’s Elbow and the Houndkirk Jumble road if you know them.
On a proper downhill track though, the DH bike will be quicker. The steeper / faster, the bigger the gap would be. The Pietermaritzburg DH World Cup is a good example – plenty of people were riding long travel ‘Enduro’ bikes for that rather than full-on DH bikes and there was an advantage in some places and hinderance in others. Overall the times were similar between the riders on DH bikes and those on Enduro bikes – no clear advantage either way. Although Pietermaritzburg is relatively tame by DH world cup standards, it’s still pretty fast / steep compared to what most of us ride.Posted 3 years ago
Depends really. You need to ride a DH bike quite hard to benefit from it.
I race a 150mm 29er for the odd DH race. Much to the annoyance of the other guys, I nearly always podium, beating a bunch of people on DH bikes. It would probably be a different story down some super rough, steep & long tracks, but who knows until you give it a crack. It would take me a while to get back up to speed on a DH bike again, having not ridden one for a while.
The limiting factor is generally the pink blob on top, rather than the bike. One of the guys I used to race with would regularly beat 75% of the field on a hardtail, at big races too (Dragons/Pearce/etc) so proper tracks as well. You bike will generally go a lot faster than you.Posted 3 years agoSanchoMember
I like the confidence I get from my DH bike, but the enduro bike is generally quicker on UK tracks.
however, I dont have a vast amount of experience to compare, however, the lads that race in my team are all looking at the enduro bikes and dare I say it 650b for the fastest option on a lot of the UK tracks.Posted 3 years agobeicmynyddMember
A lot depends on the tracks and to some extent the bike, some dh bikes pedal better than others, for example a carbon v10 or session will pedal better than my nukeproof scalp.
Also depends on the rider I can ride the black runs at antur stiniog no problem on a dh bike but would be significantly slower on my spicy,Posted 3 years agoKarl33toMember
I quite often swap between a DH bike and a Hardtail on the same tracks, last time I went to BPW I took both and spent half a day on each.
On smoother tracks that are still mostly downhill I don’t find there’s all that much difference in the two, usually the DH bike is fractionally slower than the HT, but it’s not by much, maybe only 5% in it.
But on anything that’s rough or has jumps and drops in it the DH bike is much quicker – like 30% quicker.Posted 3 years agobacktothetopMember
had a specialized status was great for a while untill i got bored of pushing up hill, now have an orange alpine which pedals up hill very well and is more fun and faster downhill too.
status cost £1800, alpine cost just under 5k
never ridden a 5k dh bike but can imagine it would be very good downhill.Posted 3 years agojuliansMember
For the last day of an alps holiday last summer, I hired a specialized Status, but it felt heavy, slow and clumsy in comparison to my Mojo HD that I’d been riding for the previous 5 days.
Maybe it was because it was my first ever time on a downhill bike, maybe its because I’m not capable enough to exploit the potential of a downhill bike, maybe its because the trails just suited the mojo better than the status. In reality its probably a combination of all three for me.
No doubt though that a DH bike is faster in the right hands on the right trail.Posted 3 years agoacehtnMember
If the OP is thinking of chasing podiums and licence points for national ranking, taking DH racing a bit serious, then get a DH bike.
Depending on variables of track-V-bike-V-rider then some gifted riders will do well on most bikes.
In theory a DH bike will be built to take some serious abuse, and really need ragging hard.
An Enduro bike, some are very capable at DH, and offer a very lively ride, and can feel more exciting as you are on and beyond it’s limits more than a DH race bike.
An Enduro bike will deal with so much, but it will show the wear and tear faster as well.
Saying that….. not uncommon to see snapped DH bikes, mostly of the very lightweight frame design.
If just doing the odd DH race now and then, then if you only have an Enduro bike, few tweeks and race that 🙂Posted 3 years ago
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