Downhill Bike Or Enduro Bike | Which Is Better?

Downhill Bike Or Enduro Bike | Which Is Better?


– Welcome back, you beautiful people. And guess where we are. – Whistler.
– Yes! – [Neil] If you’ve ever been here, you’ll recognize this view. You’ve probably been
here and taken selfies like we just have. – We just have done that. (camera shutter clicks) – Yeah, and today, Blake,
we’re riding downhill bikes. – We are. – It’s the first time I’ve
ridden one in a long time, very excited. – Yeah, yep, it’s good to see
you on a downhill bike again. – I’m loving it. But, you know what, down
at the bottom of the lifts, it’s sort of a mix. There’s a lot of trail and
enduro bikes down there. Not as many downhill
bikes as there used to be. – Yeah, like, nearly 70:30
to enduro to downhill. – But what’s better? – Oh, Neil, that’s an argument that we’re going to have
to settle right now, today. Which is better, downhill
bike or enduro bike? (upbeat techno music) – [Blake] Jump that, Neil! Aww! (bike wheel whirring) – I’m riding my Nukeproof
Dissent, brand spankin’ new, beautiful lookin’ bikes. The bike that Sam Hill
actually won Garbanzo this very spot on last year. – [Blake] Yeah. – 27.5 wheels. What are you riding, Blake? – I am riding my Canyon Sender
in this nice salmon color. – [Neil] Salmon. – [Blake] 27.5 as well,
straight out the box. I’ve upgraded from my
Black Beauty to this one. – Two freshies. – Mm-hmm. – Oh, can’t wait to ride, come on. (calm music) – My Canyon Strive’s got 29 inch wheels and 150 mm travel. This is the bike that I spend
most of my time on at home and I also raced the Andes Pacifico on it. Blake’s bike is the Nukeproof Mega. 27.5 wheels with 165 mm travel. Blake also raced the Andes
Pacifico on this bike and rides it at home all
the time in the bike park. My Nukeproof Dissent downhill
bike has got 190 mm travel and runs 27.5 inch wheels. Blake’s Canyon Sender has got the full 200 mm of travel on the back and also riding 27.5 wheels. They both weigh in a lot
more than the enduro bikes. (fast-paced techno music) (bike squeal) The great thing about downhill
bikes is they are long travel so they’re able to take those big hits. Also, they’re long, so
they’re stable at high speeds and much more forgiving. The slack head angle also
makes ’em really good for steep trails. But, really, they’re just not
as nimble as an enduro bike, definitely harder when it gets flatter. They don’t pedal as well,
just down to the weight and that extra rolling resistance of those big, downhill tires. Downhill bikes are
great at going downhill, but they’re just not as
versatile as an enduro bike and you need an up lift. (calm techno music) (bike wheels whirring) Enduro bikes are lighter,
they’re easier to throw around and they pedal really well on trails and on downhill sections. You really notice how
versatile and efficient enduro bikes are when
it comes to pump tracks and flow trails, ’cause you can really work the bike hard and get movin’ forward
where you just don’t get that same effect on a downhill bike. The great thing about enduro bikes is you can also explore
different parts of the bike park. If you need pedal up a big hill, well, then you can do it
without too much effort. However, they are shorter travel, so definitely less forgiving, and that can be more
fatiguing on long days. Less stable at high speeds and they don’t quite take the big hits like the downhill bike. – [Blake] Neil, do you know what? On a rainy day like this,
the weather has come in and day in and day out riding
lots and lots of trails. – [Neil] Yep. – [Blake] You know, I
feel more comfortable on a downhill bike. – [Neil] You know what? What is this, day five, maybe? – [Blake] Day five, yeah. – [Neil] My arms feel
like they’re jiggling. – [Blake] Yeah. – [Neil] They feel a bit tired. And, yeah, actually this is the same track I raced Garbanzo on on my enduro bike. – [Blake] Yep. – [Neil] And that was good, but, actually, it’s nice to be, like I
said, a little bit tired. – [Blake] Yeah. – [Neil] If you got the gravity
behind ya, downhill bikes, it feels wicked. – [Blake] Yeah. – [Neil] Yeah, stuff over on Creek side, where it’s a bit flatter, where you’re really pumping the bikes, enduro bikes felt wicked. – [Blake] The enduro
bikes felt so good there. – [Neil] My knees are
just at hard work lately. – [Blake] It just tanks. – [Neil] But, the rest
of it, I’m loving it. Kind of, a bit of normality, ’cause I’ve not ridden
down one for so long. But, actually, really enjoyed it. – [Blake] Yeah, I love it, I love it. The tireder I get, the more and more, the plusher my suspension gets. – [Neil] Yeah, 200 mm of
travel is feeling good at this very moment.
– [Blake] Yeah. (laughs) I start to soften up things. Right, we’re in some
nasty, wetty, rooty, rocky, and there’s a slab coming
up, and it’s wet, cool. – [Neil] Are you ready? – [Blake] Cool. (laughs) (bike squeals) (calm techno music) (laughing) – [Neil] That felt better
on the enduro bike! Ninja Cougar, it’s a rad trail, isn’t it? – Super good, super tight,
loads of like nice bank turns. – But I reckon I prefer
my enduro bike here. – Yeah. – Just throw that round up bit easier. – Yep, mm-hmm. Lighter, quicker, nimble
and you can pedal it. This is like a tank coming through here. – And it’s not that steep- – Nah. – So you need to carry your
speed through these turns. – Which bike do you think’s better when you’ve had a big
night out the night before? – Downhill bike. – Yeah. – And soften it all up. – [Neil] It just goes
to show that one bike isn’t always perfect for everything, it really does depend on the trail. The downhill bike will be ideal for steep, techy, rough trails as well as big jumps to
absorb the big impacts. An enduro bike would be better
for smooth, flowing trails and pedal-y trails, as
well as tight techy stuff. Whistler is an awesome bike
park for a downhill bike, as there’s virtually no pedaling uphill and there’s only a little on the trails. But there are plenty of
other parts of Whistler that you just can’t explore as
easily with a downhill bike. That’s where the enduro bike is better. The enduro bike is more versatile, more a jack of all trades, where the downhill bike
is a purpose-built tool. Whereas some bike parks, a downhill bike may not
be necessary and overkill. So it all depends on where
and what you’re riding. Well, I reckon I’m sold on a
downhill bike in the bike park. – Well, it has come to we
both want a downhill bike in the end. – Especially Whistler. – Yeah. – Love it, so good. – Yep, it is, it is. But you are limited if
you had enough of the park and you really want to go
out and explore other avenues like there’s other trails in the valley. – Yes. – You could, you know, one bike does all. – That is very true. – So, I don’t know. But I think downhill bike
in the park for sure. – Yeah. More laps, d’ya reckon? – Yes, yeah. – Get lunch, some more laps. – 100%. – If you want to see me
race Garbanzo downhill on my Canyon Strive enduro
bike, over there for that one. – Yeah and if you want to see what else is outside of the
bike park, like Dark Crystal, click over here for that epic ride. Don’t forget to hit
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out on some rad stuff! – Yeah! – And we will see you
beautiful people later on. Neil? – Yes. – I will follow you all the
way to our favorite eatery. – [Neil] Yeah. – [Blake] Do you know where that is? – [Neil] Mogul’s? – [Blake] Why yes, obviously.