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10 best enduro bikes

For an updated list of the best enduro mountain bikes, check out Top 10 Enduro and All-Mountain Bikes of 2017, According to Singletracks Readers 

 
Exactly how you refer to this category of bikes isn’t the point. Be it “long-travel trail bikes,” “enduro bikes,” or “all-mountain bikes,” essentially, it’s all the same thing. The rigs on this list are some of the most aggressive, yet also some of the most versatile, mountain bikes on the market today.

Today’s créme de la créme of the enduro bike market are capable of climbing for hours thanks to weights around (or below) 30 pounds, suspension that can be quickly locked out, and drivetrains with massive ranges. Yet when you turn them downhill, these long-travel, uber-plush rigs are more than capable of tackling even the gnarliest downhill runs, as the top enduro racers have proven.

Simply put, these are some of the best mountain bikes in existence.

Period.

Canondale Jekyll Carbon

$6,070-$7,990 for complete builds.

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Photo: Cannondale

The Jekyll is the pride and joy of the Cannondale Overmountain Team, which has a truly world-class enduro race roster: Jerome Clementz, Jason Moeschler, Marco Osborne, and Mark Weir. Jerome Clementz has scored many race wins aboard the Jekyll.

The Jekyll has a carbon frame and offers up 160mm of front travel and 160mm of rear travel that can be switched down to 95mm for the climbs, thanks to a DYAD pull shock and handlebar-mounted lever. It also sports a 67-degree head tube angle, 440mm chainstays, and 27.5” wheels.

The top-tier Carbon 1 model is spec’ed with a Cannondale Lefty SuperMax Carbon 2.0 for front suspension duties. While a normal fork can be used on the Jekyll, the Lefty really sets the component spec and visual appeal of this bike apart from the crowd. Additionally, the Jekyll comes loaded with a Fox DYAD RT2 Dual Travel/Dual Geometry shock, a SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, and Mavic CrossMax SL wheels.

The Jekyll is also available in more affordable aluminum models.

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For more information on how the Lefty SuperMax and the Fox DYAD rear shock perform, check out my review of the Jekyll’s smaller brother, the Trigger.

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  • mongwolf

    Rene, every time I get on a Turner I am impress. Maybe it’s just the fit for me or something, but their all mountain enduro type bikes over the years have always been super stable DH and yet great on on really steep ups (no wandering). The bikes just always seem planted both DH and up. We have one Turner in the family, and we’re glad we do. I don’t think we will ever sell it. I haven’t tried the 2015 or 2016 models of the RFX yet, but every model before that (RFX and its precursors)I have just been impressive.

  • eddieschouten300

    Quite surprised that Scott genius
    Trek C9:1, Cube frittz, Niner & Evil bikes never got a mention. But hey they’re not all the flavour of the month are they.
    If in the market for a new toy I’d want longevity of the machine. So good thing they weren’t mentioned then. Cos all the above won’t last

    • Greg Heil

      “Cos all the above won’t last”

      Well, that’s simply not true.

      As for the other bikes you mentioned, they were all considered on this list, along with about ten others. There are tons of great enduro bikes out on the market today, but these 10… these 10 are certifiably awesome.

  • mongwolf

    Kevin (on Facebook), I don’t know what it is, but the Remedy has never felt right to me. Funny how bikes are different for each person. It seems you really have to go out an ride a bike before you really know if it is the bike for you.

  • mongwolf

    So Greg, how did you come up with your list??? Maybe best reviews online??? I’m guessing you haven’t ridden all these. If you have, I’m thoroughly jealous. =) Of the ones you have ridden, which ones did you like the most?

    Also, how about this for a tough question. These bikes are getting sooooo good. How would you like to see the enduro bikes improve generally across the board?

    • Greg Heil

      Hey Floyd,

      It was tough to arrive at this list. We’ve incorporated numerous factors including input from the full-time staff, reviews conducted for Singletracks, and survey data from past surveys. Also, I’ve actually ridden most of these bikes myself, or similar bikes in the respective brand’s lineup.

      We did also take enduro race wins into consideration, although they weren’t the only factor that played into our decision-making.

      Ones I liked the most? Ibis Mojo HD3, Yeti SB6c, and Intense Tracer 275C.

      As for how I’d like to see enduro bikes improve? That’s a tough question! I think I would most like to see more and more on-the-fly adjustability. I’m a big fan of dialing down fork travel to get more xc geometry for climbing, and more adjustability for active suspension and dialed-down travel lengths. Stand outs for adjustability on this current list include the Canyon Strive and Cannondale Jekyll… I would love to see more and more of this!

  • mongwolf

    WOW …. …. UTTERLY jealous. =) Keep livin’ the life. You’ve got a great “gig” going. The HD3 and SB6c don’t surprise me. I can’t wait to test ride those … … but can’t do that in Outer Mongolia. LOL. Hopefully over Christmas this year. I’ve never ridden a Tracer but have had my eye on them over the years. How are they distributed? By who? I’ve seen some Intense bikes sold on PricePoint in the past. And yes, I really like the adjustability on the trail too. I have a 160mm fork on my latest bike, an Ibis Mojo HD, the adjustability of the fork really transforms the bike into a goat on the steep climbs. These enduro bikes are so designed for DH that the adjustability of the front fork or geometry seems a great asset to the performance uphill.

    • mongwolf

      Opps, that last comment was meant to be a reply to Greg’s.

  • Greg Heil

    Totally agree on the adjustability of the fork!!

    As for Intense, I’m not up on where you can get them online, but generally-speaking they’re sold via a standard dealer model. However, they tend to have a very regional hold on California and the West Coast, and are rarer and rarer the further you go east.

    • mongwolf

      Thanks Greg. Great to know. I visit a couple of stores next time I’m in CA. I get some time in San Diego periodically with work.

    • bikerboy13

      BTW: Evo and JensonUSA sell Intense bikes…
      Have you ever heard of evo never seen a mention of them on here! The also sell Devinci..

  • Gdb49

    All the bikes on this list are great bikes, fun article. I did my research and went with the Slash 9 and was surprised not to see it on your list. If you like, I can make personal insults about you and your family since we disagree. I did not get the opportunity to ride all bikes on your list, like you did, but fell in love with the Slash after only a couple of rides.

  • John Fisch

    I love the Yeti, love the Intense, love the Ibis, love every one I’ve ridden.

    As much as I love them, not a one is even in the same league with the Foes Mixer Enduro for me. The mixed wheel size creates a whole different level of performance.

    How many enduro bikes win legitimate downhill races?

    • bikerboy13

      The Foes mixer Idea seems cool and good and all that but really not a huge fan of the mix! I think that you should go one wheel size or the other!

    • GTXC4

      I’ll piggy back on that. I’ve tried mixing wheel and tire size and it just isn’t right. The balance and everything is too off, but hey some people (not saying you, making a joke here) are off and we’re attracted to that. To each his own. I run a Yeti SB66 everywhere, so there’s mine.

      Take care,
      -GT

  • Kerrbear

    The top ten are the top ten bikes that are readily available everywhere, sponsor a team, and send around test bikes. These bikes are no doubt great but there are others that are available that are better. It’s too bad enduro/all mountain has race associated with it as that just takes away from the purpose of enjoying the uphills and downhills. No one really enjoys racing, they do it to prove something, earn a living, satisfy their competitive urge, and claim their status place. A bike that gets or needs to be overhauled every run or race is not really a good bike. I’ve biked from NM to CA and CO to the middle of Baja MX mostly offroad….now that’s enduro… when you arrive home with the same components, bearings, and saddle you left on…the same bike that you raced on along the journey. No RMB Pipeline or Orbea Rallon, all those aficionados are busy riding hard on real hills, mountains and trails where racing will never be.

  • edarnold99018

    Come on Greg, if Mr Paul was helping with this list the GG Megatrail would be on the list.

    • mongwolf

      Oh man, agreed Anthony. We have a 2012 Pivot Firebird in the family. It is like a runaway freight train on the downhills. Unbelievable. And yet, it handles techy steep uphills. The 2012 is a bit heavy for longer rides.

  • Downhill Mike

    No Rocky Mountain Slayer? 170 travel in the front 165 in the back but rides almost like a regular xs full suspension bike on the climbs and like a downhill bike on the descents. Slayer is a legend.

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