Beginners Guide To Enduro Mountain Biking
So… What is Enduro mountain biking??
People seem to think this ‘enduro’ trend is a new thing, but in fact it’s just mountain biking at its basic form, Enduro riders ride their bikes up mountains and then enjoy the downhill’s, that’s it! That’s just mountain biking right?? This new term ‘ Enduro’ derives from a recent progression in mountain bike technology. Meaning modern enduro bikes are light enough to pedal up big mountains, but also have the strength, suspension, brakes, geometry etc to handle the toughest of downhill’s.
What is enduro mountain bike racing?
Up until 2010 enduro racing race was purely a term used for endurance mountain bike events like long distance cross country. Modern mountain bike enduro events have more of an enthuses on downhill. A typical enduro race has 3-4 timed downhill stages, where the rider normally rides to the top of each stage and then the times are all added together to see who has the fastest time . The rider must use the same bike and components through out the whole race and is normally not allowed any outside assistance during the race.
Here are some enduro race series you might want to check out:
What are the key features to an enduro bike?
An Enduro bike needs to be light, ideally less than 27lbs. Heavy enduro bikes are not fun to pedal up and don’t handle well on the flatter single tracks.
Modern enduro bikes normally have from 140mm – 160mm of suspension travel front and rear, which is more than enough to handle any rock garden, drops or jumps.
Frame geometry is one of the most important ones, having a slack head angle and low bottom bracket will make almost any bike handle well through rough downhill’s. Saying that don’t go too low and too slack or it will be horrible to climb and have sluggish handling.
Big wheels?? What are the benefits of using 650b/27.5 or 29?
So to put simply the logic behind big wheels is that big wheels are faster and stay on top of the bumps better. Which does in fact work, but for the big wheels to be more effective you need to be going over the 25 mph, which most mountain bikers rarely do. Also over the last 20 years bike manufactures have been struggling to make the standard 26 inch wheel strong enough to handle hard terrain, but in recent years they managed to produce wheels that are strong enough to handle big rough descents, but also light enough to pedal up. As for 650b and 27.5 is the same thing, don’t let any tell you different!