Preview Issue #015 | Are Enduro Bikes really as versatile as we think?
No question: enduro bikes are extremely versatile machines. But is there anything behind the marketing claims like “this bike climbs like a XC machine and descends like a downhill bike”? We set off to Finale Ligure to find out. You’ll find the results and the full story in issue #015 of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine.
A total of six bikes were in our luggage as we set off to Italy in order to measure the brand new Canyon Strive CF representing the enduro bike class against experts from each other bike category. The question we wanted answering: how versatile is an enduro bike really? We were: test rider Jens, photographer and tester Christoph accompanied by Sebastian from SPORTident who helped to support our test impressions with hard facts.
The bikes, which the Canyon Strive CF had to prove itself against, were:
- XC-Bike: BMC Fourstroke FS01 XX1
- Trail bike: Yeti SB5C
- Freeride-Bike: Scott Voltage FR 710
- Downhill bike: Specialized S-Works Demo
In Finale Ligure we didn’t just find top weather conditions but also the perfect tracks for the different duals. Part of a 24 hr racecourse served as scene for the XC against enduro comparison. The legendary Varigotti downhill was where we tested the downhill performance of the Specialized Demo both with times measured down to hundredths of a second. For the freeride and trail bike comparisons fun was a bigger factor than time. How does an enduro bike measure up on flow trails? How confident does it feel flying over big jumps? We found out.
Jens takes you on the downhill test track:
Find out the exciting results of our comparative test in issue #015 of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine – download it from 23.02 as always digital and free
Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer