MTB Enduro

The hottest enduro bikes for 2020

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These are some of the most versatile and beautiful enduro bikes on top of the market for 2020.
By Ric McLaughlin & Danielle BakerUpdated on
An enduro race bike needs to be light enough to pedal for a long day’s ride yet strong and dynamic enough to take on the toughest, fastest natural and man-made trails available. Basically, an all-round mountain bike that can be pedalled up, charged back down and relied upon. The perfect one-bike-does-it-all bike, then.
We’ve chosen a selection of the top enduro mountain bikes to buy in 2020, based on their reliability, pedigree, and versatility.

1. Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp

Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp 2020 in metallic grey
Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp 2020 in metallic grey
  • Price: $4502 CAD approx.
  • Wheelsize: 27.5”
  • Travel: 165mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Aluminium
Multiple Elite and U-21 Enduro World Series titles under the likes of Sam Hill and Elliot Heap certify the Mega as a race winner, but the bike is a firm favourite among those who don’t race, too. The Mega’s numbers are its making: a reasonably slack head angle and comfortably long (but not extreme) front-center make it an aggressive but fun ride.
This 27.5”-wheeled aluminum Mega 275 Comp still carries the pedigree of the pricier carbon-fibre model raced to EWS victory in 2018, but with a more obtainable price tag. Solid components and a sturdy frame make the Mega 275 Comp great for enduro racing, epic rides, and shuttle days alike.

2. Yeti SB 150 T-Series

2020 Yeti SB150 T3 in turquoise
2020 Yeti SB150 T3 in turquoise
  • Price: $7,199
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon fibre
Back-to-back EWS race wins under Richie Rude in 2018 confirmed Yeti’s SB 150 as a force to be reckoned with. Don’t be fooled by its 150mm rear travel: the bike’s 29” wheels and 170mm-travel fork firmly place it as a machine ready to smooth the worst of terrain. Sleek looks conceal the highest-grade carbon fibre Yeti works with on this T-Series frame (C-Series frames are slightly less painfully priced), and a swathe of the best components money can buy go towards justifying the price tag.
Owning a Yeti is about more than another bike in the shed though: the firm has its hardcore followers (its Tribe) who live and breathe the Colorado turquoise dream.

3. Specialized S-Works Enduro

Specialized S-Works Enduro in chrome and satin carbon
Specialized S-Works Enduro in chrome and satin carbon
  • Price: $12,499 CAD
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 170mm
  • Sizes: S2-S5
  • Material: Carbon fibre
The winner of a few awards this year, the Specialized S-Works Enduro has an all-new design. With updated geometry, suspension, and more travel - 170mm - this lightweight carbon bike is an incredibly efficient pedaler. And with plenty of inspiration taken from the Demo - Specialized’s downhill offering - including the new rear linkage system that debuted on the Demo Race 29 it offers a smooth and aggressive performance on the way down.
Specialize has also moved away from the standard sizing (small, medium, large, ect.) to a style-specific model that allows you to choose a bike base on the fit and feel.

4. Rocky Mountain Slayer 90

2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer in red and black
2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer in red and black
  • Price: $10499 CAD
  • Wheelsize: 27.5” or 29”
  • Travel: 180mm (27.5”) and 170mm (29”)
  • Sizes: S (only in 27.5”), M, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon
The Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team has taken the top step at the EWS on their Instinct BC Editions in the past but for this season Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin will both be racing on the 2020 Slayer. Available in both 27.5” and 29” wheels and with a burly 180mm of travel (170mm in the 29er) it climbs surprisingly well and descends like a beast. The RIDE-4 chip gives you geometry changes at your fingertips to best suit your needs day-by-day. Longer and slacker than previous editions, this bike will get you to the top of the descent and let you charge down anything in your path.

5. Santa Cruz Megatower

Santa Cruz Megatower in FS Green
Santa Cruz Megatower in FS Green
  • Price: $9549 CAD
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 160mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Material: Carbon
Californian brand Santa Cruz is renowned for its quality, so it was no surprise that the Megatower caught everyone’s attention this year. The high-end spec on this bike tips the cost up but also provides flawless performance and the two flip chips let you adjust your geometry as frequently as you like. Santa Cruz bikes typically have compact cockpits and the Megatower is no exception, but with sizing options from small to extra-extra-large it’s easy to find the right reach for you.

6. Canyon Torque CF 9.0

Canyon Torque CF 9.0 Pro
Canyon Torque CF 9.0 Pro in Stealth
  • Price: $7595.23 CAD approx.
  • Wheelsize: 27.5”
  • Travel: 188mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon fibre
While Canyon’s big-travel Torque has been proven at EWS level, it is also happy to take on bike parks and big alpine terrain. It is a big hitter in disguise: its appealing looks and carbon fibre construction conceal a tough core. The 9.0 CF is the priciest of the Torque range, but its components – SRAM X01 Eagle derailleur, DT Swiss EX 1501 wheelset, burly SRAM Code RSC brakes – are parts found on far more expensive offerings from other brands. Perhaps not the out-and-out race bike, but the Torque is a solid performer for gravity riders.

7. Scott Ransom 900 Tuned

Scott Ransom 900 Tuned in orange
Scott Ransom 900 Tuned in orange
  • Price: $10124.55 CAD approx.
  • Wheelsize: 27.5 or 29”
  • Travel: 170mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon fibre
Scott’s Ransom first appeared in 2006 as a 26”-wheeled 160mm-travel beast; it was a lot of bike for the time. In recent years, it’s been reborn as a 170mm-travel 29er (it’ll also fit 27.5” wheels thanks to a geometry-changing flip chip in the frame). The Ransom 900 Tuned is at the high end of MTB expense, but for the price, you’ll get a well-refined carbon fibre frame and the best components money can buy. Scott’s own TwinLoc suspension system allows for on-the-fly settings changes via a bar-mounted remote.