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6 of the best enduro mountain bikes you can buy in 2020

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Fancy getting between the tape and on to the stages for some enduro rain action this year? Here's the best machinery to do it on.
Written by James McKnightUpdated on
Enduro mountain bikes are something of an all-rounder. Light enough to pedal around a long day’s ride yet strong and dynamic enough to take on the toughest, fastest natural and man-made trails thinkable, they are built to be pedalled up, thrashed back down and relied upon – the perfect go-anywhere, do-anything bike.
As a result, they are also a handy rig to have in your collection if you're considering taking up racing. Of course, you could just jump on any regular mountain bike to race between tape. But what if you fancied getting serious about competing this summer? And money was no issue?
Fortunately, you're in the right place. Here are six of the best enduro MTBs on the market in 2020, based on their reliability, pedigree and versatility.

1. Nukeproof Mega 290 Elite Carbon

Nukeproof Mega 290 Elite Carbon 2020
Fancy owning the official fastest enduro bike on the planet?
  • Price: €4,224
  • Frame sizes: M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 160mm
  • Material: Carbon
Nukeproof’s Mega is officially the fastest enduro bike on the planet. The bike has now won three elite men’s Enduro World Series titles under Sam Hill – in 2017 and ’18 on the 27.5"-wheeled version and in 2019 mostly on the 29"-wheeled bike (Hill started the season on smaller wheels before going big at round three).
The Mega’s numbers are its making: a reasonably slack head angle and comfortably long (but not extreme) front-centre make it an aggressive but fun ride. It has a solid component spec including a Fox 36 Float fork with Grip damper, Michelin Wild Enduro tyres and some Nukeproof finishing parts. The Mega 290 Elite Carbon is great for enduro racing, epic rides and shuttle days alike while remaining in a sensible price bracket.

2. Yeti SB 150 C Series

Yeti SB 150 C Series MTB 2020
29” wheels and 170mm-travel fork smooth out the worst of terrain
  • Price: €6,399
  • Frame sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Material: Carbon
Richie Rude missed part of the 2019 Enduro World Series season, but he came back in dominating form at round four. Rude’s skills require a capable superbike, and his Yeti SB is certainly just that.
Don’t be fooled by the SB’s 150mm rear travel: its 29” wheels and 170mm-travel fork firmly place it as a machine ready to smooth out the worst of terrain. Sleek looks conceal the highest-grade carbon fibre Yeti work with on this T-Series frame and a swathe of the best components money can buy go some way to justifying the price tag.

3. Commencal Meta AM 29 Ride

Commencal Meta AM 29 Ride MTB 2020
The Meta AM 29 is more than the sum of its parts
  • Price: £2,271
  • Frame sizes: M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 160mm
  • Material: Aluminium
Commencal is an Andorran-based brand that makes bikes to cope with the harsh terrain on its doorstep, and that is clearly visible on the Meta. It is a beast of a 29er that has progressed over the years into a bike that fears no terrain or scenario, as proved by its many victories in the Enduro World Series.
The Meta AM 29 Ride is the base level model in the range but, as with most Commencal bikes, it is a steal. It packs decent components all round, including a RockShox Lyrik fork and SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, and the complete package makes it one of the most cost-effective ways of getting into enduro racing at speed.

4. Norco Sight A1 29

Norco Sight A1 29
Do you want to go over to the dark side?
  • Price: €4,340
  • Frame sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Material: Aluminium
If you struggle to get a bike feeling just right, Norco says it has the answer. The Canadian brand’s new 'Ride Aligned' system recommends the perfect settings for your bike based on body metrics, riding style and the terrain that you frequent.
The Sight has well balanced geometry numbers. It is long, low and reasonably relaxed without being too extreme. Componentry highlights on this A1 model include its RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and Deity Ridgeline handlebar.

5. Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020

Specialized S-Works Enduro 2020
Enduro by name, enduro by nature
  • Price: €10,295
  • Frame sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 170mm
  • Material: Carbon
How could a company state a bike’s intentions any more firmly than claiming its intended usage as a name? The Enduro has long been a rider-favourite bike in Specialized’s line-up and it has always pushed the boundaries for mountain bikes of its ilk.
The 2020 Enduro has big wheels and is inspired by the brand’s downhill bike – it has a similar suspension system that eats up burly terrain and keeps the centre of gravity low. The S-Works model is the most bling model (and has an eye-watering price tag to match) and features SRAM’s wireless dropper seatpost and top-of-the-range Shimano XTR components. If that wasn't baller enough, Specialized’s SWAT Door means you can store stuff in the downtube – now that's enduro.

6. Pivot Firebird 29 Team XX1

Ed Masters Pivot Firebird 29 MTB 2020
Ed Masters riding his Pivot Firebird 29 at the DH World Cup in Slovenia
  • Price: €11,299
  • Frame sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Wheel size: 29”
  • Travel: 162mm
  • Material: Carbon
When it comes to the highest price tags in mountain biking, Pivot often wins. Fortunately, the American brand can back up the mortgage-level cost with race-winning pedigree. In 2019, Eddie Masters took the Firebird to Enduro World Series victory and was regularly fighting for the top spots.
The Team XX1 is the most expensive of a pricey range and, as you’d expect, it is fitted with a host of the best products available, including SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Fox Factory 36 fork with Grip2 damper and carbon Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro wheels.