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The hottest enduro race bikes for 2020

© Matthew DeLorme
Written by James McKnight/Ric McLaughlin
These are some of the most versatile and beautiful enduro bikes on top of the market.
An enduro race bike needs to be light enough to pedal around a long day’s ride (or race) yet strong and dynamic enough to take on the toughest, fastest natural and man-made trails thinkable. Basically, an all-round mountain bike that can be pedalled up, thrashed back down and relied upon. The perfect one-bike-does-it-all bike, then.
We’ve chosen a selection of the best enduro mountain bikes to buy in 2019, based on their reliability, pedigree and versatility. As there is some disparity in suspension travel, wheel size, materials and pricing, we’ve chosen bikes by their strengths.

1. The Workhorse: Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp

Le vélo Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp est l'un des meilleurs VTT enduro de 2020.
Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp
  • Price: TBC
  • 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-centre make it an aggressive but fun ride. This 29”-wheeled aluminium Mega 290 Comp still carries the pedigree of the pricier carbon-fibre model raced to EWS victory in 2019, but with a more obtainable price tag. Solid components (from the suppliers who cater to the factory squad) and a sturdy frame make the Mega 290 Comp great for enduro racing, epic rides and shuttle days alike.
We also enjoy the fact that Nukeproof offer a 27.5" wheeled version too. If Sam Hill goes back and forth between the two then we think that you're allowed to too...

2. The Dream Bike: Yeti SB150 T-Series X01 Eagle

  • Price: From $7,599 (US)
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon fibre
Richie Rude on his Yeti bike
Richie Rude on his Yeti bike
Back-to-back EWS race wins under Richie Rude 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 work 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 some way to 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.
Yeti SB150 available in their classic turquoise or in orange
Yeti SB150 available in their classic turquoise or in orange

3. The Reliable All-rounder: Orbea Rallon M-Team 19

  • Price: $10,499
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Sizes: S, L, XL
  • Material: Carbon fibre
Orbea’s Rallon has moved up a gear from its original and well-loved 27.5”-wheeled aluminium frame to this carbon-fibre 29er. Its 150mm travel and good looks compliment the bike’s reliability – something it retains from its earlier version – and the Orbea team proved the bike’s abilities on the EWS circuit in 2018. This bike isn’t cheap, but Orbea’s attention to detail ensures a sound construction and the components list is good for the money, especially the high-end 160mm-travel Fox Float Factory Grip2 fork.
Orbea offer three colourway options for the Rallon
Orbea offer three colourway options for the Rallon

4. Design Progression: Commencal Meta AM 29 XX Edition

  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 160mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Aluminium
A beast of a 29er enduro bike, Commencal’s Meta AM 29 is a progression of the Meta AM 27 ridden to much success by Cécile Ravanel. As of early 2018, Ravanel tried out the AM 29 and never went back. The subtly redesigned frame, made to ensure it retained the capability and character of the smaller-wheeled bike, carried its rider to EWS 2018 domination from that point. The bike is capable of serious speeds, but besides that it also sports a brilliant components package.
The new top-of-the-line XX Edition features a lot of colour-coded bells and whistles from SRAM including a super cool RockShox Reverb AXS dropper seatpost.

5. The Outsider: Marin Alpine Trail 8

  • Price: $4,699.99
  • Wheelsize: 29”
  • Travel: 150mm
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Material: Aluminium
Californian brand Marin has had a rebirth in the last few years and is going from strength to strength. The Alpine Trail is a 29”-wheeled Enduro World Series-capable bike that is at home pedalling uphill and around trail centres but happy to take on serious downhills. SRAM NX Eagle and Descendant gearing and crankset is reliable and fair for the bike’s price, and its Deity cockpit adds a classy finish to a good value package.
Marin Alpine Trail 8
Marin Alpine Trail 8

6. The Big One: Canyon Torque CF 9.0 Pro

  • Price: €4,349
  • Wheelsize: 27.5”
  • Travel: 175mm
  • 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, Mavic Deemax 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.
Product image of the Canyon Torque CF 9.0 enduro bike.
Canyon Torque CF 9.0

7. The Long-travel 29er: Scott Ransom 900 Tuned

  • Price: £6900
  • Wheelsize: 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. Now 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 the 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.
Scott's Ransom 900 Tuned enduro MTB
Scott Ransom 900 Tuned
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