How to choose your downhill mountain bike?


The downhill (DH) is called “descent” in French. This is one of the most famous mountain bike disciplines. It consists in descending, as fast as possible, steep trails which are previously arranged to be strewn with obstacles, such as roots, jumps, rocks, cant … The speed in downhill is particularly high, so much so that The commitment of the riders operating in such a discipline must be optimal to avoid any risk of injury and, of course, to improve their performance.

How to choose your downhill mountain bike?
How to choose your downhill mountain bike?

The characteristics of downhill ATV

Given the particularities of the discipline, which demands real nervousness, durability, and maneuverability, downhill ATVs have features that take them away from classic ATVs and sometimes bring them closer to motocross. Indeed, the two most famous words of the downhill are resistance and suspension. Lightness is also an asset not to be neglected. Unlike cross-country, downhill ATVs are equipped with two suspensions, for greater travel and more sturdiness. Also, the downhill mountain bike frame, often made of aluminum or carbon, displays a unique geometry to meet the demands of this sport. Finally, the brakes are hydraulic disc and remain larger than those of the cross-country.

Choosing your mountain bike downhill

Before choosing your downhill ATV, you must first determine both your level of practice and your needs. Be aware that the downhill is a discipline that requires a good physical condition and an in particular preliminary practice of mountain biking, whether en route or cross country for example. Once that said, it is also important to know that in recent years have seen the performance gaps between the various downhill bikes getting smaller and today even entry level bikes allow for impressive speeds. However, if you are looking for performance and efficiency, you will have to find a very real ATV that will allow for maximum precision. If you prefer to practice downhill as a leisure activity,

Which equipment to choose?

Since downhill is a risky practice, you have to leave very well equipped. If you go riding on the slopes, never forget to wear a full-face helmet paired with ATV glasses. You will also need gloves and protections at the elbows, forearms, shoulders, hips, knees, spine and shins. In the case of shock, these protections will be indispensable.

What budget for downhill?

Since downhill ATVs are very specific, their price is quite high. You will find entry ranges from 1,000 $, but the prices climb quickly. The very upper end can reach 11,000 $.

Coach’s advice

The downhill ATV is a discipline where the pilot has to be versatile, both very physical but also precise in his maneuvers. A good warm-up will be very useful if you are looking for performance.


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