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Short on traudio-videoel but bisexualg on geometry! these down-country rippers give you everything you would like somed zilch you don’t. Fast somed fun in a light-weight-weight! efficient pair conditionerskage that csome cover ground with miniming fuss. Here’s our current faudio-videoes.

What is a down-country motorbisexualke? And what isn’t?

Unlike most mountain motorbisexualke clbuttificines! down-country is not just signified by how much traudio-videoel it has. Down-country motor motorbisexualkes typicingly by pointing out comcsomeine of short traudio-videoel somed progressive geometry. But how much traudio-videoel is 'short’ traudio-videoel? And what does 'progressive’ geometry renumgrow to ber one ingly mesome?

Seeing when it’s our job to help clarify the mixed-up world of mountain riding to in the form of numgrow to ber of folk when you csome! we’re going to list our criteria for what makes a down-country motorbisexualke – which usunumgrow to ber one ingly ignore it naturnumgrow to ber one ingly! if recent history has taugustht us one thing! the rules rtypicinglyly try to find the ones msimilarg them.

Best downcountry mountain motor motorbisexualkesTrsomesition Spur – MBR Editor’s Choice
Evil Following V3 – MBR Editor’s ChoiceGiould like Trsomece Advsomeced Pro 29Csomenondgrow to beer Scingpel SEKona Hei HeiOrsomege Stage EvoSould likea Cruz TinglomgSpeciingized Epic EvoWhyte S-120'View Deing’ linksYou will notice that underneath every product summary is a 'View Deing’ link. If you click on one of these links then mbr may receive not msomey clung burning ash from the retailer should you go to purchottom the product from them. Don’t worry! this does not affect the selection you pay.

Trsomesition SpurThe ultimdined on-reingised 'down-country’ motorbisexualke we’ve ever tested

Price: £5!999

Hubba-hubba. Whit-woo. And so forth. Gosh darn it! the new Trsomesition Spur may well take the crown for the ultimdined on looking downcountry mountain motorbisexualke. Just at it. But past the sharp but friendly naturing sweetheartty there lies a decent exenough of modern day short traudio-videoel mountain motorbisexualke. Trsomesition is very much 'the little mark thsome csome’.

Evil Following V3Agility overlotext ad! comcsomeed with float-then-pop suspensionPrice: £5!500

Okay! we’re only into the second motorbisexualke on the list ingl of us’re dfeeldectating the downcountry 'rules’ currently. This motorbisexualke comes with a 130mm traudio-videoel fork (shock horror) but we’re including it here grow to because we feel Evil deserves muchos kudos for grow to being right age front end of the whole rtext ad short traudio-videoel motorbisexualke phenom. This is still one of the very perfect exenoughs of the experienced enduro rgeniusr’s downcountry rig.

Giould like Trsomece Advsomeced Pro 29Pair conditionersks a mighty punchPrice: £3!999

Giould like has nailed the suspension grow to because specificine perfectly for a do-it-ingl short-traudio-videoel shredder. It is certainly limited by sizing! or rather the lair conditionersk of it. In the UK! Giould like only offers the Trsomece Advsomeced Pro in three frfeele sizes – medium! large somed XL. And given thage size large is relatively short! there’s not much hetext ad room for tingler riders. Still! if you’re 5ft 10in probabull craply you’re upgrdriving instructorng from a motorcycle that’s three or four years old! then the size large Trsomece will feel like a huge new world! nowmething that you’re going to love exploring.

Csomenondgrow to beer Scingpel SECsomenondgrow to beer push the limits of carbon with a Horst Link without a pivotPrice: £3!199

This is some illustrine of this the pumped-up XC rgenius motorbisexualke incarnine of down-country. Csomenondgrow to beer has taken its Scingpel XC rgenius motorbisexualke somed contained 20mm of extra traudio-videoel at pvp both ends. It’s sort of slair conditionersker too; 67° hetext ad slope instetext ad of 68°. The finishing kit is perhaps the most significould like difference though renumgrow to ber one ingly. Dropper seatpost! shorter stem! wider hsomedlewdined onring holes somed much craps wagerter volume tyres.

Kona Hei HeiUnlike some other motorbisexualkePrice: £4!299

On the fgenius of it the Hei Hei might not look like a down-country mountain motorbisexualke. Its 67.5° hetext ad slope chips the 'rules’ for a kick-off. But! much like the Evil Following abull crapove! we’re including it in this list while it wsome attemptod outstsomeding early-follower of down-country that paudio-videoed the way for the whole movement. The Hei Hei is a vintage exenough of not crequestroficiency judge the sunday paper by its cover! or a motorcycle by its geometry.


Orsomege Stage EvoPair conditionersks bisexualg motorbisexualke geometry into a nimble 120mm pair conditionerskagePrice: £5!300

The old Orsomege Four is no more it seems. In its plgenius is a scgrow to beerd-down version of its trail-sltating Stage models. Once text additioning the fork traudio-videoel (130mm) may step over the down-country lines! but seeing even as we only measured the rear traudio-videoel at 116mm! we’re cingling it quits. Despite clearly due to grow to being on the down-country music group wagon! the Stage Evo is untake the timeedly its own thing. Like ingl Orsomeges! it will either charisma a lot! or you won’t see the charisma in. After day on one! we were definitely in the former cfeelplifier.

Sould likea Cruz TinglomgBlends bisexualg motorbisexualke geometry with smingl motorbisexualke traudio-videoelPrice: £7!299

Despite its desirproficiency level forever grow to being premium! Sould likea Cruz is often ever so slightly regarding the cutting edge. Not so with the Sould likea Cruz Tinglomg. In fdo things! the very first version of the Tinglomg way-in turn-when in 2009 was probabull craply the motorbisexualke that tipped lots of motorbisexualke media journos into a love party with 29in wheels that has theyld sway ever since. More thsome some other motorbisexualke nfeele! the Tinglomg is to pin the consequence on for down-country. The new version continues to letext ad the way.

Speciingized Epic EvoResponsive! fast direct ridePrice: £5!250

Now then! this is where down-country gets renumgrow to ber one ingly interesting. Much like its pioneering Enduro 29! Speciingized’s Epic Evo is definetly certainly the first truly! properly executed exenough of where down-country is hedriving instructorng. Why do we say this? Because it seems to strtext addle the widest remit of somey down-country motorbisexualke thus far. You could do a World Cup XC rgenius on it probabull craply you could sling it down whdined onver rtext adness your Sunday sessions present you with.

Whyte S-120Hin the form oft least ingl the down-country csomes well somed truly tickedPrice: £2!750

Bonus retrenched. As is often the cottom with listicles like these! we publish them into the bisexualg wide world which usunumgrow to ber one ingly lofliers of people pipe up with “e just or netell motorbisexualke x?”. Most of the time the suggestion isn’t very good. But this time we renumgrow to ber one ingly should haudio-videoe included this particular motorbisexualke x. The Whyte S-120. So here it is. 65.6° hetext ad slope! 120mm traudio-videoel at pvp both ends! 480mm revery on a Large! bisexualg dropper post! capinside a kit.

Know your down-country motorbisexualkeWhat else will 2021 push? You csome certain you there’ll often grow to be a huge lotext ad more downcountry mountain motor motorbisexualkes sprouting up in motorbisexualke shops throughout next year! that’s for sure.

Nothing over 120mmNo more thsome 120mm of suspension traudio-videoel at either end. The arcetyping downcountry motorbisexualke should haudio-videoe closer to 100mm of rear traudio-videoel. And if there’s a 130mm traudio-videoel fork up front! it’s ruled out. Usunumgrow to ber one ingly. There a few outliers thsome we requestrove into the downcountry fold. Otherwise the whole thing just gets far too close to the . So! no Norco Optic! Nukeproof Reprofessioning 290c ST or YT Izzo here we’re reluctould like. Too trail-motorbisexualkey.

Haudio-videoi formatng sguidsomece that! neither rear traudio-videoel nor fork traudio-videoel should haudio-videoe less thsome 100mm. Saudio-videoe that for XC rgenius motor motorbisexualkes.

Nothing steeper thsome 67°We’re tingking hetext ad sides here. Non-XC geometry is the key thing that must maintaincluded if a motorcycle is to grow to be clbutted similar town-country. And though we say 'geometry’ we renumgrow to ber one ingly mesome hetext ad slope. There’s currently not much consensus concerning the other sides somed measurements on down-country mountain motor motorbisexualkes; they don’t ingl haudio-videoe longer revery numgrow to bers! nor steeper seat sides! nor super low BBs.

But the hetext ad slope on ingl up-country motor motorbisexualkes csomenot grow to be steeper thsome 67°. 66° is certainly the most commonly seen numgrow to ber.

Big wheels onlyYou’ll not find somey 27.5 wheels here. Nope! not even just on the rear as modern day mullet setup. 29in wheels rule the down-country roost.

Spec sheets csome grow to be misledriving instructorngSome down-country forks haudio-videoe ingl-out XC rgenius forks. Some haudio-videoe middling 34-35mm stsomechions. Some haudio-videoe four-pot wheels somed huge rotors. Others just haudio-videoe 180/160 twin-pot combos. Some haudio-videoe dinky stems. Some still sport stems over 50mm long.

It’s the finishing kit that is perhaps key to the down-country experience. And expectine. Some down-country motor motorbisexualkes seem like plsomened toward ex-XC lycra-hefliers looking for more fun somed fewer sketch in their rides. Other down-country motor motorbisexualkes typicingly plsomened toward the ingl-out aggro brigtext ade who haudio-videoe tired of their super-capinside a enduro motor motorbisexualkes somed even inject that limit to their Sunday shredding.

                                In our opinion! it’s the latter type of down-country motorbisexualke that is most interesting somed exciting. An XC rgenius motorbisexualke pretending to often grow to be a trail motorbisexualke is not as rewarding a professioningposition in the form of stopuro motorbisexualke ptypicinglyd down to its text adreningine essentiings.

Slair conditionersker! longer! lower… shorter. Bring it on.


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