What is enduro racing in mountain biking?

An enduro race is a gravity-based event consisting of three or more timed stages and held over one or two days. Stages feature predominantly long downhills with technical and steep sections, however, they can include punchy climbs of up to 10 per cent to challenge a rider’s skill and fitness.

How does an enduro mountain bike race work?

The concept was simple: get yourself to the top of a mountain and race to the bottom time-trial style. In general, modern enduro races involve anywhere from 3-6 timed stages. The timed portions of the race are mostly downhill but can vary in steepness, length, and difficulty depending on location.

What is a mini enduro race?

Mini Enduro is the new fun exciting way to race Enduro on a mountain bike. Its aimed at new riders to the sport to give it a go and we also have the Pro am category for the more established racers.

What do I need for an Enduro race?

To race enduro competitively, you’ll want a full-suspension bike with at least 140mm of travel, and up to 170mm of travel. There’s nothing in the rules to stop you using a hardtail mountain bike or lightweight cross-country bike but you’ll find it hard work on the descents.

Can you race enduro on a downhill bike?

An enduro bike can withstand most normal downhill use. Far more than most riders realize. So an enduro bike will not break on downhill trails under most usage. Enduro bikes are far more durable than cross country bikes on downhill, but they’re called all mountain bikes for a reason.

What should I carry in my enduro race?

Enduro gear: The essential kit list

  • Helmet. For obvious reasons, a helmet is an important piece of kit that you don’t want to skimp on.
  • Goggles. Professional racers always wear full-face helmets and goggles when racing.
  • Shoes. Make sure you wear proper MTB shoes.
  • Gloves.
  • Knee pads.
  • Packs.

How much travel do you need for enduro?

between 140-180 mm
The best bike for enduro racing or riding should have between 140-180 mm of travel.

Can you ride a hardtail for an Enduro race?

Condensed Answer: A hardtail can be used for enduro riding as long as the rules of the event allow it. Some organizations even have a specific hardtail-only category. That said, a hardtail is at a disadvantage when riding enduro, and it will be difficult to match the speed of riders on full-suspension bikes.

Can you race enduro on a trail bike?

However, anyone with a decent trail bike, some technical riding experience and enough stamina to ride their local singletrack for a couple of hours can have a bash at enduro. You might also find yourself already riding enduro without knowing it.

Can you race enduro on a hardtail?

Yes, unless they say no. The “Spirit of Enduro” is to include all riders, of all abilities, on all bikes. Since there are guys who can ride crazy fast on a hardtail down a downhill trail, you can certainly ride yours in an Enduro race.