MBUK Bike of the Year 2020: Our winning enduro bike revealed!
Following the announcement of Propain Bikes' Hugene as our trail bike winner, it's on to the hardcore heavy-hitters, where the British-designed Whyte G-170C RS 29er triumphs
Whyte G-170C RS 29er £3,799
When it comes to what makes a good enduro bike, speed and fun are both big considerations. You want a bike that can tame the world's toughest terrain and hold its own on the race track, but the enjoyment that comes with slinging a bike into turns or chucking it around over jumps can't be overlooked. Of course everyone's perception of this is different, and that's why our team of four testers spent several months riding all of our enduro contenders back-to-back to see how they stack up. Even though we were impressed by the agility of Cube's Stereo 170 and the absolute downhill confidence of Specialized's Enduro, as a complete package and taking value for money into consideration, all agreed that Whyte's 29in-wheeled G-170C RS is hard to beat. Its hellishly-fast ride, incredible handling and top-notch spec are what have made it our Enduro Bike of the Year for 2020.
15.24kg (M), without pedals
SRAM GX Eagle (1x12)
Maxxis Minion DHF EXO+ 3C MaxxTerra 29x2.5in WT (f) and Maxxis Aggressor DD 29x2.5in WT (r)
SRAM GX Eagle
BikeYoke DIVINE, 160mm
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
FSA Orbit No.2
Carbon front triangle, aluminium alloy rear, 165mm travel
RockShox Lyrik Select+, 160mm travel
SRAM XG-1275, 10-50t
SRAM Code R, 200mm rotors
Race Face AR-30 rims on alloy hubs
Thanks to the following for facilitating this year’s Bike of the Year test:
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Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.
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