Downhill Mountain Bikes are amongst some of the most exciting bikes that we supply online here at Westbrook Cycles, and in a world of media content downhill mountain biking videos tend to be amongst the most exciting and most viral, with some riders hurtling down some truly incredible downhill bike tracks, featuring sharp turns, obstacles and incredible steepness.
These Mountain Bikes are very easy to recognise, big suspension and cool, dramatic designs are what sets these bikes apart, making them almost useless for the vast majority of mountain bikers. These bikes are designed for one thing, and one thing only - allowing the rider to aggressively ride down tracks and trails. As well as featuring massive suspension travel to soak up the lumps and bumps of trails, these bikes have excellent precision brakes and handling - allowing incredibly quick response times and responsiveness. All of the components on downhill mountain bikes are also super tough, able to cope with bumps and bangs of downhill riding.
Although many mountain bikers choose an enduro bike, as there jack of all trades bike, which can handle the ups as well as the downs - there’s simply no replacement for the design and performance of a dedicated downhill bike. Downhill bikes are quicker, faster, funner and more responsive on downhill trails, than any other type of bike. As downhill bikes are so bad at going uphills, we only really recommend downhill bikes for customers who have more than one bike.
Once you have decided to go for a downhill mountain bike, one of the main considerations is budget - which can loosely be translated into the following question… ‘what frame material do you want’ the choice is between various alloys, and carbon fibre. More expensive bikes use carbon fibre, which provides maximum stiffness and maximum weight savings, allowing for a bike you can throw around easily. Having said that, lightness is not the key consideration with these bikes, as it’s the geometry of the frame that makes them perform on the downhill trails.
Typically, downhill mountain bikes feature a frame that can be classified as ‘long’ and ‘slack’. These bikes feel low, and unlike other types of mountain bikes and road bikes - you really feel like you sit within a downhill mountain bike, not mounted on top of it. Suspension on a downhill mountain bike will usually provide 200mm of travel on both the front and rear of the bike, and suspension can normally be adjusted on the fly - allowing for the rider to change the damping settings of the suspension, depending upon the type of trail that they are riding.
At Westbrook Cycles, we stock and supply an incredible range of Downhill Mountain Bikes Online, these bikes have been handpicked from some of the worlds biggest and best downhill bike manufacturers, such as Scott, GT Bicycles and Bergamont. Pricing starts from just over a couple of thousand pounds, and that will get you an alloy framed bike such as the Bergamont Straitline 7 - with price stretching up to over five thousand pounds, which will get you something really special, such as the GT Fury Team Downhill Bike.
You can view the full collection of downhill bikes above, and as always - please do get in touch if you have any questions at all about the collection. All of our staff have extensive experience across the full range of mountain bikes that we supply, ensuring that you recieve the right bike for your exact needs.