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Downhill mountain biking

That moment when you let gravity take control - when you point the bike down, and let off the brakes.There's no denying that many of us are in it for this very moment; there is simply no better feeling than letting it rip down your favorite trail. While we're not opposed to climbing our trail bikes to the top of the mountain, there's something to be said for hopping on a proper downhill bike, and letting modern technology do the hard work. With an increasing number of ski resorts building lift-accessed bike parks for all skill levels, and bike companies offering entry level bike options, there has never been a better time to discover the world of downhilling. With the latest crop of 27.5" downhill rigs, these bikes are more capable than ever. We've put together an interactive bike park map for the USA and Canada, as well as a grouping of our favorite downhill bikes and accessories to get you rolling for this season.

Devinci Wilson

With numerous World-Cup titles under it's belt, and years of refinement, the Wilson is one of the most sought after downhill bikes today. In fact, three employees at Fanatik ride this bike!

  • Rear wheel travel: 204mm
  • Suspension design: Split Pivot
  • Adjustable geo: no
  • Frame material: carbon and alloy frames available
  • Warranty: lifetime

Starting price - custom build: $4540

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Banshee Legend

Born from a college project 10 years ago, the Legend has since matured into it’s current, race ready form. Somewhat of a dark horse, this bicycle earned it’s name in the deep woods of British Columbia, from whence it came.

  • Rear wheel travel: 205mm
  • Suspension design: KS Link
  • Adjustable geo: no
  • Frame material: alloy
  • Warranty: 2 years

Starting price - custom build: $4787

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Banshee Darkside

Named after one of the gnarliest trail networks in the Vancouver area, the Darkside harkens back to the days when freeride was king. If you are seeking a playful park/shuttle bike that will hold its own in the occasional race, look no further.

  • Rear wheel travel: 180mm
  • Suspension design: KS Link
  • Adjustable geo: yes
  • Frame material: alloy
  • Warranty: 2 years

Starting price - custom build: $4773

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Intense M16 Carbon

Since the early days of downhill racing, Intense has always been on the cutting-edge, offering highly desirable downhill bikes. With the M16, they've harnessed over 20 years of knowledge and development to harness gravity’s force into a racing machine of the purest variety.

  • Rear wheel travel: 214 - 241mm
  • Suspension design: VPP
  • Adjustable geo: yes
  • Frame material: carbon
  • Warranty: 5 years

Starting price - custom build: $5415

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Norco Aurum

A wickedly fun downhill bike at a reasonable price - what's not to like? The Aurum is available in both aluminum and carbon varieties to suit a wide range of budgets.

  • Rear wheel travel: 200mm
  • Suspension design: ART Suspension
  • Adjustable geo: no
  • Frame material: carbon front triangle w/alloy rear, or alloy frame
  • Warranty: lifetime

Starting price - factory prebuilt: $2985

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With all-mountain bikes becoming increasingly capable, you may wonder: what's the point of having a full-fledged downhill rig? Perhaps it is best described by BBC's Top Gear former host Jeremey Clarkson, when talking about frivolous super cars: "It needs to remind its owner every single yard of every single journey that he or she bought the car to be exciting." Granted, most of us are not able to afford a Ferrari, but thankfully downhill bikes are a bit more attainable. One thing about these bikes is for certain: they unequivocally go down hill in a way that your "enduro" bike never will. Downhilling will always hold a special place in our heart, regardless of the current trends in mountain biking.

Please drop us A-Line (wink-wink), and our experts will be more than happy to assist with any questions you may have. Read on to see some of our favorite downhill apparel, gear and components. See you out on the hill!