Difference Between Mx and Enduro Bikes

Sure, you get some huge endure bikes, some offering over 1000cc while MX bikes tend to be for the track and usually limit at 450cc. While many think the 450 is the best, the pros tend to choose the 250s, 300s and 350s for their weekend toys while going hitting the track for some huge jumps.

More often than not, you see beginner riders try to make an MX bike work as an enduro bike, meaning they use a bike that’s meant for the track and use it for riding over rocks, slow up hills and technical sections. At the time, as a beginner, you might think it’s perfect, and the bouncy ride and long gearing is just part of how it all works. However, when you compare an MX and Enduro, you’ll quickly see why these are on completely different levels.

Instead of trying to compare a 450 to one of the big endure bikes, we’ll take a look at the 250cc bikes as they come in both MX and endure. On top of that, they’re actually the most popular in both cases, especially with riders who like the idea of additional power.

Gearbox

This is a huge difference in these bikes and completely changes the way you ride, how much grip you have and just quickly that back tire begins to spin when all you’re trying to do is get through a low technical area.

It’s actually quite simple, think about how often an MX rider would use first gear, just to get going right? That would mean the MX box has a really long and snappy first gear, allowing maximum power off the line. While this is great and it does really quick in a straight line, you don’t want that kind of power when you’re on the rocks and trying to ride up a huge hill as just a small twist would send the power through, and that back wheel will just start spinning, whether you’re ready or not.

The endure gearbox is much like the bike that are meant for dual purpose, meaning it’s similar to a road bike, but not quite the same. It’s actually between the two, giving you the best advantage of both. It also has more flywheel effect, allowing you to keep going at low RPMs without stalling the whole time.

Suspension

Again, think about what MX riders do vs. what you want to do. MX bikes have really hard suspension as they are used to jump and land really hard. Therefore, it has to be stiff, not flex and certainly not bottom out. Using that for enduro won’t just wear you out from vibrations over rocks and logs, but it’s too hard to catch grip between technical sections, once again leaving you with wheelspin.

Enduro suspension is far from too soft or unable to do the jumps. Sure, they won’t do what an MX bike does as often as it does, but it can certainly do nearly as much. The difference is, the enduro suspension gives you a much better grip and makes it a lot easier to ride as the wheels stay on the ground more.

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