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WHICH DIRT BIKE SHOULD I BUY!? Cross Training Enduro

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Published on Feb 12, 2016

A very common question is which dirt bike, enduro bike or 'woods' bike should I buy? We've put this extremely unhelpful video together so you can decide on the best dirt bike or ideal enduro bike for your situation. Like to support our vids? : http://crosstrainingenduro.com/cross-...

As most experienced riders will tell you, your riding skills are what count, not the type of bike you are on. Cross training is about applying trials techniques that emphasize balance, traction and throttle/clutch control - these can be learned on any bike regardless of whether you potter around on a dirt bike or are getting into endurocross and extreme enduros.
Having said that, you will definitely find that the major factor involved with your choice of bike is weight - the lighter your dirt bike is, the more you can apply cross training techniques. We'll start with the heaviest bikes and work through to the lighter ones. Consider getting a trials bike and joining a club. The vast majority of the skills are directly transferable to your enduro bike. Obviously the enduro bike is heavier, you have less grip, and your body weight won't influence the bike as much, but the key dirt riding skills are all there for the taking. What do all the world's best extreme enduro riders have in common? Almost without exception they are former trials champions who applied who have applied trials techniques to their dirt riding skills to tackle some of the world's toughest events - Romaniacs, Erzberg, The Roof of Africa and Hells Gate.

Many riders will happily choose a heavier four-stroke if it suits their riding style. Traditionally four-strokes have been up 13kg heavier than two-strokes but some European bikes are now getting quite light. Disadvantages? Four-strokes have more complicated engines so servicing is more expensive and tedious when it does occur. They only fire half as often so cannot match the two-strokes for outright power. Nonetheless, you will occasionally see the top riders in endurocross and extreme enduro events on four-strokes. When the going gets really tough and slow, the four-strokes are more likely to overheat. A top rider on an old ag bike will smoke any of us average joes in any conditions other than an outright drag on smooth ground! Remember this when deciding on a best bike for cross training. At first glance, trials riding doesn't appear to have much in common with dirt riding as much of the action happens at walking speed or even slower - but the balance, precise, traction and clutch skills help with enduro riding, especially for extreme enduro. The growing interest in extreme enduro has seen a resurgence in trials riding riding internationally, and many dirt riders are now joining trials clubs to improve their overall skills for basic dirt riding or hard enduro events and endurocross. A little over a year ago they started pouring over extreme enduro video footage for tips on extreme techniques, and bought trials bikes to develop the skills that Graham Jarvis kept emphasising.

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