Atherton Bikes Downhill and Enduro Bikes | Everything You Need to Know.

Atherton Bikes have been in no rush to get an incomplete product to market, but you can now get your hands on their Downhill and Enduro models.

A year after announcing that they’d be bringing their bikes to market, Atherton Bikes have released the details for their two full suspension bikes.

After twenty one prototypes, Atherton Bikes have announced that they are building the first fifty of their four complete bikes, based around two frames, the Downhill and Enduro 29″.

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There was never any doubt that the Athertons would bring a downhill bike out, seeing as they have been riding and tweaking their own design for a while now. This is the bike that has taken on the World Cups, taken three wins under Rachel Atherton and has been hammered at Dyfi Bike Park day in, day out.

The heart of the new bike is the frame, and is the Additive Manufacturing carbon fibre-tubed, titanium-lugged offering build around a Dave Weagle-designed DW6 linkage. The bike rolls on 29″ wheels only.

Reach on the Medium is 450mm mated to a 420mm seat tube. With either the Fox 40 or Rockshox BoXXer fork, you get a healthy 63 degree head angle and a 1278mm wheel base.

XSmall all the way through the XXL models are available.

Three options are available for the Downhill model. You have a frame-only kit in RAW/Matte Black at £3,700, Build Spec 1 will set you back £8,000 with the option of adding custom fit for £350, and the Build Spec 2 is £6,000.

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Build Spec 1

Key features:

  • Fox 40 29″ fork
  • Fox DHX2 Coil shock
  • SRAM XO1 DH 7-speed drive
  • SRAM Code RSC brakes
  • Stans Flow EX3 wheels
  • £8,000 RRP

Build Spec 2

Key features:

  • Rockshox BoXXer RC DebonAir 29″ fork
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil RC World Cup shock
  • SRAM GX DH 7-speed drive
  • SRAM Code R brakes
  • Stans Flow S1 wheels
  • £6,000 RRP

Enduro 29″

The Athertons have played about with varying travels and wheel sizes with their enduro model, with both Jamie and Pete having ridden the 160mm 27.5″ prototype at Dyfi Bike Park, but it’s the 150mm travel 29er that they’ve gone with for the first production batch.

We spotted the prototype of this bike back at the Fort William World Cup in 2019. Check it out here.

As with the downhill bike, you have the same frame construction and linkage, albeit designed around a shorter travel application and draws on Dan Atherton’s experience of competing at the sharp end of the Enduro World Series.

Sizing is a little less traditional on the Enduro 29″, with two seat tubes (Low and Tall, but totalling four different lengths) and multiple top tube options. Low comes in XShort to XXLong, with Tall coming with Regular to XXLong.

Low – Long might be the pick of the bunch for a lot of folk we think, sporting a 470mm reach and a 430mm seat tube, it’s plenty Low and Long for some really wild rides. You get a 65 degree head angle from either the Fox 36 or Rockshox Yari 29″ forks, mated to an effective seat tube angle of 76 degrees.

Like the Downhill model, there’s a frame-only option at £3,400, Build Spec 1 at £7,000 again with the option of Custom Fit for 350 and Build Spec 2 at £5,500, with the option to upgrade the shock to the Fox unit for £150.

Build Spec 1

Key Features:

  • Fox 36 Factory 29″ 160mm fork
  • Fox Float X2 shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM G2 RSC brakes
  • Stans Flow MK3 wheels
  • Rockshox Reverb dropper
  • £7,000 RRP

Build Spec 2

Key Features:

  • RockShox Yari Charger RC 29″160mm fork
  • RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • SRAM Guide T brakes
  • Stans Flow S1 wheels
  • Rockshox Reverb dropper
  • £5,500 RRP

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The first fifty Atherton Bikes, will be available to those who signed up to their mailing list.