What is Gravity Enduro also known as All Mountain racing?
It is a blend of downhill and cross-country racing that calls for your endurance skills. Most of the race is downhill, on trails similar to the downhill segment of a cross-country race, with some technical bits and pieces. There are also short uphill and flat sections, which make the use of downhill bicycles challenging.
What gear do you need?
A cross-country helmet is acceptable, protective knee, elbow and torso equipment is recommended, but optional.
In terms of the bike, an all-mountain or trail bike is ideal. You will get away with a cross-country or a downhill bike – you’ll just have to make adjustments to the shock systems, ie, make them softer on the XC bike to absorb the technical sections and stiffen the DH set up slightly not to loose too much momentum on the sections you have to pedal.
What’s the ideal bike to use?
Both downhill and cross-country bikes with a refined component set up are suitable. A lot of riders use the now popular 'trail bikes' that allow for more travel. We’d suggest that you talk to your bike shop crew to assist you with the ideal bike set up – ie, ideal seat post height, shock pressures etc.
The all mountain category consists mostly of bikes with about 4 to 6 inches (100 to 160 millimeters) of travel. While they are designed to climb hills very efficiently, they are generally heavier and a bit more stout than the typical cross county mountain bike. They can handle a lot rougher terrain as well.