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Can You Put a Downhill Fork On An Enduro Bike?-Here’s what you need to know

There is a large difference between the DH forks and enduro bike forks in turning and twisting on the trails. The turning angle of the DH forks is smaller and limited than that of the enduro forks compared to enduro and hardtail forks. DH forks have a limited range and these can not turn up to 80 or 90 degrees but enduro bike forks can turn up to 160 to 180 degrees, and also if the enduro bike geometry and frame are compatible with the DH fork then you can easily install DH forks on enduro bikes.

DH forks are larger than the enduro forks, we can say as the main part of the DH fork which is non-compatible for the enduro is the greater length of the DH fork which is measured from the DH crown fork to fork dropouts where the hub and axle are inserted within the clamp holes of the forks. this distance is smaller for enduro bike forks as compared to DH forks. enduro bikes have lower length forks so if you are inserting DH forks on an enduro bike then the handlebar or the stem body of the bar stays higher as compared to enduro forks, it obviously affects your riding style, gripping, and handling, so if you are comfortable with this setup then go for it.

Enduro bikes are recommended for uphills and cross-country rides but these are not recommended for downhill terrains, dual crown downhill forks are recommended for downhill bikes, so if you are installing a downhill fork in an uphill or enduro bike, then it is not possible to climb up the mountains with the DH fork, and if you are climbing with the same setup you will tire too much and your shoes would also slip because you have to pedal with a large force.

Twisted Trails:

if you are riding with the same higher fork setup on twisted and corner trails, then the fork does not turn precisely on both left and right sides, you have to face a lot of difficulties and it’s a risky setup for twisted and zig-zag terrains. when you want to turn the handlebar DH fork does not respond better and the chances of a crash happen.

Higher Bottom Bracket:

DH fork would also increase the bottom bracket of the enduro bike, and increased BB would also affect gripping and handling, if you have not ridden before on this setup then you have to practice for a few days.

Increases Weight:

DH forks also are greater in weight as compared to enduro forks because DH forks are specially installed for gripping and decreasing bike speed on DH trails, where the speed of the DH bike does not goes out of control like the other enduro bikes, higher weight forks are just for DH trails and if you are installing them on uphill and enduro bikes then everything goes abnormal and you would not be able to handle your bike on uphill and cross country trails with the DH fork on an enduro bike.

Wheel And Fork Compatibility:

height and width of the wheels are specific for specific forks, DH wheels are specific for DH forks and enduro wheels are specific for enduro forks, so if you have DH wheels then it would be a better step to install them in enduro bike because wheels are forks should remain compatible with each other.

Smaller Front Wheel With The DH Fork:

If you have an old used wheel that has a smaller 26 or 27.5 size than 29 size wheel then it would work exactly with the DH fork because the setup will become compatible with the larger DH fork, smaller front wheel, and larger rear wheel.

Is It Possible To Use Enduro Bike For DH Trails With DH Fork?

Yes you can also use your enduro bike for downhill trails after installing DH forks in them and the enduro bikes would perform much better with the DH forks on DH terrains, 80% of riders install DH forks in their enduro bikes for downhill terrains, their response is much better and these would give fast and quick gripping on the DH terrains on with the DH forks.

Jumps And Drops:

DH forks have a greater weight and you can not whip easily on these forks while enduro bikes are used for whipping, drops, and jumping so you have to avoid jumpy trails with the DH fork, we can say as these DH forks are not the only forks which you can use with each and every bike.

How DH Fork Affects Riding Style On Enduro Bike:

DH forks are higher in height and when you are riding straight forward by gripping the handlebar, you cannot feel any difference between the DH and enduro forks but when you take a turn and you rotate the bar then you will feel a noticeable difference between both of these forks, but when you are gripping the DH fork in the straight forward direction, it feels like you have added extra spacers to the stem bar like you have increases the height of the handlebar, so it does not affect much but when you take a turn with the DH fork you will feel the difference.

DH Fork And Enduro Fork Differnce:

DH forks are larger and their height is 180mm to 200m while enduro forks are smaller in height from 160mm to 175mm of height, enduro bike frames are specific for 160mm to 180mm forks and DH bike frames are specific for  180mm to 200mm forks so it means you are raising bar fork on your enduro bike for 25mm to 30mm, it is a big value, surely you will face difficulty in handling larger fork enduro bike on the trails.


You can easily run this setup on straightforward uphill and downhill trails but you will feel a little bit of difficulty on twisted trails, but you will feel a clear difference between the DH forks on enduro forks, these are limited for riding, but we can say as these are not the only forks and can not be installed on all the categories of mountain bikes due to their limited turning and twisting angle on both left and right side.