Budget new enduro bike buying guide for 2020. Are they worth it? We’ve taken a look at the less expensive new bikes on the market to ask are they worth a look or not?
Christmas is around the corner and in most parts of the world that means off season, for a few weeks at least. Off season means itchy fingers on the internet and time to trade in the bike.
This top 10 list is a buyer’s guide to budget off road and enduro bikes out there on the market right now. From unknown brands, rejuvenated line-ups from 80’s legendary brands all the way to the mainstream manufacturers’ budget options.
Ranked from cheapest to “most expensive”, this is a list of current models and not a list of bikes we’ve tested or rated. Simply it is food for thought…
The UK-based brand 10TEN has been mostly focused on pit and kid bikes but now they’ve released a first full-size, off road bike, the 250RX – for just over £2000.
Equipped with a five-speed, air-cooled, 250cc four stroke engine with electric and kickstart plus fully adjustable fork and rear shock. The 250RX uses a Chromoly steel frame with 21” front and 18” rear wheels and is not homologated for road use.
It’s obviously not a bike you’ll take trail riding but for closed course riding it could be a perfect starting point for adult learners or in reality anyone wanting a cheap bike.
Cost: £2190.00 (global availability not confirmed)
BHR might be unknown to many but the Chinese manufacturer is going big in France with an off road race team competing successful in enduro, hard enduro, motocross and beach racing.
With a wide range of four stroke bikes to choose from, including small bore 125cc to a bigger bore 450cc model, the BHR bikes come in motocross, cross-country, enduro and even rally specs and you get one-year warranty on them so enough already with your scepticism.
In France they have double enduro world champion, Thierry Charbonnier on their side and offer the chance for a test ride if you’re not sure about putting your money on them, but you’ll have to travel to France for a spin.
At the moment BHR only has official dealers in Europe and South America but if you’re looking to get your hands in one drop them a message.
Cost: €3490/£N/A (125cc enduro spec) to €5390/£N/A (450cc enduro spec) *other spec prices on their website
Spanish brand Rieju counts nearly 100 years of history building small capacity motorbikes and can even count on World Championship success with a runner-up place in 1985.
The Marathon 200 Pro is Rieju’s top spec bike, with a Yamaha four stroke, four valve, liquid cooled, 182cc engine and Marzocchi inverted forks and PRS rear shock it is a ready to go bike out the crate. Unfortunately, this bike is only available in the UK market at the moment, but it’ll hopefully expand in the future.
Rieju offers also two, 125 four stroke models: the Marathon 125 Pro and Marathon 125 AC –air-cooled – which make a great choice for a first bike if you’re not too sure if woods riding will be your thing.
Rieju doesn’t import to USA or Australia, which is a bummer, so readers from these two countries will have to speak directly to Rieju to see if you can get hold of one.
Cost: €2982.20/£2999 (Marathon 125 AC), £4199 (Marathon 200 Pro)
Made in Portugal, AJP has a wide experience with affordable and reliable bikes for the off road market and a remarkable racing pedigree that goes from XL Lagares to FIM Rallies Baja World Championship.
With their model range spreading from learner level PR3 air-cooled, 125cc, four stroke enduro bikes to more racing focused PR5 liquid-cooled 250cc four stroke, AJP offers multiple options to choose from without making a hole in your bank account. Plus they also have the PR7 650cc adventure/rally bike in case you want to go the distance.
Cost: $N/A/€2995/£3100 (PR3 125cc model) to $6599/€4990/£4995 (top spec PR5 250cc model)
After taking a trials world championship and several national championships back in the day, Italian brand SWM underwent some financial difficulties but was brought back to life in 2014 when they swiftly focused towards more affordable bikes.
Manufactured at the old Husqvarna factory, after buying the complex and engines, the new SWMs are new “versions” of what we saw racing in GPs a few years back. Their enduro range includes a 125cc, 300cc and a 500cc all in four stroke engine configurations plus an adventure 600cc weapon.
If you want to line up in a race without spending big money the SWM bikes offer a package worth considering.
Cost: from $N/A/€4295/£3599 (125cc base model) to $7795/€7395/£6399 (500cc model), Adventure bike $8995/€7695/£6899
GPX Moto stormed the internet last year when they revealed their GPX TSE 250R (read our article here). It was China’s first take on the two-stroke enduro market and they have now broadened their range with the new FSE 250R and FSE 450R.
With the bodywork reminding us of the 2019 Husqvarna’s, fully adjustable front and rear suspension and the option to fit a Rekluse clutch, the GPX models are a step up in price from the bikes further up this list but the cost versus performance balance is growing here.
GPX Moto only has official dealers in USA, Brazil, Costa Rica and Indonesia so if you’re from a different country and fancy one of their bikes get directly in contact with them to see what shipping options they have.
Cost: $4800 (TSE 250R and FSE 250R), 5699$ (FSE 450R)
Fantic is another Italian brand taking on the off road bike market afresh again after a successful racing past: three trials world titles and seven wins at the infamous Scottish Six Days Trial speak for themselves.
Having switched their attention to affordable enduro bikes, Fantic have been producing 50cc enduro models for a while, plus a four stroke 125cc available in performance and racing specs and a 250cc four stroke in a higher spec.
Moving forward in a big way for 2020, Fantic have recently announced they are heading back into Grand Prix racing for a “new racing era” with a 125cc two-stroke which shares Yamaha’s YZ engine and chassis (read our article here) which will be available in 2020 (prices for these 2020 models are not curenty available) and if you’re looking for a big size road legal 50cc bike for your teenager they also got you covered.
Cost: $N/A/€4490/£4399 (current 125cc 4T) to $N/A/€5690/£4899 (250cc racing spec)
Originally born as a motorcycle manufacturer in 1973 (first produced bikes in 1979) Valenti then progressed to be the Suzuki Italy distributor in 1997 and after starting to build 50cc enduro bikes in 2011, they brought a 125cc four stroke market this year.
Equipped with a Piaggio double cam, four valve, fuel injected, 125cc four stroke engine with electric start, Valenti offers an affordable enduro bike that can be the ideal companion to any 16-year-old (required age to drive it in the road in Europe) or an adult who’s looking to step on the trails without getting to rowdy.
Valenti is a small, Italian manufacturer you’ll have to get in touch with them if you live outside Italy.
There are two hugely underrated bikes on the new bike market and this is the first, Beta’s Xtrainer. A user-friendly bike that you can take along in any weekend enduro ride with your mates without being left behind. If you’re an experience enduro rider but want to make your first steps into Hard Enduro the Xtrainer is also a great choice.
With a host of changes on the 2020 model including counterbalanced, two-stroke engine (250cc and 300cc), improved chassis and suspension and a sweet looking new set of bodywork and graphics, the Xtrainer still maintains the user-friendliness but with improved performance. This is a very good bike.
Beta offers even a more pocket friendly bike, the RR 4T 125 LC, a four stroke, 125cc, liquid cooled enduro bike that shares the look of the bigger racing models and can be the perfect partner for someone who isn’t looking for top spec bikes but still wants to hit the trails.
Cost: $7699/€6890/£5995 (Xtrainer), $N/A/€5067/N/A£ (RR 4t 125 LC)
GasGas already took on the beginner, easy-to-use market in the early 2000’s with the Pampera but there was always a gap between full-spec enduro models and the soft Pampera. That’s where the ECRanger comes in, basically a decaffeinated version of their EC enduro bike.
The ECRanger shares all the main parts – engine, chassis, bodywork– with her bigger sister the EC but with a softer power delivery thanks to a different cylinder and cylinder head. The suspension is also lower and softer spec than the EC and it got rid of the kickstart making it lighter.
It is a surprisingly useful bike, much better than many expect and if you want proof then look to Nieve Holmes’ podium finish with Team GB at the 2019 ISDE onboard a Ranger.
The only downside might be the new owners of GasGas, KTM, have not yet divulged their exact bike list for the red and white brand. Fingers crossed the Ranger is a remainer.
We know, of course, that the used bike market is a big one and “for that money I could buy a…” will always be a mantra for many. Quality of components also has to come in to the equation but you should not jump to conclusions, some of these bikes need seeing in the flesh before you make that judgement. There is a whole world of used bikes out there though for whatever price you want to pay or your budget allows.
But buying a secondhand bike can be tricky, especially if you don’t know the previous owner or how the bike has been used. For many people the idea of a new bike trumps the uncertainties of walking the used bike tightrope. This list is meant to feed your buying options some extra food.
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