WHICH DIRT BIKE SHOULD I BUY? Enduro, endurocross & hard enduro

From our huge collection of free training vids at http://crosstrainingenduro.com So many choices for cross training, extreme enduro and enduro riding – four stroke, two stroke, hybrid and even trials bikes. Cross training applies the same principles to enduro bike and the clutch becomes an extension of your thottle at both low and high speeds. We look at the pros and cons of each, but not looking at specific brands as such. The trials skills needed for extreme enduro and endurocross are favouring the hybrid bikes and trials bikes for cross training purposes e.g. the KTM Freeride, Sherco X-ride and Ossa Explorer.

Cross Training Enduro Skills Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cross.training.enduro.skills/
Cross Training Enduro Skills Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJAvmhgP0h1AEKY8vTEJPJg

Remember we also have other Youtube channels:
Adventure Oz Youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/secretgardenproject
Trials training Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ6Lrqmphte_EJv-vjzj5gg

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.

What is this cross training? A small group of Australian riders decided to take on the challenge of learning these techniques in their early 50s, figuring it was now or never to learn some serious enduro skills before their creaking bodies said enough is enough.
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. 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.

If you are thinking of getting into extreme enduro, or simply want to take your riding to the next level, this cross training approach to dirt riding is definitely worth a try. Not surprisingly, trials skills are most easily learnt on a trials bike. 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.

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.


JammyJack says:

so you are saying that i could do the same things with my Honda 50cc? i am not kidding, i’d like to do these sort of stuff but i dont think i have the power at all

Michael Steven says:

Of course, another video telling me I bought the wrong bike..All the best enduro riders in the world ride 2 strokes and occasionally 4 strokes..blah, blah, blah..I spent 10k on a KTM 4 stroke that is inferior..Not one video on this debate says a 4 stroke is the better all around bike..Live and learn..really depressing

Crazy CRA says:

That Chanel is going to help me so much I love it

wing_nut_101 says:

i nearly crapped myself when i saw a free ride 350, the gas gas and the freeride are my two bikes, both good, but i prefer my 300

wildwill1970 says:

🙂 The DR1800, she a big bitch but she’s gonna get er done!

Alice Ben says:

Perfect bike would be 250 cc, light weight, 4 stroke, liquid cooled. Oh parts have to be cheap, because you will need lots of parts replaced while training.

EDL Urbex says:

for my next bike im debating on a 125TS or a 250FS. I like the TS because it seems better and im only 5’8” and its cheaper, but im afraid the power is to sensitive, hard to control, powerband etc…. i currently ride a ttr125 (ik…ik) and I am set on either a 125 or 250f but again, im kinda scared of the power tbh. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Dbikekid says:

hey mate quick question,,i ride  an 06 yz 125 would love a beta a ktm or just anything in the 300cc range but like many people  I  cant afford it so ive been slowly setting my bike up more and more for the more rough bush tracks,anything you guys can think of that’s really important apart from gearing and suspension? vids are awesome mate they’ve helped me improve alot on hills and also giving my dad some inspiration to keep riding when he sees blokes his age who are out there still improving there riding,keep em coming!

brody maddalozzo says:

i have been practicing on a sx85 but i keep blowing it up. should i concider getting a new bike with a higher capacity or should i just get another 85 of a different make

euphoric rational says:

Great video>Thanks! Can I use the enduro bikes such as KTM 350 exc for cross country touring on asphalt road? I really like the suspension it offers.

Hard Enduro Sunday says:

Looking at theese videos makes me feel very happy. You have strong points at each choice! Im currently looking for used 2012-2014 model of 300exc/300rr and I think that after 3 years of riding on 250excf(2005 model year-approx 125 kilos) It will be a massive difference! What Ive learned on a heavy 250f: Right gear choice, handling the weight, managing throttle in slippery conditions and It cost me a fortune(In all theese years) for casual 4stroke maintenance. I will probably do rebuild on 300 2stroke myself because its so damn easy .. and cheap..

Robson Enduro says:

guys, do some series of same techniques training but on dual sport bikes. Should be very interesting as most of people use them anyway 🙂

Harley Davidson Breakout Ducati Panigale 1299 says:

What’s the difference between Enduro, endurocross & hard endurance?

Which is the best Husqvarna for going off road into the mountain over rocks and fallen trees as well as long distances for camping and stuff like that?

F8H says:

So is that 1800 Suzuki even better than a Goldwing for hill climbing? You lied in your other video saying the Goldwing was the best choice. I am starting to think you are trying to trick your viewers!

bart moorlag says:

so a Husqvarna 580 te aint no good?;l

Crazy CRA says:

I sub

Benjamin Samuel says:

Four strokes are the best if you get a rekluse, prevents low rev stalling

Bitchface McGee says:

i want a bike for strrets and dirt aswell more dirt than street and i want to learn some techniques. so what do you think of a yamaha wr 450f?

M80 says:

hay I have $1500 what bike would you guys recommend

QuattPlag says:

I was thinking of buying a trials bike as second bike to my enduro, but having in mind, that there is no trials club near where i live i’d need a road legal bike… do you think it would make sense to buy an ossa explorer even if i already own an enduro?? or does it even make sense to buy a trials bike (or hybrid) when i have no terrain suited for trials and would ride it in the woods (of course i would search for the most suited natural terrain but i think it could still be critical)

sorry for my bad english skills… i’m german

leung Thomas says:

I am a beginner , but I ride downhill mountain bike, if I get a two stroke husqvaran300 Will get a big trouble?

Paul Dykstra says:

I am clueless, about this stuff, but serious with this question. What about a ct90? As a first off road bike? I found one used for very little money. Very low cost, light weight and low power. Good for learning basic skills?

Scoooter Lee says:

Want that DR adeen hundret!

Christian 777 says:

If i could have two bikes id have a 250 and a 150 two strokes

Eugene says:

can someone help me out i am very poor and i want a good bike under 1500 but i want a 300 2 stroke or something with less than 125cc

wing_nut_101 says:

i couldn’t go wrong with my gas gas ec300. best thing i have ever bought. fantastic all rounder bike

Crazy CRA says:

Never mind

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