Here is what most great downhill bikes have in common—they have roughly eight inches of suspension travel front and rear, they look mean as hell, and they will set you back roughly the price of the security deposit on a decent NYC apartment. These are not bikes for the meek, nor for bike racks. Most of the bikes on this list simply do one thing exceedingly well, and that is get you from point A to point B, provided point A is atop a mountain and separated from point B by thousands of vertical feet and natural obstacles of all kinds.
There is a good reason that "downhill" is often replaced with "gravity" in bike literature—pedaling is not a key feature here, and chairlifts are generally utilized to get back to point A. So get your full-face helmet ready and check out The 10 Best Downhill Mountain Bikes Available Now.