The myriad of updates has made a great bike even better All EXC models are fitted with the WP XPLOR 48 upsidedown fork as previous with the split fork design delivering separate damping circuits – the left-hand fork damping only the compression stage and the right hand one only the rebound. For 2020 the fork has a new, mid-valve piston for more consistent damping, as well as new clicker adjusters on the upper fork caps for easier adjustment. On the track the effect of this new setting keeps the front end a touch higher as you track through the trees with less tendency to dive. When you transfer hard onto the front under braking or downhill sections, there’s a sense of increased bottoming resistance which gives more confidence on the brakes. Standard on the SIX DAYS models and optional on the standard models, the three-stage spring preload adjuster are easier to use now without tools as well. Too cool! The Four Strokers: 350 EXC-F Hot on the heels of the EXC TPIs is the 350 EXC-F. Many people’s favourite EXC simply because it feels like a great balance of power, weight and handling. Like the 300 2T, the 350F delivers power that can be docile and careful or it can give you the “grunt” when you want it which is why so many, from racer to hobby riders like it – at once a really enjoyable trail bike that is just as ready to take you racing on the weekend. Having that range of power at your right hand gives you the flexibility of using one or two gears for long periods like the bigger four strokes, but it is still ready and lively if you want to switch it to beast mode. It comes as a surprise how usable all the four strokes are despite their quite different characters. 30 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019
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