N2dirt rider Andrew Dawson put together this great video of his 800 mile dual sport ride in South Eastern Utah. Andrew is a sound engineer and is very talented. The music and video are masterfully mixed together to give you the feel of their experience. The ride was on his KTM450EXC that we built.
We now have a dozens of rides on the latest version of the MX-Tech shock huck valve with AER fork on our 2016 KTM450SXF.
First impression is huge improvement of bottoming resistance over revalved shock. I used to have a good amount of rub marks on the fender after a long moto and now I am just noticing the dirt is just getting rubbed off and no tire mark. The presents of the bottoming system is there and you can feel it but as long as your compression clicker isn’t backed out to far you don’t feel it come on too much when it’s low in the stroke.
Watching the action of the rear end of the bike looks so much different than a stock setup bike. Much more controlled motion and planted feel. Traction is greatly improved as you don’t need a really stiff low speed compression stack to compensate for bottoming resistance.
With the triple adjuster you can really dial in the low speed rebound to keep the back tire biting when unloaded on entry of a low speed roller into a turn.
Seat bounce any jump face out of a turn with confidence that you won’t blow through the entire stroke instantly.
The balance of the bike has improved to match the bottoming resistance of the AER Fork. While we are happy with the results so far we aren’t done tuning yet and will continue with races as weather is permiting. Stay tuned!
2017 KTM and Husky models fitted with the AER Fork contain a solid clamp mid valve or a wave washer mid valve. Along with having tuning constraints they are prone to failure and WP updated the new models to a sintered piston. We have a fix the Aer leaf spring with mid valve piston will also give the fork a much better feel. It is highly tuneable and durable.
You are going to want to ditch the cheap plastic parts in your shock. The MX-TECH TANK is a great upgrade to a high performance 7075 aluminum piston that is +2 mm larger. This results in less heat and better over all performance. X-Trig replaces the plastic spring adjuster with a quick easy to use adjuster to get the rider sag dialed in. All you need is an 8 mm socket to adjust your sag. No more hammer and punch. You’ll have to buy this from us if you use it in conjunction with the MX-TECH TANK. The shock needs to be disassembled to install the X-Trig adjuster. Check out the video.
Check out our setup video of the Del Saggio Sphere complete cartridges.