It’s not usually I get to attempt one thing utterly new, however just lately Grime Rider received a name to study, take a look at, and journey some filth bikes outfitted with Timbersled snowbike programs, and I used to be requested to be part of the group. Not solely did we get the VIP therapy of driving the current-model Timbersled ARO, however we had been additionally given very particular entry to check Timbersled’s all-new 2020 Riot and Riot LE. It was a full day of limitless driving within the mountains simply exterior of Timbersled’s residence base in Ponderay, Idaho.
The driving started in a meadow so everybody might get an understanding and really feel for driving a snowbike. I used to be given some primary pointers from Timbersled’s Brett Turcotte. He provided me among the do’s and don’ts to being profitable on a snowbike. He suggested me to maintain the throttle on, belief the ski, and don’t put your ft down when stopping, or else you’ll tip over. I began out on the Timbersled ARO and, not eager to appear to be a goon, I made certain to recollect his ideas.
Happily, I efficiently made it by the primary 30-minute trial journey and was deemed competent and protected to graduate to the all-new Riot. I spent one other 30 minutes efficiently familiarizing myself with this new platform and its completely different dealing with traits. After the one-hour orientation within the meadow, Brett decided I used to be doing properly sufficient that I might not be an excessive amount of of a hazard to myself and mentioned, “Let’s go hit some backcountry.” Actually, I used to be amazed at how simple it was to study.
Since this primary journey evaluate is meant to be concerning the new 2020 Timbersled Riot and Riot LE, I’m going to focus extra on the variations, modifications, and traits compared to the ARO mannequin. In the event you personal or simply bought an ARO, don’t fear; Timbersled will proceed producing it as a mountain, open backcountry mannequin. The brand new Riot system is designed to be extra filth bike-like for competitors racing and tighter woods areas.
Timbersled prides itself on its snowbike programs being “Timbersled powerful” and the brand new Riot doesn’t present any visible indicators of weak spot over the ARO by combining confirmed Timbersled ARO expertise, however with an all-new Riot platform with its particular patent-pending rear suspension system. The Riot makes use of a single long-arm rear suspension and shocks which are particularly tuned for it. It additionally has new light-weight suspension rails that the brand new twin Timbersled IFP totally rebuildable shocks help. The Riot body has additionally been shortened in an effort to centralize weight and enhance dealing with.
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The Traverse Monitor options further porting home windows each in entrance and behind every paddle to assist cut back much more weight and enhance its playful driving sensation. For the rider who needs a fair larger efficiency equipment, they’ll improve to the Riot LE, which has Fox Zero QS3 shocks which are designed particularly for it. These adjustable shocks assist management wheelie and ski stress in an effort to optimize its nimble dealing with traits. Some variations on the Riot LE over the usual Riot are the color-matched spindle, rails, and ski loop. The Riot LE retails for $5,499, whereas the Riot is priced $1,000 much less at $four,499. Up entrance, the Riot comes with the identical bolt-on Timbersled spindle that’s on the ARO. Connected to the underside of the spindle is Riot Traverse Ski that includes a brand new Deuce Bar Middle Skag, which is meant to remove drag and supply confidence-inspiring management.
The million-dollar query is, did these modifications make the Timbersled really feel extra like a mud bike? The reply is sure! The extra I rode and received out into open recent snow, the extra I started to actually perceive what that is all about. I used to be in a position to return to again with the Riot and ARO fashions all through the day and the variations between them had been considerably noticeable.
As a hard-core filth bike rider, if I had been out there to purchase a brand new snowbike system, there isn’t a doubt in my thoughts I might need to go along with the Riot LE because it was the closest to feeling like a mud bike. It was simple to study, extra agile, had faster turning, and was simply extra enjoyable for me general. Its adjustability and higher-performance suspension will definitely be a profit to the rider as she or he progresses by the training curve. The rear shock adjustability was very noticeable and labored simply as described. Opening the adjuster permitting the shock to compress a lot simpler gave the Riot extra of a brief monitor feeling and made the bike a lot simpler to wheelie. However as soon as you bought out into recent, deep snow, you might crank the adjuster again in to agency it up and make it really feel like an ARO lengthy monitor that is able to climb.
Timbersled advised us the ARO can be higher in greater, extra wide-open areas, and presumably when climbing, however at no level did I really feel just like the Riot was giving something up within the deeper snow or hillclimbs. In powder snow, carving turns was a lot simpler and inside 20 minutes, I felt like I might bury the handlebar at will. When driving up hills, I felt I used to be solely restricted by the bike’s energy, and never the snowbike system. We did some cross-country driving by areas I might have by no means imagined as being doable on a mud bike. Nonetheless, it was like a day within the park on this snowbike system. Being a motocross and off-road rider, there isn’t a doubt the Riot LE can be my selection.