And the race is off! KTM released their first line of 2021 bikes this morning showcasing the new enduro (XC/F-W & EXC) range. To no surprise, the same models are back by popular demand for the new model year. On the two stroke side, the 150 XC-W, 250 XC-W, and 300 XC-W TPi models return. The four-strokes are highlighted by the 350cc and 500cc XCF-W and EXC-F bikes.
The enduro models got a full revamp for 2020 with updated engines, chassis’, and some suspension upgrades, so the Orange Brigade dialed back the changes for ‘21. The most notable change is the addition of an external preload adjuster to the WP XPLOR fork on all of the models. This allows for easy fine tuning of the suspension and chassis feel as you can change where the fork rides in the stroke with the simple twist of the fork cap. The WP Pro Components (Cone Valve/XACT Pro forks) have a very similar feature. Dual sport rides typically vary drastically in terrain from one ride to the next, so being able to increase the preload and keep the fork higher in the stroke for sandier conditions is beneficial. Contrarily, you can lessen the preload to lower the fork for the harder packed conditions for a better feel.
Some other minor changes to the model lineup is a new cast piston for the 150cc two-stroke, whereas the ‘20 model utilized a forged piston. KTM claims the new piston is more durable and helps keep the weight down inside the motor. Additionally, both 500cc models, the XCF-W and EXC-F, have an updated shift locker on the shift drum star. KTM claims an increase in durability with the change. The final change was the all important Bold New Graphics. KTM strayed away from the heavily used black and instead implemented grey and some highlights of a light orange.
With so many major changes for 2020, we didn’t expect much out of these enduro models. Stay tuned to the sight for some sneak peeks at the rest of the 2021 KTM lineup, along with the rest of the major OEM new model announcements!