KTM is first to fire off 2024 model news and it comes in a bit of a big way, at least on the off-road side. The following models are back for 2024: 125SX, 250SX, 300SX, 250 SX-F, 350 SXF, 450 SX-F, 125XC, 250XC, 300XC, 250 XC-F, 350 XC-F, and 450 XC-F.
From the naked eye, they look nearly identical save for some bold new graphics. However, the SX(F) models received updated suspension settings while the XC(F) models received an all new fork – a coil-spring fork!
All of the XC and XC-F models boast “an all-new WP XACT Closed Cartridge spring fork” that is claimed to provide an “improved feel and comfort over long offroad races. Improved damping characteristics come thanks to a new mid-valve piston concept that optimizes the oil flow within the cartridge. This setup avoids unwanted foaming of oil which can lead to an unwanted change of damping characteristics and less consistent damping behavior.”
Unlike the enduro and dual-sport models that feature open cartridge spring forks, the XC range is equipped with closed cartridge spring forks. KTM also states “A new hydro stop in the last 68 mm of the stroke aids in maintaining maximum reserves in extreme riding situations. Revised fork protection rings also provide increased protection against dirt intrusion for improved reliability. The new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork retains its 48 mm diameter, while the total length is now 940 mm, providing 300 mm of travel.”
In speaking with the WP guys, this isn’t the WP 6500 Kit that you can buy and install in the previous air forks. Rather, this is a system that actually shares a lot of the same components as the air fork, but modified to adapt the coil spring.
Similar to how some of the Husqvarna’s have been released with, these spring forks have 10mm less travel (last year’s AER48 forks had 310mm of travel). Some praised the Husqvarna’s lower settings for its cornering ability and the more compact feel while riding, and we expect this can be a good change in an East Coast woods setting where speeds are slower and rocks and roots are abundant.
The rear shock also received some changes, namely in settings and overall length while retaining its 300mm of travel. “On the rear, the WP XACT shock provides advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption. It also features less overall length and less weight compared to the previous generation while keeping the suspension travel unchanged with 300 mm.”
The XC-F models also see the Quick Shift feature available (even for 6-speed bikes). This wasn’t available on the 2023 models as only Traction Control and the 2 Map Selector were apart of the handlebar mounted map switch.
The motocross models see all the same suspension components used, just with revised settings internally.
All models are slated to be available in dealers later this month.
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