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View Poll Results: What track length do you prefer for mountain riding?
136" 34 16.83%
141" 2 0.99%
144" 59 29.21%
151" 47 23.27%
156" 13 6.44%
159" 19 9.41%
162" 18 8.91%
166" 10 4.95%
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post #21 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originally posted by Flyguy@Apr 14 2005, 05:31 AM
It depends on where you are and how deep of snow. Around here all you need is a 121"
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A 121" is basically non existant here. You wouldn't be able to go anywhere with them but up and down a trail, what fun would that be. :blahblah:
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post #22 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 05:09 PM
 
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If you buying a sled dedicated for mountain riding I would think you would only need a 151" track. After that driver input matters more than the length of the track. If I were to get a crossover sled I would think a 136 with a 1 1/4" paddle would be adequate.
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post #23 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 01:46 AM
 
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Originally posted by VerticalEscapeRMK@Apr 14 2005, 09:40 AM
A 121" is basically non existant here. You wouldn't be able to go anywhere with them but up and down a trail, what fun would that be. :blahblah:
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I have a 121 REV with 1.75" track and it does just fine - you just have to know how to float a sled up and set the suspension up for deep snow. In fact I do better than my friends on my 144x2" Summit because I'm putting more HP to a lighter track that still gets great traction.

And WHY are the mfgrs making their cross sleds with the puny 1.25" lug tracks??? They need at least 1.75"! I guess they're targeting MI, MN, ON, WI riders?
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post #24 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 07:11 AM
 
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My sled has a 144" X 2 and the sled goes just about anywhere. I think that the 144 is the best all around track length.

I also agree with gman086 on the 121 x 2 tracks. I have friends that love that set-up.

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post #25 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm was just zinging you short track guys a little. Although I havent seen a track that short in a few seasons. THe 121" is a trail track, right?

I think the reason you can't get 2" paddles on any crossover sleds is because they are all targeted for Eastern and Northern riders. Trail guys that want just a little extra but not 2" paddles and have to worry about hyfax and stability on the trail. I figure the manufacturers know that out west Mountain sleds are pretty much the only thing bought. I don't know how it is in Oregon but here in California we have limited groomed trails period and it's all off trail riding.
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A machine with a 121" can do alright in deep snow. I had a 95 Phazer II before my RMK that had a 121 x 1.5" track, and it was pretty good in deep snow. It wouldn't win a climbing contest by any means, but it could hold it's own without getting buried. I wouldn't want a 121 tracked machine for serious mountain riding though, I think you'd end up digging yourself out more than you wanted to.
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post #27 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 06:08 AM
 
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Riding a 121 X 2 in Minnesota does not make sense, but if a rider wants to head out west once a year to play in the deep it's a cheap conversion. Guys were picking up 121 x 2 for $50-$75 at Haydays. Swapping out tracks doesn't take that long.

With the lack of snow in the midwest, more and more Minnesota riders are heading out west.
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With the lack of snow in the midwest, more and more Minnesota riders are heading out west.
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No, mine is definitley a powder track with standard powder paddles. In fact I'd rather have a finger track like the one on my Summit because they aren't directional and work better when you need reverse, not to mention dig in better in non-powder snow.

And for CA vs. OR - give me a break, the riding is very similar. We border each other in case you're geographically challenged!!! Crater/Diamond Lake is consistently in the top 10 for mountain/powder riding in all the mags.

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I'm was just zinging you short track guys a little. * Although I havent seen a track that short in a few seasons. THe 121" is a* trail track, right?

I think the reason you can't get 2" paddles on any crossover sleds is because they are all targeted for Eastern and Northern riders. Trail guys that want just a little extra but not 2" paddles and have to worry about hyfax and stability on the trail. I figure the manufacturers know that out west Mountain sleds are pretty much the only thing bought. I don't know how it is in Oregon but here in California we have limited groomed trails period and it's all off trail riding.
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post #30 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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And for CA vs. OR - give me a break, the riding is very similar.* We border each other in case you're geographically challenged!!!* Crater/Diamond Lake is consistently in the top 10 for mountain/powder riding in all the mags.

G MAN
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Not exactly. You guys further north have an advantage over us. You guys have a TON more groomed trails than we do. I've been to Diamond Lake and there are groomed trails that go EVERYWHERE. Most of the groomed trails here are narrow and short. I would agree that the mountain riding is almost identical.
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