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Beta Xtrainer – suspension

Out of the crate? BOUNCEY!

The suspension on this bike is baffling… I weigh 72 kilos (approx. 159 pounds) with full gear and backpack, so very light. Even for me, the stock settings are way too soft. Maybe I’m not riding the bike in the scenarios it’s designed for, but it feels so much like a ‘proper’ enduro bike that you can’t help but push it.

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Who the hell is R16V Suspension? A bit of chatting up Google got us some answers… The suspension is made by a Spanish company called Ollé, who seem to concentrate on budget bikes and trials, and the Xtrainer suspension does feel like a bigger version of trials suspension.

43mm forks, ppfffffttttttt!

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The forks look like toys compared to the KTM (and do kind of handle like toys too). Only one fork has a spring with the other offering rebound only damping settings (there’s no compression damping adjustment on the forks).

The rear shock uses a linkage setup, and again the shock looks tiny compared to the KTM.

BUT, probably the most shocking (pun intended) thing with the suspension is the choice of fonts used… Comic Sans on the shock… really?

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And god only knows what’s on the fork (let us know in the comments).

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Playing with the clickers

With stock settings, chasing the local Spanish lunatics at high speed on rocky terrain was pretty terrifying, with the bike deflecting off of pretty much every rock and bouncing out of depressions with enough force to nearly make your day end very badly indeed.

But, and it’s a big BUT, once we had really hardened up the suspension by something like 5 turns of spring preload, and 18 or 20 clicks of rebound damping on the forks, and a shit load of spring preload and damping on the shock, all of a sudden we had a beautiful lithe skipping mountain goat (not that we’re into livestock – although we’ve been know to try anything twice…).

What’s next?

We haven’t even put 10 hours on this bike yet and so the suspension probably isn’t fully broken in yet, I think we’re just going to get some more hours on it for know.

We’ve have been doing a bit of reading online though, there’s a huge Beta Xtrainer suspension post over on the Thumpertalk Forum,  but to be honest, for the technical single track riding we’ve been doing in Spain (where the bike lives) the suspension is really feeling pretty good… maybe we’ll try some heavier 15w or 20w oil to give it a bit more of a damped feel?

Have you nailed the Xtrainer’s suspension? Got some great tips for us, or just have a question? Let us know…

2 thoughts on “Beta Xtrainer – suspension

  1. First ride on my property, crashed going over a log. Bottomed out the forks. Drained the 5wt oil and replaced with 15wt. Wound down the rebound and spring. Much better. This bike is no KTM but is quite fun for it’s designed purpose.
    I removed the spacer on the power valve (left side of engine) and the front end comes right up.
    The bike is very easy to ride in tight spots but kinda scary going fast over woops.

  2. I’m older (68) so not as fast as I once was, and pretty light (142 lbs. with nothing on), and I find my Xtrainer suspension to be pretty good. You have to be careful when you get going fast, but that’s not really what the bike’s designed for. On tight, steep, gnarly single-track the bike is brilliant! I had to reduce the rear preload considerably to get anywhere near decent sag, but that helped the bike steer and track much better. When the rear was too high before I increased the sag, the bike felt very nervous and didn’t want to hold a line. Also since I wasn’t using the last 4″ of fork travel, I replaced the fork fluid with 450 ml in each leg (500 is recommended), as per Beta USA suggestion. I now get all of my fork travel, but haven’t bottomed them yet. I used 5 wt fork fluid. I thought about the Boano forks and Fox shock, but I’m just going to learn to ride the bike batter as it is.

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