Brock: When it comes to choosing a system, it’s fairly easy. We have a great “Help Me Choose” tool on the website that helps them make the best choice by walking them through the different systems, based on the type of terrain where they’ll ride, how aggressively they’ll ride, and their riding style in general. The tools we have online make it pretty easy to identify which system is correct for you. And we can walk you through it if you call the Product Pro Hot Line as well.
Brock: We have two distinctly different chassis, the ARO and the RIOT. The ARO is the most stable and easiest to ride. It will be the easiest to get comfortable on, but it’s not necessarily for every rider. The RIOT is the exact opposite. It’s an aggressive wheelie machine, and it’s usually the best choice for riders looking for that true dirt bike feel, especially those who are not in mountains and deep snow all the time. Someone looking for that super playful, wheelie off everything experience.
This year we launched the RIOT 3. My personal favorite, it’s a complete game changer for the sport. It has all the playfulness of the RIOT 120 chassis, with a massive 129-In. x 3-In. paddle for the ultimate backcountry weapon
Brock: What matters is where you intend to ride. If you’re never going to the mountains, you’ll most likely never need a 137-inch track. Actually, for a flatland rider, a long track like that [137-inch] is not going to work as well because it will be harder to turn and not as nimble. For an aggressive flatland rider, a short track like the RIOT 120 will be better. In contrast, for a rider who is just cruising and riding like a touring sled rider, a longer track like the ARO 129 will make sense. We want to get the rider on the correct model so they’re happiest with their ride.
Dale: It does depend on where you are riding to a point. If you are riding in the Midwest, then a 137-inch track would be harder to handle than a kit with a 120-inch or 129-inch track on it. Around here [mountain country in Idaho], we always like the shorter track. The newer 129-inch track handles close to the 120. In the Midwest, the 120 RIOT is the best handling kit on flat land.
Brock: Your dirt bike experience and your riding style are major factors. How do you ride your dirt bike? Do you ride motocross with lots of jumps? Are you an aggressive rider? How you answer those questions will lead me into the next questions like, “Are you looking to be an aggressive snowbike rider?” Once we figure out which chassis is best for you, then we go into terrain selection: Where you’ll be riding your snowbike. That – combined with how aggressive your riding style is – will determine what track length you need. The more aggressive you ride, the shorter the track length you can get away with.
For a beginner, depending on terrain, a longer track length can often be the best choice because you can go slower over uneven terrain, and it will offer more flotation. It has a bigger footprint, so you don’t have to carry so much speed to stay upright and maneuver.