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Old 03-25-2020, 01:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I went and saw it today. Was less then impressed. Build quality wasn't what i consider great. Colors are very limited. Lots of plastic that looks cheesy. Gauge was cool.... but thats about it.
Was it an actual production model, or was it one of the "special builds" that are sometimes taken to spring events?
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Considering ordering one of these. Coming off 2 backcountry 850's and a 20.5 XRS renegade 850.

The matryx has caught my attention it looks like some really good refinements and close to doo build quality.
The build quality of your new Ski-Doo resulted in a burned-up engine that Doo still has not replaced four weeks after it happened. You've also broken or bent rails, and you put a completely new front end with better shocks on at least one of your Doos. If I'm not mistaken, your father's new Doo blew up, too.

For comparison's sake, my son's 800 Assault has had two issues in over 4,000 miles of riding: 1) a pin hole in a coolant hose, and 2) some bad idler wheel bearings. His 850 Assault has been completely free of issues. He has not replaced the front end on either one because they both handle so well.

You should order the XRS 146" you've been wanting -- that way, you can continue to appreciate your version of build quality.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Jamie I know you've tried an Assualt before and the chassis is basically the same except for the upgrade in shocks. When I looked at them I liked the improvement in the wind protection and liked the narrow seat and tank. One item I didn't like is the 1" lower seat. I'm 6'1" and preferred the old height of the seat but it's not that big of a deal and I'm sure I'll get use to it.
Thanks Doug, I liked the seat height on the previous Axys but it looks like the Matryx addresses a lot of the things I didn't like on the previous Assault.
The seat height is buy no means a make or break just an observation between the Axys and the Matyx.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:25 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm 6'5" and if the seat height was lower I will say I didn't notice any difference. Honestly I couldn't find a negative to the fit and feel anywhere. I won't blow it out of proportion that this makes the Axys chassis feel like old school by any means because I still love the Axys chassis. I will say when riding it I found no negatives on the Matryx. Only nice refinements that added up to make a better trail handling experience.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Now all that we need is an additional incentive by Polaris and for the dealers to open back up before mid April Buddy of mine is buying my 2018 Assault so hopefully can get the show back on the road after things settle down.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm 6'5" and if the seat height was lower I will say I didn't notice any difference. Honestly I couldn't find a negative to the fit and feel anywhere. I won't blow it out of proportion that this makes the Axys chassis feel like old school by any means because I still love the Axys chassis. I will say when riding it I found no negatives on the Matryx. Only nice refinements that added up to make a better trail handling experience.
I know Jamie had an Assault a couple years ago so this was just pointing out any differences between the Axys and Matryx. The lower seat was just a detail and had no input on my decision to buy a Matryx. I do have a despot down on a 137 Matryx which my deal is currently holding if I change my mind on the color but I have no concerns with the lower seat.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Considering ordering one of these. Coming off 2 backcountry 850's and a 20.5 XRS renegade 850.

The matryx has caught my attention it looks like some really good refinements and close to doo build quality.
I'd say doo it, no pun intended After how much you have messed with your doos and over the last two years 3 out of 4 engines going, I don't know what has taken you so long to try something else. Life is too short.

If I remember correctly, your biggest complaints were handlebar position turning right and coldness of the sled. Both of those should be addressed with the Matryx as the bars seem similar to Doo and the wind protection is suppose to be way better. I think the G4 is the coldest sled I've every rode, but hey everyone is different. I love that Polaris is pushing the envelop and the Matryx has my attention as well. I'll most likely snowcheck another Assault after riding doo the last two seasons. My '17 Assault is still my favorite sled to date. I just don't know if I should try the 650 or go 850.
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Was it an actual production model, or was it one of the "special builds" that are sometimes taken to spring events?
It was a demo... Had like 1100 miles on it..
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