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Old 12-21-2016, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Getting a longer track sled?

So I was thinking about upgrading to a longer track sled. With most manufacturers going to 129 as the standard size and some offer a 137 for trail sleds it has me wondering. How much snow can a 137 x 1.25 lug handle? Around here we get a rare blizzard which will drop 2 feet. I found out last year how easy it was to get stuck with a 121 x 1 inch lug. I realize there are other benefits when it comes to the longer track as the suspension will not beat you up as much on the smaller bumps. Seems like there is almost no reason to not get a 137 unless you don't have the space or ride really tight trails.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Even the 137 is really not noticed in most tight trials as it pivots under your feet any way. I ride a 162 and won't own anything less then a 153.

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Old 12-21-2016, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Definitely better all around much better in deep stuff, smoother ride on trail just a little more care needed with suspension setup to get proper handling.

I'm going to 1.75 track as I heard it's the optimum choice for both on and off trail

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Old 12-21-2016, 07:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it will still be a short lug, but it will have a lot more lugs on the snow, and a lot better floatation. a 129 to a 137 might not be to noticeable. but if your going from 120 to a 137, it will be drastic, and you wont regret it!
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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remember 2up trail sleds have been 136 to 144 for ever . a 136 is just fine for most all trail. I have yet to ride with anyone who can pull away in tight trail on a 121 when I am on a 136.
your hook up off the line and breaking and straight tracking in soft snow will all be better on a 136.
2ft is really not much snow any 136 with a 1.6 will go anyplace in 2 ft unless u are trying to get stuck or are lazy.
there is a reason crossovers are a massive segment of sled sales .
just make sure when shopping if u are a trail guy to get a crossover with the coupled skid for trail not a uncoupled float off trail skid.

also there is no such thing as a true cross over sled they are a compromise and usually fall very short in the off trail segment

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Old 12-22-2016, 09:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a 136 x 1.35 Switchback and a 120 x 1 TNT. Pretty significant difference in deep snow performance. 2' get is nothing for a 136 x 1.35. I have gotten it stuck a few times in 36-40".

I don't notice a difference on the trails. I'll never go back to anything shorter than 136.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I really like my 129 inch blizzard BUT when I put the 1 + 1 seat on for the boss it doesn't work as nice as the renegade , I am going back to the renegade
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