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Old 07-31-2019, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 129 vs 137 Now that 137s have been around awhile..

So whats everyones thought on the 129 vs 137 debate? Ive had both. I do like my 2017 cross country 137, but I also enjoy riding my friends 16 zr 8000 ltd which is a 129 and has qs3 setup as well,

The 129 on that sled to me feels more personable, feels like you have more control of your manuevering ability and feels more dirtbike like.

Im possibly thinking of getting a left over 19 129 if i find the one i like.

I am more of a trail guy. I dont go off trail all to often. And ive searched this topic to death and to my surprise I see a lot of people who have ridden both and claim to enjoy a 129 yet. I had a 12 128 retro with full hygear dual resoirvoir system, sled hooked and transfered like no other and went screaming through the corners.


Do you feel the 137s are really that much better?

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For me the 137" track setup is more my riding style for the 200+ mile days. The 137 seems to take the rough trails a little better, the skid goes on the top of the bumps.

If the Riot would have came in a 141" track setup I think I would have tried it, 144" at this time for me is getting a bit to long, so I went with the ZR Limited 137.
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IMO the 128/129 corners a little better, the 137 is better for your body in most situations but not all, and still corners very good.
You won't get inside ski lift on a 137 like you will a 144, or as badly, which is nice.
That's the one thing I didn't like about the Assault 144 I drove last year, my Nytro with a 144 and tipped rail actually did better.
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The 137 might ride a bit better, but the 129 with a good track and studs transfers far better and is more agile on trail......Factory shock valving on either sucks(QS3's, snow pros, LXR's) makes no difference.......All need a trip to a good shock shop.
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Thanks for input. If the right deal comes along i may pick one up
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I've only ridden a 137 very minimal, but I love my 129 for the trail. With studs its an absolute animal, and transfers well enough for stuff like this:





My riding is 90% on-trail, and if I was going to get another sled it'd be a Riot X. To me a 137 isnt really good at any one thing, just good at a couple. Will it ride a little better in bumps vs. a 129? Maybe. But it will likely be harder to turn and reportedly less transfer, so it might wear you out faster. I say get one of each that is the best or decide which type of riding you want to do more, and go 129 or 140+.
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Only thing i noticed on my buddies 16 is he must.have wheelied sled on take off and hit something with snow flap. It crinkled end of tunnel upward a tad. Where it looks like rivets on tail sectioned moved a small fraction. I cant figure out how. He did removed the blocks to transfer better, he also weighs 240 dressed.
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I don't know if the 137 is officially better, but after having 129s my current 137 RR is my favorite sled to date. I'd imagine its a combination of things, but the package just works well.
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On the big HP machines a 128/129 isn't enough, the SRX and TCat are only made in a 137. The review of the lesters driving a Sidewinder 129 packed with studs and still complaining its spin city was pretty telling of why Cat ditched 129's.
They corner just a tad better, but it doesn't make up for the rougher ride.
People still think like its 1999 and a 136/137 is some long track. Sorry, its not.

Don't care what anyone says, they don't transfer better and they absolutely don't ride better with the shorter footprint, don't care if they have owned or drove both, that's just being blatantly biased. Cornering is the only area you can argue for a 129.
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