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Old 03-26-2017, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm at a crossroad and not sure which way to turn. Coming off a 2015 800 axys rush which I loved. The prior 4 sleds before that were switchbacks. I was also rather fond of my 12 pro r switch after getting it dialed in to fit my needs. Time for a new rig. Looking at replacing with either a 18 pro s switchback, xcr switch or a 18 assault, all with 800's. Good reviews on the assault but, riding 90% trail , not sure I need that extra track. The switch seems to ride a tad better than the rush is the reason it isn't in my choice list. Give me your opinions. Thanks
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Buddy has the same exact sled you have and I am wondering what you didn't like about the 2015? Was kinda hoping he would get tired of his so I could try and work out a deal and get it from him.
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I loved it. One thing I disliked was when riding hard and hitting a deep rut your azzhole would be in your throat. Other than that it was an awesome sled. Top 3 favorite sleds I've owned. Wrecked it on the last night of the last ride. Not as pretty as it once was. Intended on keeping it for a spare but, I guess plans change.
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I have a 16 rush and looking to change also. Keep in mind the new axys style switchback are much different than the last generation. Much shorter and don't feel long. My bro in law has the switchback and it is smoother and doesn't really feel longer. If I was you go for it the switchback 137. Make sure you get the cobra track its much better than the ripsaw. Also the 250 dollar high low shock upgrade is worth it big time. Good luck.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm not a fan of the graphics, but I think the XCR SB is going to be one hell of a trail sled for aggressive riders. If you just sit stationary on your sled and don't move your ass around then go with the Pro S.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Assault and don't look back.
Why do you say that Rick? What makes the assault a better trail sled? I don't have any experience with the assault.
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Assault and don't look back.
How do you figure a guy who rides trail 90% of the time should hands down go with the Assault? No part of this makes sense to me and I'm not just questioning you but everyone who talks up the assault. I can't wrangle my head around how people can think the best Polaris trail sled is the 144" Assault.

Please don't take this personally, I'm just trying to understand this idea. I feel people love the name and the true tunnel hence they sell themselves on it.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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UpNorth17, I question this myself. My dealer is telling me the same thing. He claims the assault will do circles around my rush. Bontz demo one and said he liked it but would buy a xcr before that.
This season we never left the trail.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Assault is an awesome sled in it's element, a hot trail (anything except wide open hwy like trails) it is not. Rush vs Switch, bump the Rush lumbers over, the Switch absorbs, next set up bumps results flip flop back n forth as to which one ate which bump better. To me, no clear big bump winner but will concede the two sleds have their own unique feel and characteristics. Just a matter of buying which one feels best to you.
Was worried when I bought a Rush, having ridden both, it's the best choice for me.
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