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    Default How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    I'm just curious how many Husky guys here would choose a composite subframe over a metal subframe. Out of all the Husky owners I've b.s.'d with none have said the subframe was why they bought the Husky over a KTM.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    I really like my Husky but I wish they would just go with an aluminum subframe. The composite subframe is supposed to have a different feel but I don't notice it.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    I would also prefer an aluminum subframe. The cost of the composite subframe offsets any perceived advantages (what advantages?).
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    If they bring in a gas-gas 500 enduro bike, I'm out.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    If I were in the market for a linkage enduro bike I would choose a gas gas over a husky too.
    I can notice a subtle difference in subframe flex, mostly when I have the snowbike kit on when the track hits uneven bumps pitching the bike sideways. That doesn't happen so much with the wheels on.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    I prefer the Husky only because it offers a lower seat height. The TX300 sits noticeably lower than the 300XC, which are essentially identical bikes except for subframe/plastics. I like the grab points of the composite subframe as well. These were considerations for me when choosing my '21, and yes they were part of the reason I went with the TX over the XC.


    Otherwise I have zero preference on construction - the material doesn't matter to me at all, as long as it provides the features I want. If resiliency and replacement costs were inline w/ aluminum, that would be great, but honestly that wasn't a factor in my purchase.

    I have to give KTM/Husky some credit though, as many manufacturers wouldn't respond as quickly as they do to customer complaints/issues (if it's true that the '21s have a stronger design). Now just bring that replacement cost down...
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    Seems to be a market for an after market alum sub frame. Would it be that hard to fab one up, or could you produce one cheaper than carbon? $464 at RMATV for the whole subframe.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyBill View Post
    Seems to be a market for an after market alum sub frame. Would it be that hard to fab one up, or could you produce one cheaper than carbon? $464 at RMATV for the whole subframe.
    A company in Russia was making aluminum subframes for the '19 Husky's. They were supposed to have one available for the '20 models but I haven't seen an update from them in 5 months. The cost was going to be about $335 and it was less than a pound heavier than the OEM subframe. Here's their website: https://sb-moto.ru/ I can't read Russian, so I have no I have no idea if the subframe is listed on their site.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    if mine breaks and I hope it doesn't I will buy the 20 KTM 300XC tank,subframe,airbox,battery tray,all plastics in white plus graphics all priced out thru RM ATV, $700.00 and if I take off the graphics $565.00 seams like a better route after I sell my plastics would probably have the same amount in it as the new plastic subframe.
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    Default Re: How many of you actually prefer the composite subframe?

    Quote Originally Posted by robrm250 View Post
    if mine breaks and I hope it doesn't I will buy the 20 KTM 300XC tank,subframe,airbox,battery tray,all plastics in white plus graphics all priced out thru RM ATV, $700.00 and if I take off the graphics $565.00 seams like a better route after I sell my plastics would probably have the same amount in it as the new plastic subframe.
    The wiring harness on the KTM and Husky is different. I wonder if that will cause any issues?
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