Husqvarna invited us to test the new 2018 Husqvarna TE 250i and TE 300i enduro bikes at the Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada. The resort sits at about 3,700 feet of elevation and we climbed to the top of the mountain, which was approximately 7,700 feet at the peak. I was impressed with how well the bottom end power could lug at a low rpm and as a result, finding traction in the dry and dusty conditions wasn't as difficult as I anticipated it would be, especially on a two-stroke. The mid-range power had a bit of a sudden surge when accelerating slowly through this part of the powerband. However, it didn't happen when I accelerated quickly. After speaking with one of the Husqvarna technicians, this was likely due to the power valve opening in this part of the powerband. The WP Xplor front fork and rear shock were set up on the softer side, which worked great for the smaller obstacles on the trail. At the same time, I was equally impressed with how well each end held up on the bigger impacts such as flat landings from jumps. In the handling department, the bike feels extremely lightweight and nimble. I rode the bike in some gnarly extreme enduro-esque terrain and the bike felt almost like a trials bike in this area. It was super easy to throw around and put it where I wanted. Overall, I was very pleased with how well the bike performed during our first test day and can't wait to ride it on some of our trails back home in Southern California. Be sure to catch the full story in the October 2017 issue of Dirt Rider Magazine.
2018 Husqvarna TE250i/TE300i | PHOTOS