That is the million dollar question. I, for one, believe it is a combination. Certainly today’s technology manufacturing lighter more nimble (notice I didn’t say flickable) chassis, creates a riding experience we would never have even dreamed about 15 years ago. I think back to 1998, I was on a little 121” ZR 500.. i thought it was the bomb.. but it was a very limited sled. I figured that I should have gone Powder special with a long track.. a big bad 136.. lol.
The sled must mesh with the rider. If an individual is continually fighting her sled, even the simplest of tasks will seem insurmountable. Fine tuning a rider’s suspension for her specific weight and riding style goes a long way in providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride. A 5’5” woman will not have the same bar height, and shock suspension as her 225lb 6’3 husband, yet quite often we see women with their husband’s hand me down sled struggling to enjoy the white gold in front of them. Sometimes you’ll outgrow a chassis, realizing that what you want to do, and what you can do on a specific sled will not happen. It could be track length, cc’s, or overall chassis design, but it is up to the rider at that point, to decide what is best for her. I fought with my last sled, it was a great ride for the time that I had it, but I got to a point when I struggled to ride it, like my mind said I should. Getting on a new chassis helped me to gain confidence, and execute moves I doubted I could on my old sled. Try a variety of sleds out and get a feel for which chassis is best for you. When you do decide upon your ride, take the time to set the suspension up for your height and weight. It will make all the difference in the world.
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