It will bottom hard if you land hard.
That’s the nature of the beast.
Likewise, the rear end is soft initially.
The linkage ramps up quickly in the
rear, though, so bottoming the shock
isn’t as common. In whoops, it
seems to go through the first half of
the travel quickly and then gets
harsh. But overall, Beta hit the suspension mark almost dead center for
We’re still in shock after a few
weeks with the bike. We don’t under-
stand how it can be this good right
out of the gate. It took time to notice
anything we didn’t like. But if we
must complain—and we must—
here’s what we can complain about:
First, it doesn’t have handguards.
Tilley’s hand still has an ugly scar.
The two-gallon tank is only good for
about 35 miles. Pete Murray had to
is a little buzzy, and the handlebar
isn’t rubber-mounted. The steering
stops don’t allow enough range, it
has no spark arrester, the stock rear
tire is crummy, and the overall riding
position is a little cramped, especially
from seat to pegs. It’s not a very
impressive whine list, but we can’t
help it. Riding the Beta puts us in
good a mood. In its first year, the