Standing would always be his favorite because it was so light-feeling, but now
he thinks the 250 feels even more maneuverable. The horsepower gap isn’t
very big. In fact, he thinks the 250 might be just as fast in a straight line, even if
it gives away a little bottom end. He loves the 250’s quick snap to attention,
which might be better for what he does. Extreme off-road obstacles aren’t like
traditional off-road ruts and roots. They’re more like Supercross sections, where
you have to leap from place to place, and the 250 has instant hit for that.
For us, it was an education in EnduroCross setup. The foot controls are
raised to keep them out of trouble, and Max likes his bars low and his levers
high. The suspension is a little soft in the back, which gives the bike good
straight-line stability. Turns are just rest areas between obstacles in today’s
extreme sections. Overall, the bike was nearly ideal for its main mission. To be
honest, we weren’t keen to knock out lap after lap on an EnduroCross course—
that appeals to a very rare breed. What we really respect about this bike,
though, is how well it works for all the other trail situations that come up on a
typical tough ride. If it can handle insane waterfall splatters, it can also deal
with your average rocks and stumps.
We aren’t sure exactly if or when Max will race this particular bike. For now,
he’s committed to ride the 350 four-stroke in EnduroCross, where his performance is even more critical with teammate Cody Webb injured. He’s sitting
inside the top 10 in points, and now isn’t the time for a change. But, it’s clear
that the Beta 250 is a natural for extreme situations. And, more important to us,
it’s also pretty good at avoiding them. ;
Max is a big fan of the Fox Podium RC3
shock. Suspension set-up for
EnduroCross is an impossible cross
between Supercross and trials.
The two-stroke motor is perfect for the
trails that Gerston likes aren’t found in
traditional desert races. It is a good
thing that extreme enduros came along
when they did.
Max Gerston uses a lightly modified Beta two-stroke for extreme enduros. FMF,
Rekluse and Stillwell Performance make the bike what it is.