Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

2012 450 XC-W gearing question

Recommended Posts

I have 73 hours and 1200 miles on my 2012 450 XC-W.  It's stock except for an FMF 4.1 and a Scotts under-bar stabilizer.  I ride mostly technical single track, but I like to hit the MX track now and then too.  I find that I hardly use 1st gear, track or trails, and at awkward times I am trying to get out of 3rd and into 4th - the gap there is just too big for the track.  I've been thinking about changing the stock gearing (13/52) to a 13/50.  I hope the smaller rear sprocket will give me a little use out of 1st gear, and allow me to stay in 3rd longer when I'm on the track.  Any suggestions from anyone else who has made a change?  Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone.  I'm going to go with a 14/52 and see how it goes, I'll let you know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made the change to 14/52, and after a few weeks healing from various injuries I have finally had a chance to try it on some rocky, technical single track.  It is a huge improvement, and although I haven't tried it on the MX track yet it will definitely be an improvement there too.  First gear is usable now, with more room to run in 2nd and 3rd.  They should sell them this way stock!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hated the gear spacing...... spilt case installed xc 1st through 5th left the tall w 6th in place....for east cost woods racing used 13/52.... Bike now retired to dualsport 14/51

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Reply with:

Sign in to follow this  

×