Gotcha - racing hare scrambles. I thought we were talking about weekend warrior trail riding. I have, however never had trouble climbing anything the 250s i was with climbed. I did however have a couple of mods. A good FMF pipe and silencer really liven these things up. I am now riding mostly on the track. The KDX suspension is definitely not set up for that. I do know a guy that modified his KDX 220s and was ranked nationally in hare scrambles a few years back. Guess it is just a matter of what fits you best. That is why they make so many different bikes.