Husqvarna has announced their 2016 enduro model range with a host of minor to moderate changes to their bikes. Engine, chassis and suspension upgrades focused on improving off-road performance along with a cosmetic changes have been made across the board. This follows on from announcements by all the Japanese manufacturers of their updated offroad lineups for 2016.
On all 2016 enduro bikes a new lighter 22 mm front axle with optimised axle clamp dimensions replaces the previous 26 mm axle to offer improved stability and better front-end feel. Shorter axle clamp offset also helps improve fork function. The triple clamps on all bikes now feature a 22 mm offset which is designed to evenly distribute the clamping force on the fork leg, when combined with the new front axle and axle clamp geometry it ensures improved agility and stability. The triple clamps also allow for four handlebar positions to suit the needs of a wide variety of riders.
Complementing the front axle and triple clamp updates, the 4CS fork – now in its fourth year of production – has been further developed to improve damping, handling, plushness and rider comfort. Easy access clicker dials provide quick adjustments on the go. The high performance DCC (Dual Compression Control) rear link suspension made by WP has a revised setup perfectly matching the geometry and setup changes on the front-end.
An updated lightweight six-speed gearbox with enduro specific gearing has been fitted to all enduro models to ensure easy and precise shifting. Combined with the DDS clutch system and the premium Brembo hydraulic system means the MY16 enduro range delivers smoother shifting and consistent clutch action. For 2016 the FE450 and FE 501 clutch basket is now 80 grams lighter.