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May is a big month for two-stroke enduro bikes with Gas Gas and KTM set to unveil new models. Gas Gas are first to lift the covers when next week they official launch their all-new EC 250 and EC300 Racing models.

Revealed at the EICMA show in Milan last November the Spanish brand  then showed a pair of new 300 and 250 two strokes. Branded “The Phoenix Project” they totally reinvented their EC enduro model with a new frame, revised geometry, new engine and an endless list of components.

Since then we’ve seen their factory rider Jonathan Barragan compete on a pre-production model in the EnduroGP World Championship and in the Spanish National Championship.

Proving it’s competitiveness, Barragan came within a whisker of finishing on the podium at the Spanish EnduroGP while bagging special test wins along the way. He’s already claimed an overall in the Spanish national series too, indicating Gas Gas are talking the talk and walking the walk regards returning to the top of enduro.

With full details yet to be revealed here’s what we know, while also taking a look at Barragan’s bike. 

 

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The new engine features a new crankshaft, cylinder, cylinder head, FMF Powercore 2.1 exhaust silencer, new radiators, improved clutch lubrication.

48mm KYB front fork with Air/Oil separation and KYB rear shock take care of suspension.

The central backbone frame is completely redesigned meaning less torsional stiffness and lower weight distribution. 

The aluminium subframe features new profiles and is lighter and more resistant.

Revised geometry means greater turning circle and improved handling. 

 

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New frame and geometry see the bike weigh in considerably lighter than it’s predecessor at 105kg.

Other points of note include fully redesigned swingarm, wishbone and rocker system, chain tensioner, NG Brake discs, larger air filters with rapid removal system, narrower fuel tank, narrower seat, Magura clutch cylinder and LED headlight.

The Gas Gas will be in EC 250/300 trim for Europe and XC 250/300 trim for the USA.

Interestingly Barragan’s bike does not feature an electric start, while the model revealed back at EICMA did.

We’ll see next week if it reappears so stay tuned to enduro21.com to get a first look at the world launch in Spain.

 

 

 

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