2017 Gas Gas 250 Contact

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  1. Yard Sale

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    Edit: Oops, there is already a thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2017-gas-gas-contact.1187870


    Thoughts and opinions as a beginner's* trials bike? Assuming the seat would be removed.

    Is the large tank a hindrance?

    It has a tube type rear wheel with a Pirelli MT-43. Would a Tubliss with a Michelin or Dunlop be acceptable?

    Other than the rear wheel and tires, the only budget items seem to be non-adjustable suspension.


    * beginner as in never touched a trials bike, but long-time dirt biker
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  2. markwoodlief

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    we have one.. it's my 13yo daughters bike. But.. I actually prefer riding that bike than the 14 factory OSSA that I had. It's a great bike.
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  3. 10K

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    Perfect for you, buy one!
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    I thought the rear was tubeless and the front was tube even on the Contact, did I miss something?

    The Michelin's or Dunlop's are a better tire for trials than the Pirelli MT-43 if your going to ride competition trials. If your just playing the Pirelli could work but even then I would change them.
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    Oh and for comparison I know someone that picked up I think it was a 2014 250 Race (might be remembering year incorrectly) and then had a ride on a 2017 250 Contact and his response was that if he had known how good the Contact was he might have picked one up instead of the race.
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  6. Yard Sale

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    Yes the Contact has tube type wheels with Pirellis.

    I have an MT-43 on my WR450F and I like it but it's no trials tire. I previously used a Michelin X-11 and a Shinko 255 on my YZ250.

    I'm curious why there's no parts manual listed for the Contact.

    http://www.gasgasmotos.es/en/manuals.html
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  7. lineaway

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    Because it is made as the ECONOMY model. The old eco`s you never new what parts you were gonna get. There is a non official parts book floating around. Not from Gas Gas. If it`s a steal it may be worth it.
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    it is NOT the eco model. The eco model were parts bin bikes, the contact was a purpose built bike. Call Jim Snell.. he literally wrote the book and the advertising for the contact.
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    Purpose built cheap bike. Tube type wheels, cheap suspension and other parts. The engine should be solid as any pro model was.
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    The Contact is cheap because they saved a lot of money on suspension, brakes and the rear wheel/tire. That's where the $2k went that make it $6k vs $8k for a TXT Racing.
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    Yeah. Link is gone, but I should have a copy on my home computer. Still weird that Tarrot has no listed manual.
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    The biggest problem with this bike is the Pirelli rear. It's fine on rocks but terrible trying to climb up dry dirt and sand.
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    What air pressures are you running?
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    5 psi rear, 7 front
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    That rear rim looks like you might be to do the older stile tubeless setup by adding a rim strip? :dunno

    Also, unless your racing down the trails the Pirelli tires are so much stiffer than the Dunlop or Michelin's trails tires, witch would normally be run at around 3.5 - 4 rear 5 - 6 front, that I be even with the tubes you could get away with 3 rear and 5 front and your grip would improve a lot.
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