PDS vs LInkage (KTM XC 150)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by gigeorge, May 21, 2013.

  1. gigeorge

    gigeorge n00b

    Feb 15, 2010
    South West UK

    I'm looking to buy the above as i found the 250exc too much so wanted to downsize in the engine stakes.

    I had a pds before and have read the pro's and cons for both, its just such a damned shame finding a xc 150 with linkage is hard going in the UK.

    There is however, a fantastic 150 with pds for sale and i'm 90% of the way there in buying it but theres still a niggle of doubt as i really wanted to start riding more mx tracks - heard the pds makes the rear stick to the ground and the linkage aids with take off..

    opinions and views welcome...
  2. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

    Apr 9, 2009
    Western Mass
    For strictly rocky, root infested trail work, I never liked any of the PDS systems I have tried. They always felt over-damped and "Dead" back there, and I usually like my rear suspension action pretty loose. I ended up buying a new '12 350 EXC, even though it had the latest version of the PDS system. So far, I can only say that it feels OK - not great, but not terrible either. It is significantly "looser" than previous PDS versions I have tried. Bottoming resistance is fine for me, and I am a heavy guy, but I do not jump much.
    Overall - I still prefer linkage, but the new PDS designs are not that far off. The rest of the bike is absolutely stellar - with the exception of the stock headlight output.