People tend to get slightly confused by the differences in the XC-F line compared to the motocross bikes, but it’s really quite simple in 2016. The XC-Fs have more in common with the SX-Fs than ever before, and they received the same upgrades as the MXers did (new frames, new lighter engines, new bodywork, etc.). The off-road part of the equation, though, lies in a handful of additional off-road-specific components on each bike. These include a 2.25-gallon translucent fuel tank, lightweight CNC-machine hubs with Giant rims (the SX-Fs come with Excels) and an 18” rear, Dunlop AT81 tires (compared to the MX32s on the moto bikes), hand guards, a side stand, and softer valved suspension. The 250 and 350 XC-F both get a 6-speed transmission (different ratios), while the 450 XC-F stays with a 5-speed and identical rations to the motocrosser. And that’s it.