his article was originally featured in the September 2017 print edition of Dirt Rider. Once a thriving yet small company offering a wide range of two- and four-stroke enduro models, GasGas slowly offered fewer and fewer, ending up with only two dated off-road bikes (EC 250 and 300) in 2017. But with a new ownership coming in and not only pulling the company out of bankruptcy but revitalizing its manufacturing plant in Spain, GasGas seems to be a brand renewed, with five all-new models for 2018. To start things off, it has introduced the flagships of the group—the EC 300 and XC 300. The other models that will be introduced later this year are an XC 250, XC 200, and EC 200, all two-strokes. We asked about why there wasn’t an EC 250 planned, and GasGas said that for more trail-oriented riders, having a 300 and 200 covers the bases and that its 250 trailbike in the past sold in much fewer numbers. The two model lines are XC (racer oriented with no lights and simpler electrical system) and EC (trail oriented with lights and computer) that are surprisingly close to one another on paper and out on the trail yet have very little in common with any of GasGas’ previous models. One of our biggest questions, and most likely yours as well, is, “Did they go on a diet?” Back to our “2013 300 Two-Stroke Off-Road Shootout,” the GasGas was the heaviest at 274 pounds, 2 pounds heavier than the Christini All-Wheel-Drive bike even. According to GasGas’ numbers, the ’18 model is claimed to be 9 percent lighter. With some quick math that would be 24.7 pounds—but our first impression ride was only for one day on the trail, so we haven’t had a chance to confirm that number.
- Crash diet, bike feels lighter
- EC has buttery, usable torque; XC has more snap
- Suspension is competition ready
- Not a rocket ship of a motor
- Where's your GasGas dealer?