What this all means is, we have a bike with an engine that keeps what’s good about two-strokes and loses a lot of what’s not so good. For instance, we let the 300s warm up for a little less than a minute before taking them a quarter of a mile up the main ski slope and turning onto a tight single-track trail. This first part of our ride was very technical, as we were faced with small rocks, tree roots, small streams, and constant switchbacks. It was so tight that I rode it mostly in first gear. I immediately noticed how I could lug the engine at super-low rpm to help the bike maintain traction.