2019 Factory Trials Bikes—Andreas Niederer's Beta Evo 300

US trials star talks setup on his factory Beta.

Andreas Niederer’s Beta Evo 300.
For the most part, Andreas Niederer’s Beta Evo 300 is stock with a few aftermarket additions. However, he spends the time to get the suspension set up right where he wants it.Shan Moore

With a full year of experience in the pro division under his belt, Beta USA rider Andreas Niederer is poised to make a big impression in this year's NATC/AMA US National MotoTrials Series. Dirt Rider caught up with Niederer at the recent Super Trial in Luckenbach, Texas, where he gave us some insight to how he sets up his 2019 Beta Evo 300.

For a new bike out of the crate, Niederer told us he will ride it off a few big obstacles to get the suspension to settle in before he sets it up for his weight and gets the rebound right where he wants it. The 2019 Beta Evo 300 uses a Paioli fork and an R16V shock, both of which are three-way adjustable.

Standard clutch plates on Andreas Niederer’s Beta Evo 300.
Niederer runs the standard clutch plates and says it works best for him with 500 milliliters of oil. Keeping fresh oil in the bike is something Niederer is keen on.Shan Moore

“I usually drain the oil and put the amount of oil in there that works for me,” Niederer said.

One of the first things Niederer puts on the bike when it’s new is a set of aluminum S3 footpegs, which he says he can’t live without. Another personal preference item is Domino grips.

Andreas Niederer’s Beta Evo 300 with S3 pegs.
The S3 pegs are bigger than the stockers and provide a great platform for Niederer to move around on.Shan Moore

In spite of the abuse clutches take at the pro level in MotoTrials, Niederer says that all he does to the clutch is keep fresh oil in it. He only changes the plates once a year. He says the clutch works best with 500 milliliters of oil and he measures it out instead of just using the sight glass.

“A good working clutch is critical in trials,” Niederer explained. “This competition in Luckenbach is pretty easy on a clutch because it’s pretty dry and there’s a lot of traction, but if you’re looking for traction in a mud trial, you’ll likely be in a higher gear and really, really rough on a clutch. I usually go a whole season on just one clutch pack. The Beta clutch doesn’t wear out fast. I don’t have a problem with any gears slipping either. Having six gears also helps with that. Some of the bikes that only have five speeds, you can’t necessarily run fourth gear, but for me fourth is no problem.”

Andreas Niederer’s Beta Evo 300 levers.
Niederer is picky about his lever placement and the engagement point of his levers.Shan Moore

Niederer told us that in the past he would swap out the stock Michelin tires with Dunlop tires, but this year the Betas come from the factory with Dunlops front and rear. Niederer told us tire pressure is critical.

“I have a lot of obstacles at home in Florida that are man-made, so they’re pretty sharp-edged, square-edged, and the impacts sometimes are relatively hard, so I run five pounds in the rear,” he said. “Here at the Super Trial, again, we have man-made sections. You need to get a lot of lift on this type of stuff and the rocks are relatively grippy, so here I will run five pounds in the rear as well. I run six in the front at home and here. If we go to a really muddy area, like Oregon at the end of the season, there I’ll run somewhere between four and a quarter to five pounds. To me, I’ve never had a really good experience running under four pounds because you run [the risk of] pinching [a tube] or having [the tire] fall off the bead, and there’s a point where the knobbies actually can’t sling the mud out properly. It’s a different profile [than] any motocross tire. The mud doesn’t evacuate as easily, so if you run too low of a tire pressure, it actually folds the knobbies together and doesn’t spread them out properly.”