2020 Factory Bikes—Manuel Lettenbichler’s KTM 300 XC-W TPI

An inside look at the Red Bull Override hard enduro-winning two-stroke.

The 2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI that Manuel “Manni” Lettenbichler raced at the inaugural Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas, was built at the FMF KTM Factory Racing team’s shop in Murrieta, California. Manni brought his own suspension, ECU, Akrapovič exhaust system, handlebar, and grips.
The 2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI that Manuel “Manni” Lettenbichler raced at the inaugural Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas, was built at the FMF KTM Factory Racing team’s shop in Murrieta, California. Manni brought his own suspension, ECU, Akrapovič exhaust system, handlebar, and grips.Shan Moore

Manuel “Manni” Lettenbichler is certainly on a roll, having just been crowned the World Enduro Super Series (WESS) champion, and most recently, the likable German clinched the victory at the inaugural Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas. While we were there, we had Robbie Goolsby, who spins the wrenches for Lettenbichler when he comes to race in the United States, give us a rundown on Manni’s 2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI. Goolsby started off by giving us a little refresher on the differences between the new 2020 model and the 2019 machine.

“The new 2020 XC-W TPI has the updated frame and bodywork to match the SX and XC [models], so it’s got new frame geometry,” Goolsby explained. “They worked on the mapping a lot more from the 2019. They added a barometric pressure sensor to help with the air temp to read a lot better for elevation change. They did small motor changes to help with the performance of the bike too.”

The KTM XC-W TPI models don’t come with a radiator fan, so Manni’s mechanic Robbie Goolsby installed one from KTM PowerParts, which comes with a mounting bracket and the power relay as well.
The KTM XC-W TPI models don’t come with a radiator fan, so Manni’s mechanic Robbie Goolsby installed one from KTM PowerParts, which comes with a mounting bracket and the power relay as well.Shan Moore

Instead of shipping one of his motorcycles to the USA, Lettenbicher’s bike came from KTM North America headquarters in Murrieta, California, and Manni brought his own suspension, exhaust system, and a few personal preference items. According to Goolsby, KTM North America just built the bike up according the Manni’s specs. The KTM off-road team in the USA (FMF KTM Factory Racing) runs FMF exhaust systems. However, Akrapovič is one of Manni’s personal sponsors, so he brought his own system from Germany.

“Almost every rider from the US factory team and the European factory team run pretty much the exact same engine spec,” Goolsby said. “Manni brought over his ECU with one of their newest maps from the factory along with his own suspension, exhaust, and Michelin tires.”

Manni told us his WP Cone Valve fork is set up super soft for hard enduro.
Manni told us his WP Cone Valve fork is set up super soft for hard enduro.Shan Moore

Featured among the hard parts are a set of Xtrig triple clamps with a 22mm offset. As far as the brakes, the discs are Moto-Master front and rear. The front rotor is a standard size, but it’s floating for a little bit more progressive feel. The rear is the same size as stock too, but thicker to withstand the extreme stuff. Other items are more personal preference.

“Manni likes the hand guards from 2013 that mount to the levers, just so he has more room on the handlebar for other accessories that he needs to have on, either a watch or something else,” Goolsby noted.

The XC-W TPI models don’t come with a radiator fan, so Goolsby installed one from KTM PowerParts, which comes with a mounting bracket and the power relay as well. Hinson Racing is a global sponsor for KTM, and Manni uses one of the Upland, California-based company’s Billetproof clutch covers. He opts for different gearing, replacing the stock 13-tooth front sprocket and 50-tooth rear sprocket for a final drive ratio of 12/49.

Although the KTM off-road team in the USA runs Dunlop tires, Manni brought his own Michelin tires with him being that they are what he races with in Europe.
Although the KTM off-road team in the USA runs Dunlop tires, Manni brought his own Michelin tires with him being that they are what he races with in Europe.Shan Moore

The footpegs on Manni’s bike at the Red Bull Override were IMS, though he runs Raptor Titanium pegs on his bike in Europe. He just forgot to bring them. “Oops!” the German rider exclaimed of his mistake. For extreme racing, the suspension needs to be soft to handle the obstacles, but comfort doesn’t stop at just suspension.

“The wheels we are using are not the Excel A60s that we normally run,” Goolsby said. “They’re the standard Excel rims so that we get a little bit softer feel.”

Since the Red Bull Override race finished up at night, Goolsby installed a Rigid Industries headlight that is powered through the bike and offers a little bit more side light so it’s not just straight out. It beams more like a floodlight in that it’s pointed out to the sides.

“The XC-W TPI comes with a bigger stator and a voltage regulator, so it’s able to power a lot more light output,” Goolsby mentioned.

As far as being picky about his setup, Goolsby says that Manni is pretty easy to work with.

“I think every rider is the same,” he said. “They always want to check their handlebar and lever position. With him having his own suspension that he brought over, he doesn’t have to worry about that, so mainly it was just his bar and lever setup.