2018 KTM 300 XC-W

Chassis

KTM engineers just love dropping weight year after year. The result: the 2018 KTM XC-W models are the slimmest, lightest dirt bikes out there.

Chassis
Frame

The high-tech, lightweight chrome-moly steel frame has a knack for easy handling, outlandish rideability, precise cornering and excellent stability. You can also count on high torsional rigidity and low longitudinal stiffness. This results in better absorption of the energy created from the front and rear suspension, sucking up jumps and bumps. In short: more comfort and less rider fatigue. Laterally attached, lightweight aluminum engine head stays (the connection between cylinder head and frame) contribute to precise cornering and a reduced vibration level. The engineers were able to pull off all that, while making their frame 2.2 pounds lighter than that of the lightest competitor on the market. In addition, it is easier to maintain, easier to work on and supplies more space for the tank and other components. The bike also features an extra-light subframe made of strong yet light aluminum, which tips the scales at less than 2.2 pounds.

Swingarm

The cast aluminum design offers low weight and a perfect flex behavior. The single-component casting process eliminates any inconsistencies and inherent weak points created by welding. It’s better looking too.

Wheels & Suspension

Wheels

The XC-W wheels feature lightweight, CNC machined hubs and high-end Giant rims guaranteeing maximum stability at minimum weight. The wheels are fitted with Dunlop tires – perfect for surefooted performance off-road.

Front suspension

The WP Xplor 48 upside-down fork is a split fork developed by WP in close collaboration with KTM. It is fitted with a spring on both sides, but features separated functions for each fork leg: compression damping is fitted on the left side, while rebound is on the right. So the fork can easily be adjusted for compression and rebound with the twist of a dial on top of the fork tubes (30 clicks each). In addition, a longer and sealed hydro-stop guarantees better resistance to bottoming-out. Due to high-quality materials and a state-of-the-art production process, the WP Xplor 48 fork – with approx. 300mm of travel – has outstanding response and damping characteristics. For 2018 redesigned outer fork tubes provide better flex characteristics for reduced stiction and less friction with a new setting for a more compliant feel. An optional preload adjuster allows for a threefold spring preload setting without any tools. Easy as one, two, three.

Rear suspension

The PDS is kind of a KTM trademark where the shock absorber is directly connected to the upper side of the swingarm. This setup boasts the best possible mounting geometry and provides amazingly progressive damping. The shock absorber is mounted close to the centerline, which means nearly symmetrical loads for the swingarm and frame and more space for the exhaust system. A second piston works together with a closed cup (instead of a needle) towards the end of the stroke and is supported by a progressive shock spring for exceptional bottoming resistance. Various machined and anodized components and a distinctive WP color trim make this a valuable, high-end product compared to the less refined shock absorbers of the competition.

Triple clamp

Fitted with forged triple clamps with an offset of 22mm, ensuring a solid grip of the fork and precise handling. The handlebar is adjustable forwards and backwards over 4 positions, so the XC-W will fit you like your favorite gloves.

Preload adjuster set

Factory triple clamp

Factory start

Factory triple clamp

Preload adjuster set

Low chassis kit

Factory triple clamp

Low chassis kit

Preload adjuster

Brakes

Brakes

These high-tech Brembo babies are combined with lightweight Wave brake discs. You couldn’t brake any harder, better, faster or stronger.

Brake pad

Brake pad

Brake pad

Brake pad

Brake disc

Brake disc

Flame brake disc

Flame brake disc

Flame brake disc

Flame brake disc

Wave brake disc

Wave brake disc

Wave brake disc

Factory brake caliper

Factory brake caliper

Brake caliper protection

Rear brake conversion kit

Brake pad holding bracket

Brake pedal safety wire

Brake caliper support

Banjo bolt with bleeder function

Brake bleeder screw

Brake caliper support

Brake caliper support with brake disc guard

Fuel tank

Fuel tank

A lightweight polyethylene tank with a capacity of 2.5 gallons. You will always be able to see how much fuel there’s left at a glance, thanks to the see-through plastic. By pushing the orange release button in the center of the fuel tank cap, the bayonet mechanism makes refueling quick and easy.

Factory fuel tank cap

Airbox

Airbox

The air filter box design offers maximum protection of the air filter against soiling, while ensuring maximum airflow. The large Twin Air filter is mounted in a stiff cage, which at the same time holds the system in place. This design is so simple, you could still pop a fresh one in with a face full of mud. Without tools. In seconds.

CNC-parts

Rear master cylinder extender

Brake pedal step plate

Gear shift lever tip

Brake and clutch reservoir cover

Factory fuel tank cap vent

Rear master cylinder cap

Chains / Sprockets

Chain

Z-ring chain

Supersprox stealth rear sprocket