2013 KTM 500 EXC: SUPERIOR CHASSISBack to Bikes Next Benefit Previous Benefit
In keeping with KTM tradition, the frames are made from high-quality, lightweight, chromoly steel profiles. In conjunction with the rear PDS damping system, they are designed for optimum absorption of shocks introduced into the frame by the rear wheel. In response to the trend for aluminum frames followed by our rivals, we supply a high-tech steel frame that weighs approx. 0.5 kg (1.1 lb.) less than the lightest competitor. Moreover, it's easier to maintain, simpler to work on and it provides more space for the fuel tank and other components.
All KTM EXC models are fitted with the latest generation of fully adjustable 48 mm (1.89 in) open-cartridge forks "Made in Austria" by WP Suspension. Each model is individually tuned and the new fork oil provides improved responsiveness with more constant damping characteristics.
The high-quality KTM wheels with CNC-machined hubs are standard on KTM bikes. They are equipped with new, extremely stable, 7050 aluminum rims from GIANT and the spokes are now furnished with a premium black coating, representing an improvement in terms of corrosion resistance. New MAXXIS dual-sport tires - provide excellent traction, very precise directional control and a long service life.
Brakes from Brembo® are standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes and, together with lightweight wave-type brake discs, they are recognized as the measure of all things in terms of application and brake performance. The further refined rear brake cylinder has a new internal mechanism that ensures less wear at the rubber seal for greater durability.