Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2015
HUSQVARNA FC450 BETTER THAN THE 2014
A: Yes. Husqvarna made major changes to the FC450
that improved it over last year’s model.
Q: WHAT DID HUSQVARNA CHANGE FOR
A: Guess what? Almost every change that KTM made
to the 2015 450SXF, Husqvarna made to the FC450. The
biggest changes are to the fork, shock
linkage, axles, swingarm and rear suspension.
(1) Swingarm and axle. Last year the Husky FC450
came with KTM’s old-school 20mm rear axle and the
swingarm that came with it back in 2011. For 2015, the
FC450 gets the new swingarm and the 25mm axle off the
current crop of KTMs.
( 2) 4CS forks. Gone are the WP bladder forks of last
year, and in their place are the new 4CS forks. 4CS stand
for “Four Chamber System.” The new fork is 6. 5
ounces lighter than the old fork. The fork guards are
now an open design and do not wrap around like
previous Husqvarna fork guards (the old-style fork
guards will not fit on the 4CS forks). Unlike on the
KTM, there are no in-mold graphics on the fork guards.
( 3) Fork offset. The front-axle offset has been
changed at the fork lugs by moving the axle 2mm
rearward (from 35mm in front of the fork center line
to 33mm in front). This change required a switch from
last year’s 26mm front axle to a smaller 22mm axle
(saving 40 grams) to fit in the reduced space of the
( 4) Rear suspension. The rising rate has been
changed via an all-new bell crank and 2.5mm-longer
pull rod. The rising-rate curve is stiffer initially and
then flattens out to provide a less progressive curve
at the end of the stroke. To accommodate the longer
linkage, the WP shock is 4mm longer. The suspension
travel remains the same, but the seat height is
lowered by 5mm at the rear fender.
White knight: Thanks to the white frame and plastic, the
black highlights of the polyamide subframe don’t
overpower the FC450’s appearance.