WHAT IS IT? Ride’s 19mm and 20.5mm triple clamps
change the KTM’s offset (from 22mm), trail and wheelbase while adding the benefits of rubber-mounted bars.
WHAT’S IT COST? $529.90 (rubber-bar model) $449.90
(solid-bar model), $99.95 (required one-piece rubber bar
CONTACT? www.ride-engineering.com or
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Ride Engineering 19mm and 20.5mm
offset KTM triple clamps.
(1) Offset. The MXA wrecking crew has been
changing triple-clamp offset on KTMs for over 15 years.
Our original impetus was KTM’s change from conventional
forks to upside-down forks in 2000. We didn’t like the
20mm offset, so we switched to 18mm offset on KTM
four-strokes and 16mm on KTM two-strokes. KTM joined
the fray in 2003 when they changed from 20mm offset to
14mm. It was a mistake. Then, from 2005 to 2009, KTM
equipped their bikes with reversible offset triple clamps
that could be changed from 20mm to 18mm by rotating
the steerer tube. Never content, KTM reversed direction
in 2009 and went to 22mm offset triple clamps, which
they will keep in 2015, but with one caveat. For 2015,
KTM will use 22mm clamps but change the axle
offset by 2mm—in effect mimicking 20mm offset clamps.
( 2) Upgrade. Ride Engineering has kept up with
KTM’s changes over the years, and they offer 19mm and
20.5mm offset triple clamps for 2013–’ 14 models that will
enable KTM owners to get closer to the 2015 spec. Best
of all, Ride offers these triple clamps with rubber bar
mounts. If you don’t want rubber mounts, Ride makes
KTM clamps that use your stock bar mounts, which will
save you $180.
( 3) Installation. The Ride Engineering clamp comes
with the bottom bearing already pressed in, but you do
need to change the lower bearing race (which comes
with the Ride clamps). Ride’s rubber-mounted triple
clamps require their $99 bar-mount kit.
( 4) Performance. After riding with the 19mm offset
clamps, we felt that turn-in was improved, but felt that
this would only be a benefit on tight Supercross-style
tracks. We preferred Ride’s 20.5mm offset clamps for
most outdoor-style tracks. In truth, every test rider was
most impressed by the benefits of the rubber-mounted
handlebars—and said they would switch to Ride clamps
for this feature more than the offset change.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The rubber-mounted clamps
are expensive, and the need to add $100 worth of bar
mounts makes them very dear.
We absolutely loved the rubber bar mounts,
but waffled on the 19mm offset clamps,
preferring to go with the 20. 5 offset
RIDE ENGINEERING KTM TRIPLE CLAMP
MXA TEAM TESTED