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  1. Hello all. looking for and input from someone familiar with the differences. Here is my dilemma : I currently own a 2017 Gas gas contact 250 that I bought brand new and am looking to upgrade to a (undisclosed manufacture) factory 300. lets not get into the brand argument or personal preferences and just assume all brands are suitable for my riding style. I was told by one specific dealer that I should not by a 300cc. that it would be too much power for me , let alone a factory edition. here is where I stand: I m a 38 y.o. guy in very good athletic shape 6'2" 235lbs (115Kg) . I have been riding trials for 4 months only but there is a catch. I use to be a BMX rider for over 10 years (most likely advanced level). so my progression seems to be faster than normal. here is a little summary of the skills I have accomplished. I can carry on wheelies (sitting or standing) for pretty much as long as I want in 3rd gear up. I can carry on in 2nd or first gear for many yards use of front brake and rear wheel hop are coming along. I can carry on stopies for 5 -7 yards or so. hop the rear wheel without engine. Double blip and Jab Zap successfully 100% of the time on obstacles up to 3 feet. Splats are ok if I have a flat surface to land the bike after. I still can not do a stationary Zap. Balance in most surfaces and with front wheel against objects (tress/ rocks etc...) have not figured out flip turns. 70 to 90 degree Floater turns on incline 50% successful. 90 degree pivot turn against tree 1 out of 4 tries. I can front wheel hop about 15 times of so but did not figure out how to move the bike as I do. only in the same spot that should be plenty of info!! I think 300cc would make easier for some skills like zaps and splatters but I have never ridden one. and I m not completely sure what is the difference between factory vs standard, other than lighter parts. Would I be making a mistake buying a 300 factory? Thanks all
  2. It worked well! cleaned the brakes and applied "quiet brake" to the rear surface! squeaky noise is gone. thanks for all the other tips
  3. rear brakes make an intermittent squeak noise every revolution! rear suspension makes a squeak noise every time it compresses. someone told me to ride with brakes on until they get hot and poor water on it.. sounds right?? what is proper rear brake and rear suspension maintenance? Thanks
  4. front brake rattle is fine!! that is a floater rotor!! do not over tight it! I had pretty much the same issues with my contact 250! fork seal is a really easy job. there is a video online . are you in the USA?? if so you can call me 518 597 4678
  5. good Lord. Is quite simpler than what they showed online!! thanks for the link! I guess he was right! I m going to attempt to do it myself. I have checked into the Honda but for now this is a cheaper bike to learn. I just broke the seat assembly today. was trying to learn some sitting wheelies. I have called a couple gas gas dealers and am waiting on the price for a new one. as for now I repaired with some rivets and is reinforced. doesnt look the best but is stronger than factory
  6. Got a fork seal leak and already tried the seal mate tool without success. My dealer said it's possible to change the fork seal without having to change the oil. I find hard to believe. Does it make sense? He sent me a new pair of seals but I m nervous rack. I m very frustrated with gas gas since I can't find how much oil that fork holds anywhere online or in the manual. Do I need special tools? All the videos out there seem to be for different types of forks.
  7. I do not have a manual for the bike, What I find odd since I bought it brand new 16 days ago! I have put about 20 hrs of riding so far. I went online and downloaded a manual / parts for the TXT 250 but no info on fluids or "how to" maintenance is there a tool to check the oil level and add oil if necessary?
  8. i got a new 2017 gas gas contact 250 and after 2 weeks riding I have a fork seal leak. I would take back to the dealer but is a 6hr trip. My questions are: Do I need special tools for the job? if so, which ones and where to find? how do I find how much oil to put back in the fork? cant find in the manual Has anyone done this job and have tips for me?? Thanks
  9. I m novice to the sport with only 10hrs or so on my New Gas gas contact 250. Could anyone tell me the difference between the double blip and Zap. I have watched several videos of both and seems the exact same technique. what's the difference?? which one clears higher obstacles? Also, as a beginner, I m struggling with the right finger on the front Brake. should I cover it at all times? even during wheelies? I cover the clutch at all times but left hand does not require wrist motion... any tips on that?? Thanks a lot everyone
  10. Hello guys. Just got a 2017 gas gas contact 250 today and was told by the dealer to mix fuel: avgas 80:1 ratio! I couldn't help to notice when I got home that on the gas gas website. The manual says 50:1 ratio! I m a little confused, so I figure I would ask what are you guys running 50:1 or 80:1? Also, what would be better? Avgas or race gas? Thanks everyone for input
  11. good observation! the TXT are michelin and the contact are Pirelli. I will prob go with the contact (no competition- since I m a beginner) and when I figure the sport out (if I get the hang of it) I will buy a 300 Montesa (just speculations - I like the looks of it and the nice black color) tx
  12. Thanks Oni Nou. I hear you, but this is what I ve been told so far: I was advised by few people to start with a 250 even though I am 230 pounds. They said the 300's are much snappier and might delay my learning curve! So I thought about a gas gas contact to save a couple G at first and Buy a top of line 300 when time comes respecting my skills! Does it make sense to you? thanks
  13. those are side by side specs! Not Bragging about in any means, but I have the money to buy whichever I decide. I just thought I d ask you guys if is OK to save a couple G. by buying the contact. I do have a lots of BMX experience and am hoping for a fast progression in the sport. As far as buying a used bike, my only predicament is: Lack of mechanical skills and location. As much as I would love lessons I m quite far from the nearest club. I m in the heart of the Adirondack mountains. Plenty of places to ride though. Make no mistake: All input is appreciated guys. I want to make the right decision. gas gas comparison.docx
  14. I have a chance to buy a brand new 2017 Gas Gas contact 250, but couldnt help to notice that it is priced significant lower than all the other 250s in the class including a Gas gas 250 TXT when you compare the specs of the TXT and the contact, they are almost identical! What is the catch? if there is any. Does anyone with trials experience know these bikes? the contact seems to be new in the gas gas trials line! I m contemplating to get one Saturday. Thanks everyone