Earlier in 2016, Camso (formerly known as Camoplast) announced they were entering the snowbike market with their DTS 129 snow bike kit. We had the chance recently to finally see one in person and we are beyond excited to try it out.
The first thing, we looked at was the single rail design on the bottom. This feature means one beefy slider and rail in the center that the track rides on instead of the traditional two slider design. What this translates to in theory is that the track will be a lot more flexible on the sides making it feel a lot more like an actual dirt bike when cornering and side-hilling which is a huge deal! Because it can flex when you lean, you also keep more track on the snow meaning better traction when leaning. The single beam system also allows the suspension to be narrower and more dirt bike like.
The biggest question is how does it compare to a Timbersled? Well, spec wise they aren’t too far from each other. I fully expected the Camso to be lighter than the Timbersled but that’s not the case. The DTS 129 is heavier by 6.5 lbs (145lbs vs 138.5lbs) compared to the Timbersled’s longer LT 137 and 11.5lbs heavier than Timbersleds shorter ST 120 kit. I think that extra weight comes from the steel used in the bottom mono rail frame on the DTS whereas the Timbersled is mostly all aluminum in it’s lower half (probably since it can share the load on 2 sides instead of a single rail in the middle). The DTS also features a wrap around square tube system designed to protect the drive components which might be worth the extra weight. Timbersleds feature case cover which serves the same purpose.
Both the Camso and the Timbersled’s tracks are 12.5″ wide with 2.5″ tall lugs so track wise the only difference is the length, with the Timbersled offering a 120″ track or a 137″ vs the 129″ Camso track. (happy medium?) Again the main difference between the tracks is the Camso will flex on the sides a lot better than a Timbersled because of the single rail design. Another unique selling point on the Camso DTS 129 is the fact that there is a dual chain tensioner that allows for primary and secondary chain adjustments individually. The track also ride sfarther forward than on the Timbersled meaning more weight right under the rider than behind the rider for better traction.
The 4 keel ski is also another design that is somewhat unique in the snow bike world but in theory it looks like it should provide good grip and smoother transition in hard turns while giving even support on harder packed trails. The metal edges on the design also allow it to turn on a hard packed trail much easier than the Timbersled (in theory) which would be a big advantage. The pivot point on the ski is also very low compared to the Timbersled ski which is designed to prevent head shake in the forks and offer better handling.
As far as price point goes, the Camso is cheaper. The Timbersled kit msrp is $5999 for th 137 and $4299 for the short track 120 but both of them still require a fit kit for your specific bike which is another $300, so minimum $4600 for the short track. The Camso comes in at a reasonable price point of $4799 with everything included.
We finally got our hands on one and did a time lapse video of one of our techs at Rexburg MotorSports doing an install on a 2016 Honda CRF450. We can’t wait to actually get this out in the snow and see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be!
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