Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2017

Take a tour of Mat Rebeaud’s KTM freestyle bike

Behind the scenes shots of Mat’s modified SX F 350 that he has built especially for the new season.
By Oliver Schran

Of all the forms a stock Motocross bike can take, an FMX bike is possibly the simplest in terms of modifications, but there is still a lot you can do to it, especially when Swiss precision is involved.

Red Bull KTM FMX pro-rider Mat Rebeaud is getting ready for the upcoming season and sent us a few exclusive images of his new working horse, the 2017 KTM SX F 350.

Going forward the bike will be tuned to even more specific detail with the suspension and engine mapping fitting exactly to Mat's preferences and style of riding.

Let us explain the most obvious changes in the gallery below.

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Mat Rebeaud’s Factory KTM SX F 350 (2017 Model)
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Sideview
Mat Rebeaud’s Factory KTM SX F 350 (2017 Model) The main target for the KTM was a massive weight reduction compared to the previous generation. Mat’s SX F 350 is the slimmest, lightest bike in the competition, which will give him quite an advantage. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Flip Lever – Hold Position
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Flip Lever (Hold Position)
Flip Lever – Hold Position Flip bars have a hold and an action position. During his run, the rider switches the position of the levers according to which trick they wants to perform. For most tricks no counter-pressure is needed, so this is the regular position. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Flip Lever – Action Position
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Flip Lever (Action Position)
Flip Lever – Action Position A Flip Bar or 'lever' is a metal plate or pipe wrapped with soft material, coming off the handle bars, and going in front of the rider's wrist or lower arm to stop the rider from rotating over a certain point during the flips, while also letting the bike to continue to move forward. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Steering Stabiliser (front view)
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Steering Stabiliser Outside
Steering Stabiliser (front view) Just about every single FMX rider runs a steering stabiliser, so the handlebars stay straight on tricks like the No-Hand Flip and others where you don’t want to come into the landing adjusting your bars first. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Steering Stabiliser (Hidden view)
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Inside View Stabilizer
Steering Stabiliser (Hidden view) Inside view of the steering stabiliser that gives a better idea what this magnificent piece actually does to help the rider doing their gnarly tricks. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Front view of the KTM SX F 350
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Front View
Front view of the KTM SX F 350 That’s how a fully equipped FMX rocket looks from the front. Wider handlebars, flip-levers (hold position), steering stabiliser, Stomp Grip on the upper fork area and a special triple clamp holding everything tight together. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Wide Handlebar with Pad and Trick List
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Handlebar with Tricklist
Wide Handlebar with Pad and Trick List All FMX riders use oversized handlebars, which – in contrast to standard MX handlebars – have no struts between the two brakes. That gives the riders more room for tricks such as “Barhop”, “Candybar” and “Dead-Body”. The bar-pad is used to host the trick list of the run. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Custom FMX Seat
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Seat
Custom FMX Seat Riders remove some of the foam padding under the leather to give them more room to manoeuvre when pulling off tricks such as “No-Footed-Cans”. Mat uses a special seat cover that gives additional grip when he needs it. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Start/Stop Automatic
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Start / Stop Automatic
Start/Stop Automatic The start/stop system of Mat’s bike is pretty unique. Even though the four-strokes are equipped with an electric starter as a standard feature, the competition still needs to be kick started. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Akrapovič Pre-Muffler
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Exaust System (Bomb)
Akrapovič Pre-Muffler The front part of the Akrapovič exhaust system features a "pre-muffler" which brings more power and helps to lower the bikes sound output by providing more sound absorbing surface area. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Rear Shock and Grab Hole
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Rear Shock
Rear Shock and Grab Hole Every rider uses their personal set-up on the suspension. Front fork and rear shock have to work in perfect harmony for the rider to have smooth landings after big tricks. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Wider Footpegs
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Foot-Pegs
Wider Footpegs Wide footpegs offer riders more stability and help to disperse the impact on landing. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com
Grab Holes for Seat-Grab Tricks
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | Mat Rebeaud´s FMX Bike - Grab Holes Side
Grab Holes for Seat-Grab Tricks Wide holes are cut into the fender side plastics and, on some bikes, the subframe is adjusted to create a good grab hole for seat-grab tricks. © Mat Rebeaud for RedBull.com