Hey guys, new to the site here and I just want to share my experience with the 850 and get some of your opinions.
For some background; I'm a long time Ski Doo fan and rider, currently I'm on a 13 MXZ TNT 800. In my group I ride with a 15 MXZ X 800 (Ice ripper), a 16 Renegade Enduro 800 (Ice Ripper), and a 19 MXZ X 850 (1.6 Ice Cobra). I do most of my riding in NY and Michigan. I'm an aggressive trail rider so I'm fairly confident when I say I push these sleds hard. When I upgraded from a 2003 MXZ X 800 the difference was staggering. Everything was an improvement, from power to ride quality. When the 850 was released I didn't expect there to be the same level of improvement as I saw from when I upgraded from an 03 to a 13. But after my first ride on the 850 I was shocked at how responsive and strong that engine felt. I thought for sure it was going to smoke every other sled we rode with. Boy was I disappointed when I lined them up.
So here's the deal. All of the sleds are bone stock. My 13 800 has 5XXX miles on it so it is pretty tired and is the slowest out of the group. The 850 walks around my sled, as expected, regardless of snow conditions. The 15 MXZ was a different story. It hung right with the 850 and in some cases would walk on it. The real shocker however was when we lined up the 850 and the Enduro. The Enduro spanks this 850 up and down the fields like you wouldn't believe. It doesn't matter if its from a dead stop or from a 50 mph roll, in the powder on tight packed trail, the Enduro straight up smokes the 850. I don't ride with any other 850's to compare it to so its hard to tell if we got a lemon. I can't justify that the 1.6 ice cobra slows it down that much. I haven't confirmed gearing but I can't imagine that's the case sine the 850 gets beat everywhere by the Enduro.
I need some opinions as why you guys think this could be. Is the 850 a lemon? Did we luck out and get a freak Enduro? Does the track really slow the 850 down that much?
I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of the 850's and love the look of my 13. After the impression the 850 gave me I'm putting all new fox zero qs suspension under my 13 and rebuilding it so I can ride it another 5k. I guess I'll have to bust out the Mach 1000 to see if the Enduro is really that fast.