This is the first time Polaris has used a conventional shock-in-skid suspension in the Pro-Ride platform and we’re impressed.
First, the Assault’s strongest suit isn’t trail riding. This is a free-riding kind of sled focused on powder and off-trail riding and truthfully, it’s really a toned down version of a hardcore mountain sled with different gearing.
Considering all this, we think there’s excellent potential for this sled to be the kind of crossover some trail riders would like.
Perhaps a bit more ride compliance and a downgrade to a 136-inch track with a coupled skidframe would take it very close to perfection in this market.
The Assault is extremely light, handles like nothing else and is equipped with one of the two best 800 2-strokes in the biz.
Some riders will fall in love with it based on its looks alone. Certainly, those who prioritize lake running and deep powder flatland forays will be totally satisfied. This is where this sled works best.
However, those who buy a sled to ride long distances on groomed trails will not be as happy. We suggest those folks take a long look at the 2011 IQ-based Switchback 600.