Whether you’re on tarmac or terrible terrain, the Beta is nimble with accurate steering requiring little effort. At the same time, stability at speed is admirable. The Marzocchi/Sachs suspension combo is soft enough for choppy dirt roads yet doesn’t hammer you on pavement. The bike does bottom when slammed hard, but no more than expected for an off-road (meaning softer than motocross) suspension setup. Likewise, the brakes are up to street or trail use. For tight, twisty, canyons with poor pavement, all the Beta needs to be devastating is a switch to street-oriented rubber.