New technology & old prices
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
APEX 450MX ($13,000)
If you’re a racer, you probably already know all about
Apex. The Arizona-based company first made its name
with custom mini racers. Now Apex has branched out into
full-size quads built on a to-order basis. The 450 version
uses a carbureted, five-valve Yamaha YZ450F motorcycle
engine, so there’s no reverse or electric start. It’s built in
full-race trim with nerf bars and DWT wheels.
APEX 250MX ($12,000)
This machine is an unfair advantage in 250cc quad racing. It uses a motor from the Yamaha YZ250F motocross
bike, which makes the engines of other 250-class quads
look like bilge pumps. The Apex is in a race-ready chassis
with nerf bars and premium tires. The price is steep, but
it’s cheaper than building something similar yourself. Also
available in cross-country trim.
CAN-AM DS450X mx ($9699)
The X mx is an out-of-the-box racer ready for motocross. It
has the Rotax EFI DOHC 450 powerplant at its core, but it’s
surrounded with racing hardware. The hollow rear axle is
adjustable, and the front stance is 50 inches wide. It comes
with Fox Float X Evol front shocks and a Fox Podium in the
rear. Nerf bars, ITP wheels and Quadcross tires all come standard. If you tried to build it yourself, you’d pay much more.
ARCTIC CAT DVX300 ($4299)
Arctic Cat’s sporty 300 has a modest, 270cc, liquid-cooled motor with an equally modest CV transmission.
The motor is similar to that of the 4x2 Arctic Cat 300, but it
uses a chain final drive instead of a shaft. The suspension
also produces a little more travel out of its single rear
shock and double front A-arms. The Arctic Cat DVX isn’t a
racer, but it’s no slouch, either.
CAN-AM DS450X xc ($8999)
If you’re inclined to line up in a cross-country race next
to Jarrod McClure and the gang, Can-Am has the only
machine that is set up with all the right stuff. The X xc version is a DS450 in a 46-inch width that comes in racing
trim. It has a hollow-axle, beadlock ITP wheels, premium
KYB shocks, an aluminum bumper and nerf bars, all standard. The X xc is still EPA-legal for trail use.