The Apex is a great sled, no doubts about that, but when it comes to riding in the mountain I don’t think it’s the best choice you can make. It’s not that it doesn’t have the power to climb the hills, it does, but being so heavy makes it struggle at some point. I really can’t think of another 2007 mountain model with a weight like the Apex Mountain. Yes, it’s a 4-stroke and that adds up a lot, but still. It’s comfortable though, and quiet. It makes a good trail sled, but for the mountains there are much better choices out there. Still, see the characteristics:
MODEL Apex Mountain SE
M.S.R.P. * $11,299.00
ENGINE 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, 3-valves, liquid-cooled
DISPLACEMENT 998 cc
BORE X STROKE 74 x 58 mm
CARBURETION 39 mm Mikuni, fuel injection
IGNITION Digital T.C.I. with throttle position sensor
TRANSMISSION Variable ratio
SUSPENSION Front: Independent, double wishbone; Fox FLOAT, air shock, aluminum shocks; 7 in. travel
Rear: ProMountain™ 162 in. with dual angle; gas cell hydraulic shocks; 14 in. travel
BRAKES Disc; 4-piston hydraulic with lightweight rotor
SKIS Wide saddleless plastic mountain ski
LENGTH 131.1 in.
WIDTH 46 in.
HEIGHT 46.7 in.
TRACK LXWXH 162 x 16 x 2.25 in., 3 in. pitch, Camoplast Maverick
SKI STANCE 37.6-39.6 in., adjustable
DRY WEIGHT 593 lbs.
OIL CAPACITY 3 qt., dry sump
FUEL CAPACITY 10 gal.
Actually the only way for the Apex Mountain to outrun anything out there in the big hills is by adding a 7 thousand dollar turbo. Way too big of an upgrade considering the price you’re paying for the stock sled. Weight is also a reason for the machine to be hard to handle. And I don’t even want to mention the struggle you’ll be put through if it happens that you get stuck somewhere. It’s an easy choice – if you’re an exclusive mountain rider you should look for some different sled to get. If you want a good trail sled you may consider getting the Apex Mountain, even though you can save some money and get yourself the 07 Apex ER or the 07 Apex RTX…they’re just as good, if not better.