I wanna build a 4X track

Hi lee,

Bit of a pickle as to how to get started on our own 4x track. We are trying to find a used Bobcat to get us going. Is this a silly idea? The track will be in what is currently heavy scrub and we also plan to build a mini dual slalom, pump track and some slopestyle features. Do you know of any 4x track plans around that are proven winners?


Hey Jonny,

A skid steer loader (aka Bobcat) would be good. For bigger 4X jumps/berms, a big loader would be better. For this year’s Sea Otter pro pump track, we had so much dirt — 400 yards! — we called in a HUGE loader. Some builders also use an excavator (aka back hoe). Master kung fu builder Kyle Ebbett says you want one with tracks, not wheels.

Track layouts depend so much on the terrain, you’ll need a custom design, but one based on proven elements. If you like, I can rock something like this for you. Design fees start at $500 and go up depending on project requirements. Email me.

Another option: Measure features you know work, then design them into your track layout. An ABA or NBL BMX track would be a great place to look. They know how to build safe flow.

Here are diagrams I’ve drawn of some 4X tracks. Check out the years; that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been into 4x.

Angel Fire, NM – 2004

Angel Fire, NM – 2005

Chalk Creek, CO – 2004

Durango, CO – 2004 (Not great)

As always, plan it out. Measure twice. Dig once.

— Lee

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