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Four-cross (4X), also called mountain-cross, not to be confused with fourcross, is a relatively new style of mountain bike racing where four bikers race downhill on a prepared, BMX-like track, simply trying to get down first. These bikes are generally either full suspension with 3 to 4 inches of travel, or hardtails, and typically have relatively strong frames. They run a chainguide on front and gears on the back. They have slack head angles, short chainstays and low bottom brackets for good cornering and acceleration. In recent years the tracks raced on have been rougher and less like those used in BMX.
Four-cross was added to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in 2002, replacing dual slalom. It was removed from the World Cup following the 2011 series. A replacement world series, the 4X Pro Tour, was launched in 2012. As of 2018, the current UCI men's four-cross world champion is Quentin Derbier while the women's world champion is Romana Labounková.
- International Cycling Union (Union Cycliste International)
- 4X Pro Tour
- British Cycling - Get into Downhill and 4Cross
- BBC News Sport Academy 4Cross
- About.com What Is Four Cross
- Four-Cross Course Layout
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