2021 Ski-Doo Freeride – What's New | Mountain Sledder
February 14th, 2020

2021 Ski-Doo Freeride – What’s New

The relationship between the Ski-Doo Summit X and the Freeride models has been pretty consistent since 2018.

One exciting addition is that along with the 2021 Summit X, the 2021 Ski-Doo Freeride will also feature the shorter tunnel and some other upgrades that were previously available only on the Summit X Expert last year. Also, in parallel to the Summit X changes for 2021, the 850 E-TEC Turbo will be available as an option in the 154″ and 165″ Freeride models. Very cool.

Otherwise, the main advantage of the 2021 Ski-Doo Freeride over the Summit models continues to be its premium shocks package, which uses the KYB Pro 40 EA piggyback shocks at the rear, and KYB Pro 36 R EA piggyback shocks with compression and rebound adjustment at the front.

2021 Ski-Doo Freeride also features reinforced running boards, a rail stiffener and a sway bar quick-disconnect.

2021 Ski-Doo Freeride

Here's what is new for 2021:

  • Rotax 850 E-TEC Turbo engine (154” and 165” track lengths only)
  • Short tunnel design
  • One-piece, lightweight hood
  • Low mountain strap
  • Small diameter handlebars
  • Lightweight shock springs
  • QRS Vent Plus
  • New color scheme
  • Updates specific to 146-inch model
    • Lightweight ski spindle
    • 6.5-inch (165 mm) fixed riser
    • Pilot DS3 Ski
    • 35.7-37.4-inch adjustable ski stance
    • Profile running boards
    • Rail-mounted ice scratchers
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Track options:
  • 146 x 16 x 2.5 in. (371 x 41 x 6.3 cm)
  • 154 x 16 x 2.5/3.0 (391 x 41 x 6.3/7.6 cm)
  • 165 x 16 x 2.5/3.0 (420 x 41 x 6.3/7.6 cm)

Short Tunnel: Shorter tunnel length allows for optimal maneuverability in deep snow. Standard rear lightweight snowflap with LinQ-ready attachment points.

NEW QRS Vent Plus driven clutch: Finned fixed and moving sheaves maximize airflow of the CVT system to decrease overall operating temperature and offer consistent performance.

Drive Belt Monitoring System: Alerts riders in two different ways, duty cycle and temperature, if drive belt issues are impending before failure. Allows rider to be proactive to prevent belt failure.

Compact lightweight Seat: Lower, shorter, narrower, lightweight design allows for easier rider movement on the sled. Developed with backcountry expert Carl Kuster. Improved weather resistance to preserve its lightweight characteristic.

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4.5-inch digital display: All-digital LCD gauge with flatter viewing angle for an easy-to-read info center while standing.

Small diameter handlebar and grips: Tapered bar ends for improved rider comfort.

One-piece Lightweight Hood: One-piece Polypropylene construction reduces weight by 6 lbs. Optimized for heat management and noise reduction.


The Freeride can be ordered with either the 850 E-TEC, or the 850 E-TEC Turbo engine as an option for 154″ and 165″ models with both 2.5” and 3.0” lugged track options.

2021 Ski-Doo Freeride

  • Catalyst Grey


– MS