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The off-season training put in by the Fox MTB team paid off big at the kickoff to the 2019 season - Crankworx Rotorua. Threatening skies held off most of the week and the dirt was prime for racing and ripping all week long. With 2 wins and 10 podiums across the 7 different disciplines the Fox athletes made Rotorua feel like a second home for Fox fans in attendance!
For the second year in a row, Brett Rheeder started his season off with a bang. Adding multiple new tricks to his program, he rode a nearly flawless run to capture the top step of the podium in the annual Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza.
Anthony Messere was riding on the limit all week and put together a great run to place 6th in the Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza. His top six finish means he's punched his ticket into the next round at Crankworx Innsbruck!
Finn Iles put in a blistering run in the warmest conditions of the week in the men’s Crankworx Rotorua Downhill. He rode clean and in control and his performance left him just 0.09 seconds off the top step of the podium. It was a great performance, but being so close left him a little frustrated - something he will use as motivation for next month's Maribor!
It was a disappointing start to the year for current UCI DH World Champ Loic Bruni as a flat in the top section of the course derailed his chances in Friday's Crankworx DH race. He looked good in training and was ready to compete in his first test of the 2019 season. Always a fan favorite, Loic lightened a bad moment as he asked a spectator for his pump and tried to bring the tire back to life. "I just wanted to finish," said Loic moments after the race. This has motivated him even more for the first UCI DH race in Maribor.
Tahnée Seagrave battled through multiple injuries throughout the week to put together a great set of results. She rode multiple disciplines and ended up with three third-place finishes - Dual Slalom, Downhill, and Pump Track. Truly an all-around talent, Tahnée is also a crowd favorite who made the Rotorua fans feel special all week long!
Speaking of fan favorites, local boy Keegan Wright was the hardest working athlete in Rotorua. Competing in nearly every pro men’s division race, he finished the event with a silver medal in both Pump Track and EWS as well as taking the top step in the Crankworx Dual Slalom. His amazing overall performance finds him in second place overall for the King of Crankworx points!
Bas van Steenbergen was another all-around performer in Rotorua. He finished second behind teammate Keegan Wright in the Dual Slalom and was the only Fox athlete to podium in the Rotorua Air DH. These points have him in the running for the overall King of Crankworx title.
Look for Fox MTB athletes at the start of the UCI DH World Cup season in the historic Maribor, Slovenia and then at the second stop of the Crankworx series in Innsbruck, Austria.
Durability, Versatility or Mobility? For Kirt, riding in the high desert of California, with varying temps, sharp rocks, cacti, and the occasional zombie apocalypse, led him to select this kit. Like Kirt, you can mix and match our purpose-built collections to form a kit perfectly suited for your ride.
“Conditions can change quickly in the desert. Having gear that has complete protection from the terrain but can keep your temperature controlled is a must!"
Kirt Voreis – MTB Legend
Every rider is different, and no two rides are the same. So, to meet your individual needs, we created three purpose-built lines of gear – each providing you with a unique set of benefits. Whether you need gear with a focus on durability, versatility or mobility, we’ve got you covered. Use our all-new kit builder tool to create a kit tailor-made for your next ride. Use our all-new kit builder tool to create a kit tailor-made for your next ride.
TOUGHER THAN DIRT
Rugged conditions, abrasive trail overgrowth, the occasional fall: These are certainties on the mountain. The Defend Mountain Bike Collection stands up to this trail-related wear and tear – ride after ride. Using super tough Kevlar fabric and reinforced taped seams, this range of MTB jerseys, shorts, and gloves will be the most durable in your arsenal.
The look and feel of your favorite t-shirt packed with technical features and cut for comfort in a mountain bike riding position. Introducing the all-new Ranger Mountain Bike Collection. With natural-feeling fabrics concealing technical features, this range of jerseys and shorts allows you to hit the trails on your lunch break and get away with it.
Flexair is our lightest and most breathable MTB gear. It’s so light, airy and flexible, in fact, you might forget you're wearing it. On your hottest rides, the Flexair Mountain Bike Collection of shorts, jerseys and gloves will keep you comfortable with ventilation, advanced moisture wicking, and limitless mobility.
MADE FOR REVOLUTION
The introduction of the Proframe helmet was a radical new direction for the mountain bike helmet industry. Taking everything we learned from that endeavor, the Spring 2019 MTB Helmet Collection builds on the rebellion with a new version of game-changing innovation for riders in every discipline.
WELCOME TO THE ARMORY
Aiming for endless improvement, our design team gave our collection of mountain bike guards a serious update. Our best-sellers have been modernized with CE certifications, we've launched our revolutionary Fox F3 Armor, and a host of brand-new styles are here to fill any gaps. This collection of guards is our most comprehensive ever, featuring everything from hard-plated guards and pedal-friendly slip-on styles to armored shorts and base layers.
GET A GRIP
As the most important connection between rider and bike, gloves have been a focus for us since day one. For 2019, we’ve raised the performance level yet again with all-new gloves and completely re-engineered versions of some of our best-performing styles. Partnerships with iconic manufacturers Kevlar®, D3O™, and Clarino®, combined with a forward-looking design philosophy have resulted in an MTB glove collection which is truly made for your ride.
MADE FOR WOMEN
For women, by women. At Fox, we're lucky enough to work with some of the most talented athletes in the world. Our all-new Women’s Collection is here thanks to intensive research and development in partnership with our women’s racing team. This range features women’s Defend, Ranger and Flexair Collections with a female-first design and specific fit.
ALL-NEW HYDRATION PACKS
Fox hydration bags are designed to take you from your house to the top of the trail and back again. Every ride is different, so we offer packs in three key sizes - equipping you for everything from all-day epics to quick local loops. Select your perfect pack based on your individual hydration and storage needs.
When we set out to develop class defining products, our intention is not awards, metals or other accolades. However, it still feels good to be recognized for our efforts. We are honored that our Flux MIPS received a 2019 Design & Innovation Award for offroad equipment – an achievement reserved for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. Not only does this award validate our efforts but it motivates us to continue to provide you with the best gear possible. That's our promise to you.
“With the adjustable visor and the easy Fidlock magnetic buckle, the Flux [MIPS] is extremely convenient in everyday use. The intuitive adjustment system also ensures an optimal fit for almost all head shapes. Fox Racing has given its previous bestseller a fundamental update. With success: the new Flux is a stylish and modern helmet with all-round convenience.”
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.
This past weekend, Pat Casey made the trip out to Argentina to compete in the Dirt World Championships at Dirt World Fly Park. The compound features dirt jumps for both BMX and MTB free riding, more than 40 ramps, a pump track, foam pit, wall ride, and a mini ramp. It's a rider's dream, to say the least. Pat, no stranger to dirt, came out swinging with his insane style and big bag of tricks to win the event. Big congrats to Pat from all of us at Fox!
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Defending UCI World Champion, Loic Bruni, put on a magnificent performance to claim his 3rd UCI MTB DH World Champs title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. In the closest of contests, Bruni edged out his nearest competitor by 0.2 seconds to take his 2nd consecutive World Champs title.
MADE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKE. From Day one, Fox has created products with intention and purpose. We are constantly pushing into the future, never settling for anything less than greatness. It's in our blood. We innovate relentlessly so we can inspire your best ride, your fastest race, your pinnacle moment. This is our purpose. It’s how we connect and how we dream. We are made for inspirations and for possibilities, for steep climbs and fast descents, for challengers and champions. Fox is Made for Mountain Bike.
The fourth and final stop of the Crankworx World Tour made its return to the epicenter of mountain bike culture, Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Being the largest lift-accessed mountain bike park in the world boasting over 1,500 meters of lift-serviced terrain, the two-wheel culture and lifestyle is like no other.
This year, the Crankworx festival celebrated its 15th year of two-wheel epicness, and the stage was set to draw in the world’s best mountain riders competing for the top honors in their respected disciplines. Throughout the week, riders competed in a variety of events such as Downhill, Enduro, Slalom, Pump Track, Whip-off, and Slopestyle.
The Fox MTB global team was in action all week delivering outstanding performances with multiple podium finishers earning medals. Among the solid results, the notable highlights of the week were the all Canadian podium sweep during the Fox Air DH race and Brett Rheeder's Crankworx FMB World Slopestyle Championship title win.
Fox Air DH
- Gold – Finn Iles (CAN)
- Silver – Magnus Manson (CAN)
- Bronze – Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN)
- Silver - Claire Buchar (CAN)
Slopestyle World Championship
- 1st Place – Brett Rheeder (CAN)
Canadian Open Downhill
- Silver – Connor Fearon (AUS)
- Bronze – Magnus Manson (CAN)
Throughout the week of Crankworx, the Fox brand was also activating on site and engaging with consumers, fans and fellow bike bros to create and share the memorable ride. Events included Custom hat pressing to raise funds for the Stevie Smith legacy foundation, an Ultimate MTB Prize pack that included head-to-toe gear and a GT bicycle, athlete autograph sessions allowing fans to meet & greet with their favorite Fox rider and of course, the infamous Chill N’ Grill hosted for our bike bros.
For live MTB coverage, follow Fox Racing on Instagram at @foxmtb
Last weekend, the 2018 UCI Downhill World Cup series made it’s way to the trails of Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada - the only North American stop on the schedule this season. It’s the 26th time that the World Cup has been held on the technical and challenging slopes of this legendary mountain which has provided many breathtaking races over the years.
This year would be another thriller, as the top three finishers were separated by just over a second. In the end, Fox team rider and current World Champion, Loic Bruni, would claim the top spot. With Loris Vergier’s win in Vallnord, this makes it two in a row for the Fox MTB Downhill Team.
Loic was on top of his game in Mont-Sainte-Anne. He blazed through the second and third sections of the course and stayed consistent the rest of the way to secure a .3 second win over a top-flight field.
"I’ve been trying all year, and today it happened. I’m so happy; It’s a sick place for me I’ve always loved [Mont St. Anne] and yeah... strong weekend."
The victory ended a rough streak for Loic, as multiple injuries, and a series of bad luck has kept him winless in the World Cup series so far this year. It was great to see it all come together for him in Canada. Loic looks to keep the momentum going as he and the rest of the Fox MTB Global DH team make their way to the loose and grassy slopes of La Bresse France for the first time since 2011.
The Fox Downhill team uses the premium downhill mountain bike gear including the podium-proven Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, Flexair jersey, pants, and gloves, and the race tested Launch Pro D3O guards. Ride what the pros wear. SHOP NOW
For raceday MTB coverage, follow Fox Racing on Instagram at @foxmtb
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking drew over 8000 fans, dozens of the biggest brands in the mountain bike world and hundreds of competitors to the lush green slopes of Killington Resort. The sun played hide and seek throughout the week, and the weather added even more challenges to an already tough course - even making Thursday's track walk an adventure for the riders.
The summer rainstorm made its presence felt at Friday’s qualifying session as well - wreaking havoc on the trails and leveling the playing field for some of the open division participants. Over 70 elite riders took their turn on the legendary roots and rocks of Vermont. More riders than not were caught off guard by the slippery slopes which made the racing more about survival than speed. At the end of the day, defending Open champion and newly crowned US National Champ Neko Mullally edged out fellow Fox athlete and World Cup competitor Connor Fearon by just over a second to take the top qualifying spot heading into Saturday's finals.
The skies turned angry after the qualifying sessions on Friday night and soaked the hillside throughout the night. Saturday morning saw a welcome break in the weather as the clouds receded and the sun broke through late in the morning. The temperature continued to rise into the early afternoon drying out the track and making for some exciting racing as the elite men took to the field. The first participants took turns in the hot seat as riders who had fallen during qualifying showed their true speed on the firmer conditions the sun brought out. Germany’s Bernard Kerr and New Zealand’s Wyn Masters owned the top spot for much of the afternoon until Australian Jackson Frew threw in a flyer to take the #1 spot. In the end, the race came down to a competition between Saturday’s two top qualifiers.
Kona/Fox rider Connor Fearon took the start and wasted no time showing his speed on the dryer course. He was the fastest at each of the first three checkpoints until the challenging fourth segment put an end to his podium hopes as he went rubber side up through the rocks. Showing that his speed was not an illusion he remounted and still finished in an impressive 10th place despite his crash. The last man at the start house was up next, and Neko Mulally lived up to all the expectations he and his fans had placed on his shoulders. He bested Fox teammate Fearon’s times at each of the first three checks and made it through the tough fourth segment unscathed to finish with an emphatic 6.2-second win to claim his second win in two weeks and his second Fox US Open title in as many years.
"It was awesome," Mulally said "there were tons of spectators here; the course was really tough. Lucky to come out on top, I defended my title and won two years in a row. Just stoked that the US Open is such a great event and I was happy to be a part of it."
Neko walked away with a winner’s check of $6000 for his efforts. Equal prizes were given to the women’s division winner, Vaea Verbeeck of Canada, who dominated the women’s field by over 8 seconds. In addition to the Elite open DH contest, the weekend included an Enduro race, the legendary kids DH Grombomb which featured over 70 youth racers, an inspiring and exciting adaptive DH race and the Always crowd-pleasing whip off powered by Red Bull.
"The US Open holds a special place in the history of North American mountain bike racing. Fox is excited to be the title sponsor for the next three years and to help bring the excitement of gravity racing and competition to a new generation of North American mountain biker. Our goal is to help position the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking as the leading gravity event in the U.S. in 2018 and beyond," said Dave Ahumada, "Global Marketing Manager, Fox MTB. "Plans are already underway to make next years event even better by bringing more brands, athletes, and fans to Killington Resort for the 2019 edition".
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking overcame threatening skies to deliver a thrilling race for east coast gravity racing fans this weekend at the Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont. When the skies cleared and the times were in, Fox MTB Athlete Neko Mulally defended his Open division Downhill title with a 7 second plus victory in the elite men’s class. Neko was up at every time check and continued to build on his decisive lead until the end. He pedaled hard through the finish arch to walk away with his second DH championship in as many years and a $6000.00 winner’s purse from the premier Mountain bike gravity racing event in the United States.
"It was awesome," Mulally recalled at the finish. "There were tons of spectators here, and the course was really tough. Lucky to come out on top, I defended my title and won two years in a row. Just stoked that the US Open is such a great event and I was happy to be a part of it."
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking brought MTB brands, contestants, and fans from all or the world to not only race but enjoy the incredible riding that Killington Resort offers. Plans are already underway for the 2019 version of the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking, check back for a full recap of the event and updates for next year’s version of the premier gravity Mountain Bike race in the US.