October, 22, 2020 – Irvine, CA – Fox Racing, the global leader in mountain bike and motocross apparel and protective gear, is proud to announce a limited edition kit designed by Tahnée Seagrave to celebrate our 10-year partnership. From a motivated teenager to one of the best riders in the world, it’s been a real pleasure to be part of Tahnée’s evolution, leading her to be one of the most famous and influential riders on and off the bike. Here’s what Tahnée had to say about Fox and her collaboration kit: “I remember the first ever item I bought with my own pocket money was a Fox Hoody at a BMX/skate event my dad took me to when I was about six or seven years old. I wore it until it was hanging by a thread! “I got sponsored by them at the age of 15, and needless to say it was a dream come true. It is always my goal to work closely and long-term with my sponsors, and this year marks 10 years of partnership together! Fox have embraced my creativity and desire to stand out from the crowd, letting me design my very own custom kits and allowing me to showcase part of personality through them and making big statements as a female ambassador in a male dominated sport. “These kits have gathered a huge amount of interest, both male and female, and to celebrate our 10 years, we wanted to release a limited edition one we can share with you! I wanted it to be unisex so it was widely accessible and so the colours weren’t restricted to a label. This means so much to me, to be able to share my passion for both mountain bikes and fashion design with my fans, and see you guys repping and shredding! “A lot of love goes into these kits, and hopefully you love this one as much as we do!” We are really proud to have Tahnée as part of the Fox family. It’s been a pleasure to help her achieve her dreams, winning World Cups, pushing the design of her kits, and growing as a strong female role model.
A big batch of muddy hardtails from a race held in classic UK conditions.( Photos: 18, Comments: 11 )
The dry, dusty days of summer may be over but the change of season needn’t put a stop to your riding. With daylight hours dwindling in the Northern Hemisphere, night riding can throw a whole new light on your local trails. Routes you know like the back of your hand in the day take on a whole new lease of life when night falls. As night ride season takes off – often in conditions that may be cold, dark and frequently wetter than an otter’s pocket – there are plenty of ways to ensure the fun doesn’t have to stop. Read on to find out how to turn the dreary depths of winter into some of your best riding months of the year. Get lit A powerful front light is a night riding essential. Andy Lloyd A decent front light is essential if you want to enjoy nicely illuminated trails, rather than spending the whole time scrabbling around in the dark. You may be able to get away with a 400-lumen light if you know the way, aren’t looking to ride like Danny Hart and don’t have a mate with a 5,000-lumen monster on his bar that leaves you in perpetual shadow. But if you’re wanting to go faster and harder, you’ll need more illumination. We’d recommend 1,500 lumens at a starting point for serious night riding. Take a look at our guide to the best mountain bike lights, for our favourite tried-and-tested options at a range of budgets. You’ll need a good rear light, too. Mount up There are a couple of options when it comes to mounting your light. The obvious choice is the handlebar, especially if it’s an all-in-one-unit with the battery and lamp combined. Alternatively, you can fix it to your helmet, but avoid this with a heavy light because it’ll cause the lid to shift around when you ride over bumps. The other consideration is the type of trail you’re riding. If there are lots of tight turns, a bar-mounted light won’t shine around the corners, which is where you need to be looking. A helmet-mounted light solves this issue because it shines where you look, but if there isn’t enough light to also flood the trail directly in front of you, you may struggle. The best option is to have both head and bar-mounted lights. Pick the right route Trail centres are ideal for honing your night riding skills. Andy Lloyd If you’ve never been on a night ride before, try it out on a route you know well before adventuring into the wilds. You’ll be surprised by how alien the trails look and feel. Cues that you use to initiate turns and features you’re familiar with will be cast into shadow and won’t appear when you expect. Take it easy — you won’t be ‘winning’ Strava on your first outing. Trail centres are ideal places to hone your night riding skills. The tracks are less likely to have hidden surprises such as stumps or rocks that could cause you to crash. You can always challenge yourself with more technical trails once you’ve built up your confidence. Make friends After-work rides with mates are a great way to keep the winter blues away. Shops and cycling clubs around the country organise evening rides too, and they’re a great way to meet new and like-minded people. With daylight hours limited in winter, if you want to ride regularly then you’ll need to get out after dark. Having riding buddies to team up with can help you get out of the door when it’s otherwise tempting to stay at home. Keep your distance Keep your distance from the rider in front. Andy Lloyd Don’t ride too close to the person in front. If your light is brighter than theirs it’ll cast a giant shadow ahead of them, making it harder for them to see the trail. If you stop for a chinwag, don’t shine your light directly into your mates’ eyes because it’ll temporarily blind them. Instead of keeping your light on full power for the whole ride, reduce the output on flat sections and climbs to save battery life. Don’t run it so dim that you can’t see though! Stay safe Riding at night can be dangerous. The likelihood of crashing is higher, you’re less visible to other trail (and road) users and you’re less likely to encounter others riders in the event of an accident. Take a working rear light even if you’re planning on staying off-road — you never know what might happen. A back-up front light is a good idea too and pay close attention to your main light’s battery life — you don’t want to get caught out in the middle of nowhere, unable to see or be seen. Wait for friends if you get separated and always let someone know where you’re planning to go and how long you’re going to be out for. Make sure your bike is ready for the mud if you live in a wet climate and take everything you need for trailside repairs. Wrap up warm, too — when it’s dark, the temperature drops. A spare layer in your riding pack could make all the difference if the weather changes or you need to make an unscheduled stop. You can read our guide to the best waterproof mountain biking jackets for starters.