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With a history in motocross and gravity-fueled mountain biking, Fox Racing is known for its aggressive aesthetic. So it may raise a few eyebrows then as they prepare to enter new territory for the brand. Call it what you wish – downcountry, gravel, aggro XC, whatever the nomenclature, the upcoming Crossframe Pro is ready for it. And according to Fox, it’s their first-ever/ visor-free helmet.
Even though it is technically display-free, the Crossframe Pro still has a pronounced brow. Kind of like a visor that’s integrated into the EPS foam. On the underside of that brow, there are functional vents that are part of the 22 total vents on the helmet.
Inside, you’ll find a MIPS liner with a BOA retention system, as well as dual-density Varizorb EPS foam for improved impact protection. The helmet also features premium features like a removable and washable Ionic+ liner, rubberized sunglass grippers, and a Fidlock SNAP helmet buckle. Claimed weights are listed as 330-390g for SL, with our medium pre-production sample weighing 346g.
Along with the Crossframe Pro Helmet, Fox is introducing a line of clothing for the same category in the Flexair Ascent line. Somewhere between baggy and tights, the clothing has a more aerodynamic cut than typical Fox clothing. Designed to be ultra light and cool, the shorts feature a fairly short 10″ inseam, and jerseys will be offered in SS & LS.
We got an early sample to check out and so far both the clothing and the helmet have been surprising in a good way. The fit on the clothing is excellent, and it all feels incredibly comfortable. I’m looking forward to getting some more miles on these this summer.
The new downcountry/gravel gear may have been the star of the show, but the new Dropframe Pro is worth a look as well. Previously, Fox updated the Proframe RS with many of the features from the Proframe, and now those updated trickle down to the Dropframe Pro as well.
The 3/4 shell has an updated headform with a BOA fit system and MIPS, and meets the NTA-8776 eBike helmet certification. The display has three poisitons and is compatible with goggles, and you’ll find an Ionic+ anti-microbial liner and cheek pads plus a Fidlock magnetic buckle. Claimed weight is listed as 620-710g.
All of the above products will be available later this year with pricing to be announced.