FOX have proudly supported Tahnee Seagrave and her quest for the rainbow stripes for the last five years. Over this period a natural evolution of the setup was to expand into a full Junior development team (FMD Racing) in order to help other up and coming riders. Last year saw Mike Jones graduate from here onto the CRC team, 2014 FMD took on Neil Stewart (newly crowned European Whip champ). FOX presents an insight into the dynamics and characters of this somewhat unique race team.
There is also a Kiwi Connection with this team; Tahnee credits her starting interest in Downhill to our one and only Elite Women’s Downhill World Champ, Vanessa Quin.
Kiran MacKinnon is a human dyno. When Santa Cruz Bicycles needs to test, experiment and validate suspension then Kiran is the one of the main people we call on to do that work. Not only is he an extremely talented bike rider and incredibly knowledgeable about suspension, but he can actually interpret and translate what he’s feeling in a way that he can communicate to the rest of the engineering team. This enables them to cross-reference the data they’ve collected with real life, on-trail experience to build better bikes and provide the right setup for our riders. We’re constantly refining our VPP™ suspension as well as the damping tunes shocks we spec on our bikes in order to make sure our bikes ride really, really good.