Get a look behind the scenes with FOX as they prep the 2013 race season suspension for The Syndicate and GT Factory Racing. Justin Frey hard at work... - All photos by Thomas Dietze.
The test sessions took place at La Fenasosa Bike Park in Spain before and after the FOX 40 AIR launch camp.
Over the course of a month, teams and riders like The Syndicate and GT Factory racing visited the venue for testing.
New GT prototype glimpses may have been seen and GT's new young guns, Taylor Vernon and Martin Maes, were present for testing.
A pleasant feel may not always mean fast, but making sure the riders are confident is what matters most.
La Fenasosa Bike Park has some seriously rough trails. Perfect for testing bikes at the World Cup level.
Gee holding on through the rough.
Custom tunes and shimstacks are sometimes the name of the game, as bikes and suspension change year to year.
Even though FOX just released their 2014 goods, they're still testing new ideas that couldn't be shown...yet.
Enduro a big focus in 2013, so guys like Dan Atherton are dialing in settings (and possibly wheel size) for Enduro World Series. A first for FOX.
The Enduro riders tested on the same course as the DH riders...
...and they got worked, haha! GT prototypes in the background?
While Greg Minnaar may say he doesn't know suspension, he knows how to ride. A friendly one up to Gee who was flipping into the foam earlier in the test sessions.
FOX's Mark Fitzsimmons, man behind the settings and the RAD Program.
Minnnaar is stoked he just has to focus on riding, knowing his suspension is tuned to maximize speed and control. Ratboy lets it rip in his fresh Fox Racing kit.
The Syndicate's main mechanic, Jason Marsh, speaks on Enduro possibilities and testing with FOX in the next few slides.
Peaty up to something...
Bryceland floating over the rough.
Glorious conditions for Ratboy, who may even know how to change his own tires!
Minnaar flappin' it over some big hits.
Devin Schmitt, Root One Productions filmer and focus model extraordinaire gooning it up in front of the lens for once.
Between the killer trails, castle accommodations, and army vehicles for shuttles, La Fenasosa made a great place to find base settings.
Come on Marshy, take the bait! Bigger wheels for Syndicate? We may know on April 1.
Steve Peat, no stranger to pre-season test camps and causing a ruckus at the dinner table.
Peaty with the owner of La Fenasosa and the world's biggest pan (the paella was delicious!). His sons are responsible for the awesome trails.
Video capture man, Joe Bowman, tagged along to film for This is Peaty. Keep an eye out for some goods when the first episode drops.
Minnaar Superman, with clips!
OLD SKOOL FLIPPING IT!!
Is it World Cup season yet? We're ready.
Thanks to FOX, The Syndicate and GT Factory Racing for a killer look behind the scenes!