Words by Jeff Lenosky
and photos by Ian Hylands
except as noted.
|Jeff and I have been shooting together for about 12 years, the same time that he's been with Fox Head. So when he talked to me on the morning of 12-12-12 about doing a photo story about 12 years with Fox Head I was pretty stoked. And also perhaps a little amused by the irony... - Ian Hylands|
I've had the honor of being a Fox Head athlete for the past 12 years, so it is with some sadness that I'm announcing my departure from the team at the end of the year. Change is never easy but in order to continue evolving both on and off the bike I felt this is the right time. Having the opportunity to work with such an iconic brand has been a pleasure and I hope to remain part of the Fox Head family in spirit for years to come.
When you have spent as much time with a brand as I have with Fox Head, they become more than just a sponsor. Since we've had such a great relationship I figured a "thank you" was in order. I collaborated with some of the photographers I've worked with during my time as a Fox Head athlete and put together a little walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoy checking out these pictures as much as I did reflecting on some great times.
Jeff and I shot this 180 hop over a rail and gap for Fox Head back in 2008. It's a pretty big hop, and it took a couple of tries to get. We shot a sequence of it first, just to get it nailed and in the can, and then we shot a few single images with lights. The single image can be a little confusing, but the sequence shows the whole thing. - Ian
This photo was taken by Chris VanderYacht for a mini interview I did last year for Decline. This was the first street riding shot I had published after breaking my tibia and fibula in February of 2010. On my first ride back I was cruising around Newton, NJ with Aaron Chase and George Ryan and I spotted this line. It took me a several months to get my "pop" back so I could jump high enough for this ledge ride, but when I knew I was getting the story this was the first line that came to mind. It ended up taking me a few tries but I'm stoked with how the picture came out.
I'll be posting some more photos and making some announcements about my 2013 program on my Facebook fan page soon, be sure to "like" it and stay up to date. www.facebook.com/ridewithjeff
As a employee of a Giant shop, It's something that has always bugged me. The Giant factory off-road team is full of athletes on Glory's, Anthem's and XTC 29'rs that all get media attention/coverage. But I've never watched a Joyride or any competition and seem someone repping a STP.
Just strange to me, I'd love to know the answer to this.
The injuries aren't worth that little bit of weight savings, plus steel gives legendary ride quality and the smaller diameter tubes better for jumping-less interference with body in tricks. Also steel frames look simpler, more pure.
Steel is mythical, legendary, even spiritual. Aluminum is cheap, cold, lonely. Steel has lasting quality, you can even repair it. Aluminum gets melted and recycled. Souless, temporary, just like the cans. Just like the empty, wasteful American approach to everything. If you are riding a hardtail, it should be steel. Do the right thing.
I do prefer the 'feel' of the ride of steel - it is less harsh for sure.
When they make a carbon STP - I'll buy that.
That said, the newer 2012 models have more current geometry with shorter stays and aren't quite as massive feeling. They feel a bit more comparable to other street bikes with more aggressive geo that feel more like a BMX.
a question: i like so much the sequences "gif like", Ian, how do you do that?
The article needs a photo from when he was with his FIRST sponsor... Eastern Woods Research.
Was out at Ray's Cleveland and ran into Jeff and his family. We spoke briefly as I was on an EWR. He is a genuinely a nice guy and a true ambassador for our sport. Others in higher paid, sponsored sports should take note and model themselves after Jeff.
Also, that weekend at Rays... Jeff's son was there and riding a 16" BMX and was quite the little ripper! He was hitting the skinnies and the highest drop in the Expert Section!
First, I thought, did Fox made forks 12 years ago? Then I read "Fox Head", and I thought "ok, now I undestrand". Now I´m looking picture number five, wich it´s his first print ad, and he have a huge Bell stick on his helmet! WTF!!!
It takes incredible skills, and confidence to be able to bunnyhop a high rail to the street (like in Ian Highlands slide near the middle of this article), but is it really worth it? It doesn't really look that cool to spectators, and personally, I'd rather do a big whip off a dirt jump, then see how far I could bunnyhop..
next announcement "I'm changing toilet paper brands after 13 years".
who gives a... they paid you... and now its over.