Neko Mulally to Wear Chris Kovarik Inspired Kit in Maribor

Apr 26, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Intense, Fox, Maribor. In 2002, it was a winning combination for Chris Kovarik.

The race came just a week after Kovarik picked up one of the biggest ever winning margins at the inaugural Fort William World Cup but in Maribor it couldn't have been more different as he claimed victory by a whisker, beating Steve Peat's time by 0.01 seconds to claim his third consecutive win.

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Kovarik's run starts at 3:35

The only photo we have of Kovarik from the Maribor race in 2002. Unfortunately it was taken during the race run when his World Cup leader's jersey was covering the front of it.
The only photo we have of Kovarik from the Maribor race in 2002. Unfortunately it was taken during the race run when his World Cup leader's jersey was covering the front of it.

Kovarik M3
The classic kit that inspired Neko's design in all its glory.

This weekend, Neko Mulally is paying tribute to Kovarik's achievements 17 years ago with a new tribute kit from Fox. Neko's kit is a bit more flouro than Kovarik's was and bike tech has clearly moved on from the days of the Intense M1 but it's rad to see him looking back to the history of the sport for inspiration for this kit on his new team.

bigquotesHow sick is this Fox mtb kit!? Chris Kovarik wore this gear in the early 2000’s racing for Fox and Intense and took the win here in Maribor in 2002. I’m proud to represent two American brands with as much history in the sport as Fox and Intense, and pay tribute to one of the most bad ass riders ever to race!Neko Mulally

Keep an eye out for Neko riding in the tribute kit throughout the weekend in our photo and video coverage.


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51 Comments

  • + 32
 Can we have a full gold lamé Palmer tribute from Gwynn on the podium if he wins pleeeaase?
  • + 2
 Looks Great ! I do agree need the Gold later in the season
  • + 1
 @devinci: true forgot about that .
  • + 27
 Wow! How do some of you get through the day with such cynical nitpicky perspectives on things? It says INSPIRED. That covers it. Great kit Neko! Good luck this weekend!

I can seriously see some of you at a free food sampling table (Sam's Club, Costco, etc.) giving full on unsolicited critiques of those free mini corndogs..
  • + 0
 ????
  • + 13
 Bring back the long nose manual.
  • + 8
 Neko should also ride flats to pay the full tribute. FOFO!
  • + 4
 Always refreshing to see how fast these guys were on bikes most of us would now consider unrideable. I'd love to see a spec and geometry comparison of then vs. now.
  • + 3
 It's amazing how short those DH bikes were. Kovarik's ass was literally hanging beyond the back of the rear tire. They looked like BMX bikes with 8" travel.
  • + 3
 Don't really notice the 26" wheels, but damn those bars are short.
Haha and limp bizkit haven't heard that in a while.
  • + 3
 Did they edit this together from a bunch of fan's vhs camcorders.
  • + 3
 Pretty loud kit for Neko! Will look good on the podium for sure.
  • - 4
flag BenPea (Apr 26, 2019 at 4:56) (Below Threshold)
 Pains me to say it, but more like he'll be easier to spot in the crowd *from* the podium.
  • + 2
 Fox getting to cloak this as 'news'...advertising comes in many forms.
  • + 1
 How do you think pinkbikes bills are paid!
  • + 2
 Should be one the same bike.
  • + 2
 a proper photo of kovariks kit can be found on google in 2 mins
  • + 8
 Yes, but if it was meant as critique towards Pinkbike: they probably wanted the story up here but couldn't get the rights in time to publish those pictures. I'm sure there must be loads of pictures on the internet which are actually copyrighted and uploaded illegally.
  • + 1
 @vinay: all good they edited in the photo
  • + 1
 I remember an old mtb movie with Chris where he's doing 60km nose wheelies.
  • + 1
 Kovarik was a boss! He still is a destroyer! So much aggression, speed, and style!! \m/
  • + 2
 Except this kit is skin tight
  • + 1
 In other news: Neko to wear socks at Maribor!

Gwin likely wearing underwear, but maybe not!

Blenki wearing a cape!
  • + 1
 What, no Manitou suspension to match? Shame
  • + 1
 They met at pyjama party?
  • + 1
 Would love to see more classic fox patterns about
  • + 1
 Windows 3.1 Hot Dog Stand AF
  • + 2
 Good shit.
  • + 2
 You better have wiped young man.
  • + 1
 Kovaric is a livin legend!!!
  • + 1
 Needs to be on Intense rubber too.
  • + 1
 Great sentiment to a fantastic advocate of our sport
  • + 1
 Would like to hear/read Kovarik's reaction/interview Wink
  • + 1
 Kovarik= the best 2 wheeled drifter ever. Ripper
  • + 1
 Awesome! Needs a bit of yellow on the bike tho to set it off.
  • + 1
 Ah-mazing
  • + 2
 ly awful. Chris rules though.
  • + 0
 Yeah Spewin, it's not Moir wearing this colourway hey.
  • + 1
 He doesnt ride for Fox. If TLD made this kit it would be an aussie wearing a ripped off design and people would winge as well
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