Fox Releases New Crossframe XC & Gravel Helmet

Oct 17, 2023 at 17:33
by Mike Kazimer  
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After making appearances at trade shows earlier this year, Fox is officially launching the new Crossframe helmet. It's aimed at cross-country and gravel riders, with a unique shell shape that does away with the visor entirely. Instead, the helmet tips upwards above the brow, allowing air to enter the three prominent front vents.

The Crossframe has a total of 22 vents, although it's worth keeping in mind that vent count doesn't matter as much as size and position. The vents located just above the temples do serve double duty – they can also be used to store sunglasses. A small plastic flap holds the sunglass arms in place, and the vents are lined with rubber to help keep them from slipping out.
Fox Crossframe Details
• Mips liner
• BOA fit adjust
• Dual-density Varizorb EPS foam
• Weight: 370 grams (medium, actual)
• Sizes: S, M, L
• MSRP: $220 USD
www.foxracing.com

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A ratcheting Boa dial at the back of the helmet is used to fine-tune the fit, and the chinstrap uses a Fidlock magnetic buckle. The Crossframe uses Fox's Varizorb dual-density foam, which uses a softer foam to help deal with the slower speed impacts, and a higher density foam for larger impacts. In addition, the Crossframe is equipped with a Mips liner, a plastic slip plane that's attached to the inside of the helmet with elastomers that allow it to move in the event of a crash, ideally dissipating some of the impact energy.

My size medium helmet weighed in at 370 grams, the same number indicated by the sticker inside the helmet. That's a reasonable weight for a helmet designed for mountain biking, but many XC racers these days are using helmets originally designed for road biking, like the POC Octal or Specialized Prevail, that weigh nearly 100 grams less. That said, I'm not convinced that a helmet is really the place to shave every gram possible, and the Crossframe does offer more coverage towards the back of the head.

The Crossframe is available in sizes S, M, and L, and is priced at $220 USD.




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97 Comments
  • 111 1
 Looks like you’re wearing it backwards in either direction. Hahaha!
  • 6 3
 Maybe both designer & test group were dyslexic? Or perhaps Fox took blind testing literally & we're first sighted beta-testers?
  • 2 0
 looks like they took their trail/open-face-enduro helmet designed for goggles, what with the foam cut away from the forehead, yanked the peak off and called it XC
  • 2 0
 looks like someone is wearing the helmet wrong according to all those fit guides (don't wear the helmet pushed back of your forehead)
  • 57 0
 POC: we make some funny looking stuff
Fox: Hold my beer
  • 17 3
 You mean - Fox: Hold my crystal meth.
  • 9 2
 I would wear my hockey helmet before being seen wearing that thing.
  • 45 11
 A lot of hate here, but I honestly think it's a pretty good-looking helmet for someone looking for visorless options.
  • 5 0
 It’s certainly a different take, but I agree. It’s a sharp looking helmet.
  • 4 0
 Everyone hated on large frame sunglasses 10 years ago when they first started coming out, then somehow everyone adopted them. Fox could be setting a trend here.
  • 3 0
 @dpars63: helmets always look goofy to some extent, Its part of the design language. as far as design goes, this is a fair attempt at a modern design.
  • 1 0
 It's not bad. I like the sunglass holder feature, and I like that there seems to be a lot of room above the boa to pull a ponytail through. I am looking for a new helmet...
  • 33 10
 That, is UGLY AF. Hell naw.
  • 7 18
flag maglor (Oct 19, 2023 at 7:08) (Below Threshold)
 What peakless XC helmet isn't
  • 5 28
flag GriffinMcMurray (Oct 19, 2023 at 7:27) (Below Threshold)
 thats what i said. no wonder xc is so lame
  • 6 0
 @maglor: Poc Ventral.
  • 1 0
 @maglor: Giro Aries, Synthe and, in some colors, Giro Aether.
  • 1 3
 @bikewriter: @ShredDoggg Looks can be subjective but in my view they are only slightly better and not exactly great looking.
  • 1 0
 @bikewriter: Giro Eclipse is actually lighter than Aries (and more aero).
Eclipse is a more closed helmet which weight 265g.
Aries has more opening holes, so the structure is less efficient and it need more re-inforcement to get the strength back from all the holes. It end up 280g.
  • 1 0
 and the helmet is not better either Smile Smile
  • 1 0
 @maglor: 100% Altis
  • 2 0
 It doesn't look that bad. It just needs a visor.
  • 2 0
 @nowthatsdoomage: The 100% Altis with a peak is fine but without it's a but frumpy looking, my point being peakless is ugly stands.
  • 20 1
 A quick look at the Virginia Tech results shows that low weight is not really correlated with decreased safety. Actually, out of the top 5 best results, 3 are road helmets, including the Prevail that Mike mentions.

Another thing, yes, it might have a little more coverage in the rear compared to a traditional road/XC helmet, but always mind that any material bellow the certification test lines is not tested, so there's no way to know as a consumer if that increased coverage is indeed effective as protection
  • 13 2
 Fair point, but I would say more coverage is always going to be better than no coverage at the back of the head.
  • 4 2
 @mikekazimer: yes, that might be true, ceteris paribus.
My point is more in the sense that it's tricky to use coverage as a criteria of choose between different models. As a consumer, I would prefer helmet A with, say, a very high rating at VT than helmet B with a lower score but more coverage. Helmet A proved itself with an objective test protocol, helmet B just has subjective safety perception going for it
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: yes, common sense leads us to that logical conclusion. The lab tests are great but very limited and do not necessarily reflect a real world hit.

A good lab test result + more coverage will make for a safer helmet in most situations. It’ll likely be hotter and heavier though.
  • 1 1
 According to one study of crashed helmets, most crashes were to the front of the helmet.
So Fox cuts away lots of protection over the forehead and sticks it low on the back?!
  • 2 3
 @Arierep — “… there's no way to know as a consumer if that increased coverage is indeed effective as protection”. With your consent, I would like to hit you with a 5mm aluminum bar across the back of your head wearing a helmet with no occipital protection and then again with this FOX helmet which does have occipital protection.

Alternatively, we can reasonably assume ANY helmet which covers the occipital region of your head is going to be effective protection. Or we can use the aluminum bar. Your call. (Jks)
  • 3 1
 @cwatt: since those areas don't have to be tested, the manufacturer is freet to put there's number of rigid plastic components, like strap anchors or fit systems. Also, the actual extended "coverage" is more often than not actually minimal compared to a more conventional road/XC helmet. So, of you don't mind, I'd rather not be hit with a metal bar, with or without this Fox helmet.

Also, if you're so inclined, lay down on your back on the floor and check what part of your head is touching the ground - yes, the part that is covered by pretty much every certified helmet around
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: Okay, let’s shelve the metal bar experiment. However, I believe we can both agree people don’t tend to fall in perfectly supine positions. As an alternative, if you’re so inclined, lay down on your back on the floor with your head in flextion and check which part of your head is touching the ground — yes, the part which is protected by ‘extended coverage’ helmets such as the one in question. (Lol)

Additionally, manufacturers tend not to add rigid plastic components, knives, spears, or any other objects which may increase injury to its user when wearing as directed given the extremely litigious climate of USA (a market which this helmet is sold).
  • 13 0
 220 bucks 22 vents that's only 10 bucks a vent
  • 1 0
 "Nothing" has ever been this cheap!
  • 8 0
 It’s moot since this isn’t a helmet I have any interest in buying, but for prospective buyers I hope they did a better job of sweat management with this then they did the speed frame. That thing seems almost designed to gutter sweat directly into your eyeballs.
  • 5 0
 I can't find a helmet that has good sweat management. The best I've found is the Smith Forefront 2. The POC Kortal was absolute trash. I'm not a sweaty guy, but I would just constantly have sweat raining down my face. I have a Sweet Protection now that is worse than my Smith. I tried that Spesh one that people said looked like a shark. No dice. I know people say Bell works great, but I'd rather crash and die from sweat streaming down my glasses and obscuring my vision than be caught wearing one of those dork lids.
  • 4 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: specialized ambush 2 is the best I’ve found for sweat management. I’m bald and in the southwest if it’s bad at managing sweat I can find out really fast
  • 1 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: Kask Caipi (admittedly, with an extra layer of brow pad sewn by my sweetie).

Great ventilation, great, solid visor to block sun, and damn good sweat management.
  • 2 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: Oakley helmets have the best sweat management.
  • 1 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: I'm in the same boat and resign myself to wearing the Bell for the hottest couple months and looking like a mushroom tip....

Fox are crap, worst sweat management ever. Unless their goal is to run all sweat directly into your eyeball in which case they succeeded. Bonus on the speedframe pro: nowhere to hold sunglasses!
  • 1 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: Troy Lee A3's comes with a replaceable foam sweat gutter under the foam pad that directs it out and the sides of your brow/face. Didn't think much of it early on but 2 years in I cant go back now. Huge difference.
  • 1 0
 Reading this makes me happy I chose the Forefront 2 over the on sale Speed Frame. I am a sweaty fella and the Forefront 2 does a pretty good job managing the sweat
  • 1 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: My Fox Dropframe has been fine, as has my TLD stage full face. Or at least they've been decent enough that I haven't really noticed. that speedframe though really lets you know how much it sucks in that regard by blinding you with sweat in very inopportune moments.
  • 1 0
 I gave up and wear Halo bands. I get made fun of by all my friends. But jokes on them, I don't have swear in my eyes.
  • 1 0
 @stravaismyracecourse: no sweat issues with my Bell SuperDH, dorky dad-lid it might be.
  • 11 0
 I wait to pass judgement until I see this with Dario's doodling on it
  • 8 0
 Ooh, good call. Might have to give him this blank slate to stylize.
  • 4 4
 @mikekazimer: he'd probably just draw dicks all over it for you, boss
  • 2 1
 @JLantz: hahahahaha, hahahahaha. That really made me chuckle, thanks.
  • 14 5
 The official helmet of people who cut roots out of the trail.
  • 5 0
 I see exactly one reason to wear this for XC or gravel. You're paid for wearing it.
  • 4 0
 So I actually got to try one of these on earlier this season and it felt amazing on the head. Can't wait to get one from graveling.
  • 5 0
 I feel like I must be the only one who wants a visor with an XC/gravel helmet. Am I the only one?
  • 2 0
 I have had a hard time trying to get a well ventilated high end XC lid for racing that has a peak. Found a Giro helmet that has a notch that fits a Giro peak for a lower end helmet. Other than that, nothing.
  • 1 0
 I tried using my peaked helmet on the gravel bike and it was annoying when riding down in the drops. It means you have to crane your neck upwards more to see the trail ahead. Currently using my peak-less road helmet for gravel riding, so I can see why Fox released this product for those who want more protection than a road helmet.
  • 2 0
 Earlier this year I was hoping fox would release a xc/gravel helmet. I love the Speedframe Pro but this thing looks like they took the visor off a speedframe and then somehow made it look even worse?
  • 5 0
 Can't wait to get this helmet. And, wear my goggles with it.
  • 2 0
 Even more reason to continue using my trail helmet for gravel rides. Usually love all Fox designed stuff but wow...what a looker eh?
  • 1 0
 The speedframe is probably the best looking half shell, I don't understand how they came up with this
  • 2 0
 @nfontanella: yeah that's what I have and I agree. It's so perfect. I really hope they don't screw up that design so in 5ish years I can buy the same helmet again when it's time to replace hahah !
  • 1 1
 I don't understand why FOX doesn't give you padding for the back of the helmet. What am I missing? Why? It's probably just a preference thing but at least give me option to add it. That's the one reason I don't buy FOX helmets anymore. Used to love the FLUX! It was the same thing with the Speedframe I pointed out in this video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Zh8tym51Y
  • 2 0
 Gravel...so hot right now

It's like when they were making everything "Enduro" for awhile. You know. it's the same thing, but we put Enduro in the name so now...better.
  • 4 0
 thanks, I hate it.
  • 2 0
 im in trek ballista right now, looks nice depending on the glasses you use and weighs 270g, also very aero
  • 3 0
 This looks like one of those helmets they use to reshape babies heads.
  • 2 0
 Am I wearing the wrong helmet for my mountain bike rides? If you have to ask...
  • 2 0
 What exactly makes this a "gravel" helmet ?
  • 2 0
 Because this is a way for a company to sell a discerning and casual consumer something they already have by telling them it's not something they have been able to get for years
  • 1 0
 It has no peak hence easier to see ahead when riding down in the drops.
  • 2 0
 I'm thinking the box it came in looks better
  • 2 0
 You could buy this, or just pull the visor off your speedframe
  • 2 0
 New logo looks like it is counterfeit
  • 1 0
 Heh heh. Excellent.
  • 1 1
 Good thing Fox ran off all the industrial designers and engineers at Bell and Giro. They might’ve had something to say about this monstrosity.
  • 1 0
 I'd like it more if they didn't go and label it a "gravel" helmet in the title. So dumb.
  • 2 3
 needs a god dam visor option. Some of us ride when the sun is out. And you know, moutain biking, in and out of trees means we wear clear glasses. So no visor = sun in eyes. Fail....
  • 2 0
 In Australia, I don't just want a peak, I need one. Skin cancer kills people here - white people in a black person's country.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: I would like a view straight from the front, do you have such a picture? Smile
  • 1 0
 Stupid...you need the biggest visor u can get when riding a bike on dirt roads kooks
  • 1 0
 why did they make it like that
  • 1 0
 Channeling their inner Stormtrooper......
  • 2 1
 Heavy and ugly. Swipe left.
  • 1 0
 It kinda looks like a pug. So that’s a plus I suppose.
  • 1 0
 Not a gravel helmet, not a XC helmet.
  • 3 2
 Helmets without peaks look dumb
  • 1 0
 Looks very Euro for some reason.
  • 1 0
 So that your neon lycra is not the ugliest thing you have on.
  • 1 0
 Ugamundo.
  • 3 2
 Kill it with fire
  • 2 1
 Nerd helmet
  • 2 1
 Gravel Helmet? Cringe.
  • 1 1
 Lol sellouts I'd rather wear the box it comes in than this xc nerd lid
  • 1 0
 Looks like a handryer
  • 1 0
 Amazingly awful
  • 2 2
 That looks like SHite
  • 2 2
 my eyes !
  • 4 5
 Looks like something XC riders would wear







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