Fly Racing has been around for nearly twenty years and although a strong brand within MX has only recently started to gain momentum here in the UK mountainbike world. Dirt takes a look at what’s on offer.
Words: Sean White Images: Ieuan Williams and Elliot Spencer
We met up with the Fly crew at Bike Park Wales for an introduction to the range and a first ride in the latest kit. With Bernard Kerr (check the vid of him destroying Whistler HERE) riding in clothing, pads and helmets from Fly and giving plenty of feedback and help with product development this gear should prove up to the job.
With established brands such as Fox, Troy Lee Designs and Alpinestars (amongst many others) already favourites with gravity and trail riders here in the UK what does Fly Racing offer apart from a fresh brand and a different take on the moto look?
With years of experience producing MX kit, we can see an influence both in visuals but more importantly fabric choice when it comes to this bike range. Fly seem to have hit on fabrics that blend durability with low weight, keeping kit DH tough yet light enough for trail riding or enduro racing. The cut of the clothing has a ‘performance’ edge to it – not too loose and baggy but working well with pads and armour.
The Fly range is not huge but well considered and covers a broad range of prices. With the Rockstar gloves at £17.99 and the Default full-face helmet at £79.99 Fly has plenty of options if you’re dipping you toes in the world of DH riding. At the premium end of the market the Radium outfit (featured below) is both robust and well cut; we’ve rarely been out of it since getting the test samples. Fly’s Rival MIPS DH lid is a stunning helmet and weighs in at only 930g (in a size M) – the lightest on the market?
With the full range being distributed here in the UK by Race FX (who are very established in the MX and motocycle world) we should see this brand growing over here. The strong link with Pivot Cycles will help too.
Here’s a run down of the Fly Racing kit that we’ve been testing: