Fox 32 Float 150 RLC QR15 fork review£669.00

Weight lost, stiffness gained

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With nearly 100g lost in the 2010 version, the Float is light for its travel. The neat, angle adjustable QR15 screw-through axle keeps the tips tracking okay, and tapered steerer versions with head tubes to match score Fox extra stiffness points.

The RLC version here adds an adjustable lockout threshold and low-speed compression control to the tuning menu, and the FIT cartridge keeps damping more consistent when you’re working the fork to its limits on long stepped or rocky descents. If precision is a major priority, the 140 version flutters less under hard braking than the 150.

The increased friction in the damping circuit compared with the ’09 forks (with their free-range oil flow) is obvious in the initial part of the stroke; some aren’t too bad and improve the more you ride, but others we’ve met on complete bikes are notchy over small stuff.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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