Fox 32 Float 150 RLC QR15 fork £669

Weight lost, stiffness gained

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

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.

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