Fox 32 Float 120 FIT RLC 15QR suspension fork review£739.00

Best all-round fork

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The best 120mm forks are as light as a race fork but as trail capable as a 150mm unit. A prime example is Fox’s outstanding Float 120 family. The F120 is based on the open brace F100 architecture rather than the webbed brace F32 structure, which means it’s only 70g heavier than the 100mm fork and lighter than many dedicated race units.

The angle adjustable 15QR screw-through axle (70g extra) is easy to use and keeps fork tip and overall stiffness to reasonably accurate levels. The gold Kashima coating is only available on aftermarket forks not those you get on complete bikes and the difference in smoothness and small bump control is well worth paying to upgrade to.

Compression damping is also reduced for a more open, fluid feel while the FIT cartridge stops multiple-hit indigestion on long, lairy sections. The F120 will happily take trail trauma that would trip up many longer travel forks in its stride. While it’s loaded with tuning potential, including low-speed compression, lockout and lockout threshold, it rides great straight from the box and reliability has been similarly fit and forget on the several sets we’ve tested.

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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