Fox RP23 XV BV air shock£339.00

More control and performance

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Fox’s Boost Valve (BV) and Internal Floating Piston (IFP) technologies have controlled bottom-out in their downhill shocks for some time, but for 2010 BV gets a two-fold tweak.

Increasing the preset air pressure behind the damping piston (choose from 175-250psi) increases the force needed to push the shock through its last phase of travel, ideal for linear or falling rate suspension setups or big, aggressive riders.

Higher pressure settings also increase the effective preload of the shock, making it less likely to move under light pedalling loads but it feels fractionally stiffer over small bumps – barely noticeable on lower BV pressure tunes, though.

The real gains from the position-sensitive damping are in the mid-stroke and transition from ProPedal to open. The IFP-based damping meters oil flow more accurately for better control and stability when all hell breaks loose under your wheel.

It also collects big hits better, and every bike we’ve tried it on has gone noticeably faster and felt tighter as a result. Velocity (ie compression) and rebound tune ranges can be preselected for different bikes, giving you an accurate ‘factory’ feel.

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