Fox 32 Float QR15 RLC fork review£589.00

New, firmer chassis with superb damping

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Fox’s screw-through 32 Float is our favourite 2009 trail fork. It’s not as stiff as RockShox's Maxle forks, but the new 15mm screw-through axle steers far better than Fox 32 quick-release forks.

If you count the quick-release, the 32 Float is 30g lighter than last year and easy to use too. With no travel adjust circuit to get in the way, damping is superb from new. From small stuff through to bouldery descents, the 32s stay composed and controlled far longer than anything else in the same category.

RLC damping adds high and low speed compression adjustment and blow-off equipped lockout, but it’s the 15mm axle that really makes it worth the extra over the £419 Float R.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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