Fox 32 Float 140 FIT RLC 15QR suspension fork review£749.00

Phenomenally well controlled

BikeRadar score4/5

Fox’s 32 Float isn’t the stiffest 140mm fork, but it’s still phenomenally well controlled and smooth despite its simple setup and light weight.

While Fox have moved to a 34mm stanchion chassis for their latest 140mm 29er fork, the 26in wheeled forks still rely on the light but twisty 32mm structure. The 140mm travel version doesn’t feel as twangy as 150mm sets, but we’d definitely recommend the very user-friendly 15QR axle option to keep tracking precise.

Although the front wheel can stray wide of the mark occasionally the damping is never anything less than sublime. The unique Kashima gold coating and SKF seals give buttery breakaway smoothness over the smallest bumps for tyre flattering traction.

The FIT cartridge damping manages to feel effortlessly buoyant and fluid while staying stable and predictable. This lets you really push the fork to the ragged edge, but rarely totally max out the travel and there’s no hiccuping of control however hectic the trail surface gets. There’s subtle low speed compression, rebound and adjustable threshold lockout adjustment too for fine feel fettling, but the real beauty of Fox forks is their ability to go balls-out straight from the box. 

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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