Fox 32 Float 100 FIT RLC 15QR suspension fork review£779.00

Fantastically smooth

BikeRadar score4/5

Fox’s top-of-the-range, slick Kashima-coated F100 RLC is the ultimate, maximum control fit-and-forget short-travel race/trail fork for those who can afford it.

The scooped brace lowers with 15mm screw-through axle and tapered top give a usefully taut and controlled feel on the trail, but it’s still an obedient fork in a quick-release format. Rebound and low speed compression dials plus lockout lever are within easy reach on the fork top, so setting your preferred damping feel is easy.

What really sets the Fox apart though is the ultra-supple, terrain-tracking, traction-boosting fluidity of the FIT cartridge, gold-coloured Kashima stanchion coating and SKF seals. As long as you get the air spring pressure somewhere right, the fork floats through the most rutted, ragged and rooty sections with outstanding control and sensitivity.

Obviously there’s a limit to what the 100mm stroke will swallow but it never over travels or feels notchy however fast the hits are coming. Even when slammed to full travel it sucks it up calmly. The angle adjustable Fox/Shimano 15QR axle is the most user friendly, weatherproof screw-through available too.

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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