Fox Float X2 rear shock review£589.00

Standard-setting damper ready for the most brutal terrain

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Many top DH and enduro racers are now using Fox’s big-hitting air shock, the Fox Float X2, and we can see why.

Like Cane Creek it uses a twin-tube damper, which circulates oil for better damping consistency and heat management.

2017 shocks get clip-on volume spacers, which makes progression adjustments a snap

After long DH runs during testing, the Fox and the Cane Creek were the only shocks that didn’t show a measurable change in sag or rebound speed. 

But the Fox uses a much larger negative chamber, which smooths out the beginning stroke while adding support after sag for a more stable and supportive feel.

Throw in low-friction internals and eyelet hardware, teamed with valves that open up smoothly for higher-speed impacts and it never felt like it was wallowing or pitching through the travel unnecessarily, yet sudden impacts were soaked up. 

As well as the fairly firm climb switch, 2017 shocks get clip-on volume spacers, which makes progression adjustments a snap.

However, these take up less volume so really hard riders on linear bikes may struggle to get enough progression. We’re not fans of the price-hike either.

Editor's note: The Fox Float X2 was subject to a large recall late last year, full details of this recall can be found here

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

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
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