Fox released its new top-end cross-country fork, the 32 Step-Cast, prior to the Sea Otter Classic. However, the suspension company still had a few key items to unveil at the California show.
Performance series gets new looks, new lever
The second-tier performance series gets black stanchions and a user-friendly compression dial:
The FIT Grip compression adjuster and stealthy stanchions
Fox has revamped its Performance fork series. This second-tier offering lacks the shiny gold Kashima coating found on the Factory-level forks, but packs nearly as much performance in a more affordable package. For 2017, Fox has moved to a stealthy black anodizing on Performance series forks and shocks.
The company has also simplified compression adjustments by replacing the FIT4 adjuster — which offers riders the ability to fine-tune low-speed compression damping in the open position, as well quickly switch to firm and locked-out positions — with a single dial that goes from open to firm.
New forks for motorized riders
Fox has this killer 74 honda on display at its booth:
Fox had this killer 1974 Honda on display at its booth
No, we’re not talking about new suspension bits for moto riders — sorry.
Fox has paid close attention to the burgeoning e-MTB market and is looking to address the specific needs of these bikes by developing suspension forks better suited to their higher weights. The new “E-Bike Optimized” suspension forks have thicker, stiffer chassis and firmer tunes.
Fox has developed suspension forks to meet the unique needs of e-bikes:
Strange times we live in…
X2 and DHX2 shocks get ‘climb switches’ (finally)
Last but certainly not least: Fox has added a lever option to the low-speed compression adjuster on the X2 air shock as well as the DHX2 coil. This two-position lever allows riders quickly firm up the rear suspension for climbs.
The lever can be retrofitted to existing X2 and DHX2 shocks. There’s a $30 upcharge for the lever option on both of these shocks.
The X2 with the compression switch retails for $629
The DHX2 with the compression lever also retails for $629
Fox-sponsored athletes, such as enduro racer justin leov, have been spotted running switches on their dhx2 and x2 shocks since the beginning of last season:
Fox-sponsored athletes, such as enduro racer Justin Leov, have been spotted running switches on their DHX2 and X2 shocks since the beginning of last season