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 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 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.
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