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.