When looking at the entire lineup of Fox mountain bike forks, they can be separated into four basic categories: XC forks, trail forks, all mountain forks, and DH forks. Here we are going to discuss what is new for 2017, break down each of those categories, highlight the key features of the different offerings from Fox, and hopefully help you pick the fork that best suits your needs as a rider.
For over decades, Fox has been a leader in the design and development of high performance suspension used on bicycles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and off road cars and trucks. Fox is known for their commitment to improve their product with dedicated year round athlete testing.
Here we go!
Fox has some great new products for 2017 that all push the limits of performance. Check it out!
Transfer Dropper Seatpost - The all new Transfer Dropper Seatpost is an infinitely adjustable, cable actuated, hydraulic driven dropper post that was designed to meet the needs of modern enduro bikes. Click HERE to read our full product overview on the Transfer Seatpost.
32 Step-Cast Forks - The all new 32 Step Cast fork, weighing only 2.98 lbs, uses a narrow upper crown and a redesigned lower leg chassis minimizes weight while maintaining strength and stiffness.
Boost Options Available - A 15mm x 110mm Quick Release (QR) Boost Axle is now available on specific Fox 32, 34, and 36 forks!
GRIP Damper - The new GRIP Damper leads the way for Fox’s Performance series 32/34 models.
Updated Fit4 Damper (E16 Tune) - The Fit4 damper seen on the Factory Series 32, 34, and 36 forks has now received an updated tune called the E16 tune.
Speed Pedelec Models - The Speed Pedelec forks are specifically designed for E-bike adventures, featuring a stouter chassis that provides a more durable platform needed for the additional weight inherent with E-bikes.
Performance Series - The all new 32 and 34 Performance Series forks meet a better price point for consumers while maintaining the quality and performance expected from Fox.
For starters, the 32 signifies the 32mm diameter upper tubes used on all of Fox’s XC forks.
New for 2017 is the 32 Step Cast fork. Starting at only 2.98 lbs, the new 32 Step Cast (SC) fork is the lightest XC fork Fox has ever built!
The SC fork can be configured as both a Factory Series or Performance Series model. The Standard 32 fork is also still available.
The new Fox 34 fork is designed for the aggressive trail rider! Starting at 3.92 lbs, Fox says that the new 34 “provides proven trail performance that instills confidence and control.”
The Fox 34 can be configured as both a Factory Series or Performance Series model and is offered in multiple wheel size and travel options.
The Fox 36 is designed to own the mountain and is the most versatile platform from Fox. This is the fork that has won back to back men’s and women’s Enduro World Series Championships! The 36 is only being offered as a Factory Series model as of now and is the best of the best for your enduro bike. Own the mountain!
Starting at 4.34 lbs, the 36 is available with a highly tuneable High Speed Compression/Low Speed Compression damper adapted from the 40 series downhill fork. This HSC/LSC damper gives full control of both the high and low speed compression adjustments, allowing the rider to optimize the fork for each trail or weather conditions.
The Fit4 damper can also be assembled in the 36. This damper comes with a pre tuned high speed compression circuit and is great for on the fly low speed compression adjustments which may be helpful for climbing single track and bombing downhill.
The 36 is also offered in a compact package for those looking for a strong slopestyle fork for their dirt jumper. Meet the 100mm travel 831.
Here we will explain each of the different 36 models separated by wheel size.
The Speed Pedelec forks are specifically designed for E-bike adventures, featuring a stouter chassis that provides a more durable platform needed for the additional weight inherent with E-bikes.
The Fox 40 is designed to own the track and has been piloted to back to back men’s and women’s UCI World Cup Championships with Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton!
Starting at 5.79 lbs, the 40mm upper tubes provide a stiff platform giving the rider more control on track. The current air bleed system on the 40 also allows the fork to perform at any altitude.
Written by Max Morgan