Fox 2013 – New 34 fork is just the start

There’s a lot more to it, but we just wanted to get the word out before the frenzy of Sea Otter. There’ll be a full feature and ride review in a few days, but in the meantime, here’s the briefest of reports about what Fox has been up to.

 

Revamped Watsonville, California factory

New 34 forks in 160mm for 26in and 27.5in wheels

34 for its 34mm stanchions. Said to be as strong as its 36 forks in ultimate strength.

Super-complex fork lowers make for a stiff steering response.

The DOSS seat post finally exists. 30.9 and 31.6 sizes. Comes in 100mm and 125mm drops and offers three positions – fully up, 40mm down and fully down via a thumb lever. It’s air sprung and mechanically actuated.

 

The cable actuated DOSS post.

CTD – a whole new concept from Fox, which we will grossly simplify by saying that it’s like (though it isn’t) a three position Pro Pedal switch for rear shock and for forks too. It’s a little more complicated than that, but basically there’s a Climb mode with lots of damping, a Trail mode with less damping and a big-hit blowoff and finally a fully-open Downhill mode. It’s simple and it certainly seems to work. More on that later. We see the XC version tomorrow…

Left for climbing, middle for riding along, right for downhill. Simple (which means its very complicated inside, but don't worry about that)

 

Same three position idea for the forks. No lockout! Just huge ranges of low speed compression adjustment in a fork lever

 

Fox has also hugely reduced the friction on its bushings (by a factor of ten) which should lead to longer life. Yay!

Oh, and it has a new website! http://ridefox.com

More in a bit. We need sleep…

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