Fox Kashima coating – colour not as expected
slightly related but i have a pair of 140mm 32 vanillas and the left stanchion is quite clearly a different shade to the right one, been like it since new so not a wear thing.
it upset me to begin with, now it makes me giggle every time i see them from the front.Posted 6 years agobuckettjMember
Cheers guys. That’s the message I’m gettting from Fox – there’s a variation in the colour dye. Pretty cheeky really as all the pics and adverts make them out to be a really cool dark gold colour.
I’ve no doubt performance is the same…..but we all know it’s about the aesthetics as well!Posted 6 years agobuckettjMember
Have just bought pair of 2011 Fox 36 Van RC2 FIT which have Kashima coat. All the pictures and adverts I’ve seen of these show glorious dark gold coloured stanchions. I was pretty disappointed when my forks arrived that they were a lot lighter in colour than I expected. In fact, they look like any bog standard stanchions!
Anyone else had issues with this?Posted 6 years agofbkMember
Yep – most of the coated forks I’ve seen haven’t looked much different to the normal stanchions.
As an aside, I’ve just been looking at the service guidelines for the 2011 & 2012 forks – I see Fox are now only recommending a service/inspection of seals etc every 100hours, with advice to wipe/clean the external surface after every ride. Is that right?Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Seems to be… Quite a big change considering they shortened the intervals last year (made I laugh- “This is the new kashima coat, it’s more durable and longlasting, PS service your forks twice as often”).
Wonder why the Vans have such different intervals, bushing check and lowers oil change every 30 hours vs 100.Posted 6 years agoandylMember
One thing that affects the colour is coating thickness. If you have one leg darker than the other then it could have less protection one leg.
The coating is interesting but I’m not sure. I guess all you are basically doing is packing the aluminium oxide pores with molybdenum grease!
I am sure this is a translation mistake as the coating is only for aluminium:
Kashima Coat improves on corrosion resistance by 4~5 times of chromic surface.In salt spray test (5%35?) of Kashima Coat minimum 50µm thickness, no rust was detected even after 1,000 hours of its testing.crashtestmonkeyMember
no its as andyl says, filling the pores in the anodized oxide surface with moly disulphide (lubricating agent). A pigment is added to give the gold colouring.Posted 6 years agono_eyed_deerMember
I probably, mostly only ever, really, buy performance improving parts for their aesthetic value.
And will sometimes even buy lesser performing (and more expensive) parts for their aesthetic value.
A bike for me is a mobile work of art intended to be covered in mud and dropped down mountains. It’s not a humdrum everyday tool like a VW Golf.
Aesthetics are important ’cause it’s all in the mind, init’.. 😉Posted 6 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
the moly disulphide enhances performance, the gold pigment is purely cosmetic. Not too outrageous for people to be disappointed in a cosmetic element of an expensive item not being as advertised. Would you be happy with a 300 quid goretex jacket having mismatched sleeves just because it was still waterproof, or would you in fact expect it to either look perfect, or be sold at a fraction of the price in a factory outlet store?
I’d happily have some faded or turd brown kashimas at TK Maxx prices 😀Posted 6 years ago
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