Kashima – is it worth it?
Does it add anything or is it just bling factor?
Toying between two Canyon bikes and the main thing which seems to be different is the fork and shocks are kashima (Fox Float CTD Factory Kashima BV and Fox 32 TALAS CTD Factory FIT Kashima) rather than not (Fox Float CTD Performance BV and Fox 32 TALAS CTD FIT Performance)
The difference in cost is £600 so not sure if it is worth the difference.
BPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I think it does make a little difference (I did a straight swap of shocks) but it’s a pretty trivial one, I wouldn’t pay more than a few quid for it.
But is that the only difference? Fox don’t have a FIT CTD Performance on their website so it’s hard to tell but older Performance models have lacked adjustment and been a fair bit heavier.Posted 4 years agocoatesyMember
Did a Kashima(didn’t specifically want it, but standard csu out of stock) and FIT upgrade at the same time, and put the improvement down to the damping, however, I recently put the old damper back in (albeit with fresh oil)whilst the FIT was being serviced, and the fork felt far better than I remember it being (bearing in mind that memory does have a habit of playing tricks.)Posted 4 years ago
I’m not convinced about Kashima from what I’ve heard as no one has said – yeah its worth it. It’s not like a dropper post in terms of impact it will have on riding.
There are other differences such as Sram X0 drivetrain versus XT (I prefer XT which is on the cheaper bike) and a difference in wheels. But I’m not sure there is £600 of difference.
It’s the Canyon Spectral I’m looking at between these two models:Posted 4 years ago
Won’t most of the money be in the difference between Performance and Factory? I thought Factory forks had far better internals? If that’s the case and bearing in mind people say Kashima is ‘a bit’ better then the more expensive ones could be a fair bit plusher. Maybe not £600 plusher though although if you’ve got the money get the best you can. You know you’ll always wish you did if you don’t. 😉Posted 4 years agosgn23Member
Bushwacked, I’ve also been comparing those two Spectrals and decided the 8.0 was a better choice. The difference between the shock & fork isn’t just the Kashima, the internals are also different between the Factory and Performance levels. But I decided that and a few other spec changes weren’t worth the extra £600.Posted 4 years ago
Interesting that you also discounted the 9.0EX – the 1×11 put me offsharkattackMember
I used to work for a Fox dealer/service centre so ridden all shapes and sizes of Fox forks and I can’t tell the difference between Kashima and non-Kashima if that’s the only difference in spec.
Fenwicks Fork Juice on the other hand comes highly recommended. Use it to wet your seals before every ride and it extends the gap between lower services.Posted 4 years ago
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