Tell me about your Fox Float 32 fork experiences
FWIW, I’ve had a set of bog-standard 32mm Floats (15mm axle) for 3 1/2 years now. Taking the sliders off for a clean takes 10 mins, oil change 20mins. Been cleaning them about 5 times per year with maybe 3 oil changes from new. They are working just like new. in fact better, because I fitted the low friction seals a couple of years ago. They get very muddy in the Dales and lakes and there’s no trace of wear on the stanchions. So there, before everyone else tells you how crap they are.Posted 5 years ago
The damping performance is very good but when they get long, they do get a bit bendy- very noticable brake flex in particular regardless of axle, and QR15 doesn’t add that much stiffness either for twistiness IMO. Feels like an XC fork stretched too far, rather than a designed-for-150mm fork.
Whether you care or not is another thing- twist doesn’t really bother me at all once i’m used to it, the braking twang can be a little intrusive at times though but I’d be able to live with it personally. But some people hate that sort of thing.
Personally I reckon Revelations are a better package in the longer sizes. So do Fox, that’s why they invented the 34 😉 But the top end Fox damping is fantastic.Posted 5 years ago
I guess it’s easy to miss the service intervals on fox forks, even if the service is easily done (not sure about FailedEngineer’s reference to the oil change though as I thought the damping cartridge was sealed and could only be done by someone like Mojo or Loco)
They are pretty flexy though if you’re heavy. I know a few people that are light and still ride pretty big stuff on them, but heavy riders will really feel that terrifyingly disconcerting wallow as you land on the front wheel and the suspension seems to act front to back, rather than up and down!Posted 5 years agojoeeggMember
I’ve had some 32’s,140mm RLC’s with a quick release for about 6 years.Posted 5 years ago
Only ever needed to change the seals and oil which is an easy job.
They do chatter a bit,back to front movement,and if your used to 36 bolt thrus then they will feel less solid.Means on technical stuff you have to pick your way down a bit rather than bludgeoning through.In defence they are pretty light and i’ve been perfectly happy with them for the techy stuff in Southern Spain.
I’ve not got an awful lot to compare them to. I’ve had Maverick DUC 32s and Revelations before as well as some cheap (and crap) Manitous. I think the hire bike in Austria had Floats though, but an older/cheaper model. The DUCs were a bit too divey for my liking, so better damping definitely appeal. I didn’t feel “under-forked” when riding in Southern Spain in some pretty rocky terrain though. The Revs didn’t last long enough for me to give them a through performance review…they got nicked. I did manage to blow the seal on a rather clumsy front-heavy landing when hopping over a water bar at speed.Posted 5 years ago
stilltortoise – Member
It’d be 140mm tops.
What sort of riding- and also, how big a unit are you? When I talk about flex, probably worth pointing out I weigh 9 and a half stone and it’s still pretty noticable 😆 But then they’re occasionally getting used reasonably hard.
Put it this way- when I go from my Boxxers or my Lyriks to my 2010 Revelations, the difference is noticable but not really that intrusive- I can feel it, but don’t really care. But when i go from the Revelations to the 32s, the difference feels bigger and it’s more intrusive, it affects how I ride (I suspect in real terms it’s not actually that massive, but it just seems to go past a tipping point)
Going straight from the Lyriks to the 32s is… interesting.
That’s 150mm revs and 140mm 32s, fwiw.Posted 5 years ago
I’m no downhiller and I’m no big hucker, but I do get airborne from time to time and I’ll have a go at most trails. I’m 13st plus and I’m sometimes guilty of bulldozering my way downhill rather than delicately picking a smooth line. I’d happily have 34 Floats if they made a 140mm version, but they don’t.Posted 5 years ago
Current TALAS 36 is just 120-160, no mid setting. I wouldn’t. But then, I don’t like TALAS and I reckon Fives are built right for 140mm so it’d be daft to have a fork that delivers a shorter and longer option but no just right option. IMO, etc.
Float 36 can be spacered down to 140mm I’m sure but I don’t know the hows.Posted 5 years ago
I’d happily have 34 Floats if they made a 140mm version, but they don’t.
As with the 36, I am almost certain the 34 Float can be shortened by adding plastic spacers on the negative spring.
Your other option, which I think would be even better, would be to opt for the 140mm version of the BOS Devile. It is a far more sophisticated fork, but don’t let that put you off because it’s no more expensive and a lot less prissy about being serviced every five minutes.
There is a new UK distributor as well.Posted 5 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
F120 RL QR15’s here – 5 years old, once a year I drop lowers off and lube/oil change. I have changed seals once.Posted 5 years ago
I can *just* see some wear on the stantion’s now.
The QR15 is great, and really stiffens the front.
I have never been able to get the right pressure – they either sit halfway through the travel (and so are far too soft) or never get beyond 90mm(ish) of travel. They are supple though, just ramp up too quick.
Somehow I can get full travel and good damping with my sons 10 year old Marzocchi’s.. 😕
Good forks, not sure I would ever buy new at the prices they charge, would likely go for some X-fusion or similar.hh45Member
F120 RL QR15 – 2.5 yrs old, totally reliable, not serviced yet but hope to before spring time. i do clean the sliders v carefully as soon as I’ve finished and turn upside down for 10 mins to let oil re-lubricate the internals. (TF advice, I don’t think taking the mick :-)). I am quite light and don’t get airborne!
I had a pair of 2005 100 mm Fox forks and also fairly reliable although the top half had to be replaced after about 4 years. Outlasted the frame but had lost subtlety of damping after 7 years.Posted 5 years agoNorthCountryBoyMember
If you can get the 36 as a free upgrade then it might be worth looking at. But the 36 is going to be a bit more weight to carry around, if your not into any big ruff stuff then I recon the 32 is fine for you even at 13 stone.
Im 12 stone have had a few versions of the 32 fork including the coil sprung vanilla with a 11/5 ” steerer. They were mega on the rough descents, never felt flexy felt like they were really well damped and sprung. Currently have 140mm 32 Talas rode a lot in the lakes and scotland and again never felt short on travel or too flexy. Keep an aye on the stanchions (especially the left) if it starts to wear make sure you get the lower leg bushes changed as well as the uppers!
FWIW if i was going to go longer in travel say 150 / 160 mm I would seriously consider the 36.Posted 5 years ago
Too late to edit but all in all, that’s a crap “upgrade” they’re offering. Good value but bad fit- they say themselves minimum 140mm, optimum 140mm, then supply a fork that can do 120mm but not 140mm.
Haven’t used the latest TALAS but all the previous ones underperformed compared to the Float equivalent, is that still the case anyone? if you’re tanking around on a 160mm Five or an Alpine you’re not going to want anything that takes away from the damping and performance. Unless you are some sort of marketing man’s dream that doesn’t care how it rides, he just wants a bigger fork with more letters 😉Posted 5 years agoorangeboyMember
Have had a few pairs over the years
Still have some 2004 pushed ones on the winter bike and still ok
My fav ones are the 36 van r on the enduro so stiff and very plush
The foam ring unde te seals dry out and that’s what causes coating wearPosted 5 years ago
But it’s very easy to lube.
Apart from older talas very easy to play with
Just waiting on some 34 to try
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