While 27.5-inch wheels have been garnering attention in the all-mountain realm, the mid-sized wheels have been steadily raking in wins at the highest levels of cross country racing. Fox Racing Shox has been paying attention, and accordingly, it built the 32 Float 27.5in 100 FIT CTD with Trail Adjust Fork to help you set blisteringly fast lap times on your home turf. The tapered steerer tube and 15QR dropouts provide the precision that you need to hold your line, and its feathery light weight helps when it's time to drop the hammer and leave your buddies in the dust. After all, who doesn't love a little friendly competition?
Like recent generations of Fox's Factory series forks, the Float 100 controls its stroke with the venerable FIT damper. As you may have guessed, 'FIT' is an acronym, and it stands for Fox Isolated Technology. And, unlike a traditional open bath system, FIT means that the damper fluid is sealed in an air-tight bladder. This prevents contamination, which improves the consistency of the damper on long descents.
Long-time Fox riders will immediately notice Fox's Climb, Trail, Descend damper adjustments. And there's no need to worry, you're still getting the same adjustments to high- and low-speed compression, only it's now packaged in a more user-friendly format. Climb mode provides the most damping for a near locked-out feel. Meanwhile, it still provides a bit of cushion for any unexpected hard hits. Click the damper into the Trail mode, and you'll find that there's ample low-speed compression in order to keep the fork riding high in the travel through berms, jumps, and rocks. Better yet, it still provides plenty of compliance in order to smooth out the ride. Trail mode has three sub-settings that allow you to tune exactly how much feedback that you need from your suspension. And, as you may have guessed, Descend mode provides the lightest compression damping for a plush ride.
Depending on your tastes, many riders simply find the trail setting that works best for them, and don't feel the need to make on-the-fly adjustments. However, the CTD lever is easily accessible for those of you whose ride isn't complete until you've flipped your suspension levers a few dozen times. And best of all, those options are presented in a way that makes each adjustment instinctive. This way, you don't need a degree in fluid dynamics in order to correctly tune your suspension.
The 32 Float 100 comes with Kashima coated stanchions. And, in addition to being 100% 'gold-er' than the competition, Kashima coating is harder than standard stanchion coatings. This equates to a longer wear life, as well as smoother suspension action.
The 32 chassis is something of a classic in the Fox lineup, and it's easy to see why. At just over four pounds, this fork is downright svelte. Better yet, it's strong enough to ride rough trails day- in and day-out. This is thanks in part to the massive tapered steerer tube, which fights flex under hard braking. And speaking of stiffness, Fox uses Shimano's 15mm QR axle assembly, which provides both added stiffness and increased security over a traditional 9mm QR skewer.
The Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 27.5in 100 FIT CTD with Trail Adjust Fork is available in the colors Black and White and with a 1.5-inch tapered steerer tube. Please note that this fork is only compatible with 27.5-inch wheels and 15QR thru-axles.
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