Trail bikes are evolving rapidly, however, some changes are more welcomed than others. But, if you're looking for new-school technology, yet you prefer to maintain more traditional handling, the Fox Racing Shox 34 Float 29in 140 CTD Kashima Fork is exactly what you need. The overall height is 20mm shorter than the Float 160, which counteracts the trend towards ever-slacker head angles.
Like recent generations of Fox's Factory series forks, the Float 140 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 34 Float 140 comes with Kashima coated stanchions. In addition to being 100% gold'er than the competition, the Kashima coating is also harder than standard stanchion coatings. This equates to a longer wear life, as well as smoother suspension action.
The 34 chassis is brand new to Fox lineup, and it fills an obvious gap. Splitting the difference between the light weight of the 32 chassis, and the bombproof reliability of the 36 series, the 34 is built as a perfect companion to the latest generation of aggressive use trail bikes. At just over four pounds, this fork is no heavyweight. Better yet, it's built to ride rough trails day in and day out. That's thanks in part to the massive tapered steerer tube, which fights flex, especially 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 34 Float 29in 140 FIT CTD Kashima Fork is available in the cololrs Black/blue and Black/green and with a 1.5-inch tapered steerer tube. Please note that this fork is only compatible with 29-inch wheels and 15QR thru-axles. Also, because this is an OE fork, it can only be purchased as part of a frame kit or complete bike.