Fox Racing Shox 40 Float FIT RC2 Fork

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Fox Racing Shox 40 Float FIT RC2 Fork
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When tasked with redesigning its legendary 40 downhill race fork, Fox Racing Shox left no stone unturned. As a result, we've all been graced with the presence of the new 40 Float FIT RC2 Fork. 2014 marks a decade since Fox started developing race forks for World Champions and World Cup title holders, and that experience helped to produce a fork that shaves over a pound (yes, you read that right) over the previous model. But weight loss isn't the most significant improvement. This is the first of Fox's production downhill forks to feature an air spring. Fox tested countless air sprung setups for over two years on the World Cup stage, and didn't rest until the 40 Float outperformed its coil-sprung predecessor in every regard. The result is a competitive advantage for the world's fastest racers. So what's your excuse?

Why would Fox go to an air spring when coils have worked well enough for so long? The simple answer is tuning options. Down-hillers tend to be split into two camps -- those who don't care about their suspension so long as it moves, and those whose critical approach to bike setup borders on insanity. If you're reading this, odds are that you're in the latter camp. And, if you've ridden coil-sprung forks, you've most likely found yourself in between spring rates. By this, we mean that you're either using excessive damping to compensate for a spring rate that's too soft, or getting jack hammered by an over-sprung fork in order to keep your front end riding high in the travel. With an air spring, that's no longer an issue. Instead of your suspension setup being limited by available spring rates, you're able to select the precise spring rate that matches your weight and riding style.

But, tuning options are meaningless if they don’t translate into faster lap times. That's why Fox pulled out all of the stops, developing a range of custom seals, and employing its Kashima coating on the inside of the stanchion. The combination of these features almost completely eliminates friction in the spring. Basically, if you're worried that an air spring will sacrifice suppleness, as compared to a coil, you're able to set those fears aside. Better yet, there's an easily adjustable bulkhead under the spring side fork cap which enables you to adjust the volume of the air spring in just a couple of minutes. This means that you're able to maximize the air volume for a linear feel that's almost indistinguishable from a coil spring. This feature also means that you're able to reduce the air volume for a more progressive ramp-up in the bottom of the stroke. Additionally, the large volume of the air spring means that the Float spring utilizes extremely low pressure, between 45 and 80 PSI, which minimizes both friction and wear on the system.

The 40 chassis also sees significant improvements in the form of lightened lowers, crowns, and stanchions. Those of you who've ever had a bolt stuck in your fork lowers will appreciate that this version of the 40 employs replaceable threaded inserts at the brake mount and dropouts. Essentially, this makes stripped threads and broken bolts manageable, instead of catastrophic. However, perhaps the coolest upgrade is a bleed port on the back of each seal on the lowers, which enables you to equalize pressure that's built up in the lowers. Pressure buildup comes from a combination of temperature and altitude changes, and that excess pressure causes friction at the seals. Having the ability to equalize that pressure at the top of a run with just a quick push of a button ensures that your fork is as supple as can be, every time that you drop in.

The Fox 40 Float FIT RC2 Fork is available with 26-inch wheel compatibility, a 20x110mm axle, and in the colors Black or White.

Features:

  • Total weight savings from last year: 307g
Jenson USA (2014)
Fox 40 Float RC2 Fit 27.5" Fork 2014.

When you’re ready to hit the World Cup Downhill course, the Fox Float 40 better be in your arsenal. The Fox 40 Float Fit RC2 received a complete overhaul for 2014. Since its birth, the Fox 40 has utilized a coil spring. For 2014, the Fox Float 40 features an air spring. The new Float is over 1 pound lighter than the prior year’s Fox 40 with a Ti spring. Along with reducing the 40’s weight, the compliance has also been improved, which improves maneuverability. The Hydraulic Bottom Out was no longer necessary due to the air spring, therefore it was excluded. The chassis also underwent a redesign for 2014. The magnesium lower legs are 150g less than prior models. The new air bleed system was designed to relieve internal air pressure build up due to elevation or temperature changes.

To ensure that your travel is buttery smooth on your Fox Float 40, Fox has added Kashima coating to the uppers. Kashima coating is a hard anodizing process that fills in any micro pores in the material creating a smoother surface, in comparison to a hard anodization on prior versions. Its distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes including extreme durability as well as an extremely smooth feel. The whole purpose and value of the Kashima coating is its friction reduction properties.

The FIT RC2 damper employs a bladder system that keeps the oil and air from mixing to provide optimal performance in all riding extremes. Since the FIT cartridge uses much less oil, the weight of the fork is significantly less than one with an open bath style. The lighter damper is also inverted in the fork which reduces unsprung weight.

The Fox Float 40 was raced by Aaron Gwin in 2011 and received further enhancements since. It's received rigorous stress testing and has been well tested on the trails. Downhill rigs don't necessarily have to be heavy. The Fox Float 40 is proof.

2014 Fox 40 Float RC2 Fit 27.5" Fork Features.

*20mm Thru Axle, 1 1/8" Steerer. Weight taken at 165mm steerer length with star fangled nut and disc brake guide installed.


Backcountry.com (Spring 2014)

When Fox’s 40 Float landed, gravity fiends the world over were treated to World Cup-ready performance and finely-tunable spring rates, not to mention a full pound saved as compared to previous iterations. So how did the suspension masters manage to make one of the world’s most desirable suspension products even faster? Well, by putting bigger wheels in it. That’s why Fox has graced us with the 40 Float 27.5 RC2 FIT Fork. To address the demand for ever-faster race sleds, it’s built with added clearance and a longer dropout offset, meaning it’s the perfect match for the emerging breed of 27.5-inch race bikes. Time will tell if 27.5-inch wheels become the new gravity standard, but for now, you can experience the advantage of bigger wheels, without sacrificing race-winning suspension to get it.

Why would Fox go to an air spring when coils have worked well enough for so long? The simple answer is tuning options. Downhillers tend to be split into two camps -- those who don't care about their suspension so long as it moves, and those whose critical approach to bike setup borders on insanity. If you're reading this, odds are that you're in the latter camp. And, if you've ridden coil-sprung forks, you've most likely found yourself in between spring rates. By this, we mean that you're either using excessive damping to compensate for a spring rate that's too soft, or getting jack hammered by an over-sprung fork in order to keep your front end riding high in the travel. With an air spring, that's no longer an issue. Instead of your suspension setup being limited by available spring rates, you're able to select the precise spring rate that matches your weight and riding style.

But, tuning options are meaningless if they don’t translate into faster lap times. That's why Fox pulled out all of the stops, developing a range of custom seals, and employing its Kashima coating on the inside of the stanchion. The combination of these features almost completely eliminates friction in the spring. Basically, if you're worried that an air spring will sacrifice suppleness, as compared to a coil, set those fears aside. Better yet, there's an easily adjustable bulkhead under the spring side fork cap that enables you to adjust the volume of the air spring in just a couple of minutes. This means that you're able to maximize the air volume for a linear feel that's almost indistinguishable from a coil spring. This feature also means that you're able to reduce the air volume for a more progressive ramp-up in the bottom of the stroke. Additionally, the large volume of the air spring means that the Float spring utilizes extremely low pressure, between 45 and 80 PSI, which minimizes both friction and wear on the system.

The 40 chassis also sees significant improvements in the form of lightened lowers, crowns, and stanchions. Those of you who've ever had a bolt stuck in your fork lowers will appreciate that this version of the 40 employs replaceable threaded inserts at the brake mount and dropouts. Essentially, this makes stripped threads and broken bolts manageable, instead of catastrophic. However, perhaps the coolest upgrade is a bleed port on the back of each seal on the lowers, which enables you to equalize pressure that's built up in the lowers. Pressure buildup comes from a combination of temperature and altitude changes, and that excess pressure causes friction at the seals. Having the ability to equalize that pressure at the top of a run with just a quick push of a button ensures that your fork is as supple as can be, every time that you drop in.

The Fox 40 Float 27.5 RC2 FIT Fork is available with 27.5-inch wheel compatibility, a 20x110mm axle, and in the color Black.

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Adjustments:Rebound, Low-speed compression, High-speed compression, Air spring pressure
Axle:20mm through axle
Intended Use:Downhill
Travel:8 inches/ 203mm
Weight:6.09 lb / 2.76 kg*
Wheel size:27.5"

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