With the popularity of long-travel trail bikes, it's become increasingly difficult to find a fork for either your hardtail or short travel XC bike. Thankfully, though, Fox Racing Shox built the 32 Float 100 CTD FIT Fork with all of the modern amenities, such as a tapered steerer tube and 15QR dropouts. So, you're now able to enjoy new levels of stiffness without having to sacrifice the efficient ride that you've come to love.
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. Unlike a traditional open bath system, FIT means that the damper fluid is sealed in an air-tight bladder. Essentially, 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 its 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.
For added durability, 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. That means 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 three pounds, this fork is downright svelte. Better yet, it's strong enough 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, effectively providing both added stiffness and increased security over a traditional 9mm QR skewer.
The Fox 32 Float 100 CTD FIT Fork is available with a 26-inch wheel compatibility, a 1.5-inch tapered steerer tube, and a 15mm QR. Additionally, the fork is available in the color Black.
The switch to 29-inch wheels has made riders re-think suspension travel. Generally, with 26-inch wheels, 100mm is basically an XC race fork. Four inch forks aren't made to soak up big hits, they're made to smooth trails so riders can carry as much momentum as possible. 29-inch wheels, however, already smooth the trail considerably, so it takes less travel to do the same. As far as ride feel is concerned, a 29-inch bike with a 100mm fork is as smooth as a 26-inch bike with a 120mm or even 140mm fork. The Fox 32 Float 29 100 FIT CTD Fork with Trail Adjust is really more of an all-rounder, trail fork than race component. This increase in efficiency is complemented by the simplicity of the adjustments that Fox offers on this fork.
Fox forks have traditionally been featured packed, offering the ability to make any adjustments needed to tune the fork for any trail conditions. The only problem was the difficulty for the average rider to make knowledgeable tweaks to the forks. High- and low-speed compression, lockout threshold, preload, and rebound are all common adjustments, but, for the rider who wants to ride, and not relentlessly and aimlessly tune a fork, this can have a negative effect on performance and user experience.
With CTD, one lever quickly and easily switches the fork's compression to ideal settings for the task at hand. The Climb setting adds plenty of low-speed compression to mitigate bobbing when standing on the pedals. Trail mode offers moderate low-speed compression to balance efficiency with optimal trail manners. It's also independently adjustable with three settings called Trail Adjust; soft, medium, and firm. Finally, the Descend setting features the perfect blend of high- and low-speed compression for plush action on steep and aggressive sections of trail.
While longer travel Float forks, 130mm and above, have been revised to offer a more linear spring rate, Fox felt that a progressive spring is optimal for all-mountain conditions. This helps to prevent bottoming out the 100mm of travel and ensures a more efficient ride for racing. What they have redesigned on these forks, besides the addition of CTD, is the lowers.
The 2013 lowers are now 50 grams lighter than last year's comparable model. While that may not seem significant, keep in mind dropping mass from the lowers effectively reduces un-sprung weight—which affects the amount of inertia the damper needs to control, resulting in enhanced suspension action. To drop the weight, Fox's engineers retained the Float's respected torsional stiffness by redesigning the brace, dropouts, and wall thickness.
The 2013 Fox 32 Float 29 100 CTD FIT Fork comes with a 1.125 to 1.5 tapered steerer tube and the smooth and durable Kashima coating on the stanchion tubes. You can choose between a Black or White powdercoated finish. Both options come with 15QR thru-axles.
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