Fox Racing Shox has redesigned much of its front suspension line in its 40th year of business, with updates to the 32- and 34-millimeter-stanchion models and a new, lighter 36 RC2 fork.
Here are the highlights:
• 32 and 34 forks have updated damping tunes for better small bump compliance and traction
• 32 and 34 Factory models offer on-the-fly CTD damping adjustment and 7-click Trail mode fine-tuning
• 32, 34 and 36 forks feature a redesigned seal head architecture that virtually eliminates breakaway force
• 32, 34, 36 and 40 forks use an advanced lubrication oil that integrates Molybdenum from the Kashima Coat formula
The new 36 RC2 fork is the lightest ever made by Fox. At a claimed 4.19 pounds, it is a half-pound lighter than its predecessor. Its damper uses a redesigned valve system to provide better small-bump compliance, reduced friction, better traction and a wider tuning range. It has a new air spring system that equalizes rider weight for increased traction and a convertible thru-axle design that works with both 15- and 20-millimeter axles. The new 36 RC2 is available for 26-, 27.5- and 29-inch wheels.
Also this year, Fox will offer limited-edition all-black Float fork models with black decals and black anodized knobs for the 32 29-inch 100-millimeter CTD with Trail Adjust, the 34 27.5-inch/160-millimeter CTD w/Trail Adjust and the 40 26-inch/203-millimeter RC2.
The updates all come out of Fox’s Racing Applications Development program, which uses Fox’s professional athletes to push products on demanding terrain all over the world. Several key developments from the RAD program show up in the ’15 lineup including new compression tunes, redesigned damper seals and a new formula for lubrication oil.