First Look: The 2013 Fox CTD System

With the switch to the CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) system, Fox is completely revamping their line of XC and Trail offerings for 2013. They're also encouraging a change in the way we think about suspension, or ride dynamics if you will. To perform the best a bike needs to be balanced, which is exactly what they set out to do with CTD. Here's a first look at their 2013 line of forks, shocks, and the long awaited D.O.S.S. seatpost. - Photos by Brandon Turman and Colin Meagher
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  • Medeco

    5/5/2012 6:20 AM

    Love Fox, but the $$$ for the dropper post is out of touch. The Specialized Commander post is very similar and nearly half the price. The actuating lever is the only part that Fox has made nicer.

  • Randy_Geniec

    5/4/2012 10:14 AM

    That DOSS seatpost is two steps behind all others on the market now. Anyone who would buy a new dropper post WITHOUT a stationary cable operation is buying old technology. Only two posts (KS LEV and Kronolog) are worthy of consideration. So let me get this straight- Remote for shock and fork on right side and remote for dropper with dangling up and down seat cable near your rear tire on the left side. You would need matchmakers and 800+ mm bars just to fit all this cabling. I dont have this much cabling spaghetti on my street legal enduro with mirrors, blinkers, key, starter, throttle...seriously

  • Randy_Geniec

    5/3/2012 1:34 PM

    Come on people. Are you really going to get excited about a technology brought to market over 3 years ago by another company?

  • filthyanimal

    5/3/2012 9:41 AM

    Hmmm... three "easy to find" positions on the post are better then infinite adjustability? As a guy that has used adjustable posts forever and ridden nearly all of them, I'm not buying that one. Have always liked Fox and hope the stuff works, but CTD seems like it will limit a rider who knows what he wants in bike-setup (without messing with stuff internally). But for many people who don't have a clue, this does dumb it down real nice... Hope it works...

  • kyle.van

    5/3/2012 8:36 AM

    That comment about the 34 being as strong but lighter than a 36 makes me worried that they're gonna drop the 160mm 36.

    As for the fork damper, I'd probably use descend mode for climbing to let the fork sink into its travel a bit more and trail soft or medium for everything else.

    The post... well, seems they got the insides really sorted, but the actuation lever rubbing your right leg seems like it would become an annoyance, and the bar lever is silly.

  • rossgo

    5/2/2012 11:55 PM

    I hope i can get 34's with a 20mm axel ?

  • canadmos

    5/2/2012 6:21 PM

    That is a cool and interesting feature. Do you still have all of the finetuning available with the low speed adjusters on the fork?

    I for one probably wouldn't use it much. I have never used the propedal lever on my shock and I haven't changed the settings on my fork in like two years. Set it and forget it haha

  • bturman

    5/2/2012 11:00 PM

    The only external low speed adjustment is done using the soft, medium, and firm trail modes.

    I was told that CTD covers the same overall range as the previous 9 click adjustment, but only 3 clicks are available. They are equivalent to 1, 5, and 9 clicks on the 2012 models.

  • bturman

    5/3/2012 8:47 PM

    Since you asked, here's a detailed look at what's happening to the oil flow in the various modes:

  • motomike

    5/2/2012 4:24 PM

    Great feature! Still waiting for someone to join forces with a company like ODI to make an integrated dropper post lever that is actually ergonomic.

  • coflo

    5/2/2012 1:53 PM

    Cool feature Vital! Nicely done as always. Looked like Chipps almost had a heart attack when that suspension cycle started.