FOX

  • The Good:

    The best external post I have used. Super smooth action throughout its travel. Easy to place the post anywhere along its travel. No squeaking at the saddle clamp. (I’m looking at you KS Lev!). Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

    The Bad:

    Sensitive to seat clamp pressure. That is, you cannot clamp it too tight. Fox lever is good, the Wolftooth is great.

    Overall Review: All things considered, it’s probably the best external post I can buy.

    Posted by yoondaman on 12/24/2018 10:59 AM

  • The Good:

    Steady reliable performance day in and out. Honestly I have forgotten that there was such a thing as dropper post problems because of this post. Never sticks always comes all the way back up at factory show room speed.

    The Bad:

    I had to buy it and it didn't install itself. Also the seat wiggles - which I (and no one I've ever known) has ever noticed on the trail. Maybe a con would be it doesn't anticipate that I'm going DH or climbing and adjust accordingly.

    Overall Review: Buy it. Use it. Works. I've never serviced mine. It's a dropper.

    Posted by Scott_Tessandori on 12/22/2018 9:55 PM

  • The Good:

    The Kashima version looks fancy, especially if you have a Kashima fork and shock - it ties together nicely.
    Has a loud top out "klunk".
    The twin bolt head is common, but never bettered.
    Competitive weight, but not especially light.

    The Bad:

    The price.
    The fact that it's only average in terms of function and maintenance - it just isn't better than many others.
    The collar is not threaded/removable so the only service is a full strip down.
    The cable clamps at the the handle bar, which isn't better or worse, but there are fewer compatible levers.
    Mine has fairly significant side wobble after 4 months, which isn't noticeable when riding, and not worsen than others, but I hoped for better on the Fox Transfer Kashima version.

    Overall Review: As comments above really  There isn't much more to say. It looks great, but in terms of functionality is only average. I probably wouldn't get another.

    Posted by Tristan_Mayor on 12/22/2018 7:18 AM

  • The Good:

    Bullet proof performance! Always works. Even extreme temraptures (15 below freezing)

    The Bad:

    The only gripes I have. The seat clamp and bolting. It is rather tricky to get those bolts and clamp to work right. There is no clear dirction on what way to bolt the clamp on. (I have installed it backwards many times.)

    The travel could be longer. I am tall with long legs. With modern bike frams I find that when in the correct ridding height 150 mm drop is not enough to get the seat out of the way on the really rowdy dissents.

    Overall Review: This dropper works. All the time. Every time.  Cold, hot, wet, dry, clean or dirty it works.  The only gripes I have. The seat clamp and bolting. It is rather tricky to get those bolts and clamp to work right. There is no clear dirction on what way to bolt the clamp on. (I have ins...

    Posted by jaredstokes on 12/21/2018 5:50 PM

  • The FOX Transfer has been a firm favorite with Vital's staff ever since its introduction a couple of years ago now. Smooth, solid actuation and an impeccable reliability track record were enough to snag second place in our big dropper post Face Off feature, and it has seen off quite a few new po...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 12/11/2018 7:59 AM

  • Fitting the internal architecture of a full-featured gravity shock into a smaller, lighter package, the FOX DPX2 takes steady aim at the ever more popular “enduro” and “trail” categories of riders. The love child of the heavy-hitting Float X2 and the older Float X, the DPX2 is based on a twin-tu...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 10/1/2018 11:54 AM

  • The Good:

    I have been running this on my Specialized trail bike with no issues. They are easy to adjust and very durable. At 150mm. they aren’t meant for massive drops but they are good for some heavy trail riding for the day.

    The Bad:

    So far I haven’t found any flaws with them. Just make sure that you stay in the 150mm travel. I have bottomed them out once or twice but it was some out of the norm use

    Overall Review: Very good fork for trails. It’s not the lightest but it’s durable and good quality. 

    Posted by dstn_shepherd on 8/8/2018 3:40 PM

  • FOX’s heavy-hitting single-crown fork has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years. Improvements in damping and sensitivity saw it claw back ground it had lost during a few darker years, to the point where it is now back to being regularly cited as one of the top performing f...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 4/9/2018 4:50 AM

  • The Good:

    it's gold, it holds air, it dampens, what more could you want from a shock,

    The Bad:

    it's pricey af, lockout is not a true lockout

    Overall Review: I bought this new in 2013 so the tune might be a bit different but the shock is essentially the same. I purchased this for my Intense Tracer build.  Great fit, does a great job at what it's supposed to do.  I was initially reluctant at having something a CTD as I normally like fiddling...

    Posted by conlysm on 7/14/2017 5:46 AM

  • The Good:

    This dropper is reliable, smooth, and consistent on long days.

    The Bad:

    1x remote lever assembly is a little small

    Overall Review: Fox Transfer Factory Dropper: 150mm w/ 1x Lever Overall Review: I ran the fox factory transfer dropper in 150mm length, and in a 30.9 seat post diameter. The transfer was mounted on my 2017 Yeti SB5.5c over the course of the last 6 months. This dropper has seen plenty of use, through d...

    Posted by MTBcanuck on 6/29/2017 10:15 PM

  • The Good:

    Has a lot of adjustability, Climb switch adjust low speed compression for better climbing.

    The Bad:

    Depending on the bike, the climb switch might adjust to become too harsh

    Overall Review: I am giving this review based on the shock mounted to a yeti sb5.5. First off I think the X2 float is an amazing shock with tons of adjustability and very good small bump sensitivity. However I want to focus my review on the 2 position lever climb switch. Based on the bike you run I think yo...

    Posted by MTBcanuck on 6/21/2017 3:48 PM

  • Ever thought to yourself "wouldn't it be awesome to combine such and such product with this other one"? Well, in the case of the Float X2 and the Float X, you were perhaps among those who were intrigued by the twin-tube damper performance aspect of the Float X2, but slightly daunted by all the a...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 6/14/2017 12:50 PM

  • The Good:

    Why buy a coil shock when you can buy this?
    Great small bump sensitivity (rivals that of a coil shock)
    Extremely Adjustable

    The Bad:

    Not easy to tune unless you know what you are doing

    Overall Review: Had a Monarch Plus, and a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS, but neither shock felt like "the one" for me. Monarch Plus had great small bump sensitivity but not much adjustability and didn't feel great on the long descents. Cane Creek DB Air CS didn't have much small bump sensitivity, but was adju...

    Posted by ih1358 on 5/12/2017 8:36 PM

  • When we first tested the 2016 FOX Float 36 RC2, we found it to be right at the top of the big-hitting, single-crown fork class. Confidence-inspiring and sure-footed, it may have fallen just short of the best small-bump compliance available at the time, which it more than made up for with awesome...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 4/17/2017 9:02 AM

  • The Good:

    Light weight, Adjustable, Easy to adjust, Excellent bottom-out control, Small adjustment tool included, Updated lighter weight volume spacers

    The Bad:

    Absolutely nothing.

    Overall Review: UPDATE from my review from my earlier 2016 review: My 2017 Fox Float X2 came in the mail 3 months ago and to my surprise, Fox improved upon it! For 2017, they are offering a compression (climb) switch for sizes 8.5 x 2.5 and smaller. I ordered a massive 10.5 x 3.5 for my Scott Gambler so ...

    Posted by dirtworks911 on 8/29/2016 2:28 PM

  • The Good:

    plush, burly, adjustability

    The Bad:

    The climb switch is too close to a lockout. I never use it on climbs because it makes my bike too uncomfortable even if it pedals efficiently with it on. Also, finding the right hardware is a little tricky if your not a bike mechanic ( not the shocks fault but worth mentioning )

    Overall Review: Love the shock, I've running it at Whistler all week on my 140 mm and have nothing but good things to say. For me the CS is unnecessary. I wouldn't buy it for a trail bike but definitely buy one for your enduro and dh!

    Posted by Beez177 on 7/29/2016 7:28 PM

  • Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord We tested the new FOX Float X2 earlier this year, and we came away very impressed with the performance and adjustability it offers. We did not have many complaints or issues to report, but we did note the absence of any kind of locko...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 7/20/2016 10:35 AM

  • by Fred Robinson FOX is back in the dropper game with their new Transfer seatpost. Designed from the ground up, the Transfer features an infinitely adjustable system, Kashima coating (Factory model only) and two new levers which do away with the dual-paddle triggers found on the D.O.S.S. dropp...

    Posted by FredLikesTrikes on 6/6/2016 4:21 PM

  • With the 2016 Olympics in Rio quickly approaching, the timing makes sense for FOX to update their cross country race fork. What you see here is the new FOX 32 Step-Cast (SC) fork, which uses a wild-looking chassis design that results in incredibly light weights across the 27.5 and 29-inch range....

    Posted by bturman on 4/5/2016 10:08 AM

  • The Good:

    Stiff
    Incredible damping control
    Highly tunable
    Lightweight bruiser
    Great finish quality

    The Bad:

    Lots of knobs means more time setting it up
    Can feel harsh if not charging
    Price a bit steep

    Overall Review: Let me just start off by saying this fork is amazing - really, it is astounding that mountain bike suspension has been able to come this far in so little time. My last Fox fork was a 2012 Fox 36 Talas that required a ton of maintenance, was always a bit sticky, and tended to dive a bit. I dabble...

    Posted by zhendo1990 on 3/8/2016 1:36 PM

  • The Good:

    Very plush, amazing to ride on

    The Bad:

    Daunting to tune to your specs

    Overall Review: After having a blowout with the stock Monarch Plus R which came with my Norco Range c7.3, I made the decision to upgrade to something which will hopefully last me a fair bit longer. The Norco Range c7.3 uses a 8.5” (215.9mm) and 2.5” (63.5mm) shock size, and the Fox Float X2 is available in a si...

    Posted by MTN_BIKE_GEEK on 2/11/2016 5:03 PM

  • Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord, Johan Hjord, and Brandon Turman We first spotted an interesting new rear shock design from FOX’s Racing Application Development (”RAD”) program on Greg Minnaar’s World Champs bike in 2013. Fast forward to spring of 2015, and the DHX2 and Float X2 ...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 2/5/2016 12:42 PM

  • Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord FOX’s 36 fork has in many ways always been leading the company forward, and this has certainly been true over the past few years. The 36 was the first fork in FOX’s lineup to receive the major recent updates that were then rolled out...

    Posted by iceman2058 on 1/29/2016 7:06 AM

  • by Brandon Turman Every year it seems like we hear same thing from suspension manufacturers: "Our new (insert product here) weighs less, is more sensitive, has refined damping, and provides more control." Sounds great, doesn't it? To be honest, we take it with a grain of salt, just as you like...

    Posted by bturman on 4/4/2015 5:13 PM

  • Review by Brandon Turman // Photos by Colin Meagher For years the FOX 36 has been a heavy hitter among a sea of lightweight fork options. It’s the fork many of the biggest, hardest charging riders turned to when nothing else seemed to suffice. Somewhere along the line the competition stepped u...

    Posted by bturman on 5/27/2014 7:35 AM

  • The Good:

    The Fox 831 gives first impressions much like that of an expensive car or a work of art. Every contour, every inch of the fork just screams "look at me I'm better than you." It is truly an engineering masterpiece and Fox shows no intention of hiding that. Although many products are capable of looking nice to hide performance flaws, this is not at all the case with the 831. The 831 features a light yet stiff chassis, providing it with a steady base without the extra grams. A 15mm thru axle anchors it to the wheels, and although this seems to be a bit lacking for a dj fork, it actually provides an incredible amount of stiffness. The axle is quick and easy to use and requires little or no attention in terms of mechanics. The 831 also has Fox's CTD damper allowing for three settings of suspension tunability. Although this seems not to make sense for a dj fork, it actually provides a great variation of setups for different scenarios a dirt jumper might encounter, weather it is natural lines in the woods, slopestyle contests, pumptracks, skateparks, or a stair set. It is easily tunable for the riders liking and provides what is without a doubt the most responsive suspension I have tried to date. On top of that the 831 weighs in at almost a pound lighter than a Rock Shox Argyle RCT, which saves the weight to make the bike much more movable and controllable.

    The Bad:

    The price tag is a bit high for a dirt jump budget, and even then some will argue that the performance difference isnt there to be worth the extra money. Furthermore there are some apparent problems. Fox, likely to save weight and increase profit margin, equipped it with a CTD damper, and although I am a fan of this feature, many riders would rather it feature one of Fox's dampers more geared towards freeride, giving it more internal strength. This comes from many riders sharing experiences of blowouts with the fork. Fox recently moved to a 34mm body for the fork, and that change was for a reason. The fork likes to develop a bit of movement between the crown and the top of the stanchions. This creates a creaking sound that for any rider can be a bit troubling. The fork also is known to require more service than DJ forks from other brands.

    Overall Review: Overall the 831 is for a rider who doesn't want to compromise. If you have any connections to shops, or dealers, or you yourself can service it, I would certainly recommend this fork. I still know several people who ride very hard and have not had theirs serviced and are yet to have any problems...

    Posted by Billy3197 on 11/12/2013 5:53 PM

  • The Good:

    New Talas cartridge is amazing in both settings and throughout the stroke

    The Bad:

    Nothing yet. I suppose we'll see how often it needs service.

    Overall Review: Ok, my experience with a Fox Talas was with a 34 100/120/140 so I'm not comparing apples to apples. This fork however is amazing!! In 140mm the shock performs amazing with a feel of eveness throughout, my old fork in the lower settings felt like a pogo stick, way too much compressed air or somet...

    Posted by digthemlows on 9/30/2013 3:01 PM

  • The Good:

    Smooth and plush, progressive, extremely responsive throughout the stroke, easy to tune, so many settings, easy to buy springs

    The Bad:

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    Overall Review: This is how you want a shock to feel, it will completely change your bike. Very responsive over the rough, easy to get diald in, progressive bottom out, hard when you need it to be. A great benchmark. Best shock Ive ridden, by far! The only reason I give it 4.5 stars, is because I hear the Cane ...

    Posted by JamesSavage on 7/7/2013 1:32 AM

  • The Good:

    stiff, adjustable, confidence inspiring

    The Bad:

    a lot of money in upkeep

    Overall Review: Performance wise this fork was great when it worked. I had mine for 3 seasons and it got rebuilt twice and was serviced often by a legit shop with a certified fox mech. With all that it still caused a lot of headaches. It squeaked, knocked and spewed oil a lot. I had to get a whole new dampener ...

    Posted by ryan_daugherty on 5/29/2013 9:37 PM

  • The Good:

    Adjustable, light'ish, surprisingly stiff. Looks good.

    The Bad:

    Sticky travel adjust

    Overall Review: I had this fork on my Banshee Wildcard after a rebuild of the bike. It used to be 41lbs when I had a Totem and other bricks on it. This fork was a key part of the build because i needed to drop weight, have travel adjust and still be able to have 7 inches. The fork was great. I would pedal up th...

    Posted by ryan_daugherty on 5/29/2013 8:39 PM