Here they are – The new Fox 34 forks, Float X shock and DHX coil shock

Fox dropped two new forks and two new shocks today.

The XC race crowd has a new 34 Step-Cast fork available in 100mm or 120mm options, in either the range-topping Factory model or the Performance variant. For light trail riding, the new 34 is available as a 120mm to 140mm option, in the usual Factory, Performance Elite or Performance models. Hard-hitting trail riders will be stoked on an all-new Float X and DHX coil shock. Dig into their press release below for a look at the new tech and what the changes are about.


NEW FOX 34 – A trail fork

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The hard-charging do it all trail fork is smoother, lighter, more tunable and more capable than ever before.

It’s a new chassis, with new air/oil channels, a new arch shape and a new 58mm crown. The EVOL air spring has been updated and the damper options are FIT4, GRIP2 and GRIP. It is available as a 29” only, in a 44mm or 51mm offset with travel options from 120mm to 140mm. The Factory Series model features Kashima Coat whilst the Performance Elite and Performance models have black coated stanchions. The starting weight is 1698g and there are QR or Kabolt axle options.


NEW FOX 34 Step-Cast – XC race fork

new fox 34 step cast fork

Tailor-made for the rigors of modern XC racing, this is our lightest 34 ever. It is designed to deliver uncompromising XC race performance with class leading tuneability, chassis stiffness and strength.

We’ve completely redesigned the chassis, with new air/oil channels, a new arch shape and a 58mm diameter crown. The damper options include FIT4 and GRIP and travel options are 100mm or 120mm. It’s available as a 44mm or 51mm offset, in a 29” wheel size. The Factory model features our Kashima Coat and it is also available in the Performance model. Starting weight is 1496g.


THE TECH HIGHLIGHTS

new fox 34 fork
LOWER LEG BYPASS CHANNELS | As a fork compresses, the air volume within the lower legs decreases, increasing air pressure. The more the fork compresses, the more pressure increases. This effect can have the unintended consequence of preventing full travel from being achieved. Our lower leg channels help alleviate this issue by dramatically increasing air volume within the lower legs and thereby reducing the amount of additional unintended pressure ramping. Another benefit of these channels is that lower leg bath oil is circulated to the upper reaches of the lower legs, continuously lubricating the foam rings and bushings as the fork compresses and extends through its travel.
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FLOAT EVOL | Returning with the same legendary suppleness and longevity, the EVOL air spring in 34’s now has an enlarged negative air spring to assist with the mid-stroke support. New for 2022, the 34 SC comes with the option to tune the negative air spring with a volume spacer.
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LOWER LEG ARCH | Stiffness-to-weight is the ultimate metric for bicycle design. Engineers invest countless hours poring over every gram of material in an effort to optimize this critical ratio. The all-new 34 pulls out all the stops, shaving every possible gram while making sure not to compromise the stiffness or strength requirements of modern trail riding. Modern frame designs and geometry trends require modern suspension design solutions. The arch design is designed to pair perfectly with modern trail bikes. Head tube profiles have grown larger and larger, and fork offsets shorter and shorter. Our new arch shape takes this need into account by jutting forward to provide ample headtube clearance at full compression. State-of-the-art computer modeling techniques helped us to create an organic lower leg shape that optimizes stiffness with the absolute minimal amount of material.
new fox 34 fork review
GRIP2 | Our GRIP2 damper is the benchmark for unparalleled ride quality and ultra-precise adjustability. GRIP2 includes our patented Variable Valve Control technology which allows for external fine-tuning of suspension performance. GRIP2 achieves with the twist of a knob what typically requires the time-consuming and complicated task of completely disassembling and reassembling the fork.


NEW FLOAT X SHOCK

new fox float x shock review

Designed specifically to meet the demands of aggressive trail riders, the new Float X combines sophisticated damping and fade free performance with incredible light weight and outstanding structural integrity.

This is an all-new chassis and damper system which features a high-flow main piston and new air seal package. The volume spacers are in smaller increments than before and we’ve optimized the reservoir length per shock size. Low speed compression adjust is through a tool-free 12 position clicker and there is an independent firm mode control via a clockable 2 position adjuster. The larger air sleeve bore reduces average rider pressure by 40psi compared to the DPX2 and the air valve location offers improved frame fitment and pump access. It’s available in Factory or Performance Elite models.


NEW DHX SHOCK

new fox dhx coil shock review

For riders seeking the ultimate in plush suspension, the new DHX brings coil-sprung, magic-carpet, trail smoothing performance in a wide range of configurations to the trails and beyond.

We’ve redesigned the chassis and damper system which features a high-flow main piston, 12 position Low Speed Compression, 2 position Firm Mode adjust, a hydraulic top out feature and a single-turn rebound adjuster. Reservoir lengths have been optimized for the various shock sizes, there is reduced damper noise and a spring scuff guard on the body, like on the DHX2.

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