A sensitive subject.
FOX's Performance series has been a reliable go-to for those of us without a gold-plated budget, and while old-reliable is still a trusted and tough option, many of us craved all of the features of FOX's Factory forks. Fortunately for us, and our wallets, the engineers have been listening and crafted up the FOX Performance Elite Series 34 Float 27.5 140 3Pos-Adj FIT4 Boost Fork. Packing in all of the features you appreciate from its Kashima brother, the Performance Elite Series features the same adjustments, dampers, weight, and 7000-series aluminum uppers, but skips the Kashima coat for anodized stanchions that keep your setup stealthy, and knocks the price down a couple of pegs.
The 34 Float is an ideal match for 27.5-inch trail bikes with its 34-millimeter stanchions providing just the right amount of stiffness for precise tracking over rough trails—all while maintaining a relatively light feel for conquering brutal climbs and long stretches across the backcountry. This version features updated damper tune and reconfigured shim stack for better sensitivity. Following suit in the sensitivity department, the Float air spring now features EVOL tech (increased negative air spring volume) borrowed from FOX's rear shocks. This translates to a ride that’s extra plush when you're gobbling up rocks, and pushing up root-latticed climbs.
The big story with the 34 Float lies within the Fit4 damper with 3-position Adjust. The 3-position Adjust quickly changes high and low-speed compression to suit your local terrain and riding style. In the Open setting, fluid freely flows through the low-speed compression circuit and high-speed compression shim stack for a supple, ultra-plush feel. In this Open setting, you'll find 22 clicks of additional low-speed compression tuning for getting its feel just right. Turning the knob to Medium firms things up a bit for greater efficiency on long climbs and smooth trails. And for fire roads and asphalt roads, the Firm mode virtually locks it out, complete with a blow-off feature that prevents damage in case you forget to unlock it on the trail.
- FOX's Performance series gets a boost in this fork
- Fit4 damper with 3-position Adjust: Open, Medium, Firm
- Open Mode has 22 clicks of low-speed compression tuning
- Float air spring with EVOL for small-bump sensitivity
- 34mm stanchions for precise tracking across rough trails
- Anodized stanchions keep your setup stealthy and sleek
- 15x110mm BOOST thru-axle with quick-release
- New Performance Elite features all tech of factory, without the Kashima