Item # FRS002M
FOX Racing Shox 34 Float 29 140 3Pos-Adj FIT4 Fork (51mm Rake) - 2016 $875.00
Have 29er, will travel.
29ers topping five inches of travel can comfortably handle some pretty impressive terrain at speed, but they're hampered by floppy steering when techy or steep trails make for low speeds. FOX Racing Shox's 34 Float 29 140 3Pos-Adj Fit4 Fork with 51mm of rake helps bridge the divide between high-speed, high-travel abandon and the times when discretion — or unfortunate gradients — dictate the pace.
A fork with 51mm of rake decreases the bike's trail, which results in less "dead" space between the steering axis and the hub. The design is an attempt to offset the floppy, low-speed steering issues that arise from the longer trails produced by taller wheels and slack geometries, so handling stays 26er-sharp at all speeds, whether climbing, ripping, or navigating switchbacks and tricky terrain.
Instead of the Climb, Trail, and Descend settings of CTD, the new 3-position Fit4 system toggles between the more descriptive Firm, Medium, and Open settings. While this change may read like an exercise in semantics, it actually entails a radical realignment of the 34 Float's capabilities to make sure the fork rides high for quick, controlled recovery during everything from big, square hits to successive, small impacts.
The most welcome change is that Fit4 migrates the adjustable sub settings from CTD's median Trail mode to the new Open setting. Open encompasses the range once divided between Descend and Trail in order to take full advantage of the fork's high-riding tendencies, combining better small-bump compliance with more confident tracking across successive impacts and rough terrain. The Medium setting is much firmer now, handling duties ranging from rooty trails to climbing, and the Firm setting is now largely relegated to fast hardpack and fire road transitions.
FOX's tinkering wasn't just confined to the damper, though, as the Float air spring now omits the negative coil in favor of a self-equalizing air assembly. This is similar to the air spring chamber system that made the re-worked 36 series such a success, and its omission of a steel coil is a key contributor to the overall claimed weight loss of 297 grams — quite a feat when you consider that the 34 Float 29 also got stiffer for 2016.
Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.
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Does this fork have boost or non-boost spacing?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This fork… holy cow. It belongs on every mid travel bike. I know, I know, blanket statement, but I think the fork is THAT good. I used to be nervous of square edges, rock gardens, roots, ruts, and plain old crap, this thing just soaks it up. “Confidence inspiring” doesn’t do it justice.
This fork tracks where I want it to go, doesn’t feel like dead weight, and is supple. I truly feel that at every moment, this fork is setting me up to literally overcome my obstacle.
It's also so light for how capable it is! Performance/weight ratio is spot on with this guy, it doesn't mind big climbs.
With the new FIT4 damper, this fork has truly useful Compression modes and is simple an intuitive to adjust and tune. Unless you really like to geek out on suspension (I’m guilty!) the LSC, Rebound, and Air Volume adjustments are all you’ll need and are super easy to get dialed in.
And yes, I’ve ridden on a Pike. And yes I’d take the Fox. Every time.
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Fox have stepped it up
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a very good fork. Not that long ago I had sworn off Fox products. I tried the 2015 36 and was very impressed. Sold my Pike, and replaced it with the 36 on my AM bike. The 34 is quite close in performance to the Pike. Stiffness is similar. low speed damping is very similar, with both feeling quite plush. The high speed damping on the 34 feels better than the Pike. I have not put many miles on the 34, so don't know how often it will need to be serviced or how much performance will suffer if not serviced as often as recommended. However, if it's as good as my 36 in that regard, then I'll be happy. One thing to note, the weight is about 100g more than advertised, so it's actually not much lighter than a Pike.