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FOX Suspension: An Overview of FOX CTD

FOX Racing Shox’s CTD damper adjustment is found on FOX’s 32 and 34 lines of mountain bike forks, along with the FLOAT rear shock. It’s simple, three-way adjustment (Climb, Trail, and Descend) takes the pain out of finding your ideal suspension setup. In this video, FOX Outside Technician, Louis Angeley, gives you some insight into using CTD to match your suspension setup to your riding style and to your local trails.

Climb mode firms up the feel. However, it stops short of acting as a true lockout, given that the blow off valve allows your suspension to move under unexpected hard hits.

Click the damper into the Trail mode, and you’ll find that there’s ample low-speed compression to keep the fork riding high in the travel, while still providing the compliance that you need to smooth out the ride. Trail mode has three sub-settings that allow you to tune exactly how much feedback you want from your suspension.

Descend mode provides the lightest compression damping, and accordingly, the plushest feel.

With FOX’s CTD, it’s easy to make adjustments on-the-fly in response to trail conditions. But, if you prefer the “set it and forget it” approach, many riders find that the Trail setting works for them over the course of a ride.