Keep your hands on the bar.
Few things are better than a perfectly tuned fork smoothing out the rough stuff. If you haven't spent hours studying multi-page manuals and keeping precise notes on the fine adjustments, achieving that level of tuning can be a daunting endeavor. Fox aims to fix that with its new CTD (climb, trail, descend) system, available on the 120mm travel 2013 Float 32 FIT Fork w/Remote.
Fox forks have traditionally been featured packed, offering the ability to make any adjustments needed to tune the fork for any condition. The only problem was the difficulty for the average rider to make knowledgeable tweaks to the forks. High- and low-speed compression, lockout threshhold, preload, and rebound are all common adjustments, but, for the guy who wants to ride, and not relentlessly and aimlessly tune a fork, this can have a negative effect on performance and user experience.
With CTD, one lever quickly and easily switches the fork's compression to ideal settings for the task at hand. The Climb setting adds plenty of low-speed compression to mitigate bobbing when standing on the pedals. Trail mode offers moderate low-speed compression to balance efficiency with optimum trail manners, it's also independently adjustable with three settings; soft, medium, and firm. Finally the Descend setting features the optimum high- and low-speed compression for plush action on steep and aggressive sections of trail.
While longer travel Float forks, 130mm and above, have been revised to offer a more linear spring rate, Fox felt that a progressive spring is optimal for XC conditions. This helps to prevent bottoming out the 100mm of travel and ensures a more efficient ride for racing. What they have redesigned on these forks, beside the addition of CTD, is the lowers.
The 2013 lowers are now 50 grams lighter than last year's comparable model. While that may not seem significant, keep in mind dropping mass from the lowers effectively reduces un-sprung weight — which affects the amount of inertia the damper needs to control, resulting in enhanced suspension action. To drop the weight, Fox's engineers retained the Float's respected torsional stiffness by redesigning the brace, dropouts, and wall thickness.
The 2013 Fox 32 Float 32 120 CTD FIT Fork w/Remote comes in White with the smooth and durable Kashima coating on the stanchion tubes. It's offered here with either a straight 1-1/8in steerer, or a tapered 1.5 to 1-1/8in steerer. Both utilize the stiffness-enhancing 15QR axle. It's also equipped with Fox's new handlebar remote for on-the-fly adjustment of the CTD system