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Combine a 29er, a healthy 5in dose of travel, Boost spacing, and 51mm of kicked-out rake. The result? FOX Racing Shox's 34 Float 29 140 3Pos-Adj FIT4 Boost Fork with 51mm Rake. Not only does that big travel dip into the deep end of the trail riding pool, but the added rake helps navigate rocky climbs. And regardless of whether you're indulging in some high-speed abandon or attempting lines that, in retrospect, maybe aren't the best idea, the added stiffness of a 110mm Boost axle will help keep tracking on point.
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.
The Fit4 returns unchanged for 2017, so it still toggles between a menu of Firm, Medium, and Open settings. The Open setting encompasses the range that FOX's old model, CTD, divided between Descend and Trail. We tend to spend most of our time in Open 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 latest 34 Float 29 also retains the 2016 model's gains in stiffness.
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- 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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Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, reach out if you have questions like:
- What do all the knobs and dials do?
- How do I set my suspension for me?
- Which fork is right for my bike?