It's tough to make a fork as great as the Fox Racing 34 any better. Fox manages, however, year after year. This year's version uses the FIT damper and CTD controls, with slight tweaks. The biggest improvements, however, are the reduction in friction in a few areas of the fork to make the fork operate more smoothly. Advocates of the 26 inch wheel will love the fact that, even with all the attention that the bigger wheels sizes are getting these days, Fox is still improving on its 26 inch technology. This version of the 34 sticks with the FIT damper. Unlike a traditional open bath damper, the FIT damper fluid is sealed inside an air tight bladder. This prevents contamination, which improves the consistency on long descents. Those familiar with Fox forks will also recognize the CTD Climb, Trail, Descend system, which allows you to adjust for terrain on the fly. One improvement has been made to this system the Trail setting now has seven sub settings, instead of three. This makes it simpler to tune your fork's feel in its most commonly used setting. As mentioned earlier, the real biggest improvements this year are in friction reduction. The Kashima coating, which already reduced friction compared to standard fork coatings, has been further improved with smoother base anodizing. Fox also added a new, lower friction lubricating oil for a dramatically smoother ride. You really can feel the difference. The weight of the Float 34 hasn't changed much for this model. Stiffness is, of course, still fantastic, thanks to the huge tapered steerer tube and 15mm QR axle.