FOX Racing Shox has spent the better part of the last three years completely revamping its single crown forks. So far, this has involved everything from the chassis to the shock leg and the damper's adjustability, but the latest victim of FOX's tinkering is the axle itself. The 34 Float 29 130 3Pos Adj FIT4 Boost Fork with 51mm of Rake adds the final touch to these upgrades by kicking the axle out by 51mm and brining it in line with the 110mm Boost spacing standard. Given the more dexterity of increased rake and the added stiffness of Boost, this version of the 34 Float comes even closer to being the holy grail of trail. 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 damper returns unchanged from last year. This includes the puffed out, 10mm shaft, which increases oil flow to the base valve, allowing the fork to ride high for quick, controlled recovery during everything from big, square hits to successive, small impacts. The 3 position Fit4 system also takes the reins from the old CTD system, changing the names from the overly prescriptive categories of Climb, Trail, and Descend to a graduating scale covering Firm, Medium, and Open. While this change may read like an exercise in semantics, it entails a radical realignment of the 34 Float's capabilities that addresses virtually every issue we've had with CTD's damper in the past. FIT4 also migrates the adjustable sub settings from CTD's median Trail mode to the new Open setting. Open encompasses both Descend and Trail in order to take full advantage of the fork's high ride by handling most compression duties. This makes the fork that much more relevant to ...
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