Two years ago, FOX Racing Shox completely overhauled the chassis, shock, and damper of its 36 Float line. Those changes have since become general across the Float line, and they're intact and unaltered on the 2017, 51mm Rake 36 Float 29 160 3Pos Adj FIT4 Boost Fork with one exception. The chassis itself, already stiffer than its predecessor, receives the added Boost of 110mm axle spacing. The Boost axle is also kicked out with 51mm of rake, which decreases the bike's trail for less dead space between the steering axis and the hub. The design offsets 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. Compared to the prior model, the new 36 Float's crown and lowers were redesigned to be lighter, lower, and stiffer, resulting in a shorter axle to crown measurements across the board, so that the decreased trail is the only alteration of the bike's front end geometry. The stiffness boost makes slugging up climbs that much easier and, more importantly, keeps tracking on point while cleaning lines. The fork also gets a newly formulated, higher viscosity proprietary fork oil, which makes for more responsive rebound during consecutive hits. The new Float air spring also enjoys significant revision, with FOX seeing off the old negative coil spring in favor a dual chamber air spring. This neat trick of metal to air alchemy may be the single biggest contributor to the fork's weight loss, and when it's paired with the reduced number of smoother seals, it means the fork requires less force to initiate travel. The quick initiation can be offset by volume spacers to make the fork ramp up harder. The fork's other arm houses the fourth generation of the FOX Isolated Technology FIT4 damper. For FIT4, FOX uses an air tight bladder, as opposed to a more common open bath system, so it's more r...
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