Even 29ers with just over six inches of travel occasionally encounter terrain where nimble, low speed dexterity is more appropriate than high speed, aggressive shredding. The 51mm offset in FOX Racing Shox's latest 36 Float 29 160 HSCLSC FIT Fork adds a bit of rake to decrease the bike's trail. The result is less dead space between the steering axis and the hub, which offsets the floppy, low speed steering issues that arise from the longer trails produced by today's taller wheels and slack geometries. Handling stays 26er sharp at all speeds, whether climbing, ripping, or cleaning switchbacks and tricky terrain. Compared to the prior model, the new 36 Float's crown and lowers were redesigned to be both lighter, lower, and stiffer, resulting in a shorter axle to crown measurement 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 resistant to debris contamination and stays smoother and more consistent between maintenance intervals. The damper itself replaces FOX's old Climb, Trail, Descend settings...
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