We've gushed about the kit and accomplishments of the Athertons and Carpenters of the world throughout these pages and on innumerable forums and online videos, but, with the 40 Float 27. 5 203 HSCLSC FIT limited Edition Fork, FOX Racing Shox gives us the chance to use the kit of the pros to foreground our own DH nastiness. This special edition model limited to just 200 worldwide is the same fork ridden by the actual Athertons and Carpenters of the world, updated with some slick graphical flair to celebrate their respective championships. Despite the graphical upgrade and some black anodization, the fork retains the stiffer crown and lowers of the non limited versions, making for easier climbing and truer tracking on the other side. By other side, we of course mean the downhill, and the 40 Float's DH specific qualities are what make it the best at solving lines on your local circuit. These include the obvious elements, like 40mm stanchions and 203mm of travel, and the not so obvious but equally important features, like the high and low speed compression tuning options, which dial the suspension to precisely match a given track's particular ins and outs. Dialing the two settings separately gives the 40 Float a forgiving approach to square edges and landings without wallowing in G out purgatory in dips, berms, and sudden rises. FOX's Float air spring also enjoyed significant revision during the last redo, 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 DH version has a titanic negative chamber, and the fork can be dialed to ramp up harder by customizing its compression curve with volume spacers. The new 40 Float's other arm houses the fourth generation of the FOX Isolated Technology FIT4 da...