First Look: Fox's 34 Fork Gets a Redesigned Crown & More - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 20, 2021
by Daniel Sapp  

Fox have unveiled their newly updated 34 series of forks today. According to Fox, the new 34 and 34 SC (Step-Cast) were designed to be the ultimate forks for modern XC racing and trail riding.

The 34 is available with 100mm-120mm of travel as a Step-Cast model with a FIT4 or GRIP damper and then in 120mm-140mm without the Step-Cast lowers and with a FIT4, GRIP2, or GRIP damper.

Wheel size is exclusively Boost 29" for both forks (previous generation forks will still be for sale) and offset choices are 44 and 51mm. There are Performance and Factory models available in both forks and all travels, with prices ranging from $849 - $1089 USD for the SC version, and from $769 - $969 USD for the standard 34.




34 SC

The new 34 SC replaces the previous 34 SC and the smaller-stanchioned XC race 32 SC. The fork is designed to meet demands of modern XC racing and riding. With XC riding becoming increasingly technical and bikes becoming ever more capable, Fox claim riders were asking for a stiffer fork with a bit more travel.

The new 34 SC does weigh slightly more than the 32, but Fox feel that the performance benefits are worth a few extra grams. It's stiffer than the old 32 SC, slightly less stiff than the previous 34 SC, and a lot lighter than the 34 SC. Most of the weight for the new fork was shed by changing the step-cast from the outside to the inside of the fork. This allowed there to still be room for a 180mm brake rotor. More importantly, it allowed Fox to narrow the crown of the fork, which trimmed down a good bit of weight.

The Factory 34 SC at 100mm weighs in at 1496g, while still being able to fit a 2.4" tire. The forward lean on the arch is to provide greater clearance at full compression for more modern, large profile head tubes.


Besides the chassis redesign, the new 34 SC also has a new EVOL air spring with more positive and negative air volume. Additionally, the negative air volume is tunable with a volume spacer that riders can add or remove to modify the initial stroke of the fork. If a rider were to purchase the fork at 100mm, it will have the spacer installed so it is firmer off the top and more race-appropriate. The 120mm travel 34 SC will have the spacer removed, but it can be added if desired. There are still volume spacers that can tune the positive air volume, as in the past.

There are lower leg bypass channels on the fork now, something we see in the 36, 38, and 40. The grooves on the back of the fork allow air to escape above the bushings and dust wipers. At full bottom out, this also increases the air volume by a percentage which should, in theory, allow for less air pressure in the lower leg at full compression and more supple travel throughout the stroke of the fork. Fox claim this makes it easier to get full travel out of the 34 SC. Noticeably missing is a bleed valve, as seen on the longer travel forks. Fox claim that this was omitted because of the additional weight it would add and that it's more designed for gravity applications.



34

The non-step-cast version of the 34 is available in 120mm-140mm travel options and it carries over some of the same updates as its more XC/downcountry oriented sibling. There's a redesigned crown and an overall burlier chassis making it a good fit for slightly longer travel trail applications. The 34 also has the option of a GRIP2 damper, in addition to GRIP and FIT4.

The 34 does weigh a touch more than the 34 SC, starting at 1698g. It also clears a larger 29" x 2.6" tire and accommodates up to a 203mm brake rotor.



We'll be putting the miles on the 34 SC and the regular SC over the course of the next few months and report back with a full review later this year.




Pond Beaver 2021





Title image courtesy of Fox


161 Comments

  • 267 1
 Peter has three forks:
"The new 34 SC does weight slightly more than the 32, ... It's stiffer than the old 32 SC, slightly less stiff than the previous 34 SC, and a lot lighter than the 34 SC."
How many forks does Peter have?
  • 30 0
 I’m just here for beeb
  • 22 0
 @Uberlord: All hail the Uberlord
  • 75 2
 d) Peter’s parent is a dentist
  • 32 0
 Peter clearly doesn't need to pay in euros for his forks.
  • 10 0
 Modern XC is here, are you going to answer the door?
  • 30 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: is Modern XC the same as DownCountry?
  • 203 0
 I love riddles.. Peter has 0 forks. However He does have 3 forks on back order.
  • 9 1
 Peter bought 3 forks he didn't need and scalped them for profit.
  • 12 1
 @kram: Peter is a dentist who has industry friends. Peter has all three forks then sold the used 32 SC to another weight weenie dentist for more than he ordinally paid for it - on the Pinkbike Buysell none the less. Peter then bought an ultra light SID just to make it 3 again.
  • 8 0
 @67ha4life: this is it. We've reached peak COVID comedy.
  • 5 0
 @Quinn-39: Supply chain does not discriminate. I feel for privileged gear weenies all over the world. The good news is that there is little to no maintenance on bikes you ride every 3 weeks.
  • 1 0
 “The new 34 SC does weigh slightly more than the 32, but Fox feel that the performance benefits are worth a few extra grams. It's stiffer than the old 32 SC, slightly less stiff than the previous 34 SC, and a lot lighter than the 34 SC.“. Quoted for WTF?? Then saw top comment. Truth.
  • 1 0
 @rivercitycycles: How tight are your balls during 2 feet of air time determines your down style status,
  • 106 1
 Surely they’re gonna make a Marzocchi version with the Step Cast feature on both the inside and outside of the of the lowers, drill some holes in it and bring back the XC700 name. Oh, and anodize it purple.
  • 18 3
 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!
  • 18 0
 this is the way
  • 9 0
 And it will still be more expensive than a sid ultimate on europe
  • 2 2
 Yeah and all of the sid ultimate forks after 3 rides dampers and bushings are broken.... no thanks
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't it be fantastic? I am already saving money for it.
  • 50 1
 let me guess the prices for europe, something like 1800e?
  • 38 0
 Take US price. Add VAT. Change to Euros (don't change the number). Add 200 Euros. Done. I'd say your 1800 are pretty close.
  • 64 0
 @TheJD: I think we should be grateful for those prices. Thanks to them, there is a room for brands like EXT, Formula, Bos, Intend and even Ohlins Wink
If FOX don't like selling suspension in EU, we should respect their choice.
  • 2 4
 No, only 1460 € for Fox 34 Stepcast Factory with Remote.
www.foxracingshox.de/detail/index/sArticle/28225/sCategory/2366
  • 42 0
 @Rattfahra: what a steal
  • 17 3
 They've got to cover the costs of the crown replacements when they start creaking.
  • 2 0
 @Rattfahra: i feel flat thinking about this madness!
  • 6 1
 @crashtor: I can get a new Formula fork made in Italy for way less lol.
  • 28 17
 I have the 34 Fit 4, rode the newer ones and would never recommend anybody to buy this over Pike if they would be into an upgrade on the aftermarket. I experience them as underdamped on LSC and flexy above 120mm of travel. The first 34s had more massive crowns (actually bigger than the current 36 - go figure this one out...) 34 is on the edge of being a noodle IMHO. Waki not approved.
  • 4 3
 @justwaki: I agree, whilst I switched first from Pike 2014 to Yari, I then switched to a 34 GRIP2, with 140mm of travel they felt very flexy and didn't feel as plush as the Pike (Yari was a disaster), I felt like on berms it just dived in a lot, no matter the settings, and mind you, I'm not a heavy guy, probably below average weight.

I still have the fork but considering switching to an Intend or a Pike Ultimate, just disappointed really as the Fox really wasn't a cheap fork, especially in Europe.
  • 8 1
 If ur lucky you can get a Mattoc 29 on German onlinestores for 400€. Tripleairchamber included. No way this one comes close.
  • 3 6
 @theoskar57: I have it on my HT so ride is not exactly sublime anyways and I use 15% SAG. I'd never use it on a fully, would never balance it out like 36 Grip2 or Pike/Lyrik Ultimate.
  • 5 1
 @justwaki: Why would anybody buy this over a Pike? They are in completely different weight classes to start. The SID ultimate would be the challenger and even then why would you buy this over the SID? The weight is nearly identical but the SID is running thicker stations and can accept a bigger tire.

The real question is now, why would you buy this at all?
  • 7 2
 So Fox is more expensive there. I'd gladly have Fox cost a ton here in the US if I could get everything else at your prices.
Why do you think Shimano had to clamp down on European shops shipping to US? The Rotor cranks I just ordered are considerable cheaper even after shipping from R-2 or Hibike in Germany.
Please don't bring VAT into it. You all chose that.
  • 3 3
 @justwaki: Amen , Fox 34 fit 4 is crap where even a heavily discounted sale performs worse than a suntour Auron or Manitou mattoc for a fraction of the price. Sadly I found out too late...
  • 3 3
 @wildedge586: not only the Fit 4, trust me, the GRIP2 performs badly too, it's not what you'd expect from a top tier fork, especially when I compare it to my 36 Grip2 on the enduro bike...
  • 4 3
 @theoskar57: I put 2020 36 Grip 2 above RS and Öhlins and Formula any day. My favorite fork. It’s a lot about the personal feel. I now run second gen Fit 4 from 2017 and it is on par with current Ultimate IMHO. But I like stable forks that sit higher in the travel. RS seems a bit better on G outs. Also by the time Fit 4 was still out the first Lyrik and Pike witch 1st gen charger weren’t exactly great. In fact they were so bad that there was almost no difference between RC version and RCT3 charger. Only a minimal upgrade to Mission Control DH or modded Mission Control from... 2007.
  • 3 0
 @warmerdamj: sid 35 ultimate are coming from factory broken.
  • 1 5
flag justwaki (Apr 20, 2021 at 11:05) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj: I am not up to date. I am still living in a non 38/Zeb world. To me a non stepcast 34 was the equivalent for Pike. Like 36 was for Lyrik. First 34s were as burly as Pikes or burlier (despite 1mm slimmer uppers) Still have the 26” on my DJ. 29”34 on the XC HT/ gravel. Seems the current gap between 34 and 36 got quite big.

The only reason the 35 Sid makes sense is if they are preparing for arrival of 32” wheels. Yes 32mm uppers are flexy but... it’s an XC racing fork for Gods sake. Ifsomeone likes downcountry and is so woke they want a light fork to this woke Enduro geo and Minions they may ekhem want a Pike maybe?
  • 3 0
 @Skarhead89: Totally, we´ve serviced 2 or 3 of them, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE THEM, has serious issues with broken parts, bushings that dislodged themselves from the damper sealhead, etc...
  • 3 0
 @justwaki: My SID Ultimate with 35mms weighs less then the SID WC with 32mms and carbon crown/steertube i replaced. 32mm forks are for gravel in BC.
  • 4 0
 @Skarhead89: just because you read an article or somebody said theirs is broken doesn't mean they all are. Mine is fine and I'm sure most are perfectly fine. If I judged every purchase on negative reviews I would never buy anything.
  • 53 7
 Thanks Fox, i was wondering what wheel size i prefer.
  • 5 2
 Well, you could buy a previous model to have more choice
  • 16 5
 Seriously I've just been sized out of the new bikes/parts market.
  • 9 21
flag inked-up-metalhead (Apr 20, 2021 at 0:38) (Below Threshold)
 You do realise you can run a 650b wheel in a 29er fork? A lot of bikes come that way as stock, my lyrik is a 29er but came on a 650b+ bike.
  • 3 3
 @fielonator: not a fan of 27.5+?
  • 6 7
 @inked-up-metalhead: Yis actually. I'm not in the market for a new fork, and I'm not a fox guy. Just making the point.
  • 5 4
 @littleskull99: Il get the violin.
  • 4 2
 @littleskull99: you do realise, you can buy another brand's fork?
  • 2 6
flag Warburrito (Apr 20, 2021 at 4:00) (Below Threshold)
 You can also run a 27.5" wheel and 2.6 tire in many 26" forks. That is still my preferred method. Available on Pinkbike's classified section for less than the Fox 34.
  • 17 1
 "pick a wheel size and be a dick about it" -ben franklin
  • 3 0
 @dejock: Oi-Oi! - Ben Deakin.
  • 5 2
 @inked-up-metalhead: yes you can, but im not sure anyone in the world would recommend that unless there were no other options. the increased axle to crown length of the 29er fork will slacken the HA and SA while raising the BB and shortening your reach just like over-forking your bike without the benefits increased travel.It works on plus bikes beach the outer diameter of the plus tire is comparable to the outer diameter of the 29 non-plus.
  • 2 1
 They are gearing this towards the XC race crowd where nobody runs 27.5.
  • 2 3
 @warmerdamj: I’m sure it has been statistically proven that much more stuff can be sold to those who benefit from running 29” wheels.
There are more of them and they’ll buy many other things that may be slightly lighter, fractionally advanced, or just cooler looking. The mtb industry doesn’t want to sell stuff to those that use bikes as tools, they want to sell stuff to those that see their bike as an extension of their identity.
So for the vast majority of the mtb industry target audience, sense of self accomplishment/ increase in self esteem come in the form of buying stuff rather than learning how to do stuff on their bike. These people simply buy way more crap, so that’s where the industry is focused.
  • 3 1
 @zyoungson: 27.5 violin please.
  • 2 1
 @emptybe-er: my bike is in every way a tool and therefore also an extension of my identity. Win/win!
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: of course! I didn’t even consider that people also buy tools for sake of identity. Anyway, yeah that’s the target market
  • 1 2
 @emptybe-er: I think its just been statistically proven that bigger wheels are better for racing xc so if they are going to make a fork geared towards racing xc it should be a 29" fork. Why don't you go look up all the 27.5 xc race bikes and report back. It won't take you long because there isn't many anymore. Why make a fork for bikes that dont really exist?

Its not a conspiracy, its just that fox did a bit of research.
  • 2 1
 @warmerdamj: I have no problems with xc or even 29ers. It’s ok with me if people prefer them. But 27.5 shouldn’t be phased out. It kind of is a conspiracy, grooming future jerrys for $$
  • 24 2
 After watching that promo video, the next time someone suggests a 34 is a bit flexy, or maybe not quite up to it compared to a 36 or a 38, I'll be like, naaahh, don't think so.
  • 4 12
flag justwaki (Apr 20, 2021 at 11:18) (Below Threshold)
 I find it disturbing that the steerer/crown interface on 38 looks exactly the same as on 34...

I wish companies like Fox or RS would stop catering to mediocrity and beefed up the 38/ Zeb with more steerer insert and 1.8” - 2,2” race, at the risk of hearing whining on the subject of axle to crown by people who don’t have a slightest clue about structure and the concept of “compromise”.
  • 3 0
 @justwaki: The 38 does have a beefed up steer tube.... That's why you can use an EDC tool on one.
  • 1 3
 @z-man: and so what they beefed up the steerer, yeah helps a tiny bit, but crown insert is the same? Just to satisfy folks with zero clue who want lowest axle to crown. When steerer is still 1.5”? ZEB and Öhlins at least have 1.8” (which can be fit to frames with 56 headsets mind you) stupid as well. Should have gone for 2” right away.

These are fork used on heavy Ebikes and 180-200 bikes. The chassis of 38 and ZEB is ridiculous. Would never buy any of these. Extra cash, extra weight and all you win is less uppers binding in the bushings for big folks. I never had issues with Lyrik or 36 at 270-180 even if it felt on the edge
  • 12 0
 "The new 34 SC replaces the previous 34 SC and the smaller-stanchioned XC race 32 SC."

I must have read that wrong?. i'd be amazed if Fox scraps the Fox 32SC given its a XC staple.
  • 11 2
 Nino raced on 35mm stanchions last year. Surely MvdP is keen to have an option that allows him to keep up as XCO courses get more and more gnar. I currently have a 32 SC and would be happy to trade 100g for better steering & braking... but I appreciate not everyone has the same priorities.

What annoys me is that Fox claimed the redesigned for 2019 32 SC crown now made the fork stiffer than the old 32 and even the 34 SC, but now this one that's stiffer than the old 32 SC is slightly less stiff than the old 34 SC... so at some point, a fair bit of misinformation from marketing there.
  • 7 0
 @jspier: I’m a Fox guy generally, and race XC, but Fox was playing from behind with the 32 once the newest SID came out (larger stanchions and still lighter than SC32) and now they are 100g heavier with still slightly smaller stanchions. Can’t imagine you will see too many Kashima legs in this year’s XCOs.

I was already pretty sure my next race fork would be a SID, now there’s no question.
  • 13 0
 @jspier: 1.) Obviously you are not supposed to read AND remember the marketing sizzle year to year.
2.) I wouldnt be surprised if this years marketing dept. is full of different people with no clue of what has been used to hype product recently.
  • 3 1
 @jspier: MvdP also needs to get a rig that he doesn't have to run a 120 stem on.
  • 2 0
 @jspier: Fox is contradicting itself, after all, hadn't the 32SC reached the rigidity of the old 34SC? And now they say that the new 34SC has rigidity between the 32SC and the old 34SC.
  • 1 0
 @5poundplumbbob: if you think MVdP isn’t making his own decisions about frame size and stem length, I think you’re dreaming.
  • 2 0
 @mtallman2: Sid sl is still with 32 stanchions, sid ultimate have 35 stanchions but race day charger is shit.
  • 1 0
 @Fat4242: underrated comment
  • 11 0
 So, the 34 SC is "stiffer than the old 32 SC". Though, thats fairly vague to work with, without knowing a more precise "sltightly less than", "a percentage", "few extra", "a touch more", "a bit more" or even "a good bit more"?
  • 3 0
 It may be a "dash" or "pinch" stiffer as well, one never knows.
  • 2 0
 @Muellbeutel there were important words before "stiffer than..." that marketing removed. They were "just tell the mugs that it is".
  • 13 0
 Hopefully Fox don't drop the 27.5" 36. I personally can't get on with 29ers, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
  • 4 0
 No you are not.
  • 3 0
 I think you'll be fine. There really aren't many lower-travel trail bikes and no xc bikes left that run 27.5. Bigger bikes are still a different story.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: I wonder what Santa Cruz and Ibis will do with their newer 5010/Mojo bikes.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: I was wondering about that. I think they'll probably switch to the Pike or 36. I've seen a few cases where at lower-travel 36 is being specced on a bike that would typically use a 34. Especially since 27.5 wheels tend to attract more aggressive riders, it might be more marketable anyway.
  • 6 6
 27,5” is doomed. With 29” being a norm from XC to Enduro even in size small, I am afraid that... gentlemen prepare yourselves for 32”.
  • 1 0
 @big-red: Yeah, my x-small 2021 Trek Fuel Ex 27.5 comes with a lowered Fox 36 in 140mm. I’m small but ride aggressively and I think it’s a good choice to spec a shortened heavy duty fork. Especially for the bigger riders!
  • 12 1
 So good to see Elliot J ride.
  • 13 4
 Pro-tip: Buy 2, one for the first 4 months of riding, the other for when you send out the first for a new CSU.
  • 4 1
 Also applicable to the new SiD with sloppy bushings!
  • 1 1
 Sadly, that’s what I’ve done for my Fox 36.
  • 9 0
 Please explain the front brake line on the Specialized?
  • 3 0
 Two different cables?
  • 3 0
 It looks pretty normal to me
  • 4 0
 One cable is a rear brake line going into the frame, the other cable is a front brake line going down the fork. Use your gourd.
  • 1 0
 @Lokirides: Yeah I know
  • 13 8
 EDITOR: “ The grooves on the back of the fork allow air to escape above the bushings and dust wipers” :

TOTALLY WRONG.

first the air cannot escape out side the seals and the wipers.
no matter the presence of air channels or slotted bushings.

second, there is no need for air channels for air migration on upper side of bushings: bushings are never air-tight, the air goes already in any fork on planet, back and forth the bushings, as well the oil.
  • 3 0
 While are correct about where the air is sealed, the gap between bushing and upper tube is likely small enough to cause air damping. Slotted bushings could help with air damping, but reduce bearing area.
  • 2 1
 The bushings are also slotted correct?
  • 1 2
 @5poundplumbbob: All bushings on all forks are slotted. There are maybe 5 or 6 of the grooves all around.
But I do agree in regards to air not being able to pass the seals.
  • 1 0
 @edfw: That's what I thought... so basically, without the bleed valves, the advertised tech is pointless?
  • 1 0
 @edfw: slotted bushings have not been en vogue since around 2010 or so.
  • 3 0
 @edfw: This is incorrect. Not all fork bushings are slotted. For example, check the bushings in this old Boxxer: www.pinkbike.com/news/Tech-Tuesday-Replace-Seals-on-RockShox-Boxxer-World-cup-2011.html
  • 1 0
 @edfw: The new fox forks use solid upper bushings below the wipers/rings and slotted lower bushings, at least on the 36/38 and presumably on this 34. Oil certainly makes its way up the rings more than the older 36's with slotted bushings but I'm not sure about the air displacement claim.
  • 1 0
 @ActualSize: wow alright, didn‘t know that..
I was pretty sure that all of the newer Rock Shox and Fox forks have slotted bushings... I‘ll keep an eye on it the next time I open an new 36/38 or lyrik!
  • 8 1
 Is this actually a function of the covid crisis that the prices have absolutely exploded, or just companies taking advantage and cranking it up????
  • 9 5
 100% opportunistic business.
  • 4 0
 Governments all over the world simultaneously printed trillions of dollars to hand out across society. Meanwhile the luxury service market evaporated overnight which opened up a ton of room in people’s budgets. And factories struggled make it safe for people to stand next to each other on an assembly line, which reduced production.

If only someone could have predicted we would get inflation in manufactured goods!

Now, could companies afford to keep prices the same? Maybe. Materials costs are exploding with everything else for the same reasons, but raw material (except carbon) probably isn’t a huge factor for bike prices. But if prices did stay flat it would be even harder to get what you need to repair that broken component because they just can’t make enough of them.

This isn’t a comment on whether governments were right or wrong to hand out that money. Just that the consequences were extremely predictable, and it’s kind of weird to watch everyone act like this is a surprise.
  • 6 2
 The guy in the Fox video rips.... but I wonder if we were to run in to him on those trails when not filming a promo video... would we perhaps see a Fox 36 tucked under that head tube?
  • 18 1
 Naa, that's just Eliot Jackson doing Eliot Jackson things, schralping on aaallllll the bikes. CC whip or DH rig, he's just going to tear it up and grin from ear to ear.
  • 8 1
 But the real question here is: Will it make me ride like Elliot Jackson?
  • 8 1
 Pricing bit too low
  • 2 0
 this.. 1800 euros or nothing. We should not allow half measures.
  • 1 1
 @eugenux: It is actually much more when you consider service part prices - 2 euros for ONE plastic crushwasher which you have to replace everytime you remove lowers on the fork, 40 Euros for seal/foam replacement and 50 euros for tool just to be able to remove lowers.
  • 6 0
 @hsertic: who replaces those crush washers?
  • 1 0
 @hsertic:
the last fox 36 kashima I've brought was in early october 2019 and cost me 799 euro, discount price from the regular RRP. I would like to have someone from Fox explain how a '38 kashima cost double??, with no discounts in sight.
again, 800 euros vs 1600 euros(in fact, the actual price is 1654 euro on multiple websites in EU).
  • 1 0
 @edfw: I do, usually they break after 2nd or 3rd reuse
  • 1 0
 @hsertic: yeah the 2 or 3 time but not the first time Smile
  • 2 0
 Looks like I will be keeping the 2017 34 on the front of my 2021 5010 for quite a while. Thanks Fox. It takes all the punishment and is definitely flexier than the 36 or 38 but it fits my build. Short guys (5'8") need lightweight trail forks too ya know.
  • 1 0
 Same! 5'6" here and ride a 2019 34 Factory 27.5". Looks like I'll be hanging onto it for quite a while.
  • 4 0
 For a fork with one of the main features being an indent in the fork legs, it might make sense to show pictures of the entire lower legs
  • 5 0
 Forget the forks - wher can I get frame gromets like on that Specialized?
  • 2 1
 Doesn’t matter how they perform, what they cost or how much they weigh! They’re not available says the Covid town crier. Even if they were making them the bike manufacturer gets them before us poor paupers.
  • 4 0
 Damn Elliot shreds. Forking rad.
  • 2 0
 Okay now for the lightweight king award: new Fox 34 SC vs Sid 35 Ultimate??
  • 1 0
 Dainty chassis or dainty damper, take your pick. Jokes aside I'd take either over the xc forks from a few years ago, and the og 34sc always impressed me for its weight
  • 2 1
 What is the point of "release channels "in the back of the fork if the bushings are slotted? And if there is no way to bleed the air our, (bleed valve) why bother?
  • 1 1
 To make their manufacturing cheaper.
  • 2 0
 Assuming its like the new 36/38, the bushings are solid not slotted for better overlap. Slotted bushing forks also seem more prone to stanchion wear. The channels make it easier for oil to come up and keep the foam rings/wipers soaked. I've been impressed with my new 36 as I pulled the lowers after months of riding and the rings were still coated in oil while my last 36 they would dry out quickly and I felt like I had to service constantly to feel good (I suspect the bushings were also tight). The bleeder valves are actually the most gimmicky part of the new forks imo as I have hardly ever had any air come out of them and they have the same function as a zip tie
  • 1 4
 @lyzyrdskydr: So more oil to come up and keep the rings and the wipers soaked, but more stanchion wear all at the same time. I agree though.. bleeder valves are gimmicky . jamming a ziptie down there makes way more sense.
  • 4 1
 Just what Fox needed to do, remove more material from the crown.
  • 2 1
 All we want is for Fox to stop being cheap-asses and just make a one-piece crown and steerer tube. And I'm sure in 5 years we'll still be asking.
  • 1 0
 Must also be 17% more aero being narrower how did they miss out on that PR opportunity
  • 4 1
 Add some mini VGs (vortex generators) on there and you could decrease your stall speed by 10% or more, increase your gas mileage, and increase your cruising range.
  • 5 2
 RIP 650b
  • 15 0
 I love and own both wheelsizes, but there isn’t a bike I can think of in 27.5 which takes a fork 100-140mm where I would want a 32 or 34... XC and light trail is already 95% 29er...

Whats left?
Mojo 4
5010
Aether 7

All of which I’d run with a 36...
  • 5 2
 @Richt2000: 5010 would go well with 34 for jibbing
  • 1 0
 @bikefuturist:
Agree and there are always be weight weenies too... But we’re talking a percentage that obviously doesn’t justify production.
  • 2 0
 @Richt2000: I ride a Nukeproof Scout 275 in size small with a 150mm Fox 34 on it. Could toss a 36 on it but why bother for a trail hardtail?
  • 2 0
 @Richt2000: yeah, but 36 is probably the next fork to drop 650b options.
  • 6 6
 Coming out with new fork when they can't even supply a Fox Factory 38 to customers. One my bike shops said no more Factory 38's for 2021. Crazy times.
  • 14 13
 This is breaking news! Alert all of bike media immediately!
At least bikes are still plentiful and not suffering from a 10-20% markup... right?
Did you hear people want us to wear masks in public too?
I just woke up from a 12 month nap too, what's going on?
  • 1 0
 Need one?
  • 8 0
 Get yourself a mezzer and forget the overpriced gold anodised forks.
  • 1 0
 @Afterschoolsports:
Messer is german for knive, so we german guys could get that wrong
  • 3 1
 No thx. I’m waiting for the shock that has an app.
  • 1 2
 Sick... so they again didn’t add the new, non creaking, oval steerer that’s in the 38 to the rest of their lineup. Who the hell makes these decisions lmao. Happy 420 either way
  • 3 1
 To sell more 36 we've made the 34 more meh
  • 1 1
 and no news about how they have fixed the "you can't get your fork serviced at a certified facility" without always buying a new CSU problem
  • 1 0
 I know it’s just a marketing video, but that riding for the 34 vid was sick. That off camber loose stuff is gnarly.
  • 2 0
 Who cares about the fork Elliot Jackson flat out rips!
  • 1 0
 Not enough people talking about how insane that video was! Elliot shreds harder than hard!
  • 3 1
 Happy 420!!!
  • 1 0
 Damn, like my mini got some pop!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Marzocchi
  • 1 0
 Which Santa is Mr Eliot riding?
  • 1 0
 So the new wireless shimano is on the go....
  • 1 0
 waiting reba 35
  • 1 2
 Great. Now fix the trash damper. It’s amazing that the SID is so much simpler but performs so much better.
  • 2 5
 27,5" in the front is dead!!
  • 3 2
 no it isnt
  • 2 5
 Are these made by Suntour? Looks like it.

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