Fox Announces 2017 Lineup Details

Apr 12, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Hot on the heels of the announcement of their new 32 Step-Cast fork, Fox released the preliminary details of their 2017 fork and shock lineup. The most visible update to the line is the new black anodized stanchion coating found on the Performance Elite and Performance series forks. Fox's signature Kashima coating remains on the top-of the-line Factory series offerings, and the entry level Rhythm series gets a grey stanchion coating, colors that will make it easier to visually differentiate between the fork models.


FOx 2017

The number of Boost options has expanded as well, and the both the 34 and 36 models are available with 15x110mm axle spacing. The FIT4 damper found in the 34 and 36 has also been updated with a new shim stack that's designed to provide better sensitivity at the beginning of the fork's travel.

The growth of the enduro race scene, coupled with the fact that more riders than ever are pedaling longer travel bikes to access gnarly terrain led Fox to develop a two position lever that allows a shock's low speed compression damping to be increased on the fly. This creates a firm pedaling platform, making it more efficient to spin out those miles to the top of a long descent. Prototypes of the lever were floating around last season, but it will now be offered with new shocks and as an aftermarket accessory for both the air sprung Float X2 and the coil sprung DHX2.

Take a look at the details below provided by Fox, and stay tuned for more information later in the week when the Sea Otter Classic gets underway.


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166 Comments

  • + 505
 "the entry level Rhythm series gets a grey stanchion coating, colors that will make it easier to shame riders into upgrading their fork"
  • + 180
 That being said, I would take an all black 40 over the kashima if looks were the only difference.
  • + 4
 agreed.
  • + 229
 Exactly what I thought. "Look at those poor entry level peons. I can smell their cheaply gray anodized stanchions. Give me some gold Oil for my Kashima, Mortimer! I need to cover this foul smell!"
  • + 80
 If you are poor, you don't even deserve the latest Fox logo, shame.
  • + 16
 Yep... just like how their standard stanchions went from goldish, to greyish on their OE forks the year before they rolled out Kashima
  • + 18
 Perfect! ..and, degrade Pike in one swift stroke.
  • + 21
 Something thats always bugged me about Fox is that it was hard to tell sometimes what level of fork you were buying, especially with all the custom OEM stuff they do. You thought you saw a good deal on a fork in the classifieds, but sometimes you really had no idea what you were looking at. Fox's marketing makes it seem like they only have their elite line, and that any Fox you buy is going to be top of the line stuff. This really makes it clear what you are getting. I'm all in favor of it.
  • + 26
 I'm actually kinda bummed, I think the grey looks awesome.
  • + 9
 @hamncheez: very hard to tell sometimes, I bought what were very expensive 36's a few years ago, took a while to work out they were had the cheap OE open-bath damper - they were terrible, just didn't work - the only fix was to pay 50% of the original cost to have a better damper fitted.
  • + 17
 @groghunter: me too!
Separates the real riders than the posers.
Not everyone requires factory forks ffs.

I've often fallen into trap of buying top kit but only when vastly discounted or ex demo.
Doesn't mean I warrant having them even if it is nice.

Oh the days of ripping round on a 100mm full suss/hardtail with basic enough kit to get you out having fun.

Now it's all about the ££££££££££££$$$$$$$$$$$€€€€€€€€€€€€¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
  • + 2
 @makripper: I don't care if it screws up a clolir skeem I think Kashima makes everything look better.
  • + 4
 Kashima only takes gold oil!! Hahahaha cracking me up man!
  • + 3
 @sadem: kashima only takes gold oil!!! Hahahahaha cracking me up man
  • + 1
 ...and no step in cast for the rhythm
  • - 2
 They had to keep it I guess just to be different... I was hoping for the eventual death of kashima...
  • + 10
 happy to see the black stanchions. Next service I get I'll be swapping out the kashimas for them. I'd bet money there's fuck all difference in performance between the two,certainly that can be noticed on the trail.
  • + 1
 Makes you wonder what the difference actually is with the Kashima vs what appears to be straight anodizing.

On another note @hamncheez: You're right, reading was hard - and don't even get me started on thinking! This way will be much easier.
  • + 7
 @tinfoil: Nothing like a Marzocchi Expresso coffee coating to wake up in the morning, and now Marzocchi is fox...so
  • + 4
 @Apostt: ... If you're not poor, the constant need for service and "upgrades" will help you get there.
  • + 4
 They should offer in chrome stanchion with no adjustment knobs to shame riders further.
  • - 3
 @Apostt: you can f*ck right off, you deserve it if you ride it like it was meant to be ridden... f*ck YOU
  • + 4
 @chyu: rust coloured stantions for the peasants.
  • + 2
 @groghunter: I like the grey also.
  • + 1
 @DC981: Jokes on them, I don't really care for the damping curve in their forks anyway.
  • + 1
 My thoughts exactly.
  • + 1
 @Nocturnal7x: I can't help but be horrified by the fact that they release their 2017 fork images 4 months into 2016.
  • + 1
 Told myself the same when I bough my Reign Big Grin
  • - 2
 @minty1:
Kashima coating is actually the slipperiest(I guess that's a word) coating on MTB forks currently.
SRAM's black coating merely is there to look like DLC(Diamond Like Coating) which they say is too expensive to equip their customer forks with. Ironically, both Showa and Kayaba don't think so, as for years Kawasaki KX450/250F's have come with their DLC;d stanchions, and these forks ONLY come stock on these bikes.
Neither Showa nor Kayaba have the vast aftermarket to sell their suspension to.
Anyway, if you were to make the switch down to anodized stanchions, you should definitely notice more stiction
  • + 1
 Agreed. The cost difference at the factory for grey or black must be negligible!
  • + 146
 A not so subtle attack on RockShox/Sram? "Black is lower end than Kashima..." Classy.
  • - 18
flag Lanwolve (Apr 12, 2016 at 8:38) (Below Threshold)
 It's Grey, not black or expresso coating... Yet! Wink
  • + 25
 @Lanwolve: are you blind?
  • + 18
 *ding*

That's racist
  • + 3
 Exactly. It's all bullshit. Zero performance difference.
  • + 10
 @minty1: gold looks better, but marzocchi brown looks better than gold
  • + 3
 @mate1998: Yup! I guess I have to change my glasses... Frown
  • + 59
 Orange is the new black
  • + 44
 Oh shocks only available in Legacy sizing? Thats putting a real damper on my mood.
  • + 21
 I must confess I was quite shocked, too.
  • + 10
 It appears they have locked out metric sizing for now. But i'm sure they'll rebound and adjust their lineup soon.
  • + 3
 Gotta learn to adjust.
  • + 6
 They will spring into action with metric. No one will spec them if they don't.
  • + 2
 I hear they went to great lengths to keep the legacy sizing
  • + 1
 They were just trying to find any way to not be out-foxed.
  • + 34
 Seriously? There is an announcement on 2017 products before 2016 season is even in?
  • + 6
 Bike shops everyone are stroking in their storage rooms.
  • + 2
 Yep, I am not interested at all this time of the year what comes on next year.
  • + 28
 What the shits going on with Marzocchi, Fox?
  • - 35
flag north-shore-bike-shop Plus (Apr 12, 2016 at 8:13) (Below Threshold)
 Asked the Bos, he Dvon't know. Hiding under a rock. Shox eh?
  • + 65
 At this point, white PVC stanchions.
  • - 45
flag chillrider199 (Apr 12, 2016 at 8:58) (Below Threshold)
  • + 29
 Haha point taken. No more pun attempts.
  • + 18
 Bring back the van 36
  • + 4
 For sure! Bring back the Van. Love the coil 36.
  • + 14
 When will the industry reveal the BOOST v2 110x20 "New Standard"
  • + 3
 Its out there! We have one at the shop testing it now.
  • + 19
 It's going to be 16.5mm by 110mm because that's exactly halfway between 15mm and 20mm (I'm using wheel manufacturer maths here) and is MUCH stiffer than BOOST 15 x 110mm with only a tiny increase in weight while being MUCH lighter than 20x110mm with only a tiny reduction in stiffness.


No, your convertible BOOST 110 (or "Legacy Boost for Poor People", LBPooP, as we're calling it) hubs will not be compatible becuase we're also moving to 23 spoke wheels for XC (5% lighter!) and 33 spoke wheels for AllDownDuroMountain ( 1.something % stiffer!) due to consumer demand.
  • + 1
 @PhillipJ: hahaha! Too funny!
  • - 1
 @PhillipJ: 17.5, but funny, nonetheless!
  • + 7
 @herzalot: thatsthejoke.mp4
  • + 14
 So many articles ahhhh....
  • + 13
 New from Fox... shocks that lock out. What a wonduro age we live in.
  • + 9
 Nice to see the backwards compatibility efforts fox are making, 36 forks take a 20mm axle, new spring available for 34s and now you can upgrade your x2 shocks to have 'climb mode' without buying a new shock. Also one of the few companies still making 26" forks. Thankyou Fox!!!
  • + 2
 Here-here! Tired of constantly changing standards and planned obsolescence?.... Buy from companies like Fox that think its b.s. too....
  • + 12
 the new 2017 fox fork lineup: the 1.2598, the 1.3385, the 1.4173 and the 1.5748.

F metric.
  • + 11
 I love Kashima. I love saying it, I love looking at it and I love touching it. Kashimaaaaa!
  • + 6
 Do you put kashima in your ass too ?
  • + 13
 @RedBurn: Anal toys never cross my mind...........Butt it seems that it's something you dwell on!
  • + 9
 Factory > Performance Elite > Performance > Marzocchi
  • + 8
 Today is a good day for new products.....
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer So ALL of these are step-cast except for the lowest end one... & step-cast is 100mm travel ONLY. So is Step-cast a separate product line from 32, or is FOX saying anything over 100mm is getting a 34 now? That's big news if so.
  • + 7
 Yes, Step-Cast is its own line - there will still be a 32 XC with up to 140mm of travel.
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer: Thanks.

Edit: to be clear, everything in the article applies to the other product ranges as well? These 4 different series don't just apply to step-cast, correct?
  • + 0
 @mikekazimer: wanna send me a step cast 32 when your done testing it? I'll give you a few recs in LinkedIn. Haha
  • + 3
 QUESTION for anyone who's spent time on the new X2 and the CCDBair

I have no doubt that both the shocks have excellent damping, and my non-pro riding level probably can't feel out the difference between them.

However, does the cane creek's air can feel as smooth as the Fox? I'm leaning toward replacing my monarch plus debonair (underwhelmed) with either of these. The cane creek, with their unique climb switch, seems to be more appealing, but if I can't adjust the air volume, or if the feel of it isn't as smooth as Fox, then the choice becomes more muddy.

Finally, does anyone know the weight difference?
  • + 13
 For a FACT, Fox will run into less issues over more time. And is just as adjustable. Weight difference between the two cannot be more than a dozen grams, give or take. They literally copied each other's designs. As for smoothness, I cannot feel any difference myself between an X2 or CCDB, However the vivid is quite much more unique. Make sure you can fit either, Go for what is cheaper, spend the difference on beer.
  • + 4
 I've ridden both the X2 and the CCDBair and I'll take the X2 any day!! It's an immediate difference. If you have the money, get the fox.
  • + 4
 X2 all day! Fox new stuff is really great.
  • + 4
 The X2s EVOL negative air spring makes for much better small bump compliance over the DB Air. I just made the switch and am floored by the X2's performance
  • + 2
 @hamncheez @tcmtnbikr: +1 for the EVOL negative air spring.
  • + 3
 @siderealwall2: @siderealwall2: I don't believe that CC copied fox at all. Fox definitely copied the twin wall idea along with the separate adjusters for HS LS Comp and Rebound. 'Bout time they got rid of climb descend, etc bs. Agreed on the EVOL negative air spring being an improvement, but that too was FOX copying Vorsprung Corset Air Sleeves. In all, I believe the FOX to be better, but they should be. Last to the good shock party while copying their asses off...
  • + 0
 @ErnieK: Both copied the Vivid Air, but I can see some originality in the CCDB compared to the X2. All the advantage you can get, I guess...
  • + 3
 @Jhou: x2 climb switch!!!
  • + 2
 Having had a Canfield Balance with a CC DB Air CS. I used the climb switch a total of two times. I now have a Nomad, which I recently bought a DHX2 for. I knew the climb switch version was coming, but didn't care as I rarely used that on my other bike. Having had numerous rides on my DHX2 I see little need for a climb switch. I know lots of people "think" they need it, but in my opinion the switch is over rated.
  • + 2
 @digitalsoul: A lot of it depends on a bike's suspension design - your Nomad is one of the better pedaling bikes out there due to the amount of anti-squat created by the VPP layout. Other bikes, particularly ones with single pivot designs can benefit from the ability to add a firmer platform.
  • + 3
 Would like to hear of scratch'n'sniff stantions in different colours and flavours.

Yep kids you heard it hear first. Now show me the moooney!

:-)
  • + 1
 0Fox forks all look cheap to me apart from the 40? Just sayin'... I think they need to change the look to shed the bad image of all the poor forks with oil migration issues etc over the last few years. The rear shocks look great though.
  • + 5
 So Fox is not going metric?
  • + 9
 they should go Ramden's chain or some other obscure unit of measurement. maybe furlongs or rods?
  • + 6
 Nope, so it seems from next year their will be Fox compatible frames and SRAM compatible frames, now there's a line in the sand!
  • + 1
 Give it time...
  • + 6
 @PeeJay77: That's completely not true. SRAM is still going to make imperial shocks, & a lot of brands won't be switching to Metric that quickly. & if Metric catches on, I guarantee FOX will make shocks for it. Heck, a large portion of the "custom, weird length or bushing" shocks are made by them already. DRCV, pull shocks, nude shock for scott, wishbone for Specialized, etc.

I guarantee, if one of the companies that is going to metric, wants a FOX shock on one of their build kits next year, FOX will make that shock.
  • + 1
 @groghunter: I'm pretty sure they will but I think they want to say hey we can built for whatever your needs. Especially for the likes of Cannondale and Trek.
  • + 4
 @Jhou: Agreed. I think they had political reasons to not sign on to the announcement, not technical or philosophical ones. Or maybe they just want to try to be the guys "bucking the new standard trend." As Bill Hicks would say, huge market, the "new standards are evil" market, that's a big dollar right now.
  • + 1
 The angle of the air fill valve on the X2 seems odd to me. Looks awfully close to the damper body and piggyback reservoir. Why not angle it out so it's easier to thread your shock pump onto, and you don't run as much risk of scratching the damper body..?

Have any of you guys that use the X2 found this to be an issue?
  • + 2
 I have had my Float X2 for a few months now, and that is my only negative. It is kind of annoying for adjusting pressure, but I have only touched it twice which was the first few days, and left it alone because it has been amazing.
  • + 1
 @cgdibble: Yea I was totally nitpicking what otherwise looks and sounds like an amazing shock. Thanks for the response, I was wondering if it was just the angle of the picture or was actually an odd design.
  • + 5
 Good on them for offering the climb switch as an upgrade to current shocks
  • + 1
 So has anyone actually ridden one of the black stanchioned Fox 36 praformance forks?Are they any good? I ask as im looking at a pretty well priced bike with these on the front end,wondering if they are going to compare to a pike..
  • + 4
 Black Kashima, SHIEEEEET!
  • + 1
 ha click on one of the images and scroll through the photos, nice toilet paper roll!!
  • + 1
 Its ROASTING KASHIMA Big Grin
  • + 4
 Bring out a budget fox 36 Fit Grip Dj fork and I would be so happy.
  • + 1
 Brilliant marketing - Rockshox’s black overshadowed the gold kashima, Fox stepped it up, made a better fork, and now relegates the black stanchion to middle of the road. Gold is blingier. Again.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer, do you know when the X2 and DHX2 with the lever will be available?
  • + 1
 Yep, I've been holding off on X2 purchase until this comes out...
  • + 2
 Same. Very tempted by the DHX2 With the switch now. Off to confirm whether or not I can fit the 8.5x2.5 SLS spring on the 7.875x2.25 shock...
  • + 2
 @jasdo: same it's exiting news, psyched about the climb switch in the coil too
  • + 2
 @jasdo: I think a lot of people will be switching back to coil now this is available. I've been eagerly waiting too. It's the right product at the right time. Not exactly the right price, but two out of three isn't bad.
  • + 1
 Its super lame Fox is not making X2 available for the Yeti sb5 Turq in Metric for the consumer, but yet they are available to the team.
  • + 3
 No thanks, will well and truely stick with Rockshox.
  • + 1
 I'd like it if they started offering the SLS Spring in a different colour, even just black. I'm picky and orange doesn't work for me.
  • + 1
 spray paint the coil, I did
  • + 1
 s.a. springs. same thing, different colour. cheaper, too.
  • + 3
 Coil, meet climb switch. Climb switch, meet coil. What a novel idea!
  • + 2
 My new bike comes with a boxxer team. Would a new 40 be a better way to go?
  • - 1
 nah boxer team is a great fork
  • + 1
 @mtbdude562:
Cool thanks.
  • + 3
 Give me black anyday. Gold on bikes looks so 2012
  • + 1
 Reminds me of the bar I go to, the manager, somewhat comedically, always tells all the servers to up sell. "They're ordering a salad, up sell them with croutons"
  • + 3
 so where's the kashima dropper?!?
  • + 1
 still waiting.....and waiting :o
  • + 1
 While I like budget options Fox made the Rhythm look cheap. When I think Fox I associate higher end and quality, this is a strange direction for them to go.
  • + 1
 Pretty on the outside, what's on the inside? Do I still need to change the fluid every 25 hours? How much to replace the top seals? How often? Foam Rings?
  • + 1
 I don't care if Fox is trying to make a Pike. The real question is, did they solve their creaky CSU issues.
  • + 1
 Anyone knows when this lineup will come out?
Would be nice to add the climb lever to my X2.
  • + 2
 "Prototypes Floating around..." I see you...
  • + 2
 looks good! One day i'll c a 20mm, 26" fork, one day Frown
  • + 2
 Looks like I'm forkin' over another 630 beans to Fox..
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer : is 9.0x3.0 a misprint? I was surprised not to see 9.5x3.5...
  • + 1
 Probably. Under the Float X2 all the specs say DHX2
  • + 2
 9.5 x 3.0 is what I find the most surprising. Seems most of the dh frames are that size (demo, wilson, M16 etc.)
  • + 1
 Meant 9.5x3.0!
  • + 2
 Float x2 is on the wishlist for both future bikes.
  • + 2
 Black ano? take my money.....
  • + 0
 Not enough info on the Fit HSC/LSC damper. This is a new damper, in addition to the Fit4 & GRIP (also new) dampers, correct?
  • + 2
 Is the Fox 32 in 26" discontinued?
  • + 1
 at least the lowers aren't butt ugly gray anymore.
  • + 1
 the stanchion Rythm series like a marzocchi fork :o
  • + 0
 that sentence .... SHAME ON YOU FOX !!! just admit you finally created a product for JOEYS
  • + 1
 Black stanchions? Cut outs on lowers? what...
  • + 1
 its for weight wennie Big Grin
  • + 2
 ORANGE IS A NEW BLACK !!
  • + 3
 T'es fort en anglais LOL
  • + 1
 So are they using marzochi coating now?
  • + 1
 X2 air or X2 coil....tough choices to be made.
  • + 0
 No more Kashima at entry level. So then my 2016 is worth gold lol
  • + 4
 They never had Kashima on their entry level forks.
  • - 1
 @ninjatarian: on the 40's they had
  • + 2
 @BTKMADDOG: Which model? I'm looking at the 2016 lineup right now- The Factory is Kashima and the Elite is Hard Ano.
  • + 0
 You know its bad when the company can't even afford spell GREY right.
  • + 1
 I think that:

Gray-> American
Grey-> Canadian
  • + 1
 @warmerdamj: cool bruh
  • - 3
 rock shox still has better value
  • - 3
 Still fools gold...bring on OHLINS
  • - 3
 Fox is overpriced rich boy suspension
  • - 1
 Fox>Rockshox
  • - 6
flag torero (Apr 12, 2016 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 Bos for the win.
  • + 0
 like a Pike Big Grin
  • - 2
 Ha! $130 just for a lever option.
  • + 6
 That would be only $30 for the lever option...

It is a sneaky $599 for the standard version (not the 99, not 00) and $629 for the levered.
  • + 10
 Mathematics. Not my strong subject.
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