Fox Factory Tuning
Fox Suspension has officially opened their global, in-house tuning and upgrade program. Fox Factory Tuning, or FFT, promises to upgrade rider's forks and shocks with the latest air springs assemblies, dampers, climb switches and lock out levers. Nearly all forks and shocks are part of the program, including 32, 34, 36 and 40 forks, along with DPS and X2 shocks.
Riders can also order pre-tuned forks or shocks via their local shop and distribution channel, rather than buying a stock unit off the shelf and needing to send it away for tuning when they just want to hit the trails with their new toys. There are 45 Fox distributors worldwide with their own service centers which will be part of the program.What is the FFT
FFT is a direct link to the consumer via national distributors that also function as service centers. Riders can converse with their service center to change their tunes and upgrade old parts to the latest tech without having to continuously shell out for completely new products. They ask the questions, you answer them, they dial in your dampers.
The people who can gain the most benefit from the program are those at the extreme ends of the scale as the standard tunes can be adjusted to suit most riders well. If you're a 45kg female XC racer, a 100kg dirt jumper or a high-speed enduro destroying brute like Richie Rude, chances are you fall outside of the useful range of settings and are not getting the best performance out of those uppy-downy things that cost you an arm and a leg.This tuning sounds expensive?
I don't think Fox got the memo from industry leaders as they have tried their best to make this affordable. Firstly by suggesting that riders get any tuning work done in conjunction with general servicing or warranty work. Estimated pricing has been kept realistic, for example, a shim change in the cartridge will cost €20–€25, and around €20–€45 to upgrade air assemblies.
One of Fox's main goals with the project has been to give riders the chance to keep using their products without costly changes to new parts, especially with the myriad of different standards that have appeared in the last few years. For example, you might have a 2016 fork that is non-boost, but you want the latest damping without having to shell out for a new fork that is boost only, and then a new wheel, and a new spare wheel etc. Send your fork in for a service and get it back with 2018 tech in your existing chassis.Where do these magical tunes come from?
This FFT program has been in development for nearly four years. As well as sponsored athletes, Fox has teams of riders all over the world, around 200 total; from the guys who ride once a week with their friends for fun, to the hardcore weekend warriors with aggressive styles, bike guides, coaches, and amateur racers. A whole spectrum of riders allowed Fox to build a range of tunes that should suit the needs of all consumers.
Over time, the database will grow to include thousands of consumers with all different wants and needs, this will help Fox to create more options for more riders.What kind of upgrades will be available?
Basically too many to list, with the range of forks, shocks, diameters and travel number available, but nearly all Fox units sold over the last three to four years have some scope in this program. For Float X2, DHX2 and Float DPS shocks, there are a number of options including linear or digressive main pistons, EVOL air can upgrades and different damper tunes. There will be remote lock out levers and climb switches for most shocks too. Air spring upgrades, new dampers, and tuning options are available for forks.All this sounds sensible, but I could get a similar level of service from my local suspension tuning guru?
Yes, there are many great independent suspension tuners out there, but, using the FFT program and your national distributor, riders can keep their suspension running on original Fox parts and not void their warranty. Any changes made will be recorded for future reference. Fox suggests that some tuners can get inventive with the parts they use and that can cause issues further down the line. What should I do next?
If you are happy with your suspension performance, then you're in luck and can do nothing; maybe ask for some advice the next time you send your suspension in for a service. If you are really dissatisfied with performance then you can get in touch straight away with your local service center and start the tuning ball rolling.