Review: Fox Float X2 - Shock Week 2023

Aug 18, 2023 at 13:11
by Dario DiGiulio  


Fox Float X2

The Float X2 has been a staple of downhill-oriented mountain biking for the past few years, setting a high bar of performance and adjustability in a premium package. Fox has a massive catalog of tunes, fitments, and spec levels to suit a wide variety of riders and bikes, with the X2 sitting at the top of their stack when it comes to downhill prowess in an air shock. But with a colored history when it comes to reliability, and with the new crop of high-end air shocks hitting the market, can the X2 defend its position?
Float X2 Details
• 2-position Open/Firm lever
• High-speed compression - 8 clicks
• Low-speed compression - 16 clicks
• High-speed rebound (w/VVC) - 8 clicks
• Low-speed rebound - 16 clicks
• Weight: 730 grams
• Price: $699 USD


The Float X2's colorful dials and numerous clicks can be a bit daunting for users with limited experience setting up a shock, but then again maybe those infinite combinations of settings are what you need to eke out that last bit of performance gain. Like any suspension item you can get things honed in fairly quickly by bracketing your settings on a repeatable track, which is what we did on the Nomad in order to get our shock feeling dialed.

We were aiming for about 18-20mm of sag on the Nomad, which for my riding weight of about 180 lb resulted in 210 psi in the air can. Counting from closed, my clicker positions were as follows: LSC: 13, HSC: 7, LSR: 11, HSR: 5. These are all either the same or very close to the Santa Cruz recommended settings for my weight, which speaks to their ability to hone in on a solid baseline for most riders. I ran the rebound a little bit faster on our test tracks for better grip on the chattery roots and loose corners.



I rarely found myself reaching for the Firm switch on the X2, one because the Nomad pedals quite nicely with the shock open, and two because the Firm switch doesn't provide a drastic change over the Open mode. Essentially the switch firms up your low-speed compression, making the shock move a bit less under shifts in weight and smooth undulations. You can feel the difference, but for me it's easier to forget it's there and cope with the perhaps slightly bobbier-feeling suspension with things open. Little bumps are absorbed well, and the grip the X2 provides makes steeper, looser sections that much easier.



This is what the X2 is meant for, and boy does it do it well. The feel of the shock is quite fluttery, without feeling like you're using too much of the travel to gain that ease of movement. That sensitivity is what shock designers are after when trying to rival the performance of coil springs, though just about any air shock is going to have a slight bit more breakaway force than a coil, due to the inherent stiction in an air spring. The X2 has the widest and most finely-positioned range of adjustment of all the shocks on test, to the degree that it might be daunting to some less experienced owners.

That said, the control that range of adjustment offers is part of what makes the X2 shine - particularly the high-speed rebound control. As an external adjustment, this is unique to Fox's shocks, and can be key to controlling the shock's movement deep in travel and on sequential square-edged hits. When the HSR is dialed in, it feels like the shock can recover perfectly from a series of hits, without getting packed in or pushing you up in the travel.

No one adjustment or feature is going to make or break your ride, but if you're after one of the most adjustable shocks on the market, the X2 remains a strong contender. The smooth and sensitive action provides excellent traction, while the support and damping range can be set to suit your frame and ride preference.



This is going to be a standalone category for the X2, simply because it's an endemic issue worth touching on. The Float X2 has been plagued by frequent durability issues that don't seem to affect other shocks quite as often. Fox has made a host of changes for the 2024 product, most of which are focused on longevity, so hopefully that mixed past can be left in the rearview. I reached out to Fox for comment on this issue, and received this response:

bigquotesWith Float X2, and all of our products, we are constantly progressing and updating them. These efforts aren’t model year specific, but we’ve been working diligently and have rolled out improvements over the last year. Our racers have been on the updated X2 all season and we’ve been winning on them. Furthermore, feedback from riders who have received the updated shocks aligns with these positive results, and that has resonated in the forums.


+ Very sensitive stroke
+ Highly adjustable compression and rebound, many clicks
+ Smooth and composed when set up well


- Poor durability, frame-depending
- Perhaps too many clicker positions for noobs
- Firm lever is a subtle change

Stay tuned for more Shock Week content, including a roundtable discussion of all the air shocks we tested.

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  • 243 3
 Right ... our racers also have Jordi & Crew to re-build their shocks before every race too :-)
  • 66 3
 And if riders rebuild theirs after every ride it'll last forever
  • 35 1
 I can attest that frequent rebuilds don't solve the issues that plagued the X2. I currently have a 2024 model and although it's too early to tell, I'd say so far it's holding up well. I find the issues start to arise close to one season of riding. Fingers crossed that Fox have solved the issue.
  • 20 4
 @DizzyNinja: and if you don’t do this our one-year warranty, industry-leading in its brevity, doesn’t apply. Please contact Raceface with questions or concerns.
  • 5 5
 @DizzyNinja: While in theory this makes sense, in all reality this isn't the case. There is still wear and tear on surfaces as well as the structure does become fatigued over its life. This is likely the cause of the majority of the longevity issues. I do have to state that Fox has been very good with their warranty for me.
This fact alone is a huge factor when choosing any brand... After sales support. Unfortunately this is driven by the people who rub the area, so I'm certain some people may have not had the greatest experience when dealing with a brand.
  • 32 3
 Kashima coated hand grenade
  • 6 3
Too little too late IMO, they've been shitty for way too long for me to touch one again.
  • 8 1
 @notthatfast: Thats okay, I'm not here to convince you otherwise. I'm simply sharing my experience.
  • 2 0
 @jomacba: Very good point. Warranty and after sales are key for me at least. SRAM in the UK have taken more than 2 months so far to fix my shock. Guess Fox do it better.
  • 4 0
 @jomacba: It's only halfway through 2023, its a bit early to say the 2024 model is reliable!
  • 3 0
 @DizzyNinja: impossibru! immortarity!
  • 1 0
 Is Fox warranting 2022 x2s bought second hand, or are they requiring proof of purchase? I found a frame I want, but it comes with x2 which is a known time bomb.
  • 4 0
 @rain164845: They didn't ask for proof on both of my X2's I sent in. The only cost I had to pay was for shipping it to them.
  • 2 1
 @toad321: I believe my exact words were "Although it's too early to tell..." So I guess we agree.
  • 2 1
 @Alloypenguin: Manufacturer support will always vary based on region. The Fox head office is 20 minutes from my house, but srams is actually less than 5. Sram has been great in their after sales support where I live too. Then again, there will always be somebody who gets a negative experience or a product that is a lemon, and vice versa.
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: Fox replaced my ‘21 Performance Elite with a ‘24 Factory X2 in the spring and so far so good. I didn’t have a ton of issues with my older X2 prior to that, but it did fail pretty significantly, prompting the replacement.
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: Yeah, that can be the case.
  • 128 4
 Fox's comment doesn't give me a ton of confidence.
  • 53 13
 The 2024 X2 is solid. Zero issues after months of heavy abuse.
  • 31 3
 @chriskief: They've said the same for the past few iterations but consistently failed to deliver. Time will tell.
Just curious, is your X2 trunnion?
  • 46 0
 @ktech14: I have a brand new x2 trunnion, it was a warranty replacement after 3 previous x2’s failed within a year on my patrol. It is incredible, the sensitivity off the top is unlike any previous x2 and after a bunch of bikepark abuse it hasn’t failed. I think fox may have finally solved the reliability issues. Knock on gold wood.
  • 33 1
 Agreed man. If they don't explain WHAT the issue was coming from, and how it was resolved, they may as well say nothing at all. Fingers crossed either way.
  • 7 2
 @sherbet: based on how the X2s i had failed id guess there was an issue with the air can, or the seals within being able to hold back the pressures created in there. They all seem to suffer from emulsification. Couple of friends that took them off of new bikes have the same issue too.
  • 9 2
 @chriskief: I put 3000 hard miles on my 2020 X2 with a service every 1000 miles. I had zero issues with it. On my 2022 X2 i have about 1800 miles on it and it has been flawless as well. with a single service on it at 1000 miles as well.
I have never had it leak air or oil .
So I count my self very fortunate and would not hesitate to purchase again.
  • 12 32
flag Simzesun (Aug 22, 2023 at 11:23) (Below Threshold)
 @Three6ty: or you are not heavy or don't ride agressively
  • 23 2
 @Simzesun: I see you like your assumptions. I bet @Three6ty has a sweet dad bod and absolutely shreds
  • 8 1
 @matttie: I'd love to assume that you're correct, but the issue is FOX not admitting the issue.
  • 2 0
 @idontknowwhatiexpected: you are on 25% success rate ey
  • 13 1
 @Simzesun: 220 lbs and ride Bike Park and Enduro trails 90% of the time.
  • 4 0
 @Kiowa008: I resemble that!!! HA. At least the Dad bod don't know about the shredding part
  • 2 0
 @matttie: same here.
  • 4 0
 @ktech14: I have both trunnion and standard on a couple bikes. All were pre-2024 shocks which Fox warrantied. Their service has been top notch.
  • 5 1
 @Three6ty: The previous issues were very frame dependent. Some bikes never had an issue, some bikes blew up after just a few rides. Seems like Fox has finally resolved all of it.
  • 3 1
 @sherbet: from pulling them apart the seals were partially rolled out from their seats, I know it’d be unlikely to get any kind of actual admission though.
  • 4 1
 @sherbet: If you look at what the updates on the 2024 X2, it kind of explains it. Apart from some of the internals, one of the big issues was the forces that were exerted on the topside of the shock. The seal at the top of the shaft along with the positioning of the small screw that was directly in line with it couldn't withstand the repeated abuse. They've now changed that and you can see the positioning of the screw is now on the side.
  • 26 1
 @Simzesun: Whys there always gotta be this guy?
This guy who thinks that he rides so much harder than anyone else, this guy who feels the need to lift himself up by standing on others?

Be better, dont be this guy!
  • 5 6
 What about their comment doesnt give you the warm and fuzzies?
Seemed like an appropriate comment to me
"we are constantly looking at our products, and making changes as we feel are necessary, not year specific, meaning we are making mid year changes to address issues that we might be having."
That really seems like the best way to deal with what be considered a failure prone item
  • 4 1
 @onawalk: I love how that personality type never has any riding photos or anything of themselves. The closest they add to the site is putting photos up for the buy/sell.
  • 3 1
 They wont admit to any fault but will always highlight any improvements. Standard..
  • 5 3
 @zyoungson: Curious,
What does "admitting to fault" do that providing warranty, and making improvements doesnt cover?
In reality, the vast majority prolly dont have any issue with the current X2. I have one, from 2020, has been faultless. I understand its a "premium" product, and I treat it as such (it gets regular services, and rebuilt annually).
I'm not insinuating that others havent had issues, and those issues arent valid, but I'm willing to bet its a vocal minority, and other people just want to jump on the complain train with them
  • 11 4
 @onawalk: If a company cannot explain the WHY then I really do not care about the rest. Acknowledge the actual issue, in detail, and then follow up with how you have fixed said issue.

This is customer service/retention 101. If I f*ck up at my work I explain what went wrong, how it went wrong, why it went wrong, and where fault lies. We are then able to fix the issue when we fully understand it. This almost comes off as Fox having no idea and just doing a bunch of stuff until it's miraculously resolved. It does not come off as a competent solution.
  • 5 0
 @onawalk: Do you have a 2021+ model x2?
The problems have been wide spread to the point where float x2 shocks hold almost half the value of a dhx2 second hand. I got mine in mid 2021 and it lasted 3 rides before having problems. Then about the same amount of time again after the first warranty fix. It has sat un used and is in for warranty again now for the proper 'fix'.
They could have come out with a statement early on saying there have been problems and they are working on a solution. Ohlins did that when there were quality issues with their product a few years ago.
The fact that issues weren't identified in the fox shocks and sorted before going to the public really surprises me. Especially considering issues start showing so quickly.
And that is has taken them 2+ years to come up with a fix is not great.
  • 7 0
 @chriskief: Same here - 5 months of heavy riding with no issues on the 2024. I think the blow up issue may be solved
  • 2 0
 @matttie: check out the comment at this link:

This guy isn't speculating, he measured it with a shock dyno.

Bottom line, the valving in these shocks is so bizarrely off the charts of anything you could possibly want them to do, they produce enough hydraulic pressure on bumps to blow their own seals.
  • 2 0
 @Lagr1980: haha ya when you put it that way Smile

In total I’ve probably had at least a dozen fox shocks and maybe the same number of fox forks in the last 10 years and the 2022/23 batch were the only ones that failed before seeing some significant abuse, and the 2019-21 era forks had some csu creaks. My rockshox experience has been very similar with the early vivids failing and just as many creaky csu’s. So big picture, I’m still a happy fox customer.
  • 3 0
 @sherbet: I sent my 2023 trunion x2 back for warranty and called in a few days later. Tech support at fox is always super friendly, and they told me they were swapping it out for a 2024, no questions asked. He told me the big changes were in the alloy used for the trunnion body for durability and in the IFP design to help with the gurgling issue. (which is why i sent mine in).

Haven't had my 2024 for long, but it does feel nice. And no gurgle so far, fingers crossed.
  • 4 8
flag onawalk (Aug 22, 2023 at 20:48) (Below Threshold)
 @zyoungson: I'd like to point something out, but youre gonna get all bent out of shape when I do, but I really dont mean too much by it.
Right in my omment I state that I have a 2020 X2, its right there, third line.
second, I acknoledged that their are clearly some issues with some of the most recent X2's, 5th line of my comment.
its this kind of commenting that leads to viral rumours, and such regarding qc and problems with products.
I have several riding buddies on current X2's, no warranty issues at all, both trunion and regular, on bikes with shock extenders, some with short links, etc.
Now, my experiences are anecdotal, as are yours, but I sympathize with the struggles you had with your shock.

Fox could have done a lot of things, and ultimately, their might be several issues, that are out of their hands (partially manufacturing, design, engineering, etc) Fox doesnt do everything. They could have been working on multiple fronts to find solutions, and as appears with the 24 model year, theyre likely going to let the customer test it out (no amount of in house testing can find faults like 200lb gorillas ignoring maintenance, poor setup, riding with 50% sag, etc)
Theres so many other great shocks out there, I just find the bitching all a bit dull already. Go buy a RS SDU, youll be just fine
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flag onawalk (Aug 22, 2023 at 20:59) (Below Threshold)
 @sherbet: take a breath for a second, let me give you a scenario.
I'm sure you read the the "shock week" article where they just asked the manufacturers what is the biggest trap in shock set up, I think all noted "sag", and alluded to a lack of proper setup.
I have worked in the industry for about 25ish years now, and I can confidently say over half of the bikes that I've worked on, are incorrectly set up suspension wise for the riders.

Now, youre gonna cry out that not you, never you!
And sure maybe not, but theres a good possibility youre among those who likely isnt riding around with a properly set up bike.

How does a manufacturer "test:" for that? How do they provide a "fix" for that? How do they provide a premium product, that was initially designed for race bikes, and teams to perform at the highest level, and put it in the hands of 200lb gorillas with all the dexterity of wooden hammers?

I'm willing to bet that there were several problems that needed to be addressed, some of which were likely out of their hands, or they thought the issues was in assembly, but turned out to be shitty tolerances, or poor setup, or too much grease, or not enough grease, or any myriad of problems that could have gone wrong.

Feel free to sit on that high horse, no one can stop you. Fox doesnt owe anyone anything, they will continue to sell their premium products, and people will continue to buy em. Theyre prolly not fussed too much if you dont buy a shock from them again.
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 @onawalk: You are really saying manufacturing, design and engineering are out of Fox's hands? You have to be joking. Or on something.
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 @sherbet: ...says the guy with 9 pages of buy and sell photos, and the only riding shot is on a gravel bike.

Am I missing something, because it seems you are referring to yourself?
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: that's true, incorrect setup, you can tell by technical knowhow getting downvoted to oblivion while crappy jokes are all the rage. to make matters worse, things like too fast rebound are downright dangerous, but it doesn't stop tards hating on good info and not caring at all to learn. half the bikers are just posing because the bikes look good, i know by local kids. none of them stuck in the sport, bought a fancy bike and sold it later.
  • 1 0
 @chriskief: heavy abuse or normal use? I mean, these are "designed" for use on enduro bikes lapping parks, but maybe you and bender are sending the Jaw drop on a regular basis.
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flag onawalk (Aug 23, 2023 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 @zyoungson: well kinda,
you see its more than likely a separate contractor that manufactures, based on drawings from Fox. Theyd be looking for a certain set of QC results, and be expecting their contractor to deliver. The manufacturer has its own challenges as well, assuming that the raw materials they are getting are what is spec'd, but sometimes that can all go wrong, whether on purpose (a company providing a lesser material in an attempt to increase profits) or simply a mistake.
As far as design and engineering, maybe youll be surprised to know that its not always all done in house, sometimes theres many different people involved, from different companies, who are working on a project collaboratively.
I feel like theres more than one issue surrounding the X2, so theres a lot of work to do to rectify all those issues. Then by "solving" one, then might have just gone and created another.

the trunion shocks that were hairline cracking for instance, they could have produced tens of thousands of those units (again, Fox isnt casting these in house) but theyre paid for, and delivered to an assembly plant (again, prolly not Fox themselves) theyd have so many of these built and in the hands of people before youd find problems that it could be catastrophic. It might have just been an impurity in a single batch, or poor materials, or, well lots of reasons.

then the puking oil, easily an out of round on either the casting, on the shaft, or poor seals, or an assembly process thats not quite right, or an assembly process by two individuals, out of twenty that might be doing the actual assembly, those are hard issues to find.

the squelching, and aspirated oil, again, could be manufacturing, could be design, engineering, or assembly, hell it could be all of them.

You ever hear that story about the phantom of Heilbronn, only to find out years later it was contaminated swabs from the factory?
We aint perfect, thats part of our charm

Or it could be value engineering that went wild, and its all frigged up.

I guess my point is, it could be a lot of different things, and sometimes it could be things that are both out of Foxs immediate control, or they arent entirely sure what the problems are. Its real easy for us to sit behind our keyboards and criticize, and relay what we would have done to rectify the situation, but in reality, we have no idea.
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 @onawalk: tldr
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flag onawalk (Aug 23, 2023 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 @baca262: I dont want to make to many generalized comments, but it does happen, and sometimes I regret it.
I'm willing to bet that Fox didnt account for how popular the X2 was going to become, and designed and tested a shock to meet certain requirements, that the general public just didnt follow through on.

Every coaching session I do, I spend time setting up suspension for people, these are experienced riders, new riders, all sorts of riders, and I'm amazed how many dont know, cant be bothered about it.
When the speeds go up, and the terrain becomes more techy, having a dialed setup becomes more important.

I have buddies that obsess about bikes/tech, and have no idea how to set up the fancy stuff they ride. sorting that out takes time and research, buying it just takes money
  • 5 1
 @sherbet: I’ve heard from a Fox employee who would know that it was mainly the seal head at the piggyback end of the shock that was letting air in under heavy flex (like you’d get if your frame alignment wasn’t dead on). If you look at the new shock next to the old one you’ll see the seal head (the black but that mates to the stanchion) on the new one has like twice as much material on it, which is supposed to fix it. Fingers crossed.
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 @rrolly: cool story
  • 2 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: I have 8 pages of riding photos, 7 pages of my "kids" bikes, and 9 pages of more serious adult bikes, and 11 pages of images uploaded to help out with chatting with people about issues both on main page and on the forums. I upload buy/sell stuff as well as I work at a shop and get some pretty dang good deals to pass along to people.

Are you legitimately blind or just being a c*nt for the sake of it? I absolutely have tons up on this site...
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: username does NOT check out - just spitting facts
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 @sherbet: Ah yep found them. When I clicked on all photos, it just gave me the first 9 pages.... And yes I guess I was just returning the favor.

I probably should have been more to the point, because I didn't really care about your photos anyway - You appear to think people who shred must also be obligated to self promote and narcissistically flood the internet with photos of their riding, and then make assumptions and judge others - There are plenty of people who are very skilled riders that don't have a single photo on PB. I just found your comment to reek of narcissism, and didn't find it relevant or accurate. Thus I went trying to dispute your reputability. Now we can all confirm you ride at least.
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 @RadBartTaylor: Ha, I guess not today. Sometimes people are grumpy.
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: true dat - happens to the best of us/them
  • 1 0
 Why doesn't corporate ever approve: "Hey we f*cked up, the shock blows itself up too often, we're sorry, we've fixed it and will send you the updated version if yours blows up."

That's what they are already doing anyway and it would go a long way in showing people they can be confident in their product.
  • 1 0
 @tgent: You are dead right, but they never will. Just pretend the problems don't exist and highlight how amazing they are at 'continuous updates' and 'improvements'.
  • 45 3
 I’ve had Fox X2s from every generation going back to the start. I’ve had everyone but one fail prematurely. I had a 2022 slurp and blow through travel after 3 rides on a Spire.

Every iteration a support rep at Fox would repeat “we fixed it this time”. I don’t believe they care or that the OEM buyers have exerted any pressure on them (the unit cost is so low). I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox runs a 25% fail rate at their scale.

I finally gave up on them and have EXT on every bike.
  • 17 7
 its fixed.
  • 5 4
 This is why I pulled the X2 off my Patrol frame and sold it brand new…for $200 off of MSRP lmao.
  • 69 0
 People will pay a lot for a slurp and blow just fyi
  • 6 3
 Ditto to the X2 on a 2022 Spire. Except I went with Push Eleven6 and the warrantied X2 is my spare for when the coil goes in for regular service. I still wince during that 1-2 week stretch every time I ride any feature bigger than a pebble, knowing the X2 could blow up at any moment, for like.... literally no reason.
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 @Chondog94: thank you
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But keep in mind, seals do not often carry cash.
  • 1 2
 From a unreliable brand to a brand that is not able to give you a proper setup.

Ps: I own an arma that has been in their shop already twice.

I let my bud set it up properly with his dyno, now it works really well. But any shock would run as that one after my bud sets it up.
  • 46 2
 Foxs comment sucks. Admit you were screwing the consumers for 2 years.
  • 4 1
 BS propaganda for sure
  • 5 0
 Thats certainly the culture there, the transfer seatposts have been a liability since the second version as well
  • 1 0
 They probably need to be careful from a legal standpoint or they could open up the possibility for getting sued. This is why companies very rarely openly do recalls unless there's a human safety element.
  • 36 3
 Trying to feel like a coil and not quite getting there while saving a whopping 200 grams... If you want coil feel, just get one.
  • 5 0
 Wonder if the new Vivid will be better than the X2. I'm a coil man but it would be nice to have a bottom out adjuster so an air shock with it's adjustablily but coil feel would be the goat
  • 5 1
 @Jordmackay: the old vivid was better than the x2.
  • 5 1
 Coils cant be incrementally adjusted
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 @zyoungson: Sprindex springs are a pretty darn good solution
  • 7 0
 @Jordmackay: you should check the new Super Deluxe Coil with the hydraulic bottom out. Works like a charm on my bike.
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flag Jordmackay (Aug 23, 2023 at 1:20) (Below Threshold)
 @alxs31: I refuse to buy rockshox haha. If I got another coil it would be EXT or Ohlins. I'd only ever use a progressive spring for big big sends at a bike park which is like once or twice a year
  • 2 0
 @Jordmackay: I have a solution, it is called Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil(with adjustable hydraullic bottomout) + Sprindex adjustable coil. Or you can try an EXT coil shock, that also has some sweet HBO, but the price of the SDUC is soo sweet and it is really one of the best shocks I rode to date - I had Float X2 and DHX2 on the same bike as well, they didn't last very long. Once the DHX2 exploded on the first ride after warranty repair(there were 4 total warranties, they always claimed that there was no problem, even when I sent them the shock in two pieces).
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 @Jordmackay: You already can take the Super Deluxe Coil, with bottom out adjuster!

My main reason to use air instead of coil is the progressivity. I might test a superdeluxe coil with those progressive springs.
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 @TurboDonuts: Spridex is awesome for incremental adjustment, but you don't get progressivity.
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 @Notmeatall: You actually do! It’s a progressive spring that looses its progression as you increase spring rate. Vorsprung did some testing on the springs and shared the data on instagram. Most new bikes are fairly progressive (15-25%) these days, so it’s a good balance
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 @TurboDonuts: I have a Sprindex on a Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil on a trail bike (130mm travel, 16% progressive design) and it's overall great, it prevents bottom outs however the compression tune is a bit firm compared to an air shock. That heavier compression tune does help prevent bottom outs (along with the progressiveness built into Sprindex), but the really deep hits don't feel super soft.
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 @i-am-lp: Yeah it seems the super deluxe is the way to go. Spindrex is more for adjusting the spring rate over progression. If I were to get a progressive spring it would be Cane Creek, DVO or MRP dependant on what range I'm needing. DHX2 for life
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 @TurboDonuts: That's actually really good to see!
  • 1 0
 don't even get the best part of running a coil which is the killer mid stroke
  • 20 0
 Good content thanks.

I have a question for after market shocks.
What about bike specific tunes.
How do I buy an off the shelf shock and make it work for my/any bike?
Which manufactures have enough adjustability that I do not need to get it tuned?
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flag souknaysh (Aug 22, 2023 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 Just go EXT, you're welcome!
  • 2 0
 See if there's a suspension service shop in your area that can order the right tune for your shock directly from the manufacturer, or send the manufacturer an email asking how to do it. Otherwise, a suspension shop will probably charge MSRP but may give you a discount on re-valving the shock if you have to buy a standard tune.
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 Rockshocks actually publishes its tuning codes:

You can buy generic Rockshocks shim kits that are shock specific to allow you to build your custom tune or a manufacturers specific tune. If you are able to do your own full Rockshock service at home (including the damper) then you can actually do your own tuning.
  • 4 0
 If you buy the shock from a suspension shop (such as J-Tech or TF Tuned here in the UK) they will often tune the shock for you as part of the sale. In my experience it's worth it over the saving you get from buying a shock via bigbox store.
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flag Cooper09 (Aug 22, 2023 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 I mean i have the X2 and love it, the adjustable nature of this shock is amazing, first step is find the recommended sag, then add your own preferences with HSC (high speed compression) LSC (low speed compression) HSR (high speed rebound) and LSR (low speed rebound). I run 150PSI on my x2 for my 140Lb weight. Lots of high speed rebound and quite a bit of high speed compression works for me. Running 30% sag on my yeti SB150 works great! Also of you really want to get into it then the shock week article released yesterday gets into that. Just kinda poke around the bike manufacturers recommendations and take them with a pinch of salt. About to release a little video on this on my YouTube channel @chasendirtmtb. Hopefully this could help a little. Took me days to figure out my settings.
  • 5 1
 @souknaysh: The EXT OEM tune on my Nukeproof Mega isn’t right for me
  • 5 1
 Cane Creek designs all their shocks to have a wide range of adjustability and a useful climb switch (if needed) that is infinitely variable. I have a DB Air IL for my trail bike and a Kitsuma Coil on my enduro and they're both great. I ship them out directly to Cane Creek for 100-hr service and it's a super fast 1-week turnaround. Anything custom tuned like Push is a guaranteed resell headache if it doesn't work out.
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flag Saidrick (Aug 22, 2023 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)

I bought an X2 for my old bike, as an aftermarket shock. If the shock has high and low speed compression and dampening ( my X2 did), the simple answer is you don’t need to have it tuned for your bike. The dials will let you adjust( tune it) anyway you like.

On the aftermarket shocks with fewer dials, you can always have it tuned for your bike by a suspension service or by the manufacturer of the shock when you send it in for a rebuild/ service.
  • 9 1
 When brands say their frame comes with a "custom tuned" shock, mmmmm it's kinda true, but kinda not. What they actually mean is that they picked one of the preset tunes that shock makers usually offer.
That means a High, Medium or Low compression tune and same for rebound. So potentially there are 9 preset tunes that RS/Fox etc offer, but really, 90% come with a Low Compression and Medium Rebound tune.
But it's definitely a bit of a stretch to call it "custom"
  • 1 0
 @IMeasureStuff: oh that's cool - thanks for linking that!
The damper service tools would be the sticking point. good to know if exists.
  • 1 0
 No experience with them but I suppose Formula might be an option as you can swap out these compression damper cartridges. You obviously still need a shop that allows you to borrow the different cartridges to try until you've found the one that works best for you. Considering I typically see their stuff on German brand bikes (Formula is Italian) it might be best for you to figure out how good their support is in Canada before you take the plunge.
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 @modvelo: Depending on your shock, the shock specific tools as relatively inexpensive and generally available. In my experience you will pay for the tools (assuming you have all the general tools like a vice, torque wrench etc..) after one or two shock rebuilds.
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This is absurdly wrong.

The tuning is what gives your adjusters the correct range to be meaningful.

If you don't have the correct shock tune, literally every setting will be useless to you. It can even make your climb switch too firm or too soft. You can't fix a bad base valve tune with your adjusters.

If you bought a second hand or aftermarket shock and didn't have it tuned and didn't have a big issue with it, you just got lucky and didn't know it.
  • 4 1
 @IllestT: there are way more tuning options that H M L and manufacturers actually do have custom tunes. Just go look up the parts catalog for the valving.

For example, for the X2 which is the shock in question, here is the link:

Check under "damping, rebound, compression" and that would give you around 600 different possible combinations and you still haven't played with volume spacers yet...
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flag Saidrick (Aug 22, 2023 at 17:49) (Below Threshold)

I guess you must know more than the manufacturer of the bike, whom I talked to before I did it. It’s not luck, it’s called research…
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 @Saidrick: well how do you explain the facts I presented? Did you follow the link I posted and see all the tuning possibilities?

Option 1 is that I am wrong. I made a fake web page with total nonsense just so I could win a comment thread point against a random stranger. I sent people to look at the fake web page because I thought it would be funny.

Option 2 is that the manufacturer of your bike was giving you bogus information, you would then need to question the legitimacy of your sources. Small manufacturers don't have the pull to get custom valving, so maybe they want you to think that using off the shelf tunes is the only possible you will buy their product...
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Now you claim to know more than the bike companies, and the bike shop staff that agreed with getting the aftermarket shock , even though they don’t even sell it.

For the record you’re wrong again, this small manufacturer even created their own custom tune…

Your mileage may vary…
  • 1 0
 @lukey1: honesty, I've been inside a lot of dampers and not many fit what I'd call genuinely custom tuned shim stacks. Like if the bike has X travel and Y stroke travel, it'll mostly use Z tune. For 1 thing it'd be fairly pointless to go deeper than that, because an off the shelf bike has to cater for a massive variety of people
  • 1 0
 @Saidrick: For the record you’re wrong again, this small manufacturer even created their own custom tune…

LOL. I rest my case. Custom tunes do exist.
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: It's not pointless. But yes, if you are talking about "a massive variety of people", then yes, commonly people often have no ability to discern what is going on.

Tuning isn't just the same exact pyrimidal shim stack damper made heavier and lighter. For future reading you can look up digressive/linear and progressive valving, preloading, valve bleed... And also, you can look into the idea of hysteresis. There are multiple dimensions going on...
  • 1 1
 @souknaysh: yep ext, so you have an expensive shock that doesnt work.
  • 1 0
 @belial901: might have been unlucky, idk if you had any Fox rear shock lately but both dhx2 and X2 blew up fairly quick. I've been riding my EXT for a year smashing bike park without service and it's been flawless. No days off, no shipping for warranty, no bullshit. More than 70k m vert so def need a service now but still running and way ahead in term of reliability compared to Fox.
  • 1 0
 You need to find a custom tuner. Because none of the shock makers can match tunes to bikes and riders. Any of them will get "close enough to ride".
  • 20 2
 Straight to the comments for this one.

Feels amazing when it works. That sensation lasts a very short time.

You need.
1 a spare shock you rotate as warranty service is done.
2. A spare bike for the same reason.
3. Lots of patience to endure 1&2
4. No desire for a problem free life.

No amount of money would make me run one again.
The shock failed out of the box on a brand new frame. Every "fix" didn't work, the replacement didn't work, every fix on the replacement didn't work.
I probably got 3 rides from one tops before losing air and it squelching.
Replaced again and lost patience with it.

How a class action lawsuit hasn't started yet I don't know.

Sure, the 2024 model is to be trusted. Never again.
  • 2 0
 I made a point of finding a inexpensive spare shock that will work on my bike always now so I can send one and use the other. I also did not order the bike build I wanted bye to it coming with an x2.
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 Schroedingers X2 Is the shock broken or not
  • 1 4
 Oh-you know when it's kaput!!
  • 17 2
 Absolutely love the X2 but I have fallen truly in love with the new Float X which seems to bridge the gap between the x2 and the old DPX2. perfect for my switchblade and the terrain i ride.
  • 1 0
 In your opinion - any sense in trying to get an X2 for a Stumpjumper Evo? Or would the stock Float X be better suited to 150mm travel type terrain. I'm ~ 200lb/90kg kitted up
  • 13 0
 Same here. For me, the Float X covers most of the same ground as the X2 but with the added benefit that I can easily conduct basic service. I think the Float X is a better all around shock for a majority of riders over the X2.
  • 4 0
 @sjma: I really liked the Specialized tune on the stock Float X for that bike. Does everything quite well, though an X2 would certainly bias better towards descending.
  • 5 0
 Another vote for the Float X.
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 @dariodigiulio: thanks Dario, I think it feels good too but I also don't have a ton of full suspension experience. Appreciate the opinion
  • 2 0
 @sjma: I put an X2 on my evo as i started to ride mostly dh and park going into the spring/summer. Huge difference in how well it descends, and the weight penalty on the climbing isn't really noticeable. It's less poppy, but I found that i prefer that with the pressure i run my shock at for my weight.
  • 4 0
 stumpy evo with an x2, here. I also have the float x as a spare. I prefer the x2, but I also lean towards descending. But, I like tinkering. It took a few rides, but the x2 gives the bike a more confident and settled feel on a wider range of trails once dialed in. I felt like the float x, i'd have to pick and choose. i'm 190lb kitted and try to ride everything.
  • 1 0
 @sjma: Float X is a great shock. Sag is key on the STEVO...measure at the shock not at the wheel...15.5mm at the shock should be your starting point.
  • 1 0
 My Rallon came with a Float X stock. I was fully expecting to upgrade to something nicer, but a year later and it's still on my bike. It turns out that I really like it a lot. No problems and the performance is far better than I expected.
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 This. Went from a DPX2 to a Float X on my Heckler. So much better. I felt like I was constantly messing with the DPX2 because it was never consistent. I got the Float X a few months ago, set it up, and haven't had to touch it since. Also hated the DPX2 on my 5010 and sold it to buy an Ohlins TTX Air 2. Now that's a good shock IMO.
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 @sjma: Stick with the float x and see how you like it to start off with. I’m at 142 out back and 160 up front. I weigh 190lbs at 6’2”. This float x is so good and so playful at the same time. If you want bigger cushion for bigger hits then move up to the x2
  • 23 9
 Rockshox released the Vivid after long testing, Good reviews, and Good videos. A week later Pinkbike Reviews the most shitty shock Fox has ever released, with the know issues, Fox was denying warranty on, and charging customers due to their manufacturing defect and NOW they want to shove this down our throat like its a Key lime pie? sorry fox you dropped the ball. Ill get the Vivid since Rockshox has been on point the last few years...
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 I love key lime pie.
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Same here but I prefer mine not to have dog shit on top of it.
  • 17 1
 "Trust us guys, this year we got it right." - Fox Marketing Rep
  • 11 0
 This article treated the reliability issue with kid gloves. C'mon pinkbike, give it to em.

My 2022 X2 on a Spire blew up randomly one day. I can at least thank Fox for getting me on the Eleven6 with the X2 as my (tenuous) spare when the Push is in for service.

What a joke. The only likely reason Fox won't tell the public WHAT was actually wrong with the X2 is the inevitable class-action lawsuit for continuing to sell a product that is "fixed this time, we pinky promise swear." Meanwhile, they're still forcing unfortunate customers to shell out hefty shipping costs and priceless bike downtime due to their incompetence.

Fox needs to do the right thing and come clean. What was wrong with the X2? And will you replace every defective shock? I won't hold my breath.
  • 1 0
 Totally agree with you. This is not normal. This is a design issue, they should be charged for the inconvenience. The law is actually on our side
  • 11 1
 Had 2 brand new 2022 x2 shocks that were messed up on bikes never even ridden. That said Fox fixed both on warranty no charge to me and have been perfect for last 5 months. They do honor their products and when you send them in they come back working as good as new. Cant say that about many other companies. The X2 is the best riding rear shock I have ever had for my style of riding.
  • 10 0
 Let me guess, they made you pay shipping.
  • 4 1
 my 22 same issues. 24... no issues. Get the new one.
  • 8 4
 366 days after purchase, you're on your own. Even if it's a defect/engineering problem like a cracked shock body
  • 2 0
 @wyorider: I’m on a 2024 X2 after three services on a 2022 X2. The switched it out for the Kashima version when they warrantied it. Mine was a Performance Elite.

So far so good, it’s been stable and reliable a few months in. My only gripe is that I don’t ride as much as others, and Fox would only offer 6 months warranty on the services for the old X2. Which meant that it would always fail just outside of the warranty period.

Every. Damn. Time.
  • 14 1
 Definitely here for the X2 comments!
  • 6 0
 You can say that again
  • 13 1
 Annnnnd its leaking...........
  • 10 2
 Fox not admitting they have a design flaw in their current shock or flaws and what they have done to address the issue in fear of being sued by everyone with the current, now old shock isn't unexpected.
What recent events have done is put may riders off fox for life as a brand. Their reputation is tainted for many many years to come.
Fox +Shimano EP8 e bike must be everyone's dream...
  • 8 0
 Nice try, Fox. Got all of two dozen rides before my ‘23 X2 shit the bed. Warranty turn around 3 + weeks or pay for the rebuild myself. Will be moving to cool and getting away from Fox suspension.
My shop even stipulated on my receipt that the failure is due to the factory’s crap tolerances.
  • 3 0
 To coil…
  • 9 1
 the fact this article is anything other than "the current gen X2 has architectural engineering flaws and is completely unreliable, which in the 3 years of it's product cycle, haven't been fixed" is pretty good evidence pinkbike is seriously losing journalistic integrity. Nobody should be buying these shocks, and this late into it's product cycle its shameful that so many brands are still speccing bikes with it.
  • 3 4
 The current doesn’t at all. The older one does. Bold claims from somone without a 2024
  • 4 1
 @bigmeatpete420: listen man, I'm not here to shit on fox, or make fun of people who have X2s, I just don't like when all these companies put profits over customers. I don't like when someone spends thousands of their hard earned dollars on a bike, only for it to fail and put them out of riding for days to weeks, because Fox didn't do their job, or their frame manufacturer didn't have the integrity to stand up to fox and refuse to spec them. I'm aware that this isn't going to happen to every single X2, and if yours has held up, that's sick, they ride great when they're working, way better than the last gen, but that really doesn't seem to be the majority of people's experiences. I also probably should've qualified my first comment, I work on suspension professionally, I couldn't even tell you how many X2s (of every generation) I've worked on. It's to the point now where any time a current gen X2 comes in, I debate even spending the time to open it up in the first place, because they're so often just a warranty case we have to ship to fox, and then we can't charge the customer for the labor of disassembling it. I've seen new bikes come back for their 30 day "break in" tune with horrendously blown shocks, that then end up taking 2-3 weeks to get replaced by fox. I've seen multiple 2024 X2s come back now with the updated eyelet design, and knowing that the problem is the damper body threads cracking, the new eyelet (which is just a beefed up version of the old eyelet, with thicker walls) isn't going to fix anything, if not make the problem worse. Fox has really dug themselves into a hole here, and I'm not sure how they're going to fix this situation, because in ~3 years, they haven't managed to figure it out. At least the Float X seems pretty reliable though.
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 @thomas1965: how are they not putting people 1st? They are giving you a BRAND NEW shock
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 RS > Fox
  • 6 0
 In the UK don't buy the current one from silverfish. They assured me it had already been fitted with 2024 parts begore purchasing only for it to fail within 2 months. Service centre stated it needed rebuilding with all the new 2024 parts. Just not acceptable.
  • 3 0
 Send it to Fox UK. If brand new will be replaced, unless its a specific tune and it may be reworked.
  • 2 1
 @marcellus: silverfish are fox uk, hence why it is so disappointing.
  • 2 0
 @CaptainJulian: Silverfish are Foxs' UK distributor, they are not Fox UK.. Fox themselves have a service centre in Woking
  • 4 0
For more details and service booking at the Fox Factory UK service centre in Woking, contact or call 0204 5863775

Bike biz post
  • 2 0
 @marcellus: many thanks for the extra info!
  • 2 0
 @marcellus: Thanks for sharing that. I sent them an email asking about X2 shocks being upgraded with new internals if they are sent in and this was the response I got:

"Providing you are within the 2 year warranty and have the original bike/shock receipt we will replace the shock with a new MY2024 unit. Should you not have the original receipt, or out of warranty then we can offer a service where we will update the internals to MY2024."
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  • 6 1
 The failure of an X2 because of the frame design using it as a strut is a bit of stretch. I know of more than ten X2's that have catastrophically failed, and then when my friends switch to just about anything else, there aren't any issues.
  • 1 0
 I find it difficult to imagine any frame designer would use the shock as a structural member. Having an anodised shaft running in 2 rubber seals holding a load of pressure and expecting it to take frame loads is a shit for brains idea. I had an x2 fail twice within a few rides in a privateer frame, which is one of the best built frames I have come across short of an old dh rig.
  • 2 0
 @zyoungson: Now imagine a large bike company designing and selling bikes which are high leverage, yoke design and they even offset the yoke to one side to banana the shock and frame under bottom-out loads!
  • 6 1
 I had a fox x2 on my yeti sb 150. The reliability was just terrible. Paying this price for a product like this, my expectations were egals: high. Unfortunately I spend a lot of money rebuilding the shock many times, fox didn t want to take it under warranty...
I ll never buy a fox product any more, this commercial attitudes are not normal. It a design problem they are suppose to solve it under warranty, it wasn t the case.
I ve moved for an EXT and man this is a shock with perfect reliability.
  • 2 0
 Same here, moved to Ohlïns. Never Fox again they pissed me soooo much!!!
  • 7 0
 Seems as though you can only tell the general public so many times you have fixed the issue before they stop believing you.
  • 6 2
 Fox X2 shocks ride super well and are highly tunable-but it's Russian roulette when it comes to reliability. These are established products that should have iteratively been fixed by now. Fox builds OEM suspension for automakers, so they know how to make near 100% reliable stuff.

As-is, it'll be years before the X2 is considered reliable even if their fail rate drops to zero today. Combine that and overgreased air shafts on forks (need a teardown out of the box) and the QC seems pretty dismal for Fox's bike division.
  • 6 0
 ...the high-speed rebound control. As an external adjustment, this is unique to Fox's shocks...

Well I guess we already know Cane Creek doesn't get reviewed this week
  • 3 1
 Which is a bloody shame, I think the old DBair is still probably the best-riding air shock I've owned. Would have loved to see the Kitsuma in a grouptest.
  • 4 0
 I’ve been riding the Manitou Mara Pro since it was first released, in total I’ve owned four different Mara Pro shocks, used on six bikes, no issues whatsoever and the shocks worked flawlessly.

It’s surprising that a big company can have design problems and not iton them out during the R & D process.

If I was Fox, I’d think real hard about how to improve their image, the above comments don’t bode well for keeping customers coming back.

But then, perhaps image sells, and who cares about mountain biking anyhow?
  • 3 0
 I have been an advocate of coils and have used them on my last several Enduro bikes including my most recent Propain Tyee and Evil Wreckoning. But I have to say I have been impressed with the X2 on my Canyon Strive CFR. The sensitivity is not far off my 2023 Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil I had on the Tyee, but has insane tunability and an excellent feeling of support through the stroke while never feeling harsh. I would however love to test out the new RS Vivid, it looks legit.
  • 3 0
 When there are multiple other reliable options on the market, why go back to what has always burned you? Fox needs to live in the desert for a few years with their X2 sales, no matter how good or reliable the 24 claims to be. Consumer market is still beta testing the brand new design.
  • 3 1
 Two clicks of low speed compression should elevate any doubts that I don't know what I'm talking about. If concerns still persist, try fully closing off the rebound to open, then say 'small bump sensitivity'. Every so often suggest coil will save the planet provided the spring rate is correct. When someone nods, nod back, rub chin, scream progressive curves. Sit back down quietly and continue to nod… say coil again.
  • 2 0
 As a mechanic, I felt plagued by the lack of availability for service tools! All the tools are extremely custom even for a mechanic with "all of the tools". Its crazy. I bought a cool kit on Ebay with some nicely machined parts for a tenth of the cost. I still had trouble because the important syringe fitting and the IFP tool are necessary and completely unavailable and uniquely proprietary.
  • 4 0
 Dario, how would you say the X2 compares to the new Vivid (assuming you've had time to thoroughly test both)?
  • 15 0
 Stay tuned!
  • 6 1
 lol you know they posted this one just for the comments
  • 5 0
 I had a float and it was great at convincing me to go back to coil.
  • 1 0
 Had a '22 X2. Warranted twice, Fox was good about it both times. THIRD time, they sent me a brand new one, looks like it the most recent updated version. So far so good, based on the previous one, it should have aerated by now.
  • 2 1
 My friend has been riding brand new X2 and I was surprised that it was working correctly without cavitation for months, I joked that it might be faulty then. After the first service it turned out that it had ZERO pressure in IFP from new hence the lack of cavitation, well, my joke worked nicely here
  • 1 0
 That shock is good for a short time and needs to be rebuilt. They changed the kits from 489 to 921 so they are adding a different seal... The 2023 is supposed to be more reliable but customers actually were thinking techs didn't know what they were doing.. everything was done spot on...the design was failing and cavitating
  • 1 0
 ive been bashing the new 2024 float x2 on my 160e. they repaired mine 2x and finally sent me a 2024. so far so good. time will tell. the 1st old shock only lasted me 5 months then when it was repaired it lasted 4 rides. the new shock and new tune seems more supple and you can feel the adjustments more per click..
  • 1 0
 I have a new HD6 frame on the way. First thing I'm doing is taking off the x2 and putting an EXT on it. I'd rather sell the x2 as new than have it back to fox 2-3 times a year. My last bike had 2 x2 shocks, one to ride with and one to use while the other was in for service. That all stopped once I switched to an EXT storia. I've had multiple x2 shock fail from 2018 to 2021. Done w that.
  • 2 0
 Most unreliable shock I have ever owned, 3 warranty issues in less than a year with little use also. It ruined a MTB trip also blowing up right in the middle of it. Just will never own one of these ever again.
  • 1 0
 @dariodigiulio it would be nich to know if the compression and rebound stack pinkbike testet.
There are a lot of difference in behavior.
Maybe you have the fox id or the rock shox series number?
And thanks a lot it’s cool to read these kind of test.
  • 4 0
 Good till the last drop. Sorry, I meant the first
  • 3 0
 Currently going through a low-key recall/warranty for pre '22 models that have a tendency to eh um, crap out after 2 rides.
  • 4 0
 Cons - only works for a ride or two
  • 1 0
 I have this on my 2019 YT Tues DH bike. But why? I feel like on a DH bike, I would almost always want a coil. Any reason for me to keep the X2 air shock and not get a coil instead?
  • 2 0
 You still see lots of X2s on the world cup circuit. When it's working properly – if you're one of the lucky few that isn't having trouble with it – it's still a great shock.
  • 2 0
 Wide adjustment range?
Am I the only one who thinks 7 clicks out from closed at the HSC should be more like 4 and finer steps between what is now 8 clicks and 7 clicks?
  • 2 1
 X2 damper was blown on the NEW Specialized Enduro is just bought. Shop had a spare X2 to fit while mine went for warranty. Spare was also blown. Shop fitted a Super Deluxe Coil and I’m riding.
  • 1 0
 As for the test of the last Vivid, I am disapointed again. The ride part of the article is quite short, and doesn't go as deep as I would expect in how this shock really works,
  • 1 0
 I dunno who is editing this series but the videos all seem to end quite suddenly with no real wrap up? I guess it was all one take and they are now just cutting it into segments instead?
  • 3 0
 i came for the comments and there weren't any...
  • 1 0
 They all got ejected out of the damper
  • 2 2
 Everyone I know with an X2 from the last few years has had problems with the shock. Fortunately we all got warranty replacements and the 2024 version seems to be reliable. The shock also feels outstanding, for an air shock.
  • 4 1
 Review: Fox Float X2 - Shock W(L)EAK 2023
  • 4 2
 My Dream ebike comes with SRAM drivetrain & Brakes, a FOX fork with a grip 2 damper, a fox X2 shock and a shimano motor.
  • 1 0
 Might want to reconsider the motor and drivetrain choice, the Pinion ebike gearbox is the future
  • 1 0
 I've never had an X2 and never missed a day on the trails due to shock issues. My back up hardtail has flat tyres and is covered in cobwebs.
  • 2 0
 We thank our customers for spending their hard earned money and letting us beta test our products on you. Fox
  • 1 0
 Fox warrantied my ‘23 x2 that aerated VERY quickly by sending me a new ‘24. Rode it all summer, lots of park days, no bubbles! Still virtually silent!
  • 3 0
 No dyno graphs no shock week
  • 1 0
 It's not Dynosaur week.
  • 2 1
 I sent my 2019 Fox X2 to have it serviced. Do you think they will upgrade the internals with the current parts?
  • 2 0
 ask them... I believe that is what they're offering.
  • 1 0
 Are you referring to the aeration/slurping issue? I’d like to know this too.
  • 5 1
 I bought a used bike that had a noisy x2. I paid $14 to send it to fox to service and they sent me a new 2024 tuned for my frame. No questions asked. They also put new mounting hardware on it.
  • 5 0
 That's a different style of X2. Prev Gen. That cannot be updated to 24 specs.
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 Haven’t had an issue on mine. Guess I’m one of the lucky ones.
  • 3 1
 You can hear these things squelching before you even open the box up
  • 2 0
 No Cane Creek in the line up?
  • 2 0
 and yet how many rubes will still buy a bike with one?
  • 1 0
 My 2022 x2 has just been serviced and the oil and air had mixed again just like the 2019 one did
  • 3 1
 It only cost $150 to service cavitation every 3 months what a deal!
  • 3 0
 Tick Tick Tick......BOOM
  • 1 0
 Great beginning to what I hope is an ongoing theme in the review and testing category.
  • 5 4
 X2 2022 on my lads DH bike, works like a dream
  • 1 0
 for some reason in on the verge of buying one...
  • 2 1
 All I'm reading from these comments are Rock Shox for the win.
  • 1 1
 Fox is the Alpha Romeo of the bike world. Great performance… when it’s not in the shop.
  • 1 0
 Fully snapped my X2 in half one time. That’s all i got to say
  • 2 1
 Don’t let Fox sell you a false dream. Don’t waste your money folks.
  • 1 0
 did you run any volume spacers for the nomad?
  • 1 0
 My 2024 X2 is already having issues about a month in
  • 1 0
 G A R B A G E S H O C K!!!!
  • 1 0
 Idkkkk, I'm problem free with my x2 and I'm hard on riggin'.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Pfffft hahahaha
  • 2 1
 Ohlins Smile
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Lose the mo and the ear ring, major windowless van vibes.
  • 8 11
 Just love fox, gotta say great stuff guys!
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