Fox is not a company known for resting on their laurels, and
their 2013 shock and fork line is proof that there have been
plenty of long days and nights for Fox’s design and engineering
team. It seemed best to start our 2013 testing with the suspension products Fox offers for the largest segment of mountain
bikers: trail riders. Using a Pivot Mach 5. 7 Carbon as our test
sled, we mounted a $440 Fox Float CTD Boost Valve with the
Trail Adjust shock and an $810 Fox 32 Float 150 FIT CTD
with the Trail Adjust fork.
Tech features—shock: Fox’s top-of-the-line air-sprung
shock is part of the Factory series of suspension products, and
the 7.875x2.25-inch shock barely nudged the scale at 9.1
ounces. The gold Kashima coating is claimed to allow the shock
to move through its travel more smoothly while increasing
durability. Our shock used Fox’s Boost Valve technology. This
2013 FOX32 FLOAT FORKAND FLOAT SHOCK
Rider input highly recommended
internal damping circuit instinctively adjusts to pressure
from the internal floating piston and shock shaft speed to
provide both a firm ride while pedaling and a bottomless feel
when slamming something hard. New polymer bushings (in
the shock’s eyelets) replace the DU bushings of old that
proved to be the weak link for many suspension designs.
The biggest change, however, is replacing the ProPedal feature with CTD. That stands for Climb Trail Descend, and
manifests itself as a blue lever that selects the climbing mode,
trail-riding mode or descending mode. Fox offers remote
actuation, either mechanically or electrically, for CTD
shocks—although our bike was not equipped with either.
Our shock takes the CTD concept a step further with an
added Trail Adjust feature that allows the Trail mode to be
fine-tuned to three predetermined damping settings from
softest (1) to firmest ( 3). Inside the CTD lever is an external
rebound adjuster. There are five Float shocks in the line.
Tech features—fork: Sharing many of the technologies
of the Float shock, the 32-millimeter-diameter stanchion
tubes get Kashima coating. The 5.9-inch-travel fork also has
CTD with the Trail Adjust option and an external rebound
adjuster. Internally, the fork uses Fox Isolation Technology
Trail adjust: The black dial below the blue CTD allows fine-tuning of the trail mode. All Fox adjustments get firmer when
turned clockwise. This may seem like a small thing, but it is a
huge advantage, especially if the rider is tired. Keep it simple.
Gold standard: Packed with Fox Isolation Technology (FIT), a
tapered aluminum steerer tube, Kashima coating, a 15 QR axle
and 5. 9 inches of travel, it is hard not to believe this fork will
enhance any trailbike it is mounted to.