Fox Racing Shox Float 100RL 2003 Front Shocks

4.57/5 (21 Reviews)


Product Description

rebound adjustment
compression lock-out


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Deni Blaisch a Cross Country Rider from Pagosa Springs, CO

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2007

Strengths:    When working this shock has been great

Weaknesses:    This shock has blown out 4 times since I bought it in 2003. I'm missing out on some good riding.

Bottom Line:   
My shock is back in the shop again. It's September and the weather is awesome. Usually snows by mid October here. My old bike didn't have a shock, it never broke down, I know the ride wasn't as smooth but not riding sucks.

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Favorite Trail:   South Boundry

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   NM Bike and Sport

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Com with disc brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Saltamonte a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, Tx

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006

Strengths:    Love everything about it so far. After my previous bike this entire machine is heaven on wheels.

Weaknesses:    Nothing yet...

Bottom Line:   
For anyone who, like me, might be a novice biker at best, throw away that bargain basement beginner clunker you're on now and treat yourself. After fighting through my first trip to Bar H on a K2 Pro Zed hardtail looking at my buddie's tire tracks for two days I decided to scrap the kid stuff and move up to a real bike. Two weeks later, thirty hours on-line product reviews, seven bike shops over a twenty five mile radius, six punk teenage bike shop employees, two actual knowledgable punk teenage bike shop employees and my new credit card led me to the Specialized Stumpjumper. I'm doing things on this ride that would have certainly gotten me killed or horribly maimed on that K2. For you riders like me a new bike like this might just be that confidence booster you've been loking for.

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Favorite Trail:   Erwin Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Richardson Bike Mart

Similar Products Used:   K2 Zed


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stella a Cross Country Rider from ON

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2005

Strengths:    Rock solid construction. Alloy parts. Adjustability.

Weaknesses:    Nothing yet...

Bottom Line:   
Awesome performance, rock solid reliability, looks good, rides even better...

Fox Forx are what I will only ride from now on...

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Favorite Trail:   everything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox SID, Manitou Axel...

Bike Setup:   Epic, custom everything...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ming Lee a Weekend Warrior from HK

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, anodized finish, light,

Weaknesses:    Leaked Oil, Not as plush as I thought

Bottom Line:   
I had a leaky seal causing oil to drip down to the bottom of the stanchion. Heard that Fox had some problems with the fork, actually the local bike shop told me that so it surprises me that no one has mentioned this in any previous reviews. Had the seal replaced and the oil has stopped leaking. However I didn't get the 4" of travel back, only 3.5", not sure if the mechanic did a good job. Also the fork is not very plush, feels kinda notchy.

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Favorite Trail:   TMS

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   F Ball

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Truth

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard McKernan a Cross Country Rider from Lakewood, CO

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

Strengths:    NA

Weaknesses:    NA

Bottom Line:   
Way less plush than I expected (even after adjustment). I rode this fork up and down the Keystone ski resort trails and was looking forward to enjoying the lateral stiffness of the Fox on the (brutal) downhills after suffering the lack thereof of my RS Psylo SL. Unfortunately the Fox was not plush enough for me to be able to hold the speed at which the Psylo starts waggling around on the rough stuff. It’s not really a weakness of the Fox just an incorrect expectation on my part. Everything else with the Fox was great; somehow I had been thinking that a 4-inch air fork would be as plush as a 5-inch coil… Good grief!

I realize that others have compared this Fox to the Psylo in previous reviews and found the Fox to be superior in every way (even plushness!). Even though I did not arrive at that same conclusion, bear in mind that I have only ridden the Fox once on a demo bike and other reviewers may have put in many more rides and tuned the fork more extensively.

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Favorite Trail:   NA

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   NA

Similar Products Used:   RS Pyslo SL, RS Judy, ++

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpy FSR expert

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Phillips a Cross Country Rider from McKeesport, Pa

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

Strengths:    Rigid & Responsive Action

Weaknesses:    Squeaks sometimes

Bottom Line:   
This is the smoothest and most rigid shock I have ever ridden. If you ride cross country with roots and rocks this shock will be perfect for you.
If you like to take big drops you may want to go with a long travel coil shock instead of this.

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Favorite Trail:   Boyce Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Gattos

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy XC Long Travel

Bike Setup:   Factory Specialized Stumpjumper FHS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cailan Libby a Downhiller from Golden, British Columbia

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

Strengths:    Very smooth, adjustments work excellent. This fork is very responsive, it feels like my boxxer on the downhills, and is light.

Weaknesses:    On the fly travel adjustment may be nice, I would probly never use it anyway tho.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent fork, the retail price is rather high, but the fork performs awesome. You dont usually find single crown forks that are this smooth.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   all marzos, black, psylo, judy

Bike Setup:   02 sidekick, dual 24's, fox float 100rl, race face bars, azonic shorty stem

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James Brown a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004

Strengths:    Very plush for air, lockout is handy for long climbs.

Weaknesses:    Weak, weak, weak, crown.

Bottom Line:   
This fork sucks. I have had the steerer/crown/stantion assembly replaced 4 times due to a loose left stantion. All the work was done by Fox so that meant riding a loaner fork for 2-3 weeks while mine was getting fixed, kudos' to Russ Hay for giving me a loaner each time. I ride aggressive XC just what the bike was designed for, unfortunately this fork is out of this league. Pure XC and no 3' drops you'll be fine. To supply a bike to be sold in BC with this fork is asking for trouble, make sure you buy from a kick ass shop so they'll stand behind you when the creaking starts. I'm now riding a Marzocchi FR SL as a loaner and may just end up with one and it really feels nice. No noise either, sweet!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   OEM- Russ Hay The Bicycle Shop

Bike Setup:   Kona Bear Dee-Luxe

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark westwick a Cross Country Rider from cave creek, az. usa

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2003

Strengths:    Stiff, plush, lightweight, and durable.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is the first air fork I have tried. It does what FOX says it will and more. I have tried many other forks and decided to go with a Manitou black on my new Blur -- that was a mistake. After a few rides I decided to switch it to the FOX Float 100rl, which was the fork my LBS recomended for the frame, and it's a night and day difference. This fork holds my weight 225lb and works like a dream. There have been no problems associated with the Fox fork and I am sold on it. This is the first full suspension bike that I feel is dialed in for my height and weight and the FOX Float 100rl shock makes the XC ride that much better -- even though I have only ridden the shock on around 15 rides I would recommend it to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   alma school

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox, Marzocchi, Manitou

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur w/ 5th element, XTR, Crossmax

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee Porter a Cross Country Rider from Wales

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2003

Strengths:    Strong, very lightweight, durable, very plush and look sweet.

Weaknesses:    Rebound control knob turns when you use the lockout feature.

Bottom Line:   
Price is in £. As I have only used cheap forks in comparison all I can do is compare usage to my mate with his forks. We got into bikes at about the same time, where he has tried three types of Marzocchi and a pair of Manitou and I am still going strong on the Fox. I am not a light rider yet these forks cope with pretty big drops (6') easily, don't tell Fox. I have kicked the crap out of them and apart from a few scratches there is nothing at all wrong. Apart from cleaning I have not had to do anything to them from new, low maintenance, perfect. These forks are also so light for their strength. As for being smooth, these forks are that damn plush, no springs creaking and knocking, so nice. If you want strength without the weight and a long term investment you cant go wrong. Will do anything from cross country to freeride. Has to be one of the best forks on the maket. Expensive but you get what you pay for.

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Favorite Trail:   Local

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sunset

Similar Products Used:   None, these are that good I havent had to look elswhere.

Bike Setup:   Orange Sub-5, Hope, Raceface, Shimano XT, Fox.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carl Sessler a Cross Country Rider from Queensbury, NY, U.S.

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This fork is the all-round best I have ever ridden on, and I have never had a smoother ride.
During this summer I made a switch from my old fork to this new Fox Float 100RL and the difference that I noticed was hard to believe. They outperform any fork that I have ridden on in the past. They work great on all kinds of terrain, they are lightweight, durable, and ready for whatever you throw at them.
I mean I’ve taken my bike to some pretty sketchy riding where the trail is pretty steep, with just rocks everywhere, and really no where to stop, but I must say those shocks held their ground and tore right through that stuff. The first time I rode this particularly steep trail with those new shocks, I was amazed at how well they really worked, and found my self going just a little but faster down that trail than before. I said right then “O man these are great!”
Another good feature I like about these shocks is the compression lockout switch, which I didn’t like at first, but as I started to use it more and more I realized it’s the best for the hills, and stops that annoying rocking up and down of the shock wile climbing.
The rebound adjustment is also a nice feature for fine-tuning the fork. It took me a couple days of ridding to fine tune the rebound adjustment, but once you get it to a point that you like, it's great.
If your looking for performance and durability on all areas of mountain biking you cant go wrong with a pair of these shocks. They take the bumps and rocks like nothing and are always ready for whatever’s next.

“You haven’t done it until you’ve done it on a pair of Fox Forx.”

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Favorite Trail:   Lake George/ Bultler pond trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   Rock shock Judy XC, 1999 Manitou Spyder

Bike Setup:   Custom-upgraded 1999 Specialized Rockhopper (hard tail)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Grabby McCrotch a Weekend Warrior from Boston

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Strengths:    Super high quality parts and construction.
Stiff enough for the big and tall guys.
Install and forget.
Does not leak air or oil.


Weaknesses:    Very pricey, but after having RS and Answers fail on me, it's not that big of a deal.
Low availability... had to wait a while for mine to come in.


Bottom Line:   
Real riders by now have realized that Rock Shox are pretty pieces of crap and that Answers are good-intentioned losers. Marzocchis came close to being the real deal. Fox is the one brand you should get if you are ready to be serious about riding better.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Mach 3, Mach 4, Rock Shox Judy, Marzocchi Atom Bombs

Bike Setup:   Blur with Race Face and Mavic Tubeless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Albert Karsai a Weekend Warrior from Austria

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003

Strengths:    Incredibly plush, yet stiff fork. Its my first air suspension and its the best fork I have ever ridden so far. Beautiful design and function of all knobs. Together with my Float RL rear shock this is perfect harmony.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I didn't know how good a suspension fork can function. Everybody is saying that coil is better than air, but I miss nothing. FOX does a great job. Fortunately this fork was part of the bike I bought. I would not have spend so much money on a fork, though.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   RS Duke SL U-turn

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR Comp 2003

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimbojed from colorado

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

Strengths:    super stiff torsionally, plush like butter or stiff as hell, you choose. incredibly strong.an xc air fork that can outlast and out perform any xc fork and most freeride forks

Weaknesses:    none what so ever

Bottom Line:   
worth the money, its expensive yet a great value. you will not be dissapointed. it will never flex in hard turns or rocky section like a psylo(they are crap, ive broken 2). will never break, and im 200 lbs and freeride with it, and also xc with it.

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Favorite Trail:   pipline to cap'n jacks, to chutes to chamberline trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   theres not much similar to this


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JWGG a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2003

Strengths:    Everything. Fairly light, plush, stiff, and strong as hell!

Weaknesses:    nadda

Bottom Line:   
Got an amazing deal from the guys at Bikeroom.com
Go out and get this shock. The compression adjustment was just not that important to me and the guys at bikeroom.com said that the RL was great value for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $356.00

Purchased At:   bikeroom.com

Similar Products Used:   talas, judy race 00...

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar X, Fox Float RL, Thomson Seatpost & Stem, Race Face Next LP Carbon Crank and handlebar, Maxxis Larsen TT tires, Time Carbon Pedals, Chris King Headset, Hope Mini's, XTR shifters with XTR FD & RD.

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