The Float is Fox's air-sprung do-it-all fork. You get 130mm (new for '05) of travel to handle all types of terrain (internally convertible to 100mm if you prefer less travel). For 2005, Fox offers disc-only lowers, saving weight and yielding a cleaner look, yet still providing the legendary stiffness you've come to associate with Fox products.
The ultra low-stiction air spring system works in unison with the Float's damping circuits to provide the perfect balance between efficiency, control, and position-sensitive bottoming resistance. 12-click rebound adjuster lets you dial in the damping control. The RLC model adds a lockout on the top of the fork leg, with adjustable blow-off threshold to change the compression firmness while in lockout mode. There's also a 9-position, externally adjustable low speed compression damping clicker, making these the most tunable forks around. 2005 Float's feature a new, slim damper cartridge that helps eliminate cavitation and allows a wider adjustment range. The new cartridge saves 30 grams over '04 forks.
Bike Setup: Ventana Pantera, Chris King Headset, Thomson Stem and Post, XT Drivetrain with XT Disc Brakes (all 2007), Dual Contol XT Shifters, Yeti ARC Carbon Bars, Panaracer Tires, XT Hubs + Skewers.... Bascially the best stuff...
a Weekend Warrior
from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Date Reviewed: March 4, 2007
Strengths: Weight, features, travel-weight ratio
This fork is incredibly smooth. It tracks very well and it's light for the amount of travel it has. Only drawback is it can be a little expensive. I had to dig deep into my pockets to buy this thing. But no regrets, Any fork in the FOX line is awesome. Go for the TALAS if you have the money, if not the Vanilla will satisfy your riding needs.
Similar Products Used: manitou minute 2.0, fox talas
Bike Setup: yeti 575
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2006
Strengths: Reliable, minimal maintanance, stiff. This is a real quality product , make no mistakes despite the high price we pay in the UK
Weaknesses: Poor dampening, unable to get a good balance between plushness and responsiveness, packs down to much
These forks are the third Fox product I have tried and although they are very reliable they just lack the responsiveness and brilliant dampening that Pace manage to achieve on their products. If Pace even sort their reliability issues which I have direct experience of I believe that they will have a fantastic product compared with these forks.
Similar Products Used: Pace forks of various kinds
Bike Setup: Turner 5 Spot
a Cross Country Rider
from Exton, Pa
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2005
Strengths: Super Stiff. Almost to many adjustments. Ultra plush for an air sprung fork. Linear spring rate.
Weaknesses: None that I can see.
Best decision I could have made. I am a big guy and have always needed a stiff fork. This fork has stiffness in spades. Awesome adjustments, smooth as butter feel, and impeccable craftmanship. Used to be a hard-core Marzocchi rider but love the Fox now.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Z1, Marzocchi Marathon SL
Bike Setup: Cove Handjob, Avid mechanicals, XTR F&R, XTR levers, Thomson goodies, XT to Rhyno Lite Wheels
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2005
Strengths: Weight,materials and maybe looks, adjustabilty options.
Weaknesses: NOT PLUSH, brake dive, bushing play
I did not like this fork at all. Nor did I like the Float 100RLC I had. Neither fork felt like it got the advertised travel. I know for a fact that the 100RLC did not acheive its full 4" travel. The 130 RLC did, but never felt like it. With no amount of tuning could I get this fork to feel Marzocchi plush, believe me, I tried. Brake dive on this fork was terrible. The fork could seriously benefit from the Stratos ID cartride. Within 4 hours of tuning, I was able to get my new Marz AM1 feeling perfect. I felt no regrets selling the Float. On the bright side, this an incredibly light 5" fork. Other than that, I think the new RS Pikes, Nixons and Marzocchi AM's are a better choice. After owning two expensive Fox forks and liking neither, I don't think I will try one again.
Strengths: Smoooth as butta! lightweight, stiff, infinite adjustability the lockout is great, did I mention smooth?
Weaknesses: Still looking............ Durability? Only time will tell.
Ever since Fox started making mountain bike products, every other competitor is 2nd rate! Had many forks (rockshox, marzocchi, manitous) and none have been this great this early on. Had to get used to those. This one felt right on from the first ride. A "no regrets buy" for sure!
Similar Products Used: Fox 100, Amp, Marzocchi SL,
Bike Setup: Blur, Fox rear, Magura SL, Flite, Grip shifters
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2005
Strengths: No gimmicks (NIXON)
Weaknesses: None really, but it could use a hose clamp like my 40.
This fork has comfired to me that FOX is commited to quality. It feels super smooth right out of the box and just keeps on working. The compression and rebound adjustments work very well. The lock out can be set from just a little resistance to fully locked out, even with the added dampinging it's still pretty smooth. Best of all they don't put gimmicks on that could cause a catastrophic failure!
Strengths: 130mm of travel @ 3.5 Lbs - Are you kidding me? Lock out - Plushness (Is that even a word?)
Weaknesses: I can't say a bad thing about this fork. I'm not sure how to talk about it around my friends. It always leads to uncomfortable silence on the trail.
THIS IS THE BEST FORK I"VE OWNED. It soaks up everything I dish out like a hot knife through butter. It broke in in under a week. This fork sets a standard for which , I believe, all others will have to live up to in the future. With 130 mm's of travel @ 3.5 Lbs on a single crown fork w/lockout, it negates the need for forks with less travel on XC bikes. -AND- it holds it's own on jumps, bumps, and drops. I had this fork at Mt. Creek's freeride park and it took everything like a champ. I was happy to have it there, and confident in my ride because of it - which is saying a lot considering I'm a 210 pounder who likes to jump.
Bottom line - If you're considering this fork... buy it. You'll be happy you did.
Similar Products Used: Manitou- Rock Shox - White Bros.
Bike Setup: Specialized S-works Enduro, Fox Float R w/Brain, Fox Float 130 RLC (of course), Crossmax wheels, XTR rear, XT Front, SRAM shifters, Race Face Diabolus Stem - bars - and headset, XT cranks, SRAM Cassette, SRAM Chain...blah.. blah... blah...
from Pleasant Hill
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2004
Strengths: Durable, Stiff, Smooth, Easy to Maintain, Easy to ajust, Looks killes, Lightweight for a 5+ inch fork.
Weaknesses: Anodized knobs seems to lose their color but nothing that would have an effect performance.
I've been on this fork for just over 3 months now and can say that it is the best all mountain fork I've tried. It is a great comprimise between weight and travel... Meaning that most 5+ inch travel forks in it's class weigh close to 6 lbs. The compression and rebound work great and are very adjustable... If you're on a long ride and you would like to make subtle changes on the fly you can. I just got back from a weekend at Downieville Ca. where there is a very demanding 17 mile DH trail. There is quite a bit of pedaling on the trail so it's nice to have a 5in travel set up. The Float 130 was able to soak up everything in even the most technical sections. It has a nice progressive feeling towards the end of the travel. Many forks have a very harsh feeling towards the bottom end of the travel. The Float 130 feels nice all the way through.