from Richmond, ME
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007
Strengths: Dependable, smooth, quick adjustment on the move, stickers last though rough elements and frequent cleaning.
Weaknesses: After 6 months of hard, hard riding, one seal began to leak but I would have expected worse. Also, the drops out seem to wear a bit too fast and cleaning out the triangle frame design in the cross over is tedious; big deal right?
This shock has taken some serious hits for a 32 on a cross country rig. I've raced the Downieville Classic (won it), rode Mammoth Lakes (9 hours of hard downhill in one day), Noble Canyon twice (that's when the leaking seal occurred), Toad's Wild Ride, Oat Mine Trail in Calistoga; all the toughest downhill rides in California with great results. Other than those rides, I've raced on my Fox RLC for most of the year with great results, screw the light weight others, go with performance.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox, they went quick...
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Superlight, Chris King no threadset.
a Weekend Warrior
from Ladera Ranch, CA USA
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2007
Strengths: Stiff, Simple. Plush.
Weaknesses: We all hate to spend money.
I trail ride, liking the idea of having a lightweight XC machine under me. My rear travel is 4" so I set up the 130 fork up with extra sag so it doesn't ride high. Steering is tamed down, and well controlled. Rarely need the lock-out. This fork has been "set-it and forget-it" for me, and the quality of build is outstanding to the point of inspiring more confidence in my bike than I have ever had. I just followed the set-up instructions, Fox did the magic.
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Reba. Fox Float 100RL
Bike Setup: Kona "the King" 19", XTR group, Fox Float RP3. 2.3" WTB Exiwolf tires.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 30, 2007
Strengths: incredibly light, barely notice they're propping up your front wheel. Rock solid feel, very reassuring steering precision. Plush as only Fox know how
This review is for the basic FLOAT R, that came with the bike. The lightness of these forks just blows you away, but you can throw them at anything. No rattle of any sort from my forks, just the high speed shims emitting their typical 'gas leak' sound when you hit the big stuff, nothing to worry about. Occasionally wish I had the lockout but only when pedaling off saddle (very rarely). No bells & whistles, just awesome Fox plushness. Love em. Once your under the Fox spell its difficult to consider any other fork.
Bike Setup: 2006 Commencal Meta 5, a few tune ups, Conti vertical/gravity tyres for aggresive cross country flings
a Weekend Warrior
from Nantes, France
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2006
Strengths: Light, stiff, plush, great tracking
Weaknesses: some play in the stanchions, fragile anodization, creaking noises
This is the review of a 2005 model, which is merely the same one. I purshased this fork last year in replacement with my former fork (Marathon SL) that unfortunately died in a crash... I didn't regreted it !!! This fork has a fabulous all mountain potential. It is *very* plush and yet don't "dive" as much as a Vanilla. Some hot places I don't hesit to jump where one year ago I would have got off the bike !
Adjusting knobs work well, especially the very efficient locking threshold. Well I am a bit skeptical with that low compression ring, does it produce a real effect ?...
Except the noisy crown and bushing play (Fox gently inform us it-is-normal... lol), this fork is great. Wish the new Fox 32 would be greater.
Similar Products Used: Fox F100RLT, Vanilla RLC, Manitou Black, Rock Shox Duke, Marzo MX, Marathon SL
Bike Setup: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC Pro '05, XT, XTR, Thomson, Time Z
a Weekend Warrior
from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2006
Strengths: Great Lockout, plush, smooth, looks good, rides great strong.
Weaknesses: None so far!!!
The best fork for 400 bucks. Almost didn't buy it because I didn't want to spend that much, but I would have let myself down with anything less. Strongly recommend buying this fork. Would give it 10 FLAMIN' Chilis if i could!!!
Bike Setup: Giant Warp, Fox Float 130mm, Avid BB7, WTB Laserdisc/ Mavic 317 wheels.
a Weekend Warrior
from Wales UK
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2006
Strengths: Quality of build, Strong, smooth, light
Weaknesses: Non yet
I am a weekend rider not sure about warrior, I hate wasting money on cheap unreliable parts. The Fox float RLC 130 is a quality product, does exactly what it says on the tin, and save my hands and wrists being beaten up going down hill, soaks up rocks and bumps at speed as if their not there. The lock out on uphills is very useful as I am not the fittest of people yet. I was recommended to go for rock shox Pike 454 on the Mongoose which would spec the Comp to Super spec, but friends were saying Fox, so opted for the Fox. Which also saved on buying a new wheel/hub for the 20mm Maxle QR on the Pike. (I have not tried the Pike 454 so a comparison would be unfair) I would recommend to anyone, I know a quality product when I see one, and boy do they do their job well. As for the cost new- as far as I am concerned you pay for quality.
Similar Products Used: Manitou splice (sort of similar)
Bike Setup: Mongoose Tiocali Comp, standard rear shock, Fox Float RLC on front set to 100mm
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2006
Strengths: Stiff Lots of adjustments Ultra smooth and plush Beautifully made Good aftersales service
Weaknesses: 130mm is too much for some
I was never a fans of Fox forx, Fox is expensive and I always believeing there are some other fork which is on par with fox's performance with lesser $. I changed 3 forks within 1 1/2 year of cycling, this fork had changed my mind completely. RS Reba was a good performer, but realibility is really bad with bad aftersales service locally.
From the moment I installed the float on my bike, whoa... it's so plush even before i made the settings. I took it onto the trail soon after that, small and big bumps are sucked up without any problem. My front end grip improved, encouraging me to tackle the corners at higher speed.
There's very little bobbing on the climb. On the decend, i simply let go of the brakes and bomb down the slopes. It went throught the full travel smoothly(I've mine converted to 100mm).
I give it full rating, i could not ask for more =)
Similar Products Used: RS Judy,RS duke,RS reba,Marz Exr Pro
a Cross Country Rider
from newstead australia
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2006
Strengths: this is a super plush fork that works wel in all conditions
Weaknesses: found none
fantastic all round fork handles technical descents with ease ,light enough to takle cross country style ridng and strong enough for all mountain all of this forks adjustments are spot from the lock out , rebound and compression it is easy to dial in to your desired setup and the adjustments actually work and change the fork alot
Similar Products Used: manitou skareb , rst mozo pro 3.5 , rock shox quadra 5
Bike Setup: stock fork on top of range GT i drive 5 1.0
from Phoenix, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2006
Strengths: Great workmanship/construction.. perfect all-around fork for MTB/XC riding, and priced very well compared to other forks with similar performance.
Weaknesses: None that I've seen
I don't think I could have gotten a better fork than this for my riding style. The LBS had actually put these forks on this frame before I bought it, but I didn't changed it out after doing some research on my style of riding. I though I'd give it a try.. Needless to say, after a few rides both in urban and off road environments, I am completely pleased. I've taken curves without pulling up on the handle bars with these 130mm babies and hardly felt a thing.. they can be adjusted to cadillac softness or porsche stiffness.. Great design, and great quality. Lot of bang for the buck!
Bike Setup: See here: http://homepage.mac.com/sjsamaha/PhotoAlbum39.html
from Woodland Park, Colorado
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2006
Strengths: Great travel, smooth, stiff, expensive.
Weaknesses: A little weighty compared to my SID, but I will take the weight trade for the function.
I have taken this bike through trails around Colorado Springs including Palmer Park, Section 16, Capt Jacks, and Red Rocks. The fork functions so much better than my SID that I am sorry I haven't changed until now. The rebound is great, and it is the first fork I have had where I didn't have to almost double the manufacturer pressure recommendations to get it to not bottom out. Float is a good name for the fork. It is an accurate description of the ride. I don't rate it the highest, because nothing is perfect, but it is still a great fork.
I think this fork is great for anyone who wants a nice cross country bike, but still likes to ride something technical once in a while. It's a nice all around fork. Weekend warriors shouldn't buy this. Save your money. Go to K-mart.
Working on a buddies Float 32 RLC and had all the lower splash oil up in the air chamber - fork was a little progressive, LOL! How is this possible? Only thing I can think of is that he bottomed really hard pushing the oil past the air piston seal? Only other thing I can think of is a bike shop p ... Read More »
i am running a fox float 36 RLC 160mm 2011 and i would like to convert it to a van i have bedded it in a fair bit and tuned it as much as i can and im still not happy with the feel of it and i think i may get the response and travel im after with a Van coil.
how simple is this to do? ... Read More »
i am running a fox float 36 RLC 160mm 2011 which is an air fork.
i have been looking at freinds forks and im a little envious of the feel of their coil forks and since i have not long bought the forks im not willing to trade them out too soon. So im a little regretful to say the leas ... Read More »
Well it's really not my type to go asking for a comparison between forks for a purchase given there are so many factors but I need to chose today. Here is the situation:
I've been waiting for the X-Fusion Trace for a while. I paid a deposit on the fork to my distributor to get it ASAP. We're t ... Read More »
I bought a new 2012 150 rlc with the travel was set to 120mm. I thought no big deal I'll pop it open and remove a 20mm spacer. When I pulled the air spring out I found no spacers.
I am I correct to assume that this is just a 120mm fork?
Or a 150 with a 120 air spring.
Can the spring be replaced ... Read More »