The Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 100 RLC FIT Kashima represents a new area for cross country race forks. Once, tapered steerers and thru-axles were solely reserved for the boom-boom-huck crowd. However, their advantages far outweigh the negligible weight increase, and thankfully, they're now the standard for XC bikes, too.We've come a long way since the days of squirrely, 28mm stanchions and road-bike-based quick releases. Now, features like the Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 120 RL's tapered steerer tube, hollow truss-to-seal flange, and 15QR axle ensure minimal weight, but more importantly, it enhances overall chassis stiffness for unparalleled steering precision and ride dynamics. Complementing the 32 Float 100's flex-fighting chassis is Fox's FIT Damper. This unit employees a bladder to keep air and oil from mixing and negatively affecting performance. If this step wasn't taken, fluid aeration would result in a reduced dampening that would cause the fork to lose its ability to control movement.The FIT damper, unlike open bath dampers, is also inverted. This means that the fork's unsprung weight is lower for less inertia to control, resulting in a more sensitive, plusher fork. The fork uses an air spring that's simple to adjust preload via the top cap mounted Schrader valve. Under the right leg there's also an indexed rebound adjustment knob.For efficient climbing, there's a lockout that's activated via a crown-mounted lever, with a compression adjustment as well.The Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 100 RLC FIT Kashima uses a post-mount front brake and comes in the color Black with Gold logos.
Strengths: color is awsome meshes with my white bike i love these shox
Weaknesses: a little pricey
a Cross Country Rider
from Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2011
Strengths: Very smooth, allows full travel to be utilised
Weaknesses: The rebound adjuster knob is on the bottom of the fork leg, rather than on top, but I'm seriously grasping a bit here to find fault...
This review is actually for the 130mm travel version of this fork, but it's mechanically identical to the 100 so everything should still apply.
This fork is very very good. It's stiff and light, but for me the key is in the damping quality and adjustment options.
I've previously run a Fox Float 120RL and thought it was an excellent fork. I didn't worry about getting the RLC version at the time because I thought the addition of low speed compression damping was unnecessary and I wouldn't use it.
However after buying a bike which came with the 2012 RLC fork I've changed my mind on this issue. I've seen several guides to setting up fork pressures which suggest you use less than the recommended maximum sag because when set that soft the fork will react badly to pedaling and brake forces. This is totally true, when I set up my Fox RLC at 25mm sag (the maximum recommended by Fox for the 130mm) it was amazingly active, really eating every bump, but was too unstable under pedaling, and blew through most of the travel under hard front braking. So then I put in 1 (just one mind) click of low speed compression damping. Problem solved, pedalling feedback gone, brake feedback much much better. At these settings the fork is nothing less than sensational, there's so much front wheel traction I feel like a downhill rider with it.
Everything feels like quality on the fork, the knobs all click very positively and it's very easy to adjust. All in all, an excellent product.
a Cross Country Rider
from La Crescenta, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2011
Strengths: Solid, yet light feeling. Rigid for such a lightweight fork. Smooth travel aided by Kashima coat. Lockout works perfectly. Perfect alignment. Weighed in at 3.24lbs. after I cut the steerer tube down.
No other fork out there holds it's value like a Fox fork does. This one is yet another winner for Fox. Highly recommended for all weight conscious XC riders/racers who want less flex, reliability, lightweight, and great functionality for their money.
Similar Products Used: None, Fox is the best out of all the brands I've used.
Bike Setup: 2009 Specialized Epic Comp 26er, Custom Build.
a Cross Country Rider
from Saratoga, CA USA Quicksilver
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2011
Strengths: 120mm RLC FIT 32mm 9mm Open Drop Out 2012 model
All Other Forks Will Have too Improve greatly in all areas to meet the overall performance of these new forks
Weaknesses: Price, No Color Choices??
With a drop of Oil & or few hours use, almost NO Stiction from the seals-fork legs. Super smooth, very good torsional strength, NO harshness thru full stroke of travel at any impact speed, when set at very LOW Compression setting (1 or 2 clicks). Seems to have improved climbing feel, & reduced pedal reaction, even without any low speed compression (set to 0), Lockout works very well also.
These forks will make any bike work much better everywhere you ride. If you thinking about new forks, you must Buy these Forks!!