Fox Racing Shox 32 F29 RLC 29er Forks

4.15/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 3.87 lbs MSRP : $1299.00


Product Description

Fox 32 F29 Float RLC FIT 9mmQR Disc 100mm 1-1/8" Steerer 2012


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Billy

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2012

Strengths:    It's a shock. Is that a strength?

Weaknesses:    Seals are terrible! Is it bad I know when the seals are gone cause I'm getting use to it shooting oil out that hits my knees? Very aggravating. Seals only last a few hundred miles. Crazy for a shock with a ridiculous msrp.

Bottom Line:   
I'm going back to my rockshox Judy sl... I will never buy a fox product again.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nsconts a Weekend Warrior from Lawrenceville, GA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2011

Strengths:    Stable, Stiff, Extremely Tuneable

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This fork is easy to tune, and once it is, you can forget about it. It has great lateral stiffness and works great over the small bumps. I prefer a very stiff setting (coming from a Scalpel Carbon with Carbon Lefty fork, and this fork does not disappoint. The lefty Carbon is still the stiffest fork on the market, but this is a close second.

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Favorite Trail:   Chicoppe Woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Bike Setup:   Niner Air 9, Fox F29 RLC 15mmQR, Juicy Carbon, X-9 drivetrain, American Classic wheelset, Fizik Aliante

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by panzer07 a Weekend Warrior from Fremont CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2010

Strengths:    easy to tune, reliable, tracks well and has a great lockout

Weaknesses:    white is getting lame as a fork color, almost impossible to use the last half inch of travel no matter what you set the sag at and getting pretty darn expensive unless you find it on sale

Bottom Line:   
This is a good fork but as with most Fox air forks it is a bit too progressive at the end of its travel and almost never uses all of its advertised travel. I think I will send it to Push and have them modify the air chamber to get full use of travel. Overall a very good fork and very reliable .

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Favorite Trail:   any in Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Sid, Marzocci Marathon and 66, DT Swiss EXC 150,Fox F29 100MM

Bike Setup:   Niner Rip9 , Fox F29 120MM, King hubs, headset, and bottom bracket. XT drivetrain and Avid juicy 7 brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D1PHAM a Cross Country Rider from Santa Clara, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2009

Strengths:    Build Quality
Out of the box the fork is visually stunning. Everything from the lowers to the seals to the knobs are built with quality in mind. My only gripe would have to be the plastic screw-on cable guide. I feel the Rockshox method of building it into the fork crown is far superior as well as cleaner. Nevertheless, the build quality is definitely solid.

Features
First off, I'd like to state that this might be the most tunable fork ever made. There are a great range of settings for rebound, compression and lockout. The dials are nice anodized aluminum knobs which are very accessible to the rider at all times. Coming from a Rockshox fork (rebound knob at the bottom of the fork), I enjoyed having the ability to adjust rebound settings on the fly during the ride. The low speed compression adjustment was useful as well. It allowed me to adjust how sensitive the fork reacted to bumps. The same can be done on a Rockshox fork (tuning of neg/pos air chambers), however it cannot be done on the fly. The lockout platform is very solid, almost feels like a rigid fork. You can also adjust the lock threshold level as well, very similar to Rockshox's floodgate control.

Ride Quality
On the trail the fork shines. Tracks extremely well over all terrain. The fork is laterally stiff and steering is very accurate. The fork can be as active as you want it to be. I'd definitely suggest getting to understand all the settings and what they do in relation to the trail and trying out different settings to suite your needs. This fork can be tuned to anyone's liking, you just have to put the time in to tune it according to your trail. On climbs the lockout proved to be stiff, however I tuned the fork for a stiff ride which would not bob or drive under braking so locking the fork out was not required on all climbs even out of saddle. Small amount of oil rings appeared on the uppers as the ride progress, very similar to what I've seen on my 09 RS SID. Overall one of the best forks I've ridden in a long time. As ride quality goes it is on par with an 09 Rockshox SID, but gets the edge due to the on-the-fly adjustments.

Maintenance
Out of the box I changed the travel on the fork from 100mm to 80mm. The procedure to service the fork was straight forward just like Rockshox. Both companies do a good job of documenting their maintenance procedures. The maintenance intervals seem to a little less frequent than Rockshox but it is too early to determine how the fork will perform/feel after a few more rides.


Weaknesses:    Other than the plastic cable guide, I have no real gripe about this product. I cannot complain about the price because all forks are a little overpriced for what they are.

Bottom Line:   
You will not be disappointed with this great performing fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $385.00

Purchased At:   Fox

Similar Products Used:   Reba 26/29er, SID, Tora, Dart, White Brother RockSolid Rigid.

Bike Setup:   On-One Scandal 29er
Fox 29er/WhiteBrother RS Rigid
SS Converted Shimano SLX 32T Crankset
Velocity VXC Tubeless Front /w Kenda Nevegals
Stan's Arch Tubeless Rear /w WTB MotoRaptor Race


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joshuajmurray a Cross Country Rider from Bend, OR USA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    It's made for 29ers. Fox quality.

Weaknesses:    The 120mm does not lend itself to my application. I should have gone with the 100mm that comes with the frame

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, just make sure it's correct for your setup. The steering is a bit lazy compared to my 69er SS with the maverick. Beyond that the lockout and adjustability are great. Just what you would expect from FOX.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   Sunnyside Sports

Similar Products Used:   Maverick Duc32

Bike Setup:   08 Trek Top Fuel 69er. All XO (XT FD), XTR970 cranks, Juicy Ultimates, 4Ti pedals, C29SSMAX wheels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chad756 a Racer from San Antonio, TX

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2008

Strengths:    NA

Weaknesses:    Customer Service

Bottom Line:   
Recently purchased a 09 Specialized Stumpjumper Marathon 29er model just released from Specialized. Once the bike was assembled out of the box the fork was leaking oil and would not hold air. Dropped it off at a local Specialized dealer they thought they fixed it. One hour ridding on the ROAD the lock out stopped working as well as the rebound adjustment. Took it back to the shop. Called Fox: they said send it in and I should get it back in a week or two. The customer service from FOX was terrible, they acted like they were doing me a favor by fixing it for free, it never worked out of the box. Bottom line if you purchase one of their forks be prepared to go it alone and don't expect customer service to own up to their mistakes or try to resolve any issues. I am most disappointed not in the forks failure, but in the way customer service handled the entire situation. I understand accidents happen in manufacturing and assembly but not in their grievous response. I can say I will now be a loyal Rock Shox customer.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   NA

Similar Products Used:   F80X, Rock Shox SID

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Marathon Comp. One week old

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Oceanside

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

Strengths:    Great handling

Weaknesses:    White, price, Seals leaked after about one month had them replaced and they still leak, clean before each ride invert bike to keep things wet FOX says probably my fault they will replace them with a charge to me really don't want to ride the 26 while i am waiting.

Bottom Line:   
For the price i would expect better customer service if i had it to do over probably would look at a rock shox i have heard good things about there customer service bottom line i would rather not have a fork with this problem

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan & SART

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Warehouse

Similar Products Used:   Other fox forks

Bike Setup:   Niner SIR SS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008

Strengths:    Good control

Weaknesses:    Not holding air great

Bottom Line:   
Stiffer than the Reba.
Needg to add air after every other rough ride. Hope this settles in. No regrets compared with the flexy Reba.
Waiting for a 120/100 talus model.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Reba (demos only)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Racer from Ithaca, New York

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008

Strengths:    Plush, Stiff, Tracks well, Very adjustable....

Weaknesses:    White... Where's the Black or Silver

Bottom Line:   
I always loved Fox Shocks. They come through everytime. Have a Minutou 29er on my Single Speed.. Not a bad Fork..But Running the Fox 29er on my Niner is Just way to good.... If only had a lock out on handle bar. this fork would be untouchable... If You look around you can find the Fox 29er under 600.00.. Like @ UniversalCycles.com

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Favorite Trail:   Shindagon Hollow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $577.00

Purchased At:   Universaon Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Minutou 29er, Reba 29er

Bike Setup:   Niner E.M.D.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Weekend Warrior from so cal

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2008

Strengths:    plush, adjustable, stiff chassis, no stiction

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is my first 29'er bike and I couldn't be happier with the Fox fork. It is very plush for only 100mm travel and it tracks very well. Plenty of adjustability and the lock-out is great for climbing out of the saddle. I'm glad I spent a little more and got the Fox instead of a Reba.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   The Path

Bike Setup:   Turner Sultan

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle Asel a Weekend Warrior from Peoria, AZ U.S.

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    Very Stiff, tracks so much better than the Reba(never got working great), compliant and very adjustable. Steers better with the offset.

Weaknesses:    None, hoping it was a little lighter.

Bottom Line:   
As all Fox forks they are more pricey, finally tried one and can see why- THEY WORK..

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Favorite Trail:   Trail 100

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   DNA Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Reba 29er(not even in the same league as the Fox)

Bike Setup:   Astrix Monk, XT, I-9 wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007

Strengths:    Very plush, low stiction, highly adjustable, stiff laterally, 46mm offset/100mm travel works well with hardtail Niner frame

Weaknesses:    Very expensive. Only comes in white.

Bottom Line:   
This fork works really well with the Niner SIR. If you look at the dimensions of the Niner rigid fork, you'll see that the axle to crown measurement is fairly high even though the frame was supposedly designed for an 80mm fork. The rigid fork has 40mm offset. Going with the 100mm Fox fork with 46mm offset, the handling of the bike was perfect. The only downside was the height of the front end when locked out, but I quickly adjusted to it. Without spending any time tweaking all the adjustment parameters, the fork has done a wonderful job of absorbing the bumps. This fork is lightyears better than the BW 0.8 that used to be on the bike (too much stiction, developed lots of creaks and other noises). The price is the one big drawback, so I give it 4 chilis for value.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   speedgoat.com

Similar Products Used:   White Brothers BW 0.8, Marzocchi MX Comp

Bike Setup:   Niner SIR single speed, Rampage 2.3 front tire, Ignitor 2.1 rear tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stefan a Cross Country Rider from Wooster, OH USA

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007

Strengths:    Plush, quickens steering, very adjustable, looks great

Weaknesses:    Only comes in one color, expensive

Bottom Line:   
Excellent performing fork. Versus the REBA on the exact same bike, it noticeably quickened steering, making the bike more nimble in turns. At the same time, however, it is just as stable as before. Took a little tinkering to dial it in, since it is so adjustable, however, I was able to get it set to be more plush than the REBA, but not to the point of allowing too much brake dive or getting overly squashy. I was never able to find that balance with the REBA. I have previously owned and loved a Fox shock and this one does not disappoint. The coil spring model I had before felt even more plush than this air spring model, but I'm not complaining. It is very stiff and well constructed and makes my bike ride and handle better. What more can you say? Oh, I wish they were cheaper and came in other colors!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   2007 RockShox REBA 80mm, Other previous model year REBAs on other 29ers, Fox F80 on my old Specialized SJ 26er

Bike Setup:   Niner MCR 9, X-9, XT fr, BB7's, Thomson bits, Raceface Deus cranks, Stan's Flow rims w/ Hope Pro 2 hubs and Nevegals

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