Fox's CTD system (climb, trial, descend) is a fresh approach to simplified suspension tuning. Applied to the 2013 100mm 32 Float 29 FIT CTD Fork, this new approach to fork operation allows quick adjustment of the most pertinent damping settings. With one, easy-to-use three-position lever you can now optimize the fork for the task at hand.Fox forks have traditionally been featured packed, offering the ability to make any adjustments needed to tune the fork for any trail conditions. The only problem was the difficulty for the average rider to make knowledgeable tweaks to the forks. High- and low-speed compression, lockout threshold, preload, and rebound are all common adjustments, but, for the guy who wants to ride, and not relentlessly and aimlessly tune a fork, this can have a negative effect on performance and user experience. With CTD, one lever quickly and easily switches the fork's compression to ideal settings for the task at hand. The Climb setting adds plenty of low-speed compression to mitigate bobbing when standing on the pedals. Trail mode offers moderate low-speed compression to balance efficiency with optimal trail manners. It's also independently adjustable with three settings; soft, medium, and firm. Finally, the Descend setting features the perfect blend of high- and low-speed compression for plush action on steep and aggressive sections of trail. While longer travel Float forks, 130mm and above, have been revised to offer a more linear spring rate, Fox felt that a progressive spring is optimal for XC conditions. This helps to prevent bottoming out the 120mm of travel and ensures a more efficient ride for racing. What they have redesigned on these forks, besides the addition of CTD, is the lowers. The 2013 29er lowers are now nearly a half pound lighter than last year's comparable model. While that may not seem significant, keep in mind dropping mass from the lowers effectively reduces un-sprung weight ? which affects the amount of inertia the damper needs to control, resulting in enhanced suspension action. To drop the weight, Fox's engineers retained the Float's respected torsional stiffness by redesigning the brace, dropouts, and wall thickness.The 2013 Fox 32 Float 32 100 CTD FIT Fork w/Remote comes in White with the smooth and durable Kashima coating on the stanchion tubes. It's offered here with either a straight 1-1/8in steerer, or a tapered 1.5 to 1-1/8in steerer, and both have a 15QR axle. It's also equipped with Fox's new handlebar remote for on-the-fly adjustment of the CTD system
Weaknesses: Flexible. Remote needs to be refined. "C" setting isn't a true lockout (but that has pluses and minuses...). Did I mention it's flexible?
This is a great riding, very light fork (especially for Fox, which has always been noticeably heavier than the competition). But it is also the most flexible fork I've ever owned. Grab the front brake and rock the bike front-to-back (as if checking for headset play) and the front wheel will visibly pitch from side to side under the asymmetrical braking force. I've never seen anything like it. You can flex the wheel 3/4" side to side while riding with disturbingly little bar input. It's like the lowers are made from congealed butter. SERIOUS LATERAL FLEX. I guess Fox has always made heavish forks because they aren't capable of making a light, stiff fork. Which is surprising because other companies have it figured out: my wife's SID 29er is about the same weight but is definitely more rigid laterally (yes, a SID is substantially more rigid!). But luckily the flex isn't that obvious on the trail, and it's mitigated by the excellent suspension action and the awesome 3-setting damper. "C" climbing position is great for everything from road riding to fire road climbs, but it does still move a fair bit when hammering out of the saddle. "T" trail setting is the all-around Fox-style ride: smooth, active, controlled, excellent. "D" descend is super active and best used for high speed, high-frequency bumps (like fire road downhills) because it blows through travel too fast on really rough terrain (but the Trail setting is great for aggressive riding so that's not a problem). Even though this fork is a flexmaster, it's the best riding 29er suspension fork I've ever ridden. And I love the fingertip control over suspension action.
That said, the bar mounted remote is half-baked. The "push" lever is very long so even with the remote as far inboard as my Easton Monkeylite lo-rise bars will allow, the lever still overlaps my grip and rubs my hand while in C position. It's seriously annoying. They could have made both levers an inch shorter and they would still work fine with just about any bar/brake/shifter combo out there. I assume they made the push lever as long as they did to clear multiple control clamps spaced way too widely apart (just in case...) and to provide enough mechanical advantage to comfortably control the fork and a rear shock (if so equipped) simultaneously, but it's still way, way too long. And the remote is gigantic, ugly, and crude-looking overall. It looks like a cobbled together first-generation prototype that was never refined. Making matters worse, it sits up really high in the top of the bars so you're forced to stare at it all ride. I can't make it any less retarded looking, but I can take it to the machine shop at my university and lop 0.5" off both levers so my hands actually have clearance (and I don't have particularly large hands, by the way...). But I guess that's the price us early adopters pay: we're unpaid product testers. (actually, we PAY to be product testers!)