Fox Shox Float R Rear Shock

4.25/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 200 grams MSRP : $250.00

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Product Description

  • High standard air sleeve
  • Light-weight chassis
  • Rebound adjust
  • Air Spring

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by herewasjake a Cross Country Rider from portland, oregon, usa

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    Light, smooth, effective...

Weaknesses:    Few adjustments, lame owner's manual requiring a computer.

Bottom Line:   
My last shock finally died, so I researched a replacement. Everybody tried to sell me the Rp23, until an honest guy at Bike n' Hike told me only the RP2 will work with the NRS design. I had to buy a different air sleeve at a small fee to deal with the NRS no sag design (when the bike shop put in the order Fox made sure this happened . Make sure you do the same). Once put in place, it works amazing. There is less pedal feedback through the suspension (so much so that I thought the shock was set up too stiff), but that is why I bought and still love my NRS. Bumps are smoothed out like a hot knife through butter. You only get rebound control on the RP2, but with the NRS that's all I need as I like the hard tail feel. You'll need a computer to run the set up manual, and I never did find a description of proper air pressure set-up. Trial and error got me there. For an NRS the RP2 makes it a way better bike. Just make sure you get the proper shock and air sleeve.

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Favorite Trail:   Whoops

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $285.00

Purchased At:   Bike n' Hike

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   2003 Giant NRS2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by prairydogXC a Weekend Warrior from netherlands

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    set it and forget it. recommend it to replace the crappy Fox Triad on Specialized Stumpjumper FSR '06 if you're a set-it-and-forget kinda rider and don't want to break the bank

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I never liked the Fox Triad which came with the Stumpy fsr '06. Worthless pro-pedal, worthless lock-out and always riding low on bracket height hence hitting roots and stuff too often. So i thought it would be easy to find a new shock with REAL pro-pedal that wouldn't break the bank. The Triad internals differ from the Float line so it can't be Pushed :(. I considered an RP23, but it would cost me too much to have the shock stroke shortened thanks to Specialized custom shock 7.5x1.75. Since i'm a set-it-and-forget-it kinda rider(always driven in pp mode with occassional change of rebound/pressure and not needing the adjustability of RP23), the Float R used on C'dale Rush jumped to mind as a perfect replacement. Found one on Ebay (firm pro-pedal for my 220lbs with gear) with the correct lenght and stroke. Fitted the shock, set sag and rebound (10mins work) and drove out to the trails. The Float R made the Stumpy feel like the bike i always wanted. Now I hit roots and rocks occassionally, it feels very active over rough terrain and when climbing it delivers much more traction. Riding long straights it almost feels like an hard-tail, but still has a good small bump sensitivity. The Triad is now a backup and will stay that way.

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Favorite Trail:   dirty & muddy

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Fox Triad, X-Fusion O2 RPV, X-Fusion O2 PVA, Manitou Swinger 3-way, Manitou Swinger X3

Bike Setup:   specialized fsr stumpjumper '06 custom build with FLOAT R

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by egsavio a Weekend Warrior from Florianópolis

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Strengths:    Light, reliable, cheap, hold air.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Obviously every time you atach the pump it will loose 5 lbs...
It makes the work.

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Favorite Trail:   Fazenda Weber

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Della Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Just coil shocks.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Moto 5

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shane Scrimager a Cross Country Rider from Santa Barbara CA USA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2009

Strengths:    Unbelievably light! Easy to adjust, new valve position on the 2008 model.

Weaknesses:    Leaks air out of the valve, bought it used and received the shock with no air pressure.

Bottom Line:   
I've read the negative reviews and still bought the shock. I have a shock pump for my forks and it comes in handy owning the Fox Float R. It's lost about 5psi over the last three weeks and numerous rides. If that's the extent of the leak I'm overall very happy with this shock. The weight alone is worth every penny, the performance is awesome! Took a few 4-5 ft drops at speed and it didn't bottom out, sucks up the small, medium and large bumps and tracks overly well. If your in the market for a relatively cheap air shock get this one - ride it till it dies and have it Pushed instead of serviced. My way of buying the Pro Pedal version with two payments over time! I'm 165lbs and have been riding at 130psi, it rocks!

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Favorite Trail:   Jesusita (the new burnt version)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Never had an air shock, first try.

Bike Setup:   Kenda Cup West assassin

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mutt550 a Weekend Warrior from cochrane canada

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008

Strengths:    works well never fails when you need it lots of adjustment rebound works great

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
great shock for the money

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop new

Similar Products Used:   rp23

Bike Setup:   costom kona howler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:1
Submitted by nickburton60 a Weekend Warrior from shreveport, louisiana, us

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008

Strengths:    feels strong, easy to adjust, comfortable, light, propedal works great.

Weaknesses:    need to check the pressure before every ride.

Bottom Line:   
like this shock alot, reacts nicely to bumps. I like to go fast and i hit bumps hard, and this shock has held up and feels great. The propedal feels great on climbs. I wont be changing this shock anytime soon. If it goes out, i'll send it to PUSH.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   progressive fifth element shock

Bike Setup:   Voodoo Ogun, Fox float RL fork, "PUSHED" Fox float R rear shock, Vuelta freeride rims, Shimano XT derailers, Forte' disk brakes, raceface forged crank, thomson setback seatpost, WTB rocket v saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from Chicago

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2008

Strengths:    I thought it was great. Minimal bob, great feel during it's stroke and enough adjustment to set it up nicely and forget about it. Easy to rebuild.

Weaknesses:    Got stuck down, I took it apart and rebuilt it. It got stuck down again soon after. Better to send it to Fox or Push when you get the stuck down problem, I heard they have permanent fixes. During the first stuck down occurance I decided to get a RP23, blows the Float out of the water in every way. That I would say is the biggest weakness of the Float, once you ride something like the RP23, what's the point of using a Float.

Bottom Line:   
Great shock for a entry level FS rig. Except for the stuck down issues, which took a year of dirty hard use to come up, it has performed very well. But...once you get into a shock like a RP23 the Float is worthless to you.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Dan's BS in Berwyn

Similar Products Used:   RP23

Bike Setup:   07' Prophet

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Boulder,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2007

Strengths:    Reliable, holds air for monthes

Weaknesses:    Pre-propedal, bobs on active 4bar. Bushings need replacing every year.

Bottom Line:   
I been through a RockShock Pyslo and recently broke my beloved Sherman FireFly, but my original Float R is still going strong. It holds air for monthes. I rebuilt the shock (tuff to replace main seal, but only $15) and it held air over the winter. Very solid and easy to take apart and clean and regrease.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bike OEM

Similar Products Used:   1st full suspension bike

Bike Setup:   2001 Specialized Enduro, Sherman Firefly, XM819/EX823 on Hope Hubs, SRAM XO, Tubeless tires

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

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Fox Float R Preset Propedal

Hello I recently bought a barely used 09 Trance. It came with the Float R shock that doesn’t’ have propedal adjustments. I had thought it didn’t have any propedal at all, but recently noticed it actually does have a preset “medium” amount. I haven’t yet ridden the bike because it’s at my lbs f ... Read More »

Fox Float R on a 2002 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Hi guys, I am trying to get an idea on the cost of repair of a Fox Float R shock with 6" eye to eye length and 1.25 of stroke, it came with the stumpjumper It hold the air fine at 180 psi but I have noticed that after the ride there seems to be oil film on the shaft with lots of gunk stuck to ... Read More »

Sick of constent Fox Float R service and considering a hardtail frame

I'm a set it and forget it type of guy when it comes to my bike and have to rebuild(with a nitro charge) my Float R for the second time now. I do my yearly oil and seals change but just seem to have to baby and finesse the Float too much. The frame is an '07 Diamondback Mission with just about every ... Read More »

Swap Fox Float RP23 with current Monarch R on NS Soda Air?

Hi guys, First of all - don't have a great deal of experience in building up bikes or the nuts and bolts of suspension in general, so to speak. So I was wondering if I could get some advice. The Fox Float RP23 (2012) is currently going for $240 on CRC and I was wondering whether it'd be worth gett ... Read More »

2009 Talas R to Float

Fork exhibiting slow leak, low on funds currently. And I am so done with Talas design overrated. I tested a bike with a Float and it was super flush. So as an option I'm interested in doing the Talas to Float conversion. Anybody performed this conversion? What is the verdict after? Total cost of con ... Read More »

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