Fox Shox 32 Float R 2009 Forks

The air-sprung 32 Float fork is synonymous with high-performance. Float is the perfect fork for trail riders looking for the most adjustable, sophisticated damping you will find in a 5.5 inch fork. Fox improved the damping on the already incredibly smooth Float. And while it’s a featherweight, the chassis design boosts the legendary Fox steering precision and stiffness to weight ratio to another level.

User Reviews (12)

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winsail   Cross Country Rider [Feb 22, 2012]
Strength:

Easy to set-up, rides great and does not loose air. It is light and 15mm thru axle is stiff and solid

Weakness:

Annual maintenance I guess, but not really an issue

I bought this 2010 fork used on Craigslist and it has exceeded my expectations. It is light, the fork is stiff in the 15mm thru axle version, it holds air great. Since there are little if any adjustments I just set- it and forget it. It rides consistently great and looses little if any air. I do annual maintenance but don't have to pump it up between oil & seal changes. You could spend more but why?

Similar Products Used: Fox Vanilla RL 130mm, Fox Float R 120mm 2008, Manitou Minute 100mm 2, Manitou Minute 3 100mm to 130mm
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Dirtvet   Weekend Warrior [May 09, 2011]
Strength:

Simple - just air it right and get the rebound as close as possible.

Weakness:

1. Difficult to get full travel with the recommended sag. Ramps up too quickly. When set to get full travel use, it wallows excessively. 2. Initially came with unlubricated seals, and this resulted in a noisy fork until it was properly serviced. 3. Noticable flex, but not unusually so for a XC/trail fork. 4. Alarming amount of gunk (bearing wear) was present with the changing of fluids - probably because the seals were not properly lubed at the factory.

A decent, relatively lightweight fork with a 15mm axle. If offered at a discounted price ($400), its OK. No compression or travel adjustment features, but then that probably makes it lighter and cheaper. Be sure to check the seals for proper Fox grease before you ride.

Similar Products Used: Old (2005) Lefty max 140 carbon on a Cannondale Prophet. This performs better than the Fox - more rigid, smoother, quiet.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
rmillet   Weekend Warrior [Nov 05, 2010]
Strength:

Truly does "Float" through the trail when you find the right pressure (for me that's 105-110psi, I weigh 205lbs). Feels seamless with my RC23 rear @ 150psi, fluid travel. They have a soft bottom (I have maxed out travel, but never feel it hit hard, these have "bottomless" feel).

Weakness:

With disc brakes, there is a LOT of lateral flex in this fork under braking, and noticeable flex you feel in use (but not unnerving, just a little wormy). I would NOT huck or jump these at my weight, maybe if I weighed 150 they'd be jumpable.

These forks feel great, despite noticeable flex. Set the sag to mfr suggestion, and they truly float, you won't feel 3" bumps in your hands at all. I can run them at 115-120 and they get fairly firm (too firm for my home trail that is littered with 2-3" roots). At slow technical speeds, the softness and flex would have you squirming around the trail. At 12mph+, these things are fantastic sailing through rooty sections.

Like the Fox Fork, my first venture into air. I will be looking for a thru-axle on my next fork for a bit less flex. Overall, great fork at speed, but not so good for heavier riders in slow tech sections.

Similar Products Used: Psylo
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jtoreygomez   Weekend Warrior [Jul 30, 2010]
Strength:

Very stiff. QR15 is very easy to remove/install. Very plush. Easy to setup. Super responsive.

Weakness:

Hard to get the last .25-.5 inch of travel to be used with proper setup. Cannot fit on some bike carriers.

Huge difference from previous fork. This fork is super stiff and has saved my butt on numerous occasions. Very easy to setup and worry free because there are not all the "bells and whistles". 15QR axle is stiff and is even easier to install than a standard quick release. After using this fork I have been able to look much further down the trail because I don't care what is in front of my tire.

Similar Products Used: Manitou Minute, Rock Shox Recon
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mart   Weekend Warrior [Feb 28, 2010]
Strength:

Very plush, very light and stiff.

Weakness:

None so far.

I got this fork, to replace a Rockshox revelation fork, and this is definetly a step up, in terms of quality and ride. The fork just soaks up small and large bumps with ease. It is very light and is quite stiff even with just a standard QR axle. It is also very simple, with no messing about with travel adjust, lockout, compression settings etc, just set the correct sag and dial in your prefered rebound. A great fork, will definetly stick with Fox forks from now on.

Similar Products Used: Rockshox Revelation 08', Marzocchi All mountain 1 06', Marzocchi MX Pro.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
meanbeaver   Weekend Warrior [Dec 11, 2009]
Strength:

plush, great traction on rough stuff, very good rebound damping, very light for 140mm travel fork, lockout (RL model), and yes....Stiff.

Weakness:

not much, maybe no compression damping knob but I just set my psi in the fork for what terrain I'm riding.

This is a review for the '09 Fox float 32 RL.

My '09 Float is the 9mm qr version. I hear a lot of comments on how qr15 and 20mm through axles make the fork way stiffer.

I seriously doubt anyone can tell the difference between the stiffness of a qr and a qr15/20mm axle fork for the same model.
You would feel flex in the tires and then the rims before you would be able to sense any minute difference in flex from the qr at the hub.

The only reason one might want a larger axle is for safety assurance if you're hucking off big drops. The rumor of qr's coming out of the dropouts during hard braking is only true if you don't know how to set a qr correctly.

Similar Products Used: rockshox, zoch's, manitou
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Dennis R   Cross Country Rider [Oct 06, 2009]
Strength:

From the very first ride, this fork was smooth and without any stiction. Set up was easy and the rebound adjust has noticeable differences. I run mine at the recommended setting and it is great. There is no flex what so ever. This is by far the best fork I have ever had.

Weakness:

Expensive

I am a heavy rider (240 lbs)and this shock delivers. I ride mostly desert XC and an ocassional trip to Gooseberry Mesa. This fork needed no break in period. It is the smoothest fork I have ever owned.
When I went looking for a replacement to my Marzocchi Z1 Freeride SL I didn't even consider another Marzocchi. Ever sense they starting making shocks outside of Italy there products have been lacking quality. I looked at both Rock Shock and Fox. Fox cost a bit more but to date it has been worth it.

I set the shock up for 20% sag and haven't changed a thing. It doesn't matter if it is a square hit or even a staircase full of them. Response is quick and stiff. No tracking problems. Installed easy. I will buy another Fox product based on this experience.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Z1 Freeride 130 SL Bomber, Marzocchi Marathon 120 SL and a Marzocchi MX Pro
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
K0NARIDER   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2009]

I've ridden coil shocks and forks for 10 years because they were supposed to be the smoothest , now I will never go back . I have Fox air front and back and love the feel and preformance . Much easier to adjust with air pressure then changing coil springs and dialing in preload . No complaints about the 15mm QR and I'm moving down to that from a 20mm axle .

Similar Products Used: Fox Vanilla 32 & 36 , Manitou Sherman , Marzocchi
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
djvft   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2009]
Strength:

Flawless performance. Soaked up everything I threw at it.

Weakness:

None at all

This review is actually for the '10 RL version of this fork. I have used 3 other air forks and never really liked the way any of them performed. I wanted to by a Fox Vanilla coil shock, but some genius that works for Fox decided not to offer any springs for riders over 210 lbs. My love for coils started with my Marzocchi Z2...plush as can be.
The Float feels every bit as nice as I remember my Z2 and has 70mm more travel. I abused this fork today on a trail full of rock gardens, rocky climbs, and a high speed decent. If I didn't see the rocks I was hitting, I never would have known that they were there. Fork is like butter, and I am in love. I stuck with the the RL model because it is the old open bath damping system instead of the new FIT system because I wanted to stick with a proven system.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi xc600 ATA, Rock Shock SID Race 100, Marzocchi Z2 BAM,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
lee Placek   Weekend Warrior [Apr 10, 2009]
Strength:

Plush, nice looking fork!!

Weakness:

none so far

Great fork, very plush, easy to setup, bombproof not to mention it looks amazing!! I have used this fork only for a couple of weeks and I am totally loving it.

Similar Products Used: Vanilla
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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