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I just bought a new 2004 Epic with a Fox Forx Float 100 RL. This is the same fork I have on my 2002 Stumpjumper hardtail, so I am familiar with how it works.
The problem I am having is that the lockout lever turns to the 5 o clock position and stops (not 6 o clock as described in the manual). The compression definitely slows, but I am not getting full lockout. On my hardtail the lever will swing clockwise all the way to the crown, and I get full lockout.

I would just take it back to the shop, but I do not have time before I move away form the area which is a bummer. I called them to ask the mechanic how I should approach fixing it, but he was obviously unfamiliar with the Fox fork. I biggest issue is having no concept of how the lockout works, and therefore no idea how I should fix it! I really do not want to hassle with warranty returns, etc, if this is something I can fix myself.

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Tim
 

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I think that is normal operation for the fork. I have the same fork and the lockout lever isn't exactly at the 6 o'clock position. The fork is not intended to fully lock out. In fact, the fork is designed to "blow off" in case of a big hit. It is not a mechanical lock out, rather I believe it limits the fluid flow in the stanchion thus firming up the fork close to lock out but not fully. If it was a mechanical lock out, then it would not move at all.

Correct me if I am wrong.
 

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I think that is normal operation for the fork. I have the same fork and the lockout lever isn't exactly at the 6 o'clock position. The fork is not intended to fully lock out. In fact, the fork is designed to "blow off" in case of a big hit. It is not a mechanical lock out, rather I believe it limits the fluid flow in the stanchion thus firming up the fork close to lock out but not fully. If it was a mechanical lock out, then it would not move at all.

Correct me if I am wrong.
well, my other fork totally locks out (enough to make it feel "locked") though it will move when I hit a big bump. So I believe the normal operation is that the fork should feel stuck, i.e. very difficult to compress. RIght now my new fork is failry easily compressed when in lock out mode. So I think something is not working correctly.
 

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If it is easliy compressed then there is something wrong. Although mine does not totally lock out, it is very difficult to move. I can make it move slightly but by no means is it "easily" compressed. I do think the lever position is normal though.

There is another thread regarding this subject further down on the forum list. The guy changed his fork oil and now the lock out does not work. Check it out, maybe you two are experiencing the same phenomenon.

Good luck. I hope I didn't confuse things.

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Look under the right stanchion and you should find a blue knob right next to the quick release. It controls the blow-off - whether you want it to be very hard to overcome, or easy to reach the blow-off threshold.
I have a 2004 100 RLC, and assume that yours should be the same. Mine will not be a total lockout no matter where I set the knob, but the knob makes a big difference. BTW, the lockout lever on top only goes to the five o'clock position also.
I have only had my fork for about a month (new bike). I have about 65 miles of cross country on it, and it has loosened up since the first few rides and feels pretty good. I have tried all sorts of air pressures, and seem to come up short on the advertised travel. I weigh about 170 - with 60 psi it sags 15mm and won't go past 80mm of total travel. When I decrease the psi to 50, it sags 25mm and goes to 90mm total travel. I never get more than 65mm of travel, plus the sag. I have not tried letting all the air out to see if it will go more. Have you been able to get full travel on your fork?
I bought one of the Noleen Mega-Air forks back in April, and get considerably more travel from it. For the money, it was awesome - it feels about as stiff torsionally as the Fox, got more travel, but has so-so damping. But for $110, I have no complaints.
Any comments, hints or suggestions are appreciated.
 
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