How Fox made its 34 suspension fork even better

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Former downhill racing pro, Elliot Jackson, showing what the new Fox 34 can do (Photo: Fox)
Former downhill racing pro, Elliot Jackson, showing what the new Fox 34 can do (Photo: Fox)
  • Fox is one of the most respected names in mountain biking
  • The American suspension specialist, has upgraded its 34-series forks
  • And for South African conditions and rider preferences, the Fox 34 is ideal

The mountain bike suspension market is dominated by two brands. And one of them has now introduced an update of its lightweight trail fork range.

Fox needs no introduction. It has been an innovator in motorcycle and off-road racing suspension since the 1970s. A significant portion of the company’s R&D is also channelled to developing mountain bike suspension forks and rear linkage shocks.

The big news from Fox is that its 34 series forks have benefitted from an upgrade. Experienced mountain bikers value the 34. With its 34mm upper tubes, it has superior stiffness compared to the ultra-lightweight 32-series forks, but less mass than the downhill orientated 36- and 38-series Fox forks.

A suspension fork that does well, in all conditions

For most mountain bikers, the Fox 34 is ideal: not too heavy, not too flexible when the going gets rough.

Engineers at Fox analysed the strain profile of their 34-series forks and discovered that a slight reinforcement of the crown area, would improve stiffness and steering accuracy.

Considering the mix of gradient and technical terrain that most South African mountain bikers ride, the new Fox 34 range is a very appropriate option.

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The Fox 34 is now stiffer, which means better steering stability in rough terrain (Photo: Fox)

The shorter 34, is very light

If you are obsessive about counting grams, the Fox 34 SC is available in 100-120mm of suspension travel and weighs 1496g.

It will roll a 2.4” wide tyre without any mud clearance issues and you can fit a 180mm brake rotor, if you need the stopping power. Although most riders who opt for the 100-120mm Fox 34, will probably use a 160mm brake rotor.

What is the difference between the SC (Step Cast) and ‘standard’ Fox 34? The SC version has some of its lower leg material removed, to reduce weight.

The 'trail' version, for more adventurous riders

Riders who desire a bit more suspension travel can opt for the non-SC Fox 34, which sizes from 120-140mm. These Fox 34s weigh a touch more than the SC versions, at 1668g.

True to their target riding audience, the 120-140mm Fox 34s can roll very large volume 2.6” tyres and accommodate a 203mm brake rotor.

In the market for a new fork on your 29er mountain bike? The balance of weight versus performance has just gotten a bit better, thanks to Fox.

To see how capable the updated Fox 34 range is, you can see it being ridden to the limit, by Elliot Jackson, in the video below.

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