Fox Float 32 AX 700c sus­pen­sion forks

£879, sil­ver­fish-uk.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out | New Gear -

Be­fore you spit out your sin­gle-ori­gin espresso, we haven’t turned into a moun­tain bike mag­a­zine – this pair of sus­pen­sion forks is ac­tu­ally de­signed for road bikes (or gravel, at least).

‘Gravel bikes are blur­ring the lines be­tween road and MTB more and more,’ says Chris Tro­jer, Euro­pean mar­ket­ing communications manager at Fox. ‘I think the mar­ket is open­ing up to in­no­va­tion. A gravel bike of­fers com­pletely new pos­si­bil­i­ties for the typ­i­cal road rider. Sus­pen­sion on these bikes is just the next log­i­cal step in my world.’

The jury is still out on the value of sus­pen­sion on road/gravel bikes (see our ar­ti­cle on p32), but this new Fox prod­uct has good prove­nance. It is based on the com­pany’s Mtb-proven ‘Float 32’ air-sprung fork plat­form, of­fer­ing 40mm of travel with three­p­o­si­tion, on-the-ride tun­ing, in­clud­ing lock-out. Weigh­ing around 1.3kg, it’s light by sus­pen­sion fork stan­dards, but still about three times the weight of a rigid car­bon disc brake fork. De­pend­ing on the ter­rain you want to tackle, that ex­tra weight may be a small sac­ri­fice to put a big grin on your face.

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