THE FOX 34 EVOLVES
Fox brings back the 34 platform for 2018, offering an all new FIT4 damper tune as well as EVOL technology not previously found on Fox forks. The newly introduced Performance Elite series features the same internals and functionality as the Factory forks, but with an all black appearance. Read on to find out what's new...
New this year is Fox's Performance Elite series brings an all black appearance, with 7000-series anodized black stanchions. Other than that, this is identical to the Factory-series model with Kashima stanchions.
3-Position FIT4 Damper
Now in it's fourth generation, the FIT4 damper tune has been tweaked and improved for 2018, featuring a reconfigured shim stack that provides more sensitivity while maintaining support under aggressive riding conditions. Fox's FIT4 damper offers three main compression settings, Open/Medium/Firm. In the open position, the fork's oil flow is maximized, providing a very plush and responsive feel overall. The medium position stiffens the initial compression, allowing the fork to ride slightly higher in it's travel, reducing pedal bob/feedback. The firm setting will be increase initial compression resistance even more, and will offer the firmest ride of the three settings. Naturally, the open setting is intended for downhill trail sections, the medium setting is intended for primarily flat trail sections, and the firm setting is intended for climbing. In the open mode, the FIT4 damper offers 22 clicks of low speed compression, though it does lack the externally adjustable high speed compression that the RC2 damper offers (found on Fox's 36-series forks). Why offer such a range of compression adjustment in the open setting when you could just flip the knob to the medium setting? Good question. The medium setting is intended for a quick on-the-fly switch to a firmer platform. On the inside of the fork, the medium setting, the fork has to push through a shim stack ever time it is compressed, which results in slightly harsher small bump performance. The open setting however does not utilize that shim stack, resulting in unadulterated performance - so it makes sense to give those extra 22 clicks of compression adjustability in this setting, as that is where you'll likely be spending the most time when riding.
The FIT4 utilizes a 10mm shaft and seal head design that increases oil flow to the base valve, same as what's used on Fox's 36 and 40-series forks. Fox also increased flow through the rebound circuit for faster recovery from hard hits. With the increased oil flow throughout the entire damper, as well as improvements to inner seal heads, the FIT4 forks will be very plush and responsive in the open setting.
The 34 Gets EVOL Treatment
Previously only found on Fox's rear shocks, EVOL (Extra Volume) has now made it's way into the 34-series forks. A more linear spring curve gives EVOL forks plushness off the top, extra mid-stroke support, and more tunable bottom-out progression, allowing riders to tap into the ideal pairing of front and rear-end feel. EVOL also increases negative air spring volume, specifically positioned and sized for optimum small bump sensitivity.
Fox offers this fork in two travel options: 130mm and 140mm. All options have a 51mm crown offset, ideal for most 29"-wheeled bikes.
- Travel:130, 140mm
- Wheel Size: 29"
- Spring: Air
- Disc Mount: 160mm Post Mount
- Travel Adjust: No
- Axle Config.: 15x110mm Boost
- Max Rotor Size: 203mm
- Crown Material: Aluminum
- Lowers Material: Magnesium
- Stanchions: 34mm Aluminum
- Steertube Dia.: 1.5" - 1-1/8" Tapered
- Crown Offset: 51mm
- Intended Use: Trail/AM/Enduro
- Warranty: 1 Year
- FIT4 Damper Tune
- EVOL Extra Volume
- Performance 7000-series black stanchions