Alongside the Helm and the Pike, Fox’s 34 series forks are one of three top-tier options for most trail/bikepacking hardtails and full-squish bikes. Last year, Fox updated the standard 34 with the excellent and fully tunable GRIP2 damper option. This year, the 2022 Fox 34 and Fox 34 Step-Cast get refined even further with an all-new lower chassis, revamped bypass channels, a new lower leg shape, and a redesigned lower arch, all in an effort to make them lighter, stiffer, and more “downcountry” oriented. Watch the launch video below, featuring rider Eliot Jackson, and scroll down for pricing and details.
The most visible change in the 34 series forks is the new lower leg arch that spans the two sides of the fork just above the tire. In a nutshell, it’s been overhauled to optimize stiffness and weight, as well as make it more compatible with modern head tube designs. The arch shape also juts forward to provide ample headtube clearance at full compression. Additionally, the lowers were revamped, with the air and oil bypass channels shaped into the rear of the legs. According to Fox, this improves oil flow and reduces pressure ramping.
The XC-oriented 34 SC (Step-Cast) is the lighter model of the two, featuring stepped lower legs for a narrower stance and less weight. The 34 Step-Cast is available with 100mm, 110mm, or 120mm of travel and a choice of a FIT4 or GRIP damper. At 100mm, the 34 SC has a claimed weight of 1,496 grams and fits a 2.4″ tire.
The more trail-forward standard Fox 34 comes with 120-140mm travel without the Step-Cast lowers and either a FIT4, GRIP2, or GRIP damper. It gets the same redesigned arch that shaves about 72 grams of the total weight of 1,698g and allows it to clear a larger 29 x 2.6″ tire.
Both forks now come in Boost 29″ only with either a 44 or 51mm offset. And both are available as Performance, Performance Elite, and higher-end Factory models with prices ranging from $849 to $1,089 USD for the Step-Cast version, and from $769 to $969 USD for the standard 34. Fox just updated their website the new 34 series. Check it out over at RideFox.com.
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