We’ve given the RockShox PIKE a lot of press over the last year for it’s impressive adjustability, unmatched support, and excellent performance with the new Charger 2.1 damper. However, the venerable PIKE may have some competition. Based on feedback from friends who’ve spent time riding the latest FOX 36, the GRIP2 damper may give the Charger 2.1 a run for its money. And fortunately, for us who prefer forks in the 120-140mm travel range (and a little bit lighter), the smaller stanchion FOX 34 line just inherited a GRIP2 damper option as well.
In short, the GRIP2 damper not only provides improved compression performance, it allows the 34mm stanchion fork to have the same four-way, independent adjustability as its bigger-travel 36, 38, and 40mm siblings. That means external knobs to dial in low-speed compression and rebound, and high-speed compression and rebound. In addition to the added control, the GRIP2’s wider compression damping range means it should have more support off the top while maintaining a plush feel. All features welcome for both trail riding and bikepacking. We hope to test one and find out how it stacks up. In the meantime, scroll down for the specs that were released for the FOX 34 fork line.
- Damper option(s): GRIP2 with VVC, FIT4, Live Valve, GRIP
- Travel option(s): 120mm-140mm
- FLOAT EVOL air spring adds plushness
- Wheel size(s): 27.5″ and 29″
- Offset(s): 44mm and 51mm
- Air Spring: FLOAT
- Axle option(s): 15QR x 110 Boost, 15QR x 100
- Steerer: 1.5″ Taper
- Starting Weight: 3.90 lb / 1770 g
- Factory Series models feature Genuine Kashima Coat
- Available in Factory, Performance Elite, Performance,
and E-Bike models
- USD $749-$979 / CDN $989-$1289 / EUR €989-€1299
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