||2012 Fox Factory Team Forks and Shocks with Kashima Coating
Fox has been busy this past year, and they have revamped the product line, added a long travel 29er fork, and titanium crown/steerer fork, tweaked the FIT damper, changed seals, and added Kashima to rear shocks.
The new family grouping covers their entire suspension line, and everything is now divided into three entities, Factory, Performance and Evolution.
• FACTORY - Best: has their latest, greatest and most advanced technology
• PERFORMANCE - Better: FIT on 32, open bath on 36 and 40, less advanced technology and adjustability
• EVOLUTION – Good: entry level, open bath forks, simpler technology
The Kashima coating was introduced last year for aftermarket only, and they have now opened the doors (or flood gates) for OEM usage, so you’ll be seeing the fancy gold color on significantly more bikes. The coating has been tweaked, and it should appear as a darker color, and be slightly more slippery. Only the Factory series will have the coating, and it has now been added to the FLOAT RP23, DHX Air and DHX RC4 rear shocks, including portions of the air sleeves (RC4 is shaft only). For manufacturing reasons, the coating has to be added to both the inside and outside of the air sleeve, so thing’s slide on a smoother surface internally.
The other unique new fork is the FLOAT Ti, which has a one piece cast titanium 6-4 (Ti-6Al-4V) crown and steerer. It will be available in FIT Terralogic, FIT RLC and FIT Remote, all with either 100 or 120mm of travel, 9mm or 15mm axle, and tapered steerer. The forks weigh between 2.91 lbs to 3.46 lbs, and will come with a very trick Kashima coated top cap, titanium bolt and expansion plug.
FFWD Fast Forward®
DISC - Carbon Disc Wheels 650c / 700c
FFWD Disc wheels offer the best in aerodynamics and lateral rigidity.
The lenticular shaped disc wheels smoothen the disturbed air produced by the rider and crosswinds, so airflow leaving the wheel surface is less turbulent than on a flat disc or wire spoke wheel. Less turbulence means more speed. Comes with exclusive wheel bag, quick release & valve hole decal set
Available in tubular and clincher version, Shimano 8/9/10 speed compatible.
Disc Rear Tubular Shimano 650c
Weight = 950 grams
Disc Rear Clincher Shimano 650c (shown)
Weight = 1280 grams
Available in tubular and clincher version, for both Shimano 8/9/10 speed and Campagnolo 9/10 speed.
Disc Rear Tubular Shimano 700c (shown)
Weight = 1195 grams
Disc Rear Clincher Shimano 700c
Weight = 1445 grams