Fox announces suspension fork designed for gravel riding – Gear
Fox has announced the release of a new suspension fork designed for gravel riding.
The new 32 Taper-Cast gravel fork is the lightest suspension fork Fox has ever built, and is designed to increase control and soften the blow on long off-road rides.
Designed with Fox’s FIT4 or GRIP shock options, the lightweight fork has the ability to tune mountain bike suspension, with less weight and less travel.
Available now in the UK and Ireland via Silverfish UK. Retailers interested in becoming a FOX reseller should contact their regional sales representative, call the sales team at 01752 843882 or email email@example.com.
The 32-Taper-Cast features a drop crown profile and new knob shapes that dramatically improve downtube clearance, providing a better fit across a wide range of frame sizes and styles.
Weighing just 1226g, the forks also come with integrated fender mounts, 160mm and 180mm flat mount compatibility and adjustable travel options up to 50mm.
Fox says the lightweight, short-throw air spring requires fewer volume spaces and the design uses the leg air/oil bypass channels.
Full specs of the 32 Taper Cast gravel fork
- 40mm and 50mm travel options
- FIT4 and Grip shock options
- Kabolt 12x100mm axle
- Compatible with 160 and 180mm flat mount rotors
- Maximum tire size 700c x 50mm
- (Optimized for 700c – not 650b compatible)
- Integrated fender mounts
- (Max tire 700c x 45mm with fenders)
- Longer head tube to accommodate taller frames/longer head tubes
- Tapered steerer tube 1 1/2” – 1 1/8”
- 45mm and 50mm offset options
- Axle to crown 435.5 mm – 445.5 mm
32 Tapered MSRP Range:
From £849 to £1,039 GBP / $769 to $949 US / $1,039 to $1,279 CAD / €1,039 to €1,259 EURO
Fox Gravel Fork FAQ
Q: Why is the arch at the back of the fork instead of the front?
A: Locating the arch at the rear of the fork puts the arch at a lower point on the tyre, which allowed us to reduce the amount of material used and therefore reduce weight. And because the arch sits at a lower point on the tire, there’s no problem with downtube clearance on most bikes. We also felt that the rear arch contributed to the sleek aesthetic of the 32 Taper-Cast, which was one of the main design goals.
Q: Why do the lower legs taper downward?
A: Given the short travel of the 32 TC, not all of the lower leg is needed for the top tube overlap, this allowed us to taper the legs, saving weight and reducing the frontal area, making the fork more aerodynamic.
Q: How come the new 32 TC has a maximum of 4 volume spacers compared to the old TC which could accept up to 7 spacers?
A: The old AX was, in essence, a shortened 32 SC, many volume spacers were needed to get the correct air spring curve. The new 32 TC features an optimized short-travel air spring, which means no more than a few spacers are needed, max.
Q: How come the 32 TC is only available with a 1.5” tapered head tube?
A: Many modern gravel frames use 1.5″ lower and almost all gravel frames currently in development use 1.5″ lower. We realize that some frames do not use 1.5″ lower bearings and we wish we could have offered a solution for these riders, but due to the supply chain challenges of COVID 19 we had to choose the size the most common.
Q: Are the top caps/knobs on the 32 TC interchangeable with other FIT4 equipped Fox forks?
A: No, the 32 TC uses unique low profile top caps and knobs to help ease frame clearance and for a sleek aesthetic.
Q: Is the 32 TC mudguard compatible and if so, what is the maximum tire size?
A: It is fender compatible and in fact each fork comes with a set of fender mounting tabs in the box. Tire clearance with a fender fitted is 700 x 45mm.
Q: Is the 32 TC compatible with remote locking?
A: A remote lock option is not available at this time. Our tests have shown that locking the fork does not improve performance in most scenarios and adding a remote lockout adds weight, complexity, cost and cockpit clutter.
Q: Doesn’t the mud get stuck in the structure of the rear fork lower legs?
A: No! The mud does not escape from the hub area, it comes off the tire and sticks to the back of the fork brace. The TC brace is reinforced in the front instead of the rear specifically to help with mud shedding.
Q: Is the rebound button difficult to access being partially tucked into the lower leg?
A: No. While the rebound adjustment knob is fairly protected and hidden to maintain a sleek side profile, it’s also sized and knurled to easily turn and count clicks when adjusting.
Q: What rotor sizes is the 32 TC compatible with?
A: The 32 TC is compatible with 160mm rotors in the down position and 180mm rotors in the upturned position. The same 140-160mm “flip-over” road flat caliper mount is used on the 32 TC fork, but the positioning is designed as a “+20” accepting either 160 or 180mm rotors. 140mm rotors are not compatible with the 32 TC fork.
Q: Why is the 32 TC disc brake hose guide angled slightly from vertical?
A: Due to the 32 TC’s rear-facing fork brace, the disc brake hose is attached to the front of the lower leg at a slightly lower position than with a forward-facing fork brace. before. The top end of the disc brake hose guide is angled outward 8 degrees to prevent the disc brake hose from compressing inward toward the tire during its full suspension stroke.
Q: Why is the 32 TC not compatible with 650b wheels?
A: The narrowest point on the 32 TC’s lower legs—the reinforced area where the bushings dig in—happens to be exactly the same place as the widest point on a 650b tire. This limits 650b tire clearance to approx. 30mm, which defeats the purpose of going down to 650b to allow for an increase in tire size and air volume. With the 32 TC’s wide 700 x 50mm tire clearance, there’s no need to go down to 650b to get more volume because you already have plenty of volume, and the larger diameter of the 700c provides better rolling and better smoothness, compared to the 650b. For these reasons, the 32 TC is optimized around 700c wheels.