12 November 2007 - 1:05Fox F-29…First Impressions
I’d be a liar if I told you I thought this fork was going to be “the answer”. I’ve managed to survive this 29er world with everything we’ve had on the market all this time. I liked the Reba. The White came up as a serious contender. In fact, I really wanted to HATE this fork. I was almost desperate for it to fail, it is late to the party, and so expensive. I was hoping it would flop.
The truth, is that it is a really good fork. Really good? Yes. Really.
Stiff, plush and responsive. It’s shiny and white. It has cool red and blue anodized bits just like an astronaut does. Astronauts are cool. Lots of folks will make the leap to 29erism just because of this fork.
While it works well, mine only got 85mm of travel. For a “100mm” fork, this is a little dissappointing. Despite the fact that in those 85mm, I did not notice the fork at all.
Am I that concerned? I would be if I had the fork mounted to something I was expecting the full 100 out of. But, performance is performance. I am willing to concede that it may not have been functioning as it should. It was a balmy 37° (that was in the sun). The ground was frozen. I’ve known Fox forks to not behave their best in the cold.
I figured, if a part were to misbehave, it would do so on a singlespeed, so I opted not to use the lockout, and still found the fork to do an adequate job. Despite my every attempt to stymie the fork, it was there, doing it’s job. Went where pointed, sucked up every bump.
Of course this was only the first ride…