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Push Industries Fox Float 32, 100 rebuild review- WOW!

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While rehabbing I sent my Fox Float 32, 100mm fork sent into Push (thanks @qcanoe) for a rebuild and the addition of a High Volume Air Piston Kit for my Trek Superfly 100AL. 

 

http://www.pushindustries.com/2009/index.php?menu_id=38&type=products&title=FOX%20Float%2032mm%20&product_id=25

 

I also had them extend the travel to 110. 

 

I am not an expert but I do have a good feeling for how my bike feels and works. I was not happy with the OEM fork; it felt sluggish, dead and had really poor small bump performance. An example is going over small rocks and roots (say 6") and the fork just feels mushy and slow to respond making the bike handle slow.  I had played around with air pressure and rebound but it just didn't work well.  

 

Push made the whole process simple. Just register and pay online, fill out a form with your riding style and likes and dislikes of the fork and mail the fork in.  Push sent a e-mail letting me know they received the fork and a few days later, it was in the mail.  

 

The fork came back looking new with stickers and a service card showing the optimal settings.  

 

I took the bike up "Spring Creek" which is a 5.2,(10.4 r/t) ~1500' climb from downtown to Buff' pass.  Its not a technical ride but a really scenic trail that meanders along and cross's the Spring creek as it ascends through a canyon. A great mixture of flowy single track with some loose rocky stuff and some fairly steep pushes through aspens, evergreens and tall lush ferns. A good amount of shade too.  It's busy trail so weekdays are best.  Since its all up hill; the down is a lot of fun!  I was riding with @gregmerz and we had a great ride although Greg was still suffering from "flat-lander-fever"  AKA, no O2...  but he did a great job.  

 

So, back to the fork.  It didn't take long to really notice a huge difference. entering the trail is a jeep road with a few rocks and potholes. I rode over them to see if I could notice any difference. The PUSH fork was noticeably more compliant and reactive. It made riding over this kind to terrain so much smoother and less "disruptive" to the ride.  At the end of the road, the trail climbs steeply with loose rocks and sand, and switches back. (the guy coming down in front of us dumped it) This was the first test of the fork, climbing while taking small rocks. The fork stayed stuck tot he ground making it easier to navigate, get traction and climb.  Excellent small bump compliance/performance!  The fork had that exact feeling of stability precision and confidence I was after. 

 

As we ascended the trail, there are a few rock gardens on steeper climbs. Again the fork really made this terrain much more compliant. I felt more confident with my bike handling and took more aggressive lines.

 

After reaching the top and taking a bit of a rest.  The fun part comes... 1500' of descent!  I dropped my seat post and headed down.   The fork really shined on the down. with the extra travel and the super feel, I was riding faster than before taking the turns and switchbacks with much more confidence. The bike was smooth, predictive and stable; stayed glued to the trail. 

 

So, I highly recommend that if you have a Fox float to ship yours in for a rebuild.  I am sending in my rear shock this fall.  

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Glad to hear you like your rebuild but my first thought was "what is Finndog rehabbing from now?"

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just the completion of a long journey.  :D

 

Rode the other day up Emerald which is steeper with more fun stuff. Loved the fork again on long steep switchback descents and great handling on some rocky loose sections. Can't wait to see how Push does with the shock. 

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Interdasting. My Talas RLC 140 FIT will be due for a rebuild this Fall. Will have to check with them to see if they can make it a 150, and improve the small bump compliance. Could save me the trouble of going to a -1 degree headset. 2 birds, 1 stone.

 

ETA: just heard back from Push. They can't change the travel on a TALAS. The best they can do is turn it into a 150 float. Prolly not going there; I still like the 110 position for climbing. Might have them do the next service anyway, and pick up a Works -1 headset before next spring.

 

Wonder if it might be worth it to have them re-work the rear shock while I'm at it? Currently running a Fox Triad, but also have the original Brain that never seemed active enough...

 

...time to contact Push custy service again, or maybe I should just go riding?


Edited by MT Skull - 8/21/14 at 3:32pm
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I had PUSH work on the shock on my Titus, and have really appreciated what they did. Highly recommend them. 

 

OTOH, I actually liked the performance of my 10 year old 100mm Fox Float RLC, so I just had a local shop change out seals/oil.  Thing's been bomber.  Based on anecdotal complaining, it seems like the newer Fox forks may not be as stout as the older ones?...

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Originally Posted by Dino View Post
 

I had PUSH work on the shock on my Titus, and have really appreciated what they did. Highly recommend them. 

 

OTOH, I actually liked the performance of my 10 year old 100mm Fox Float RLC, so I just had a local shop change out seals/oil.  Thing's been bomber.  Based on anecdotal complaining, it seems like the newer Fox forks may not be as stout as the older ones?...

 

stout? durable, stiff?  

 

Foxs' Talas CTD's 2013 model shocks (incl Forks) had some issues with slow speed and small hit compliance and just not being very reactive (under damped) especially in the Descend mode (heavy dive in cornering and braking). There are a bunch of reviews on this issue.  For 2014, Fox redesigned the internal mechanisms to address this issue. It did help to fix the issue but to be honest if you really are not thrilled with the OEM tune, send it in to Push and have them tune it for you.  If you have a 2013. Fox does offer a retrofit for a reasonable cost

 

Article from Blistergear on the 2013   http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2013-fox-34-talas-26-fit-ctd-fork

 

Article from Bike Rumor on the 2014 http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/06/03/first-look-newly-revamped-2014-fox-talas-and-float-x-shock/

 

Article from Pinkbike on the 2014 but with a lot of good info on the 2013. http://www.pinkbike.com/news/FOX-34-TALAS-FLOAT-X-FIRST-IMPRESSIONS.html


Edited by Finndog - 9/2/14 at 7:22am
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