Since 2012, Fox has been offering several series of suspension forks, including the already well-known models such as Float, Talas, Van or 831. When you’re ready to buy your next bicycle equipped with Fox suspension fork / shock, you will be able to read on both suspension components these labels: Evolution, Performance or Factory. What are the differences between these three ranges and why did Fox opt for separate categories? Of course, in order to offer riders more affordable models, as forks in the Evolution series are approximately 150 – $200 cheaper than the Factory series forks.
As I could ride bikes equipped with all these models, I present you with a few brief conclusions.
Features only one model, the Fox Float, while for the Factory range no less than 7 different models are available. Fox 32 Float Evolution Series is offered in three versions of travel: 100, 120 or 140 mm. They all benefit from rebound adjustment, lever actuated lock-outs and air spring pressure valve. These base models cannot be supplied with 15 mm QR axle or taper steerer. For a Fox 32 Float with a 120 mm travel weight is 1.71 kg. After a short ride with Float Evolution I can say that damping is not that impressive, at least when compared with those Fox forks produced in 2008 or 2009, or with models from the higher specs series.
Consists of more robust models, most of them with 36 mm arms, except for the Talas. Performance forks are exactly the suspensions we’ve been accustomed with from Fox meaning excellent damping and various steerer and axle options. For some models, these forks can be even more expensive than those belonging to Factory series.
Designates Fox’s hi-end models, featuring Kashima Coat stanchions for exceptional functionality, different steerer and axle options, Lock-Out force adjusts and even a Terralogic threshold (the fork only becomes active when passing over obstacles and stiffens while pedaling).
Fork weight is also very different. Comparing a Fox Float Evolution with 120 mm travel (1.71 kg) to a Fox Float Factory with the same travel (1.48 kg) results a difference of 230 grams (both for a 9 mm drop-out). Additionally, the Factory model is equipped with a FIT cartridge, and benefits from rebound adjustment, Lock-Out with handlebar mounted lever, low-speed adjustment and Lock-Out force adjust.
It was a natural choice for Fox to offer at some point basic models, better known than Fox Alps, an OEM product which is based upon an older model of Fox Talas. Until autumn, we have an Evolution fork at our disposal, and we will test it on different tracks so expect our reports soon.