While the 34 and 36 suspension forks might be big sellers for Fox, their XC-focused 32 is still a strong fork in their line-up. 2017 (yep, we’re there already, folks) sees a new iteration of the 32, the 32 Step-Cast.
XC courses are no longer mundane slogs across grassy fields, so damping performance and stiffness are important features of a high-end XC fork. That said, weight is still a massive consideration, so there’s a sweet-spot to be found between performance and weight. The 32 Step-Cast takes these (at times contradictory) considerations, and aims to solve both.
We’ve had an early-bird look at the 32 Step-Cast, so before we get into our take on the fork, here’s a quick run-down of what Fox want you to hear.
Fox 32 Step-Cast highlights
- 100mm travel
- 1,378g / 3.04lb (actual weight for 29in version w/uncut steerer)
- 15QR x 110 Boost and 15QR x 100 Kabolt axle options
- 27.5in and 29in wheel options
- FIT4 damper
- Available in gloss orange, matte black and gloss white
- $889 / $1450 AUS / £799
From the side you might not notice much, but viewed from the front the 100mm-travel 32 is noticeably different. The fork has been narrowed, with a new, lighter highly-formed crown bringing the Kashima coated stanchions closer together. Obviously this impacts on tyre clearance, which is why the upper’s brace is neatly sculpted to maximise tyre clearance – Fox reckon you can still squeeze a 2.3” tyre in there though.
Looking lower down the legs you can see the cut-out Step-Cast design – this allows the aforementioned narrower crown, while still fitting the now on-trend Boost hubs, something which we’ve found to increase stiffness in the wheel. 100mm axle versions are still available, while both 27.5 and 29in wheels are accommodated.
Strong first impressions
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