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Old 04-20-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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when fox came out with the 34mm stanchion, this seemed like exactly what they needed to stiffen up their 5" forks (which are noodles, let's be honest). but i immediately had a suspicion that rather than going this route, fox would instead use the 34mm platform to lighten up their 6" forks:

http://bikemagic.com/gear/fox-releas...0mm-forks.html

if they decide to offer 6" forks in 34 and 36mm flavours fine. but if they decide to do away with the 6" 36...
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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when fox came out with the 34mm stanchion, this seemed like exactly what they needed to stiffen up their 5" forks (which are noodles, let's be honest). but i immediately had a suspicion that rather than going this route, fox would instead use the 34mm platform to lighten up their 6" forks:

http://bikemagic.com/gear/fox-releas...0mm-forks.html

if they decide to offer 6" forks in 34 and 36mm flavours fine. but if they decide to do away with the 6" 36...
...or you could drop it to 5", enjoy the fork, and not complain about speculated future product decisions.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:37 AM   #3
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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I'm just sad the van is pretty much just the 180mm.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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if they decide to offer 6" forks in 34 and 36mm flavours fine. but if they decide to do away with the 6" 36...
Buy your 36 160s now. I have it on pretty good authority that the 34 is replacing them. The 36 will be reserved for 180mm.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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Buy your 36 160s now. I have it on pretty good authority that the 34 is replacing them. The 36 will be reserved for 180mm.
I'm a pretty big guy, and found my 160mm 36 was feeling a bit noodley as I progressed. I thought for sure their 180mm forks would be released with 38mm stanchions, but with 36, there's no way I'm riding that fork.

I bought a 66 rc3 ti this year and loving it so far. Congratulations Fox, after 6 years of riding your stuff exclusively, I'm branching out.

I see the 34mm chassis as ideal for the 120mm to 140mm forks, and would consider one as a lighter replacement for the 36 float lowered to 140 on my hardtail, but when the time comes, I'll be exploring other options. Hopefully Marz will boost their 44s to 34mm.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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I'm a pretty big guy, and found my 160mm 36 was feeling a bit noodley as I progressed. I thought for sure their 180mm forks would be released with 38mm stanchions, but with 36, there's no way I'm riding that fork.

I bought a 66 rc3 ti this year and loving it so far. Congratulations Fox, after 6 years of riding your stuff exclusively, I'm branching out.

I see the 34mm chassis as ideal for the 120mm to 140mm forks, and would consider one as a lighter replacement for the 36 float lowered to 140 on my hardtail, but when the time comes, I'll be exploring other options. Hopefully Marz will boost their 44s to 34mm.
I'm a really big guy and my 180 Float has been fantastic. The 170 Lyriks do fine with 35mm stanchions as well.
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I'm a pretty big guy, and found my 160mm 36 was feeling a bit noodley as I progressed. I thought for sure their 180mm forks would be released with 38mm stanchions, but with 36, there's no way I'm riding that fork.

I bought a 66 rc3 ti this year and loving it so far. Congratulations Fox, after 6 years of riding your stuff exclusively, I'm branching out.

I see the 34mm chassis as ideal for the 120mm to 140mm forks, and would consider one as a lighter replacement for the 36 float lowered to 140 on my hardtail, but when the time comes, I'll be exploring other options. Hopefully Marz will boost their 44s to 34mm.
If Fox discontinues the 36mm I guess I'll just live on my 180 Talas for a few more years then switch brands.
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I'm a really big guy and my 180 Float has been fantastic. The 170 Lyriks do fine with 35mm stanchions as well.
Yeah, put me in the "big" camp too... 225ish with gear and my Fox Float 180 has been stellar... I notice no difference between it and the Totem it replaced, expect a better more adjustable fork.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:10 AM   #12
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I care less about mass/weight and more about rigidity, stiffness and reaction. I see this - if it happens - as just another way to make obsolete, perfectly fine forks otherwise. Personally, 36 or higher - FTW
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Yeah, put me in the "big" camp too... 225ish with gear and my Fox Float 180 has been stellar... I notice no difference between it and the Totem it replaced, expect a better more adjustable fork.
Well, there's big, and then there's big I guess. I'm sitting at 230lbs butt naked right now with not a lot of body fat, and last year I noticed more flex than I liked in my old 160 Van. I heard that the 180s had been stiffened up somehow, but when Marz and RockShox are putting 38 or 40mm stanchions on their 180mm forks, then I'm not going to take the chance with Fox.
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