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Fox releases new Rhythm budget trail fork

... but it's OEM only for now

Fox’s 2017 catalogue landed on our desks this morning and there’s quite a few new additions and tweaks to mull over. Here are the highlights:

The Fox Rhythm 34

The first thing we noticed was a brand new fork – the Fox Rhythm.

Fox claims the Rhythm is part of its new “value positioning”. You may be thinking that this is related tothe recent acquisition of Marzocchi however Fox assures us it has taken a lot longer to develop this fork than the few weeks between the deal and now.

We reckon this is a smart move for Fox as it currently loses out on huge swathes of the all-mountain/trail market to the likes of the RockShox Yari. Besides a bit more competition will be good for consumers as it should encourage everyone to up their game.

The fork will be made from 6000 series aluminium (a lower grade than the rest of its forks) and have 34mm grey anodised stanchions. It comes with the FIT GRIP damper that’s based on FIT technology, but instead of a bladder the cartridge uses a spring loaded IFP (Internal Floating Piston) to prevent the mixing of air and oil. It is basically a simpler design and a bit heavier then the FIT4.

The fork will be OEM only for now, so we can’t give you an exact price, but if this is a sign of things to come for Fox then maybe it won’t be long before we see it producing aftermarket budget forks too.

Fox X2 and DHX2 two position lever

For 2017 you can now buy the Fox X2 with a 2 position Open/Firm lever that still maintains the usual high and low speed compression adjustment.

The lever is available with either the air FLOAT X2 or the coil DHX2 version. You can buy the shock new with the upgrade or you can buy a kit separately to upgrade your current X2 shock. There’s no word on the pricing of the kit yet but buying a new shock with the lever will raise the price by $30.

Fox 32 SC

Also new for 2017 is the Fox 32 SC fork. The SC stands for Step Cast and you can see that step towards the bottom of the leg. The step allows for a narrower chassis (which saves weight) while still keeping room for disc brakes and spokes.

This means Fox has been able to get the weight down to 1,355 grams (2.98lbs) for the 27.5 model. However it can only take 2.3 inch tyres and 180mm rotors… although is this really an issue if you’re an XC racer?

Finally, you can now buy the 34 and 36 fork in Boost sizes. You can expect all the forks to be available mid-May.


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