The idea came to a few people internally and they made it happen by having the air spring modified down to 40 mm. The enjoyment they found riding it and the positive reactions by others that saw it in the wild got around the office and we decided to delve further into the possibilities.
It was too late to go to the drawing board and design a purpose-built gravel grinder fork in time for our model year 2018 product line release, but we certainly had the time to tune and refine it for the task.
While we're not sure of all of the frames/sizes this iteration will be compatible with, we decided to open this project up to the public willing to live on the cutting edge of early adoption.
Travel 40 mm
Wheel 27.5 / 700c
Max Tire Size 700x40c
Damper FIT4 3-Pos Lever w/adj
Axle Lightweight 15x100 Kabolt axle
Air Spring FLOAT EVOL (short travel specific)
Upper Tube Finish Black Ano
Steerer 1.5 Taper
Color Matte Black
910-20-428 / 32 Float AX 700c Performance 40 FIT4 3Pos-Adj noir Kabolt 100 conique 2018
Inspired by Geoff Kabush through our RAD program, the Kabolt is now available for all 15QR forks.
40g lighter than our 15QR (54% weight savings)
Installs with a 6mm hex
32 Step-Cast Chassis
The distinct shape of the lower leg design isn't just for looks. The 32 Step-Cast (SC) chassis uses a narrow stance to save weight and the step design makes room for the spokes and brake rotor. The 32 SC features 32 mm upper tubes and ample bushing overlap for a quality ride and the hollowed out lower legs provide even more weight savings.
Now in its fourth generation, our patented FIT4 (FOX Isolated Technology) closed cartridge system provides three on-the-fly compression damping positions Open, Medium, and Firm to adapt to varying trail conditions. Factory Series forks feature an additional 22 clicks of low-speed compression adjust in the Open mode, allowing riders to fine-tune their exact damping preferences.
The FIT4 cartridge damper was redesigned based on our award-winning HSC/LSC damper, resulting in a much higher performing damper across all forks. This year, the FIT4 damper received an updated tune that provides more sensitivity while maintaining support.
Patented Air Transfer Port System
The FLOAT air spring system developed for 32, 34 and 40 is lighter and reduces the force to initiate travel, providing excellent sensitivity and small bump compliance for all riders and pressure settings.
Similar to our FLOAT rear shocks, the new FLOAT system features positive and negative air springs that automatically equalize during use to give each rider the right pressure balance. The progressiveness of the spring curve can be adjusted via air volume spacers, allowing riders to fine-tune the feel of the air spring.