FOX Fork Air Volume Spacer review

Fast and affordable way to tune your suspension

Components
These simple Air Volume Spacers from FOX are one the easiest ways to custom tune your suspension.

These simple Air Volume Spacers from FOX are one of the easiest ways to custom tune your suspension (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: FOX Fork Air Volume Spacer

Bike manufacturers face a dilemma when producing new models. While their in-house testers and pro riders may prefer a heavier or stiffer tune, they must deliver suspension products that work for a wide array of riders. The downside is these “every-rider” tunes don’t always work for more aggressive riders. Fortunately, FOX has a solution. Read on to find out more.

Stat Box
Volume: 32/8cc, 34/10cc, 36/7cc or 10cc, 40/10cc Price: $2.50
Weight: 12 grams Rating: 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 5 out of 5
Compatibility: MY2016-17 FOX 32, 34, 40; MY2015-17 36

Pluses
Minuses
  • Inexpensive
  • Tools required
  • Simple to install
  • Immediate performance enhancement

Review: FOX Fork Air Volume Spacer

The bike market has recently been flooded by a slew of extremely capable short travel 29ers. These bikes climb well and are incredibly fun when barreling downhill. The problem is that these frames are designed with more XC or trail oriented pursuits in mind, so it’s easy to override the suspension.

In order to prevent harsh bottom outs when crushing rock gardens, there are several ways to tune your suspension via built-in adjustments. For instance, you could run less sag and sacrifice small bump compliance, or try running the suspension in “middle” mode. Both of these methods work to a certain extent, but we’ve found a better method is using Air Volume Spacers.

Changing the quantity of Air Volume Spacers changes the Air Spring Curves to be more or less progressive towards the end of the stroke.

Changing the quantity of Air Volume Spacers changes the air spring curves to be more or less progressive towards the end of the suspension stroke (click to enlarge).

An Air Volume Spacer can be inserted in your fork to adjust your air volume, which affects the middle of the stroke and bottom out resistance. By adding spacers you can make the suspension more progressive as you move through the travel, which is ideal for heavier or more aggressive riders. Removing spacers has the opposite effect and allows the fork to move more easily through its travel. This is beneficial for lighter weight riders, who would otherwise struggle to utilize full travel.

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