Sneak Peek: Prototype XC FOX fork with step down lowers

32mm chassis, tapered lowers, and black stanchions?

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Prototype FOX Fork with Step Down Casting.

Prototype FOX Fork with Step Down Casting (click to enlarge).

Spotted on the instagram account of Peter James Lucas, this yet to be released 32mm XC fork from FOX that appears to be close to production. The fork is mounted on what we assume is a Trek Superfly HT (due to the seat mast tube) that is the same shade of candy red used by several of Treks World Cup XC racers last season.

The most interesting feature of the new chassis appears to be the stepped lowers, which taper near the axle. This design probably helps reduce weight. Also of note – black stanchions. Does this mean no more golden Kashima coat?

We’ve reached out to FOX for more details and will update whenever we hear back!


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  • David Dias says:

    bet the stepped lowers is for BOOST Hubs. Theres space for the disk brake while the crown keeps the same measurement of a tradicional 100mm fork. This will make the fork lighter, stronger than the usual 110mm forks.

  • Andy says:

    Sneak peek? Take a look at the IG accounts of all of the TFR XCO pros. It’s not being hidden at all.

  • Dennis says:

    Coming from the motorcycle (specifically sport bikes) world, I saw the evolution of forks go from simple right-side up, to upside-down; from chromed stanchions to gold-coated stanchions (similar hard-coat concept as Kashima), to now what many motorcycle fork manufacturers are calling DLC (diamond-like coating) which is black in color. Could be some trickle-down to the MTB world.

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