Video: 2016 FOX Float DPS EVOL shock

New rear shock improved with twin dampers and a bigger negative spring can

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Update: September 9, 2015

This video explains in detail how the Fox Float DPS system works. It provides full lockout without compromising the ride control and efficiency, allowing riders to adapt to any terrain. FOX DPS provides a wide range of on-the-fly compression settings and excellent bump recovery in a lightweight package making it ideal for the new crop of more capable Trail Bikes.

We tried the the 2016 FOX DPS EVOL shock on the Santa Cruz Bronson.

We tried the the 2016 FOX DPS EVOL shock on the Santa Cruz Bronson (click to enlarge).

The 2016 FOX Float rear shock now has two damping pistons instead of one found in the old CTD. This allows the first piston to focus on compression and rebound. The second piston is dedicated to the firm mode exclusively. So now, there is better optimization for the Open and Medium modes. The the Firm mode, well it’s really firm, giving the rider a hardtail-like pedaling platform.

The other new technology in this shock is EVOL which stands for Extra Volume negative air spring. It is a larger negative air can and it’s visible from the exterior with a noticeable bump in the middle of the shock.

Rebound knob on 2016 DPS Float is shown.

Rebound knob on 2016 DPS Float is shown (click to enlarge).

It increases the volume of the negative spring, which allows the shock to move more freely on the initial stroke. It also gives the shock more mid-stroke support. And with improved suppleness in the shock, FOX was able to tune the damping of the system to give it more support.

Another welcome change is the Low Speed Compression knob now takes effect in the Open mode of the shock. This gives the rider control of performance in the state when the shock is doing its best work. Shocks after all should be optimized and tuned for absorbing shock, not for pedaling.

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  • Nick says:

    Well yeah Phil, they are competing with the DB Inline. Look at every really high end carbon mountain bike and what shock they come stocked with. Of course they want to get back in on that action!

  • Bret says:

    Sounds great in all aspects except for the “very firm lockout”. Just don’t see where that could be useful on a mountain bike seeing as mountain bikes are made for the mountains.
    You can’t create the feel of a hard tail just by locking out the shock.

  • J-Flo says:

    Bret, many of my rides on my AM bike involve a fire road climb followed by rough descent. So, yes, I want a lockout for that climb!

  • Tom says:

    Agreed, that a firm lockout will be welcomed. I’ve grown a little tired of the mushy Fox lockouts the last several years (exception being the Trek DRCV shocks, which have nice, firm lockouts).

  • MJ says:

    Loose the useless “lockout” mode and replace it with a more useful setting.

    Long fire road climbs, on long travel bikes, are almost never done in an extended, hammer-out-of-the-saddle fashion. It is a sit and spin affair. Modest LSC works just fine for that application.

    Cane Creek has the right idea with one very adjustable “Open” setting, and a non-lock out, graduated “Climb” switch that affects both LSC and rebound.

  • CG says:

    The firm lockout is in fact a huge plus for a lot of riders. Many want to ride hard up the fire road, and a mushy lockout just does not do it. I know that lots of guys won’t see the value, as they will just sit and slowly climb without getting into the red zone. But MANY riders want to hammer up the fire roads to get a huge workout before going down the mountain. I would not even consider buying a rear shock lacking a firm lockout.

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