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Fox’s top-of-the-range, slick Kashima-coated F100 RLC is the
ultimate, maximum control fit-and-forget short-travel race/trail fork for those
who can afford it.

The scooped brace lowers with 15mm screw-through axle and
tapered top give a usefully taut and controlled feel on the trail, but it’s
still an obedient fork in a quick-release format. Rebound and low speed compression dials
plus lockout lever are within easy reach on the fork top, so setting your
preferred damping feel is easy.

What really sets the Fox apart though is the ultra-supple,
terrain-tracking, traction-boosting fluidity of the FIT cartridge,
gold-coloured Kashima stanchion coating and SKF seals. As long as you get the
air spring pressure somewhere right, the fork floats through the most rutted,
ragged and rooty sections with outstanding control and sensitivity.

Obviously there’s a limit to what the 100mm stroke will
swallow but it never over travels or feels notchy however fast the hits are
coming. Even when slammed to full travel it sucks it up calmly. The angle
adjustable Fox/Shimano 15QR axle is the most user friendly, weatherproof
screw-through available too.

article was originally published in What
Mountain Bike
magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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