The Float series forks from Fox have been found on thousands of bikes over the last fifteen years. Riders have loved the plush feel in the full range of travel. There have been many designs and iterations, but the basic concept has remained the same. Air spring pressure defines your overall range of firmness, based on rider weight and preference. The key to the Float is the consistency and plushness of the fork through its travel range. As technology has evolved, new systems have been designed to allow the rider more input into the curve of active suspension, as well as simplify the process. The current favored blend is the FIT system (a bladder inside the cartridge that keeps oil and air separate from each other, even as they interact), combined with the CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) damper system. CTD is a factory pre-set range selection for compression damping for various requirements. While climbing, the setting is firmer, but still lightly active to maximize traction and forward momentum. The Trail setting opens things up significantly, again delivering the right balance of active traction, suspension travel and pedaling efficiency for speed and control in all trail conditions. For Descend, the emphasis changes to a more fully open setting, maximizing your bike's travel capability for speed and control, with scant attention to pedaling efficiency.
The Float 32mm stanchion 100 FIT CTD offers a new option, more commonly seen on the Talas series forks; Trail Adjust. This manual control gives you seven adjustments to dial in the performance of the fork (within the CTD system). As always, your rebound is adjustable, and as an air sprung fork, you control the starting point, or sag. The stanchions have the Kashima coating that greatly reduces resistance, but is also extremely durable. All in all, if you are shorter travel trail rider, or aggressive XC type or racer, the Float 29 can handle all you can throw at it, and give you ultimate control over the conditions you encounter. Let's face it, you don't ride the same trail or terrain all the time, so choose a fork that lets you define its characteristics to suit the conditions and how you want to enjoy your time on the trail.