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by Neal Rogers
April 12, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wellens solos to victory at Brabantse Pijl, dedicates victory to Michael Goolaerts; Bastianelli wins first edition of women’s Brabantse Pijl; Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash; Rémy Di Gregorio provisionally suspended for EPO; Five-time Flèche champion Valverde: ‘If I’m in the lead with 200 metres to go, it’s hard to beat me’; 100% launches Speedcraft Air to control nasal dilation; RockShox’s new TwistLoc brings remote lockout control to the grip; Fox boosts travel in its cross country platform with 34 Step-Cast 120mm fork.
As Fox’s lightest suspension fork range, the existing Step-Cast series is one for the cross country racers. Released on the same day as RockShox’s 120mm travel SID fork, Fox has released a 2019 120mm 34 (34mm stanchion diameter) version of its Step-Cast fork. No doubt cross county riding is getting rowdier and more technical, and the stage seems set for 120mm to become the new norm.
This fork is said to be lighter than existing long travel 32 forks and 15% stiffer, while saving over 200g compared to a standard 140mm 34 fork at the same stiffness. Much of this is achieved with a whole new lower leg design which features obvious steps to reduce weight. The 34 Step-Cast is available in both 27.5 and 29in wheel versions, fitting up to 2.8in and 2.6in wide tyres respectively.
Like the other Step-Cast forks, the 34 SC features the low-friction Float EVOL air spring. This fork is only available at Fox’s premium Factory level, meaning a slick Kashima coating and high-end pricing starting from US$943.