FOX present their 2022 line-up, introducing new FOX 34 and 34 Step-Cast forks and FLOAT X shock. Another new addition is the FOX DHX coil shock, a more affordable alternative to the DHX2. Read on to find out more about FOX’s latest innovations and features.

2022 FOX 34 GRIP2 Factory | 120–140 mm travel | 29″| € 1,389

Last year, FOX presented their latest 36 and 38 forks. Now, they’re following up with the revised FOX 34 and – its lighter brother – 34 Step-Cast forks, as well as all-new FOX FLOAT X and DHX shocks. They’ve been updated with already proven technology and some exciting new features. Both forks will exclusively be compatible with 29″ wheels and Boost hubs. The FOX 34 offers 120–140 mm travel and is available with a choice of three dampers: FIT4, GRIP2 and GRIP. Available models include the Factory, Performance Elite and Performance variants, with prices varying between € 1,069 and € 1,389. The FOX 34 offers clearance for up to 2.6″ tires and is compatible with 180–230 mm brake rotors. The lightest version of the FOX 34 weighs 1698 grams, making it around 200 grams heavier than the FOX 34 Step-Cast, which is available with 100–120 mm travel. The Step-Cast is intended more for cross-country and light trail bikes, accommodating a maximum tire width of 2.4″ and 180 mm rotors. We are hard at work reviewing the FOX 34 GRIP2 fork and will give you our first ride impressions soon.

2022 FOX 34 GRIP2 Factory
2022 FOX 34 Step-Cast Factory

What’s new about the FOX 34 fork for 2022?

The 2022 FOX 34 features revamped lowers and, as the name suggests, is based on 34 mm stanchions. The new fork crown and revised arch are intended to ensure optimised stiffness while reducing weight. Thanks to larger channels inside the lower legs, more oil should reach the bushings and dust wipers, keeping them well-lubed and friction-free. An enlarged negative air chamber promises better mid-stroke support, and the models of the FOX 34 Step-Cast range now also allow you to instal volume spacers. This should enable a firmer setup, keeping the fork higher in its travel.

The revised lower leg arch is claimed to be stiffer.
Both quick-release and Kabolt thru-axles are available. However, they don’t feature the additional pinch-bolt as the 36 and 38 models.

The new 2022 FOX FLOAT X shock

The all-new 2022 FOX FLOAT X shock promises easy access to the valve and more finely adjustable volume spacers, making it easier to dial in your setup. You get 12 clicks of tool-free low-speed rebound and compression adjustment and a 2-position lockout lever. Compared to the FOX DPX2 shock, the new FLOAT X promises to offer an improved rebound adjustment range and a larger air chamber, which is a big advantage for heavier riders who may previously have reached the maximum air pressure of the DPX2. The air pressure is claimed to have been reduced by an average of 40 psi, offering the same virtual spring weight at a lower pressure. The shock will be available in Factory and Performance Elite versions at prices ranging from € 699 to € 799.

The 2022 FOX FLOAT X Factory shock

The all-new FOX DHX coil shock

The FOX DHX shock is an entirely new addition, marketed as the little brother of the DHX2. For the time being, it will only be available as a Factory version for € 759, featuring tool-free low-speed compression and rebound adjustment and a 2-position lockout lever. It is primarily aimed at trail and enduro bikes. FOX’s high-quality SLS coil isn’t included and will have to be bought seperately for 195 €.

The all-new 2022 FOX DHX Factory coil shock

All models are expected to be available as of June this year.

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As editor-in-chief, Peter is as much a man of action as he is of words. This expert, screw-driver-flexing two wheeled-whizz has many envy-inducing characteristics, including a background in motocross, several EWS race plates to his name, and more than 150 recorded days at Whistler Bike Park. However complex the bike and however steep the trail, he’s probably already nailed it, twice. Oh, and he can do it all on skinny tyres too. When it comes to guiding consumers, Peter cut his teeth at Vancouver’s oldest bike shop and now puts pen to paper on the daily translating this know-how into our editorial plan. When not tearing up Stuttgart’s local trails while testing bikes, he loves nothing more than loading up his self-renovated VW T5 and hitting the road. The fact that he’s a trained paramedic gives his colleagues reassurance out on the trails. So far we haven’t had to call him by his alias ‘Sani Peter’, so here’s hoping he keeps it right side up for the rest of his time here!