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02 July 2019

E-MTB optimized suspension by Fox

It’s no secret that e-MTBs are heavier than a traditional mountain bike. A heavier bike changes how the bike behaves while braking and cornering. This requires more from your suspension. Fox realized this, so they developed a fork specifically for the increased rigors of E-mountain biking.

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It’s no secret that EMTBs are heavy. One of the first things people do before riding an e-mountain bike for the first time is lift it up to see how much heavier they are compared to traditional mountain bikes. They’re also fast, and for these reasons riders tend to ride them differently than a traditional mountain bike. Obstacles in the trail that they would normally ride around, they now plow through. The heavier bike also changes how the bike behaves while braking and cornering. This requires more from your suspension. Fox realized this, so they developed a fork specifically for the increased rigors of E-mountain biking.

Externally, the E-mountain bike forks look the same as a standard Fox 34 or 36; the only exception is a sticker designating the fork is “E-Bike Optimized.” So how is it different? It’s essentially a built up beefier version of the trail proven 34 and 36. The E version adds a thicker steerer tube toward the crown and thicker stanchions. The 36e has the same internal diameter as the standard 34, and the 34e has the same internal diameter as the standard 32. And because there is now less room for air, Fox uses the airspring from a standard 34 in the 36e, and the airspring from the 32 in the 34e. There isn’t any change to the seals or dampers, but the fork is tuned for enduro use; this fits the needs of both the rider and the bike. While there is a weight penalty of roughly 200 grams, what ultimately results here is a more durable and noticeably stiffer fork. This added stiffness is apparent while braking and cornering, even more noticeable when ridden on a traditional mountain bike.

 

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Speaking of traditional mountain bikes, this fork isn’t just for the E-mountain biker. If you’re a rider that requires, or just wants, added stiffness on the front end, this will definitely fit your needs. Simply remove the E-Bike Optimized sticker, and you’re ready to go.

You can try these E-Bike Optimized forks yourself at STEPS demo events throughout the country.

To learn more about Fox suspension and their E-Bike optimized forks, click here:

https://www.ridefox.com/subhome.php?m=bike