New Fox 38 tames any trail

Fox 38 enduro fork 2020
Fox 38 riders have a choice of three colours and specifications (Image credit: Fox)

Fox suspension has added a new single-crown enduro fork to its 2020 mountain bike fork product portfolio.

The Californian suspension specialist has responded to the increased enduro bike frame, wheel and tyre technology with its most robust single-crown structure yet: the new '38.

Targeted at mountain bikers who descent the most technical possible trails and require extreme steering accuracy and terrain calming features from a fork, the 38 is a mighty new offering.

Fox’s 36 built an enviable reputation as the enduro mountain bike fork standard since its launch in 2005. With the 38, Fox’s technical staff have evolved everything the 36 did well and made it even better.

Engineers and designs have visited a rich collection of features and technologies upon the new Fox 38. It has new air and oil channel circuits and the elliptical steerer increases steering precision and crown stiffness.

Built for both 27.5-and 29-inch wheels, the Fox 38 has travel options from 160- to 180mm and offers impeccable suspension performance, thanks to eight-clicks of externally adjustable high-speed compression and rebound damping control.

Riders will have the option of GRIP2 or FIT4 dampers and three offset measurements (37-, 44- and 51mm) to match even the slackest enduro framesets.

The Fox 38 promises to be an incredibly accurate and terrain neutral single-crown fork, with a stiffness that will ensure accurate rider feedback even in the most technical terrain. Graded against Fox’s 36 this new fork, with its 2mm larger diameter stanchions, is 38 per cent stiffer torsionally.

The fork lowers also feature air-bleeders on the inner legs, allowing you to purge pressure build-up and ensure that the full travel of your Fox 38 is always available for that next big drop or landing.

Although there are riders who still pine for 20mm axles, Fox’s new 15mm floating axle is delightfully clever as it features an integrated sleeve, which ensures perfect wheel alignment and avoids annoying brake rotor scrub.

The new Fox 38 will come to market at in three different grades (Factory, Performance Elite and Performance), priced between €1,259 and €1,589. Colour options are orange, black and a limited edition pistachio hue.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.