The performance of the “optimal” XC racing fork has been all over the place through the years. What was once a nuisance and eye candy to please sponsors has now become a competitive advantage. Some attempts at a lightweight XC fork have resulted in a choppy ride, at best, just to deliver a lightweight design.

For 2017, Fox Racing has re-designed their XC-specific platform calling it Fox 32 SC. SC stands for Step-Cast and one look at the fork and you’ll see why. The lower legs are stepped to reduce the length of the internals and reduce the overall unit weight. Going this route also optimizes lower leg stiffness while still accommodating two axle widths and up to 180mm (27.5) or 203mm (29er) rotor size.

As you can see, the  profile of the fork has been narrowed by 10mm total to tighten things up for razor-sharp handling. Doing so did reduce tire clearance to 2.3″, but the stepped legs are still built to accommodate Boost 110 spacing, if desired.


The 2017 Fox 32 SC fork is optimized for XC racing.

The 2017 Fox 32 SC fork is optimized for XC racing.

You can see the details of the Step-Cast lowers.

You can see the details of the Step-Cast lowers.

From our friends at Fox:

Starting at 2.98 pounds, the 32 Step-Cast (SC) fork is our lightest cross-country fork ever. Optimized for 100 mm of travel, the Step-Cast lower leg design and narrow crown spacing save weight while the 32 mm upper tubes maintain FOX ride quality.

  • 15QR x 110 Boost and 15QR x 100 Kabolt axle options
  • 27.5” and 29” wheel options
  • 100mm travel
  • FIT4 and FIT GRIP three position damper for improved control
  • Lockout for increased efficiency
  • Factory Series models feature Genuine Kashima Coat
  • Gloss Orange, Matte Black, Gloss White

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