Prototype Fox RP23 With Kashima Coat Spotted at Fontana

Yes, the buttery smooth Fox Kashima Coat is not just for forks any more. Apparently, as Geoff Kabush tweeted from the Fontucky Pre-race practice. The prototype seen here looks to be very similar to the current XV canned RP23 with the obvious addition of the Kashima Coating, and the black ProPedal tune knob.

However, if you look closer you will notice a few different things. One, I have never seen or heard the RP23 referred to as Adaptive Lockout, which is printed right above the RP23. Could this be an evolution of the RP23 to include an actual lock out? Also, it could just be the hardware for a bike that I’m not used to seeing, but there looks to be some difference in the DU bushing mounting areas. Like I said, it could just be the mounting hardware for a specific bicycle, but it doesn’t look like the DU bushing and hardware for any bike I’ve ever seen.


Varaxis - 03/27/11 - 1:54am

Nice insight. Saw this first on VitalMTB, but you went in depth with further examining.

mike - 03/27/11 - 3:27am

trebon was thinking it was a 2 stage shock

Fabricio - 03/27/11 - 7:09am

The bushing hardware looks like is replaced by needle bearings like Endruo style

slow rider gonna be slow - 03/28/11 - 3:58am


jameso - 03/28/11 - 7:05am

I think adaptive l-o means the new lockout theat goes from lock to propedal, rather than the propedal to open of old.

Mart - 03/29/11 - 10:53pm

Both DU section are just a three piece reducer kit with the outer sleeve removed but the plastic washer were left in place. That’s why you don’t see the red DU sleeve that is just under.
Otherwise, looks great!

[…] Just a little pre-Sea Otter teaser here: Fox has upped production of their Kashima Coat forks and moved it back to the shocks, too, as we previously mentioned. […]

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