Prototype Fox “Enduro” Suspension Fork, Shock Spotted in the Wild

Prototype Fox enduro piggy back shock being tested. Photo: VitalMTB

Prototype Fox enduro piggy back shock being tested. Photo: VitalMTB

The guys over at Vital have spotted some prototype suspension parts from Fox aboard a test bike reportedly piloted by Mark Fitzsimmons, their Race Program Manager.

Rumor is the shock is built for Enduro racing, and the fork’s internals match up with the intended use…as does the 160mm Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon they were mounted to. Details aren’t being released, but check VitalMTB.com’s post for plenty more pics and some audio from Fitzsimmons.

Making an Enduro-specific suspension set up makes a lot of sense. First, there’s growing interest in the genre, what with major events popping up in France, California and other places, along with the recently announced Enduro World Series. Second, it’s a very demanding type of riding with a huge range of conditions. Descents can border on DH level insanity in some cases, followed by grinding uphill climbs, all peppered with trail sections that can go from flowing to technical in a heart beat. The piggy back reservoir on an otherwise very XC-sized canister makes sense, helping to keep performance consistent on the long descents without adding too much weight.

Note the side-mounted rebound knob (backside of the shock), a new placement compared to their DHX Air or Vanilla, which would make it easy to glance down and check the setting from riding position. Adjustments should be pretty easy to reach, too.

We’ve reached out to Fox for comment and will update if/when we hear back…

Prototype Fox TALAS fork with enduro-tuned internals being tested. Photo: VitalMTB

Prototype Fox TALAS fork with enduro-tuned internals being tested. Photo: VitalMTB

Comments

Dave - 01/07/13 - 4:06pm

If that means they’ll make a TALAS that really works all the way through its travel, it’s good news.

satisFACTORYrider - 01/07/13 - 5:33pm

the rs monarch plus rc3 is the one to beat. vivid-like damping and extremely durable

Mindless - 01/07/13 - 5:44pm

Xfusion Vector Air is the one to beat. Better than RC3 plus in every way.

Both are not CCDB Air, but that one is notably heavier.

Tes - 01/07/13 - 6:37pm

“…it’s a very demanding type of riding with a huge range of conditions. Descents can border on DH level insanity in some cases, followed by grinding uphill climbs, all peppered with trail sections that can go from flowing to technical in a heart beat.”

So, um, it’s mountain biking.

brd - 01/08/13 - 6:15am

+1 @Tes

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