The all-new Fox 32TC gravel suspension fork is now the lightest gravel suspension fork with a telescopic design, thanks to a complete rethinking of their step-cast layout, an inverted arc and minimalist design.
The original Fox AX gravel suspension fork was little more than a shortened, shortened 32 Step Cast mountain bike fork. It worked, but was covered for the task, and thus heavier than it needed to be. And the wide crown gave problems with clearance for some frames. Fox knew they could do better, and the new 32TC is the result.
32 Taper Cast comes in three levels – Factory, Performance Elite and Performance – and they all share the new lightweight chassis with the bow on the back.
If we go for alleged weights at launch, the 1,226g 32 TC is a gram lighter than the 1,227g Rockshox Rudy fork that was launched last August. Marginal gains, in fact. And both requirements are with trimmed guide tubes so your results may vary.
To save weight, Fox gave it a shorter air spring that delivers the desired spring curve. Where the old 32 SC could take up to seven volume reduction spacers (and benefited from using them), the new 32 TC fits a maximum of four, and Fox says you might not even need to use any.
It only comes with a 1.5 “tapered guide tube, which they say makes it compatible with the vast majority of bikes out there, with a focus on modern frames that all use that standard.
Sticking to 12x100mm through shafts kept it narrow, and the buttons and switches on the top are smaller versions with lower profile than what is on their MTB forks. Combined, these help clear most of the downtubes of the frame.
Several weight savings come from a chiseled bottom that tapers (hence the “TC” Taper Cast moniker versus the “SC” Step Cast from before). Notice the bulge for the bushings in the middle of the leg and you get a sense of how skinny they have done it.
Fox says these cutouts are not clogged with mud, which is why they have put the trusses and cutouts in front of the inverted arch … so they are directed away from the direction of flying mud. Unless you are driving backwards.
The arch is inverted because it allows them to place the lower and further reduce material … and it looks much slimmer from the front, more suitable for a dropbar bike.
Fender mounts at the bottom and on the arch make it possible to mount an entire fender, and mounting tabs are included with each fork.
2022 Fox 32TC Specifications
Shared specifications across all three trim levels are:
- 40 mm and 50 mm travel options
- Shaft for crown: 435.5 mm (40 mm) and 445.5 mm (50 mm)
- 45 mm and 50 mm tear options
- FIT4 and GRIP damper options
- 700c chassis (not 650B compatible *)
- 700×50 mm max ground clearance (max. 45 mm with screen installed)
- Lower leg air / oil bypass ducts
- 1-1 / 8 “to 1.5” conical steering
- Flat-mounted brakes – 160 mm / 180 mm rotor compatible
* Why is Fox 32TC fork 650B not compatible? Because these bushings and sealing dents at the top of the lowered tires are exactly where the widest point of a 650B tire would be, limiting the tire distance to only 30 mm. And we all know that is not enough.
Fox 32TC factory
The 32TC Factory forks feature Kashima-coated posts and their FIT4 dampers that offer external low-speed compression damping adjustments in open mode, plus the usual three-position Open-Medium-Firm switch that stops without being a full lockout. The rebound button on all models is recessed inside the lower parts. Choose between glossy orange or glossy black on this model.
Fox 32 TC Performance Elite
The Performance Elite model retains the FIT4 damper but switches to their black anodized coating on the posts. All models use the same Kabolt-X bolt-on through shaft. If you like the stealth matte black color then go for this or …
Fox 32TC performance
The 32TC Performance fork features Fox’s three-position adjustable GRIP damper, which gives you micro-adjustments between recesses.
Fork prices range from $ 769 to $ 949 USD ($ 1,039 to CAD 1,279 / € 1259 to € 1039)
Above the sizzling wheel. Below, Geoff Kabush takes it for a ride and compares it back to back with a stiff fork.
All models are available now. Stay tuned, we’ve been running one for a while and will be reporting back after the bonanza of the Sea Otter Classic this week …