9
Dec
2008

Preview: 2009 FOX 40 RC2

12/9/2008 : sicklines
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2009 FOX 40 RC2

For 2009, FOX has made some revisions to their FOX 40 RC2 downhill fork.  We’ve installed it on or Morewood Izimu and it’s been quite impressive.  See some of the details about it inside.

 

FOX has made some revisions for 2009 to their FOX 40 RC2.  The FOX 40 is their premier downhill fork that most all of you without a doubt have seen at some point.  It is available in Black Diamond or White for 2009 as well as a white limited World Cup Edition 40 RC2. The World Cup Edition will be available in limited numbers with some custom tweaks done to it.

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2009 FOX 40 RC2 in black diamond colorway (click to enlarge)

Featuring 8″ (203mm) of travel out of the box, it’s also easy to internally adjust the FOX 40 down in travel should you need less travel (adjustable internally in .5″ increments down to 6.5″).  Axle to crown measurement is 571mm at 8″ of travel.

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Adjustments on the lower right leg include High and Low Speed Damping.  Every year it seems FOX says they’ve improved the damper, this year its quite noticible.  FOX has improved the damping for 2009 and we can feel a difference in the low/high speed settings based on older 40’s we’ve ridden previously.  

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high/low adjuster without cap (click to enlarge)

There is a protective cap that screws on to protect the high/low speed adjusters from damage. 

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high/low adjuster with cap (click to enlarge)

Rebound (red) is on the upper right leg and spring prelod is set on the left (blue).  

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The 40 RC2 comes with two spare springs to help dial in the feel of the fork should you be lighter or heavier.  The stock spring is Titanium (Blue) and is suggested for riders 150-180lbs.  A purple steel spring is included for riders 120-150lbs as well as a green spring for 180-210lb riders.  Additional springs are avialable to purchase for even lighter riders (black) or heavier riders (yellow).

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The upper and lower crowns see revisions and some weight reduction pockets over previous FOX 40 models. 

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In addition to the weight savings, the top crown also comes with direct mount stem holes.  You can fit your favorite Boxxer direct mount stem up with ease.  If you’ve got an older FOX 40, you can purchase a 2009 Crown for only $64.50 from FOX to run direct mount stems.

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The disc tab on the FOX 40 is somewhat unique and you need a 6″ IS front brake adapter to space the caliper properly for a 203mm rotor.

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MSRP:

  • 2009 FOX 40 RC2 – $1600.00
  • 2009 FOX 40 Top Crown – $64.50

Weights:

Manufacturer Model Year Real(g) Pic.
FOX 40 RC2 uncut, axle & crowns (stock ti spring)
2009
3216
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FOX 40 Top Crown
2009
207
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FOX 40 Lower Crown and uncut steerer
2009
380
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We put the 40 on our Morewood Izimu build, but look to see it on a few other bikes as we try it out some more.  The 40 RC2 has got a very nice feel to it and the stiff 40mm chassis has proven to be quite solid for us.  See more over at FOX Racing Shox or consult the online manual for more information.


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