Fox Shox 38 Float Factory Kashima Fork

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Bridging the gap between the Fox 36 and the 40 is the all-new Fox 38 fork. This rebellious middle child is a hard-hitting, long-travel Enduro weapon with a super stout chassis. It's designed specifically for modern long-travel bikes and hard-charging down the steepest and roughest of trails.

The 38 features all the innovations on the 2021 lineup such as the floating axle, lower leg channels, lower leg bleeders, redesigned arch, and variable valve control (VVC). Unique to the 38 is the elliptical steerer which further optimises stiffness to weight by placing more material only in the areas where it's needed. Of course, it also has 38mm stanchions to provide even more stiffness while still being nimble enough to be pedalled back to the top for another run.

Who this for? The 38 is designed for hard-charging riders on long travel Enduro bikes. Its forte is smashing through rocks and steep technical descents. This fork offers incredible potential for tuning and adjustment to enable you to dial it in to perfection...or make an absolute dog's breakfast of it. You'll need to have a solid grasp of suspension tuning and be willing to put in the effort to do some dedicated bracket testing to get the most out of this fork.

Spring type: This fork features the EVOL air spring which uses a larger negative air volume to create a linear spring curve that delivers plushness off the top, extra mid-stroke support and a more tunable bottom out.

Wheel size compatibility: Available in 27.5" and 29" options.

Fork offset: The 38 is available in different fork offsets to suit the geometry of the bike it's being installed on. Available options are dependent on the colour chosen.

  • Gloss Black: 37, 44, 51mm
  • Gloss Orange: 44mm
  • Pistachio: 44mm

Suspension travel amount: Available options are dependent on the colour chosen.

  • Gloss Black: 160, 170, 180mm
  • Gloss Orange: 180mm
  • Pistachio: 170mm

Compression damper style technologies/adjustments: The Fox 38 features the Grip 2 damper with the new variable valve control (VVC) offering adjustable high-speed and low-speed compression damping.

  • High-speed compression: (with VVC): 8 clicks
  • Low-speed compression: 16 clicks

Rebound damper technologies/adjustments: The Fox 38 also features VVC in the rebound circuit and offers adjustable high-speed and low-speed rebound damping.

  • High-speed rebound: (with VVC): 8 clicks
  • Low-speed rebound: 16 clicks

Travel adjustability: There are no external controls to adjust the length of travel but you can do this internally by installing a different length air shaft (available separately).

Volume Adjustment: Mid-stroke support and bottom-out resistance can be tuned via internal volume spacers. The number of factory-installed spacers and the max number of spacers will vary according to the length of travel.

Factory Installed Spacers:

  • 160mm: 3
  • 170mm: 2
  • 180mm: 1

Max Volume Spacers:

  • 160mm: 6
  • 170mm: 5
  • 180mm: 4

Stanchion diameter: As the name may suggest, this fork has 38mm stanchions.

Axle size and style: The 38 is available in 110x15mm thru-axle with either a quick-release lever or a Kabolt-X single-sided pinch bolt design. The fork features a floating axle to create a perfect chassis alignment and eliminate unwanted friction between the uppers and lowers throughout the entire length of travel. This system sets the spacing via an adjustable floating sleeve on the axle, allowing repeated front wheel removal while maintaining perfect alignment.

Steerer tube standard: The 38 features a steerer with a standard 1.5 - 1 1⁄8" external taper. The internals of the steerer are machined to be thicker in places to provide optimised stiffness while removing excess material where it's not required, giving it an elliptical shape.

Lower Leg Arch: Just like the new 36 and 40, the 38 features an all-new lower leg arch that has been designed to pair perfectly with modern long-travel frames with larger head tube designs and shorter fork offsets. The new design juts forward slightly to provide ample head tube clearance at full compression.

Brake mount style: This fork has 180mm post mounts allowing you to mount a 180mm rotor to the fork directly without the need for an adaptor. 203mm and larger rotors will require the appropriate adaptor.

Brake rotor compatibility:

  • Minimum rotor size: 180mm
  • Maximum rotor size: 220mm

Other Technology:

Lower Leg Channels: Specially designed channels in the lower legs minimise the effects of unintended pressure ramping by increasing the air volume and allowing for the splash oil to be circulated within the fork to lubricate the foam rings and bushings as the fork moves throughout its travel.

Bleeders: Bleeders on the rear of the fork allow for the air pressure in the lower legs (not the air spring) to be equalized to the atmospheric pressure at your riding location. This prevents any unwanted pressure build-up from diminishing small bump sensitivity or preventing full travel from being achieved.

Pros: The ultimate in stiffness and performance in a single crown fork. All the bells and whistles in a package that can be pedalled back to the top of the hill.

Cons: Slight weight penalty for the larger stanchions. Too many dials for riders that just want to set and forget. 38mm is a new standard so seals and aftermarket parts will not be as widely available.

To download the Fox 38 Tuning Guide, Click Here.

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Gloss Black
27.5 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
37mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Gloss Black
27.5 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Gloss Black
29 Inch
160mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Gloss Black
29 Inch
170mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Gloss Black
29 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Gloss Orange
29 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2021
$‎1,999.00 $‎1,798.95
Shiny Black
27.5 Inch
170mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
Shiny Black
27.5 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
Shiny Black
29 Inch
160mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
Shiny Black
29 Inch
160mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
51mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
Shiny Black
29 Inch
170mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
Shiny Black
29 Inch
180mm
15x110mm Boost
QR Lever
44mm
Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch
Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR
2022
$‎2,049.00 $‎1,999.95
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Fox 38 forks with 51mm rake

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Replaced 36’s with these 38’s. Nothing wrong with 36’s as everyone already knows, these 38’s are just that bit beefier, maybe less “ flex” and therefore more consistent feedback for the rider. Was stoked to find these forks with 51mm rake as per OEM bike specs. Definitely a costly upgrade but I reckon it’s worth it long term.

38s ultimate fork upgrade.

by

Believe the hype !!!! Iam 6ft tall and 95+kg - upgraded from 180travel 36s to 180 travel 38s what an improvement. Firstly you notice how stiff front and rearward. Plush the whole way through the travel but supportive at the same time. Fox setup is spot on just set sag and follow the instructions. Comes with tokens and star nut . I highly recommend the 38s for pinners and larger riders.

Best upgrade ever.

by

Believe the hype!!! 👍👍👍Iam a bigger rider 6ft tall and around 95 - 100kg and I upgraded from 180 travel 36's to 180 travel 38s - such a big improvement with no obvious penalties. Firstly you notice the stiffness front and rearward, feels solid and direct. Plush the whole way through the travel but supportive at the same time. Fox setup is spot on just set sag and follow the instructions. Tokens are included. Worth the money !!!!!

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Fox 38 forks with 51mm rake

by

Replaced 36’s with these 38’s. Nothing wrong with 36’s as everyone already knows, these 38’s are just that bit beefier, maybe less “ flex” and therefore more consistent feedback for the rider. Was stoked to find these forks with 51mm rake as per OEM bike specs. Definitely a costly upgrade but I reckon it’s worth it long term.

38s ultimate fork upgrade.

by

Believe the hype !!!! Iam 6ft tall and 95+kg - upgraded from 180travel 36s to 180 travel 38s what an improvement. Firstly you notice how stiff front and rearward. Plush the whole way through the travel but supportive at the same time. Fox setup is spot on just set sag and follow the instructions. Comes with tokens and star nut . I highly recommend the 38s for pinners and larger riders.

Best upgrade ever.

by

Believe the hype!!! 👍👍👍Iam a bigger rider 6ft tall and around 95 - 100kg and I upgraded from 180 travel 36's to 180 travel 38s - such a big improvement with no obvious penalties. Firstly you notice the stiffness front and rearward, feels solid and direct. Plush the whole way through the travel but supportive at the same time. Fox setup is spot on just set sag and follow the instructions. Tokens are included. Worth the money !!!!!

Specifications

ItemBarcode
Fox Shox 38 Float Factory Kashima ForkFXFLT38FRK
Gloss Black - 27.5 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 37mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383286
Gloss Black - 27.5 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383293
Gloss Black - 29 Inch - 160mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383446
Gloss Black - 29 Inch - 170mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383439
Gloss Black - 29 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383422
Gloss Orange - 29 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20210821973383415
Shiny Black - 27.5 Inch - 170mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419268
Shiny Black - 27.5 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419237
Shiny Black - 29 Inch - 160mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419206
Shiny Black - 29 Inch - 160mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 51mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419213
Shiny Black - 29 Inch - 170mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419183
Shiny Black - 29 Inch - 180mm - 15x110mm Boost - QR Lever - 44mm - Tapered 1 1-8-1.5 Inch - Grip 2 HSC/LSC HSR/LSR - 20220821973419169

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