First Look | The New 2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post, DPX2 Shock & A 34 Float GRIP2 Fork

Only a week ago, Fox announced a brand new long-travel enduro (dare we say ‘freeride’?) fork, called the 38. With 38mm stanchions and 160-180mm of travel, the 38 is an absolute behemoth, and it arrived alongside a completely redesigned 36, 40, Float X2 and DHX2 coil shock. Today Fox continues to roll out more of its 2021 product lineup, which includes an all-new Transfer dropper post, a new 1X lever, a damper update to the Float DPX2 shock, and a new GRIP2 option for the popular 34 Float trail fork.

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There’s a new Fox Transfer in town.
And a very tidy new 1x dropper lever to go with it.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post

Thanks to its slick operation and bulletproof reliability, the current Transfer has been a longtime favourite of ours here at Flow since we first got our mittens on it back in 2016. Fox decided it could pack more into less space though, and so has completely re-engineered the Transfer to significantly reduce its total length. Part of this has been achieved by a new low-profile saddle clamp design, which still uses a twin bolt system for fine-tuning the saddle angle. Fox will continue to offer 100, 125, 150 & 175mm travel options, but the total length and stack height of each has come down between 30-50mm, essentially squeezing more travel into the same space.

The new Transfer also improves user-serviceability, and now features a threaded collar at the top of the outer tube. Like most other droppers on the market, this allows you to undo the collar to clean and re-grease the main bushings as needed. Additionally, Fox has a snazzy new 1X dropper lever that is I-Spec EV and MatchMaker compatible. It sells separately for $119.

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A comparison of the 2020 vs 2021 Fox Transfer dropper post dimensions.
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Fox also has a new GRIP2 damper option for the 34 Float fork for 2021, which has ALL OF THE ADJUSTMENTS.

2021 Fox 34 Float GRIP2 Fork

Ten years after it was first released into the wild, the Fox 34 Float has firmly established itself as the US suspension brand’s premium trail fork with 34mm diameter stanchions and 120-140mm of travel. For 2021 the 34 chassis stays the same, and you’ll be able to get it in various Performance, Performance Elite and Factory guises with FIT4, GRIP and Live Valve damper options. The big news however, is that Fox is now offering the 34 with the much lauded GRIP2 damper that has previously only been seen in Fox’s gravity forks.

Designed to go head-to-head with the Charger RC2 damper found in the Pike Ultimate, the GRIP2 damper offers the user independently adjustable high and low-speed compression AND rebound adjustment. And with the addition of the Variable Valve Control (VVC) damper design, it also promises greater performance for those pushing the limits of their short-travel trail bikes and hardtails.

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The Float DPX2 shock looks much the same for 2021, but the internals have changed.

2021 Fox Float DPX2 Air Shock

Sitting in between the Float DPS and Float X2 air shocks, the DPX2 strikes a balance as a lightweight piggyback shock that’s designed for trail and enduro bikes. The recirculating damper design has been updated for 2021 with a new compression base valve design – something we saw with the custom DPX2 shock that Pivot Cycles developed with Fox for the new Pivot Switchblade to give it a more lively feel. We’ve confirmed with Chris Cocalis that the shocks are still different, and we’re eager to see how Fox’s new 2021 DPX2 performs once we get our paws on one for testing.

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The DPX2 shock gets a new compression base valve for 2021, and it continues to be available in Imperial sizes – good news for those with slightly older full suspension bikes.

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