FLOAT DPX2 (1/2" shaft) Air Spring Volume Tuning Kit: PN 803-01-251 The Video below shows basic instructions for installing or removing air volume spacers from FLOAT based shocks. Cornering: the DPX2 corners great as well, and those 10 clicks of damping adjustment should provide a precise enough adjustment to avoid an overly harsh feeling for even the lightest of riders. They are both top of the line when it comes to Fox rear shocks and why they have become so popular for both bike manufacturer’s spec and aftermarket customers. The shock is a complete revamp of Fox’s previous flagship enduro/all-mountain shock, the Float X. It has all the adjustments you can want/need and does an amazing job at staying composed with big hits. Beyond that, it needs enough high-speed compression to keep from bottoming on both the take off and the landing, and enough progressively to similarly avoid bottoming. However, there is the possibility of adjusting the X2 to be too firm and creating a mushy feel that’s hard to get off the ground. This can be great on aggressive descents, but it can be a little harsh on regular, flatter trails. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I would say the highlight of the DPX2 shock was the consistency between bikes. Check out the Fox DPX2 shock at Jenson USA here: http://bit.ly/2wtinU8. The DPX2 volume reducer kit comes with 5 different size volume spacers to choose from, while only one reducer can be installed at a time. From the start, I could tell I might want to add a larger volume spacer but wanted to ride it in the stock configuration first. The interesting change, which we have seen in the Deluxe shocks from Rockshox and in certain fork dampers from DVO, is the use of digressive damping tunes in the DPX2. Not only can it be dialed in very precisely, but it has much more oil volume than the DPX2. My first experience with the Float X2 ended up being on a Yeti SB5.5. I started from scratch again and did a full setup. I started with the same Fox recommendations for both HSC/LSC and then adjusted from there in the parking lot. Additionally, being a lighter weight rider means that I could get away with the amount of “ramp” with the x2 can which is fully stuffed with the orange volume spacers. “I ride lots of park and jump a lot.” Or “I am 65 and just want it to soak up the bumps.”. If you are pushing it and riding the harder style trails, I would really suggest the Float X2. Once you have the X2 on a bike you immediately can feel a difference. The Float X2 has a lot of adjustments, and if you are typically not a rider who likes to write these down and test on the same trail, this might be an overwhelming shock to set up. One thing to note is these new shocks have a very large negative air chamber, so when filling the shock up from 0 PSI, you can lose up to 30 PSI or so when the shock equalizes. The little Float DPS lacks high speed compression adjustment and can therefore bottom on both take offs and bigger landings. Among them is the behemoth know as Fox Shox. I found the 18 x2 blows through its travel way too easily. Learn how your comment data is processed. NZD, Padded / Protective Short Liners / Chamois, Fox Float X2 vs. Email us with your questions or to request service and we’ll get back to your right away. Considering it comes stock on a lot of the bikes we carry, I was fairly comfortable with it from the beginning. Now when I was on the SB150, I did not have this feeling as the SB150 has been made to be more progressive than the older SB5.5. The DPX2 has been the latest and greatest release out of Fox and has dominated the medium / high rear shock OEM from Pivot, Transition, Yeti, Santa Cruz, and more. Going through the same setup procedures as the DPX2, I set up sag adjusting air pressure, and then I went into adjusting rebound. The DPS only has three clicks of adjustment, thus limiting riders in comparison to the DPS. This small air chamber is great for linear (or regressive) frame designs or “clydesdale” riders who need to add a progressive spring curve to their frame. First I would like to say that this shock is so dang consistent. Another thing to note between the two shocks is the DPX2 is very easy to service yourself and do your 50-100 hour air can seal service. I wanted to feel this shock on a bike with a totally different setup, so I rode a buddies Hightower LT with an X2 on. That overheating is caused by tons of really aggressive hits forcing that small amount of oil through the damping orifice really quickly. firm, med, light tunes. Since the DPX2 has a larger volume than the DPS, it will require a little more tuning to dial in the correct mid stroke support. After adding air and compressing the shock a few times, I re-attach the shock pump and make sure I have the right amount of air pressure to get the right amount of sag. Both work extremely well and do everything they are designed to. They do have some overlapping areas and that is where you can really feel the difference. WARNING: FOX suspension products contain pressurized nitrogen, air, oil, or all 3. Low-speed rebound is going to be what you feel when compressing with your hand or in the parking lot. The X2 can be a tad over damped for really light riders, but it’s not a huge issue. 170mm Fox 36 reduced offset, 1.5mm off-set rear bushings. If I wasn't reviewing the shock, I could have landed on my final setup in about 3 rides, but wanted to try the most setups I felt was needed. The DPS is cheaper as well. For something truly long and gnarly, the X2 will always have the advantage. Something I noticed was that the X2 helped handle the full bottom out compressions better than any other air shock I have ridden. Throughout April, the company announced its full 2021 lineup, with updates to nearly its entire suspension offerings, including full redesigns of its Float X2 and DHX2 shocks, updates to the DPX2, plus the release of a new heavy-hitting enduro fork, the 38. This makes the X2 not as enticing for the home mechanic, but if you like to send off your shocks in the winter to get them all fresh by a suspension service center, then this might not concern you. I also tried a few different volume spacers, and landed with the second to largest spacer (.8). The DPX2 does great for this. I left the HSC as the recommendation, as it felt ok and wasn't too much. One of the biggest differences between the two is the amount of adjustment you get with the Float X2, about 24 clicks of HSC/LSC and 24 clicks of HSR/LSR. The DPX2 was impressive no doubt but especially because it hardly required any setup to get it dialed. If you are not riding those kinds of trails frequently, you might not need the Float X2, as it has much more adjustments and also weighs an average of 100g more than the DPX2. First ride out on the trail, I brought the X2 adjustment tool so I could make a change if I needed to while riding. Smashing: I have not pushed the DPX2 to the extremes of temperature, meaning the longest descent I did was only about 2100 feet, or 700 meters. Since there isn't much adjustment for this shock, you add air,set your sag, and then adjust rebound, making setup super easy. Adding too much HSC can sometimes feel like the shock is getting “choked” off or not having a smooth stroke on a fast sharp compression. 7.25 x 1.75, 7.5 x 2, 7.875 x 2, 7.875 x 2.25, 8.5 x 2.5, 185 x 50, 185 x 52.5, 185 x 55, 205 x 60, 205 x 62.5, 205 x 65, Open mode adjust tuning range (10 clicks), 7.875 x 2 (2-position lever only), 7.875 x 2.25 (2-position lever only), 8.5 x 2.5 (2-position lever only), 8.75 x 2.75 (HSC/LSC, HSR/LSR only), 9.5 x 3 (HSC/LSC, HSR/LSR only), 10.5 x 3.5 (HSC/LSC, HSR/LSR only), 230 x 60 (2-position lever only), 230 X 65 (2-position lever only), 205 x 60 (2-position lever only), 205 x 62.5 (2-position lever only), 205 x 65 (2-position lever only), Optional 2-position Open/Firm lever (retains high and low-speed compression adjustment), Fox › Descending: Let’s break this down into three categories: cornering, jumping, and smashing. The volume adjustment is key for getting this right. The X2 jumps great, and has plenty of adjustment. The little Float DPS lacks high speed compression adjustment and can therefore bottom on both take offs and bigger landings. For a while, at least, until it starts to get hot. Then I adjust rebound. The big X2 has a climb switch, so it’s either way firm or fully open. For more progressive frames, or lighter weight riders, the Float X2 can beat out the DPX but requires the extra-mile in setup, I would stress that if go with the DPX2 (we offer trade ins!) The open is great on bikes such as the DW Link equipped Ibis models, where minimal damping is required to avoid bobbing. Playful riding style. From the Yeti SB5.5, to the Evil Wreckoning, to the Transition Sentinel, all bikes with very different suspension designs, all with different trail feel as well. For context, I’ll be comparing this to the Fox Float X2 and to the Float DPS. spend the extra $40-$80 on a custom valve stack as aftermarket DPX2’s are only offered in one configuration from Fox. This is where I got most of my riding time. As I have said before, the Fox DPX2 shock is a breeze to set up. Chances are that you have seen, ridden, and might own one or both of these shocks. However the X2 is not this way, it takes some tools from Fox to get the air can seal off and once you take the shock apart you will have to also bleed and service the damper, a much more complicated procedure. Then you are ready to ride! Setting up the Float X2 takes MUCH more time than the DPX2, mainly due to the fact that it has both HSC/LSC and HSR/LSR. The DPX2 generation 2 evol aircan features a smaller, highly tunable, air can with much less volume than that of the X2. We choose DPX2 tunes by looking at the frame leverage rate / curve and learning about the rider: i.e. I do like to have a bit more support on the rear shock than most riders. On my ~150mm down to 130mm travel Ibis bikes, the DPX2 is an awesome shock, and I would gladly recommend it. It took about 5 rides, but all of these adjustments gave me the exact feel I wanted. Climbing: riders may set the blue compression adjustment lever in either open, mid, or firm settings. Go custom DPX2. On many other bikes, the mid-setting is great for trail climbs that aren’t too technical, and firm is great on pavement or gravel. With the VPP suspension system, I feel there is already support in the initial travel and actually takes a bit of force to get the bike into the mid-stroke then kinda mellows out. You’re saying the 2018 X2 with only two volume spacers and the 250 PSI limit compared to the 2019 model with double the air spacer capacity and a 300 psi limit?