Ok. I’ll start off by saying I have always been satisfied by the performance of the Fox shock, but curiosity got the better of me with the Wilbers (and the search for even better ride quality/comfort).You have to give us your comparison wilbers vs fox! :smile2:
After picking up and installing the Wilbers this morning (takes all of 15mins to install), I managed to ride about 100kms over roads I know very well, so was able to do a good back to back comparison with the Fox.
Straight away I noticed that the bike feels a touch higher and compression/rebound and overall ¨bounciness¨ feel different to the Fox. Once out on the road, I could feel that the bike now supported my weight better and the sensation of the bike feeing (a bit taller) was correct. Don’t ask me why or how, but it’s just a tad taller.
Anyway, ride quality wise the Wilber definitely handles imperfections and bad roads better than the Fox. The bike moves and flows better and I can feel it working under me. The Fox feels much stiffer and less compliant. That would be a good thing on perfect roads, but for the bad, rippled and bumpy asphalt we have here - I prefer the Wilbers by a long shot.
I can say this with confidence because I have a sensitive bladder and every bump or undulation that sends a jolt can make the “urge” worse.
All the bumps and road imperfections that I aimed for resulted in an impressively low “jolt” and the Wilbers absorbed a fair amount more than the Fox. So for me, the change is already beneficial. Sorry if that’s too much information, but for those of you with sensitive backs (or bladders), it’s an important point.
Mid corner stability is fantastic and I’m on the gas nice and early.
Overall, I’d say that the Fox is a great unit if you like a sporty, firm ride; It’s a quality unit with few (if any) drawbacks. The Wilbers though, provides a plusher, more comfortable ride and seems to suspend the bike in a different way to the Fox. Perhaps it’s cause now the preload and spring rate are tuned for my weight & preference, or the fact that the Fox is aimed at sportier riding. But for me, the Wilbers has hit the spot and I won’t be changing back.
I would like to give a big thanks to Mike The Bike and DidaKpc for all their input.