Got a 29er model (though running a 27.5 x 3.0 tire) with a tapered steerer and thru axle for my cheapo 60lb e-mtb. I also run a Fox 34 Factory and a Fox 36 Performance on my other bikes. I honestly was a bit hesitant initially due to its 30mm stanchion but took the chance after reading a few reviews. Glad I did! Fork is PLUSH! Im a bit of a clydesdale (230 lbs) and as stated running it on a heavy emtb, but I can't believe how robust this fork feels. Running about 140lb psi, I just cant believe the small bump compliance on this thing. Mid support is decent too. Took it to a proper trail over the weekend where there are plenty of steep, technical, rocky/rooty descents and this fork gave me a lot of traction and confidence! I mean it's no Fox 36 but I can confidently say that it punches above its weight class especially for a $200 fork. PROS: Price, solid feel, stiff enough (if it is flexy, I honestly cant even tell), extra decals, adjustable travel (kudos to Hayes for setting it up to 120mm for me), rear arch does protect stanchions/seals from crap, available tapered and thru axle, did I mention price? CONS: no adjustable compression damping/just simple on and off, 30mm stanchion just looks puny, matte finish (I prefer glossy).
I recently installed this as an upgrade from a crappy spring fork and it is like a totally new bike. Highly recommended upgrade
If you are on a budget, and looking for a quality air sprung fork, buy it, it offers a great value for the price. And upgrades the feel of your bike tremendously.
Easy installation and great performance on any terrain.
For anyone that wants an awesome upgrade from an entry level shock. Plush, great travel, fabulous weight/performance, and seriously bump-sucking! A fabulous shock which impresses well beyond my expectations!