The SnoWest SnowTest crew got a sneak peak of something last spring that we knew could be big when released to the snowmobiling public.
Fox Shocks’ Intelligent Quick Switch (iQS), now available, is bristling with technology and takes a product—Fox Shocks—to the next level.
Our first “official” introduction to iQS came in December in Island Park, ID, with the crew from Fox Shocks and several of Fox’s athletes, including Tony Jenkins, Rob Kincaid, Dave McClure and Dan Adams. We rode several miles of trails (smooth and not-so-smooth) before diving off the trail into the backcountry.
Snow conditions were still what we consider early season but they were good enough to get a feel for how iQS works. We already know how Fox Shocks respond in different conditions so that wasn’t really what the ride was all about. That day’s ride was more about being able to switch shock settings on the fly as conditions changed.
In a nutshell—we’ll have our full ride report/reaction in the March issue of SnoWest—how can you not be impressed with being able to change your shock settings by just pushing a set of buttons on the left side of the handlebars?
iQS lets the rider choose damping profiles with the handlebar-mounted switch which means you can go from soft to hard to lockout by just pressing the appropriate button. The electronic modal damping control comes via a Bosch suspension control unit (SCU). A full range of adjustment takes place in less than one second and you get all the benefits of Fox Shocks that, even without iQS, offer easy adjustment. Fox QS3 shocks have made adjusting the shocks for the ride conditions so much easier than worrying about counting clicks. Now think of being able to make those adjustments—four “Modes” in all—from the handlebars while riding the sled.
The iQS system includes:
- Two Fox iQS front ski shocks
- One Fox iQS center track shock
- One Fox iQS rear track shock
- Bosch SCU
- Wire harness
- Handlebar switch
- Cable guards and mounting hardware