About six weeks ago a pair of formula 35s landed on the front of my bike. So how are the 35s? Pretty fuss free. I pumped them up to about 25% sag, left all the settings at factory and went for a fang at Majura. For most people I think this is all that is required - just go ride! which is nice. I'm a pretty big unit (90+kg) who likes to try to go fast, so tinkering was required. i've since added 5cc of oil to the air side and dropped the spring pressure a touch, to about 30% sag now. At the same time, I added more compression damping (2-3 clicks toward closed from the midle). I'm using the standard compression valve, don't feel the need yet to change it. The internal floating stuff does what it says on the tin - the fork is super active through corners (a bit unsettling at first, smooooooooothness). This review describes it well: http://www.imbikemag.com/reviews/suspension/forks/formula-thirty-five-160mm-2017/ ...and holy shit they're light. And the little steampunk dially bits are works of art. Anyway, just confirming that people other than bike magazine reviewers ride these puppies, and so far I really like 'em. Details: 2017 Formula 35, 27.5 non boost, 160mm travel, medium compression valve. Bike: Liteville 301 mk11 XL Former fork: XF Sweep RC HLR Why not pikes or fox 36s or DVOs or Metrics? I was leaning toward 36s (rc2 damper) or metrics, but the formulas kept frothing up in my mind. Having good dealings with the importer in the past was a factor, plus really liking other formula things I have. That aside it was really hard to decide on paper. Almost a four sided coin toss, with a little bit of realising I don't ride nearly hard enough to justify metrics. Which is actually awesome, it seems really hard to buy a bad fork these days! So differences seem either personal preference or incremental. I rode a bike with Pikes just before pulling the trigger, and another with fox 34/fit4s - both were great (pike was better out of the two), but I bought the formulas anyway and I have no regrets. My personal feeling about where forks sit, with respect to having not a heap of experience on all of them (1-2 rides on Pikes on trails I'm very familiar with, a few weeks on a 120mm fit4 29er (not the newest model though), quite a while on XF sweeps (both RL2 and RC HLR) and a few weeks on the 35's) - and please feel free to disagree: Smoothness in my mind: Formula > Pike > XF == Fox fit4 Damping in the rocky gnar: Formula > Pike == XF > Fox fit4. Seriously, XF damping in the rocky chunder is really really good, this is where they shine! easily on par with the big players - the 35s have a slight edge because of noticeably better response when the fork is leaned over. Noting that the fit4 fork was also 120mm/32, so not really a fair comparison Low speed support (berms, general ride height): Formula == pike == XF > fit4 - another place where the XF shines among the big kids.