Exclusive to FOX Racing Shox, the gold-colored Kashima Coat, developed by the Miyaki Company of Japan, offers superior durability, hardness, and less friction.
Athletes who raced with Kashima Coat-treated FOX Racing Shox suspension in 2009 reported better overall front-end traction and small bump compliance, and even a reduced level of upper-body fatigue.
Beyond the obvious benefit of added durability, the significant decrease in friction has proven to give riders a tangible increase in suspension performance. The integration of Kashima Coat upper tubes on FOX forks greatly reduces friction compared to previous model years.
"The Kashima coating made the forks so much more reactive to the small hits that I would normally feel on rough terrain. When the forks were skittering over tiny bumps they could soak up the impact much more quickly, without giving me so much feedback through the bars. That's a huge advantage on long courses."
— Gee Atherton