Fox 36 Float R review£599.00

The lightweight 36 air forks used to be less lively than the coil Vans, but that's all changed with the 07 Floats.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The lightweight 36 air forks used to be less lively than the coil Vans, but that's all changed with the 07 Floats.

Stiction issues have totally gone on all the forks we've tried, with good small bump cushioning and traction from new, so it works all over the hill, climbing or cornering. The weight is outstandingly low for the superb steering stiffness and it's short for its travel too, so it'll fit 6in (150mm) travel bikes no problem.

The stroke is only rebound adjustable, but there are no spikes, cavities or inconsistencies, whatever the shaft speed/impact size. Add phenomenal stiffness from the 36mm stanchions and burly bolted lowers and you can throw it off or down anything without thinking. Post disc mounts and a QR axle would speed up fitting and fettling though, and it's not that cheap.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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