Fox 36R review£699.00

This monster fork took single-crown forks to a whole new level when it was launched last year, and it's still unequalled for big-hit work. There's a slight stickiness at the start of the travel.

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This monster fork took single-crown forks to a whole new level when it was launched last year, and it's still unequalled for big-hit work.

There's a slight stickiness at the start of the travel (some forks we tested were worse than others) but once moving the stroke is incredibly linear and sucks up square-edged hits and drops phenomenally well.

The massive lower legs and super stiff 36mm stanchions keep it working smoothly under heavy braking or cornering loads too, where you can feel other forks start to bind and lock up. It smacks straight through boulder fields like the best triple-crown downhill forks, suffering occasional spikes and inconsistencies only when you're already far beyond what most other forks can manage.

The TALAS travel adjuster twists incrementally from 110-150mm options and the air spring also makes it easy to tune the spring rate to whatever rider weight and sag you require. There's easily enough range in the rebound adjustment to match it too. Spending another £100 on the RC2 version with high and low speed compression adjustment is worth doing to control braking dive if you run the spring soft.

The weight reflects the massive structure, and the four-bolt through-axle can be a faff, but it'll handle 2.5in or bigger tyres and only the monster price is a serious drawback. The coil-sprung 36 Van is £150 cheaper though.

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