Fox 40 RC2 (2006) review£1,199.00

Fox's monolithic 40 fork has set newstiffness standards. The massive 40mm legs make them relatively stiff oversmall bumps, but once they're moving the titanium-sprung stroke feels great.

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Fox's monolithic 40 fork has set new stiffness standards. The massive 40mm legs make them relatively stiff over small bumps, but once they're moving the titanium-sprung stroke feels great.

The stiffness keeps them supple however hard you're braking, cornering or smacking into square edges too. You'll need strong wrists and forearms to really exploit this advantage on long courses rather than being battered. It's a remarkably light fork for its stiffness and stability though, and travel can be reduced in 12.7mm increments, making it a great race choice.

Effective compression and rebound controls are hidden under the dustbin cap on the base of the fork leg, and you get heavier and lighter (steel) springs in the box too. End stroke control is still a pro internal job, but distributors Mojo are the official tuners anyway, so all that can be sorted at sale. Regular seal lubing aside, this fork is impressively fit and forget - our 'freshened up' set still feels great after a year. Shims in the axle clamps stop previous overtightening problems too, and if the RC2 is over budget, the simpler R model costs £899.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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