Fox 36 Float FIT 180 RC2 fork review

A great aggressive trail fork

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Fox’s longest-travel single-crown gets the gold treatment to create a smooth and surprisingly light unit. The 180mm-travel (7.1in) fork isn’t just a stretched 160mm-travel unit either. The bushings get an extended overlap to increase stiffness.

The below-axle legs give the lowest ride height of any 7in fork and it’s also the lightest, at 2.39kg. The 160mm-travel version is even lighter at just over 2kg. The gold low-friction Kashima coating noticeably reduces stiction too, although it’s still not as plush as the competition, even after bedding in.

Multiple-hit damping from the FIT cartridge is extremely consistent and controlled though, and the fork-top adjusters are easy to reach. We’ve had no issues with any 36 Kashima FIT fork in six months’ brutal use, making it a great aggressive trail fork in either travel format.

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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