Fox 32 Vanilla R fork review£339.00

Lightweight and simple coil fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

It may come with a quick-release skewer rather than a screw-through axle, but the Fox 32 Vanilla is so smooth and well damped that overall control is still outstanding for the money.

Now RockShox’s coil-sprung Revelation isn’t readily available, this simple coil-sprung fork is in a class of its own. At less than 2kg, the Van avoids the usual downsides of coil forks. Gradual evolution means the 09 fork is actually 94g lighter than last year’s fork, with no loss of stiffness. 

Damping changes means it’s even better in prolonged chaos situations too and overall action is outstandingly smooth. The only downside is that 15mm axles are only available on the £499 RLC model, but the extra steering stiffness is still worth it.

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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