Fox 36 Float R fork review£659.00

Good fork at a good price

BikeRadar score4/5

Apart from new stickers, there are only subtle changes to Fox’s 36 range this year, but the basic fixed travel Float is still a great fork.

The chunky legged, geometric arched lowers with double quick-release latch and flip-out winder 20mm axle look burly and steer with an outstandingly precise and tight feel on the trail.

At well under 5lb (2.3kg), the fork is lighter than it might look too. Fox claim stiction on the 36 is reduced, but it still isn’t as sensitive as the RockShox Lyrik air fork or the super-plush Fox 36 Van coil fork.

However, the damping control, even on this basic R version of the fork, is good right through the impact size and shaft speed range. Its reliability is equally solid and a recent price drop makes it a bargain, compared to the £779 RC2 version.

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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