Fox 36 VAN review£499.99

Simple, but one of the smoothest, toughest forks around

BikeRadar score4.5/5

It might be simple, but the 36 VAN is one of the smoothest, toughest forks around. The whole 36 family lost weight this year and upgraded to a new twin latch quick release axle system so VAN is now lighter than most 160mm (6.3in) air forks but steering precision has remained superb.

The coil spring internals make maximum use of Fox’s new damping circuit tweaks to give consistent control however hard you work it. Factory compression settings are spot on 99 per cent of the time. We also love the fact you get spare soft and hard springs in the box.

Reliability of all 36s we’ve used recently has been flawless, so they’re top value despite their simplicity.

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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