Fox 36 Van R (2007) review£549.00

Fox's burly 36 rewrote the rules and the Vanilla is still a great all-rounder. The coil internals are smooth from the box, with spike-free action from small bumps to big hits.

BikeRadar score4/5

Fox's burly 36 rewrote the rules and the Vanilla is still a great all-rounder. The coil internals are smooth from the box, with spike-free action from small bumps to big hits.

You get harder and softer springs in the box - rather than having to pay extra - which is a great touch. It's not even that heavy when you consider how stiff it is, although the bolted axle and IS disc mounts are dated and a bit slow to work with.

If really pushed, it can dive excessively unless you get the end stroke tuned by Mojo, but it's a massively stiff and confidence-enhancing fork when the going gets gonzo. The price is high for only a rebound adjustable fork, but we ran this sample super hard all last year, sent it back for a pre-test service and fresh stickers and it's still going super strong.

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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