Fox 36 Van R fork review£589.00

Stiff, smooth and simple suspension

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Yet again, Fox’s Van series delivers ultra-smooth coil suspension without the usual spring-related downsides, making this a great value mountain tamer.

Its new steerer and crown have dropped weight by 100g, and Fox provide supplementary springs for different rider weights. 

Changes to the FIT damper system mean the super-smooth start stays level in the mid-stroke through most trail situations rather than diving too deep. 

The three-lever 20QR screw-through axle is more complicated than Maxle, but it’s reliable, and steering precision and brake stability from the 36mm stanchions is outstanding. Stepped dropouts make wheel installation easy and reliability is excellent.

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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