Fox 36 Van RC2 fork review£749.00

Hard hitting single crown

BikeRadar score3.5/5

As you would expect from Fox, this hard-hitting Van fork comes equipped with a tool-free 20mm through-axle and a stiff chassis that provides pinpoint accuracy when smashing the trail at speed.

The 160mm (6.3in) of coil-sprung travel is buttery smooth, although it takes a couple of rides to break through some initial stiction, and the wide range of compression adjustment and choice of spring weights allows you to tailor the fork to your specific requirements.

The FIT damping gives a supple beginning stroke action that eats up the small bumps and keeps the wheel planted. The progressive feel and consistent stroke the coil spring provides certainly boosts confidence and stability, proving this fork is more than happy tackling the more extreme terrain.

Our sample weighed in at 2.3kg (5lb) with the steerer cut to just under 200mm. It would be great to see a longer travel single crown option; a 180mm (7.1in) TALAS fork would be great.

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