Fox 40 RC2 review£1,079.00

Seriously expensive, but super stiff and light with excellent control

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The biggest, stiffest fork in its class, Fox’s 40 is also one of the lightest and most race-friendly. The massive 40mm stanchions lock down steering like no other fork, making it king of off-cambers, yet the titanium coil springs keep it impressively light.

Changes to the FIT damping cartridge reduce the overly linear, prone-to-bottoming-out performance of previous models. Control at the rebound/ compression turnaround is superb, and high and low speed compression are easily adjustable via dials under the ‘dustbin’ protection cap.

The only major bad point is the cost, but impressive reliability makes it a worthwhile investment. 

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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