Fox 40 RC2 (2007) review£1,079.00

It was the new daddy on the downhill scene last year and Fox's 40 fork is still laying down the law when things get properly unruly. The massive 40mm stanchions that give the fork its name also give it astonishing structural stiffness.

BikeRadar score4.5/5

It was the new daddy on the downhill scene last year and Fox's 40 fork is still laying down the law when things get properly unruly. The massive 40mm stanchions that give the fork its name also give it astonishing structural stiffness.

This means it's the last fork to get pushed off line through boulder fields. It stays super plush in braking or cornering when other forks can start to bind too. The titanium spring means it's lighter than it looks, and softer and harder steel springs are provided 'free' in the box. The spring rate can be fine tuned via a preload cap too.

The R version features external rebound adjust but preset speed and position-sensitive compression, and the RC2 hides low and high speed adjustment knobs under a big cover at the base of the right leg. Knowledgeable fettlers will certainly appreciate the adjustability of twin compression sets-ups but it comes with a big price tag. The rebound also fades on very long Alpine descents, although it's rare you'll work the fork hard enough to notice over here.

Swapping internal spacers changes the travel from 152-203mm (6-8in) in half-inch steps but the fl at crown options mean it's a relatively low fork anyway. The turning lock is good too and, unlike last year, Hope brakes now fit fine with standard 203mm (8in) rotors. The only real problem is how you'll afford this fork.

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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