Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2 suspension fork review£935.00

An old fork but still a goodie

BikeRadar score4/5

Fox’s evergreen 36 platform is still a great choice for hardcore 26in wheel control. There are no 650b or 29in wheel options, it’s not light, and the 20mm axle with winder handle and twin cam clasps rules out 15mm-only wheel choices. It opens up the full DH wheel menu though, and the 36mm diameter legs still set the standard for tracking stiffness.

There’s noticeable noise from the extended negative spring in some sets we’ve used, but the gold Kashima coated stanchions provide a generously smooth start stroke and correspondingly high grip levels. The rock-solid chassis means control is consistent no matter how hard you’re carving through a corner or hauling on the brakes.

The proven RC2 damper cartridge gives independent low- and high-speed compression adjustment for fine tuning flat-out control. The transition from the soft start to the firmer mid stroke is occasionally obvious on high-speed hits but most of the time damping and overall control are still among the best. Fox’s all-new TALAS system means the travel-adjust version of the 36 (£1,005) is significantly smoother than before too.

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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