Fox 36 Van 180 FIT RC2 suspension fork review£889.00

Superbly smooth and consistent

BikeRadar score4/5

Fox continue to set the fit-and-forget long-travel control benchmark in both air (Float) and coil (Van) formats. The 36mm stanchion chassis extends to 180mm without introducing noticeable flex so steering precision is still outstanding and it tracks brilliantly through random rock heaps.

The exclusive gold Kashima coating makes for very smooth breakaway over small bumps and the finish has proved super-durable in the time we’ve been running it. The long coil springs in the 36 Van give super-supple movement right through the stroke.

While you take a hit on overall weight compared to an air fork, it’s worth it for aggressive riders. Harder and softer springs are included in the box too, so you don’t have to shell out extra if the stock spring doesn’t suit. The RC2 adds high and low speed compression adjustment to the mix for £150 more than the basic R option.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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