Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2 suspension fork review

An old fork but still a goodie

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £935.00 RRP | AUD $1,499.00
Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2

Our review

Remains a benchmark-setter when control is what you're after
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 36 Float 160 FIT RC2 (14)
Brand Fox

Description Travel 160mm Weight 2,245g Length 545mm Wheel sizes 26in
Weight (kg) 2.245
Wheel Size 26
Crown to Axle Length 545
Weight (lb) 4.949
Travel 160
Weight (oz) 79.19