Fox 36 Van R (2007) review

Fox's burly 36 rewrote the rules and the Vanilla is still a great all-rounder. The coil internals are smooth from the box, with spike-free action from small bumps to big hits.

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3
£549.00 RRP
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Our review

Low on 'modern' features but mega stiff, smooth, confidence-inspiring all-rounder
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Fox’s burly 36 rewrote the rules and the Vanilla is still a great all-rounder. The coil internals are smooth from the box, with spike-free action from small bumps to big hits.

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You get harder and softer springs in the box – rather than having to pay extra – which is a great touch. It’s not even that heavy when you consider how stiff it is, although the bolted axle and IS disc mounts are dated and a bit slow to work with.

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If really pushed, it can dive excessively unless you get the end stroke tuned by Mojo, but it’s a massively stiff and confidence-enhancing fork when the going gets gonzo. The price is high for only a rebound adjustable fork, but we ran this sample super hard all last year, sent it back for a pre-test service and fresh stickers and it’s still going super strong.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 36 Van R (07)
Brand FOX

Weight (kg) 2.52
Crown to Axle Length 547
Colour Black
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Max. Fork Travel 160mm