2020 fox 36 grip 2

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The FOX 36 GRIP2 needs no introduction. Before the FOX 38 usurped its throne, it was the undisputed king of the enduro sector, painting many podiums orange. For 2021, the FOX 36 is back with a new design. Can it once again challenge the monarchy?

The new 2021 FOX 36 launch may have been overshadowed by the FOX 38, but the now-skinny 36 has benefitted from many of the new features found on its big brother, the 38. The godfather of enduro forks has seen some major updates and has been repositioned as an all-mountain fork, with the new and bigger FOX 38 taking on enduro, 160+ mm duties. Gone are the long travel options, the fork will now only be available aftermarket with 150 or 160 mm travel with 37, 44 and 51 mm offsets. However, a 170mm OEM model will be supplied on some bikes. The new FOX 36 will be available in Factory, Performance Elite, and E-Bike models with GRIP2 or FIT4 dampers. The 2021 model features the same distinctive round arch that claims to increase chassis stiffness, incorporates new air channels inside to help control pressure build-up in the fork and allow more effective lubrication, as well as adding air bleeders to the back of the lowers to let you equalise atmospheric pressure. Just like the new FOX 38, the GRIP2 damper has been overhauled, and now features an eight click VVC (variable valve control) valve on the high-speed compression circuit, previously only found on the rebound circuit. The GRIP2 damper is a sealed cartridge combined with a spring-backed internal floating piston. The unique feature of the damper is that it has a specifically designed port at the top to purge excess oil, maintaining consistent damping. Anyone who is familiar with the FOX GRIP2 damper knows that it’s highly adjustable, with high- and low-speed compression for both rebound and compression. That means you can perfectly dial in your fork – if you have the patience. The spring curve is also adjustable using volume spacers, with space for up to 5 in the 170 mm model if you ride like Richie Rude. New for this year too is that the FOX 36 is approved for up to 225 mm rotors.

Setup of the FOX 36 2021

Out of the box, the FOX 36 has an almost overwhelming number of adjustments. However, following the FOX setup guide let us quickly dial in a base tune that works well. FOX recommends more high and low-speed compression than we would normally run and while this was good for bike park riding, we found the heavily damped fork favoured big hit protection over small bump sensitivity. For the loose and steep trails, we were testing on we wound off 2–4 of clicks of low and high-speed compression, giving more grip without impacting the stability and support of the fork. We also ran faster low-speed rebound for better recovery over small bumps. We added one volume spacer to increase the spring rate progression (making up for the reduction of high-speed compression) and once those changes had been made, the fork felt insanely good. Overall, despite the extensive tunability, the FOX 36 setup guide makes it easy to get in the right ballpark with a wide sweet spot of performance.

The FOX 36 2021 on the trail

On the trails, the FOX 36 performs as expected – brilliantly. With a number of years of incremental evolution behind the EVOL spring and GRIP2 damper, the fork is now a master of composure through the roughest of trails. While we had no complaints about a lack of stiffness before, the new ZEB and FOX 38 have defined a new standard. Does this mean the FOX 36 now feels like a wet noodle? No, not at all, but when run back to back, it is more compliant than the bigger hitters and easier on the hands through long, rough trails. Conversely, that also means it’s slightly harder to keep on a direct line through rough terrain should you want to muscle through. The differences are marginal though: a centimetre wider line here, a little less speed on an off-camber there Unless you are very heavy or setting track records, you will be unlikely to notice a huge difference. However, what is noticeable about the FOX 36 GRIP2 is how balanced the spring and damper feel together, behaving predictably at all times and dishing out just enough suspension to smooth the trail while never getting flustered. Being honest, the 2020 FOX 36 GRIP2 was already an outstanding fork and the new 2021 model doesn’t feel observably better on the trail. However, we did notice the supreme suppleness of the initial stroke stays fresher for longer between services. Opening the 2021 fork at our normal FOX 36 service interval showed that the dust seals were still well lubricated, indicating that the air channels are doing their job. We never got to fly to the Alps to test the bleed ports’ pressure equalisation, but after rowdy shuttle runs we never heard any hissing when the buttons were held in. Instead, all we got was a dribble of bath oil and we soon stopped pressing it. Overall, when well set up, the FOX 36 is a star performer, feeling effortless through natural and enduro trails. It allowed us to ride as fast as we dared, without worry that the fork would do something unpredictable.

Tuning low-speed rebound for chatter and high-speed for full compression recovery, the FOX 36 is the measure of composure and total confidence!

How does the FOX 36 GRIP2 compare to other models?

If we were a bike park enthusiast or a heavyweight we would buy a FOX 38, but if we were more into hammering natural alpine singletrack or shredding tight trails, we would choose the excellent FOX 36. Compared to the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, its direct rival, it boasts slightly more sensitive small-bump compliance. While it does not run as high in its travel as the Lyrik or Manitou Mezzer PRO, mid-stroke performance is very supportive and smooth and we never felt as if we were lacking support. However, great as the FOX 36 is, ultimately, the RockShox Lyrik delivers almost the same performance for a lot less.

Conclusion

On the trail, the FOX 36 Factory feels, well, like a FOX 36. It’s a fork at the very top of its game. The GRIP2 damper gives huge control over the rebound and compression circuits with both high- and low-speed adjustment and once dialled in, grip and support are exceptional. While it loses the internal battle against the 38 in heavy-hitting bikepark applications, it is an attractive lighter option for the all-round user. However, it is still a very expensive fork and the competition is hotting up.

Tops

  • amazingly balanced performance
  • full control over ride feel

Flops

  • expensive
  • more involved setup

Other 36 models

FOX offer the 36 in a variety of models. Besides the tested top-shelf 36 Factory GRIP2, the Performance Elite (€ 1,339 ) offers the same on-trail performance. The forks are identical save for the gold Kashima coated stanchions that are claimed to improve durability and performance even further. Even though it is also available in the Factory Range, the FIT4 damper equipped 36 can not match the great on-trail performance of the GRIP2 model. However it is still a very good fork with easier setup and, if you still think you need it on a trail/enduro fork, a three position climb switch. In addition, FOX offer two 36s optimized for eMTBs. The 36E Factory comes with a specifically tuned GRIP2 damper, whereas the Performance model uses the same chassis as the Performance Elite without the bleeders. The chassis is paired with the simple but great GRIP damper with adjustable low-speed compression.

For more information, check out the Manufacturer’s website. If you want to learn more about mountain bike forks and see how the FOX 36 stacks up against the competition, check out our 2021 suspension fork group test!

All forks on test: DVO Onyx SC D1 | FOX 36 2021 Grip2 Factory | FOX 38 2021 Grip2 Factory | Manitou Mezzer PRO | Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil | MRP Ribbon Coil | Öhlins RXF36 M2 Air | RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 2021 | RockShox ZEB Ultimate

Words: Trev Worsey Photos: Finlay Anderson

Sours: https://enduro-mtb.com/en/fox-36-grip2-factory-2021-review/

FORK- 2020 36mm

For general information and installation instructions click here »

Make sure that your fork is ready to ride

  1. Check that quick-release levers and axle pinch bolts of the bike are properly adjusted and tightened.
  2. Inspect the entire exterior of your fork. The fork should not be used if any of the exterior parts appear to be damaged. Contact your local dealer or FOX for further inspection and repair.
  3. Check your headset adjustment. If loose, adjust it accordingly to your bicycle manufacturer's recommendations.
  4. Check that all brake cables or hoses are properly fastened.
  5. Test the proper operation of your front and rear brakes on level ground.
  6. Before every race or ride, clean the outside of your fork with only mild soap and water, and wipe dry with a soft dry rag. Do not spray water directly into the seal/upper tube junction. Do not use a high pressure washer on your fork.


WARNING: Follow your brake manufacturer's installation instructions for proper installation and adjustment of the brake system. Failure to properly install and adjust your brakes can lead to a loss of control of the bicycle which can result in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

The 2015-2019 36 FLOAT uses 180mm Post Mounts that allow you to bolt your caliper directly to the fork and utilize a 180mm rotor. This post mount eliminates the need for a caliper adaptor when using the most common 180mm rotor size for forks with these amounts of travel, which saves overall system weight. 

 

If your current 180mm brake setup came with bolts and a caliper spacer, you may need to source shorter bolts as you will not need a caliper spacer when using a 180mm rotor.

 

If using a 203mm rotor, you will need to source the appropriate caliper spacer and bolts. Contact the brake manufacturer for further information.

 

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Install Your Wheel Correctly to Benefit From the Floating Axle

Some 2015-2019 36 forks use a true floating axle. Follow the installation instructions in the video below to properly install your front wheel and enjoy the friction reducing benefits of the floating axle. 

Wheel installation is identical for both the 15mm and 20mm axles. Information regarding converting between 15mm and 20mm axles can be found in the 15mm and 20mm Axle Conversion section. Additional information regarding installing wheels can be found here »

 

 



2019 36 FLOAT maximum air pressure is 120psi (8.3 bar)

NOTE: Pressure measured at an ambient temperature of 70-75ËšF. Normal operating temperature range for FOX products is 20-140ËšF.

Depending on variables such as riding style, terrain, bike geometry, etc, you may find that you can only achieve proper sag and ride performance with up to 10psi over or under the recommended value in the suggested starting pressure chart below. Feel free to experiment with fork air pressures using the information below as a guide.

Setting sag is desired and necessary for proper fork performance during general XC/Trail/AM riding. The 831 fork is not intended for general XC/Trail riding use, but for four cross racing, slalom, slope-style, or dirt jumping. Therefore, the air pressure is generally not set by obtaining proper sag, but is intended to be set for proper riding feel and bottom out control. 

Sag should be set to 15 - 20% of total fork travel

To achieve the best performance from your FOX suspension, adjust the air pressure to attain your proper sag setting. Sag is the amount your suspension compresses under your weight and riding gear. Sag range should be set to 15–20% of total fork travel.

 

  1. Unscrew the air cap on top of the left fork leg counter-clockwise to expose the Schrader valve. 36-sag-range.jpg
  2. Attach a FOX High Pressure Pump to the Schrader valve.
  3. Pump your fork to the appropriate pressure as listed in the 'Suggested starting points for setting sag' table below, then remove the pump.
  4. Using your forks sag setting o-ring on the left upper tube (or temporarily install a zip tie to the upper tube), slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  5. Make sure that your compression adjusters are in the Open position
    • Rotate the compression lever to the Open mode (fully counter-clockwise).
    • If you have a 3-Position Remote fork, set the fork to Open mode.
    • If you have LSC or HSC/LSC adjust, make sure all adjusters are open (fully counter-clockwise.
  6. Dressed to ride (including a filled hydration pack, if you use one), position your bike next to a wall or table to support yourself. Mount your bicycle. Assume your riding position for at least 10 seconds, allowing the suspension to fully settle. Make sure you distribute your weight evenly between the saddle, handlebars and pedals.
  7. While in your riding position, slide the o-ring (or zip tie) down against the fork dust wiper.
  8. Dismount your bike without bouncing, to avoid further moving the o-ring or zip tie. Measure the distance between the dust wiper and the o-ring or zip tie. This is your sag measurement. Suggested sag measurements are listed in the table below.
  9. Add or remove air pressure until your sag measurement is between 15-20% of your forks total travel.
  10. Repeat steps 2-8 and recheck sag measurement.
  11. When sag measurement is correct, screw the air cap on clockwise until snug.

 

Rider WeightAir Pressure
(lbs)(kg)(psi)(bar)
120-15054-6855-633.8-4.4
150-18068-8267-764.6-5.2
180-21082-9580-895.5-6.1
210-25095-11393-1066.4-7.3

 

Rider WeightAir Pressure
(lbs)(kg)(psi)(bar)
120-15054-6858-684.0-4.7
150-18068-8272-825.0-5.7
180-21082-9586-965.9-6.6
210-25095-113100-1146.9-7.9

 

 

Suggested Sag Measurements
140mm/ 5.5 in21mm/ 0.8 in28mm/ 1.1 in
150mm/ 5.9 in23mm/ 0.9 in30mm/ 1.2 in
160mm/ 6.3 in24mm/ 0.9in32mm/ 1.3 in
170mm/ 6.7 in25mm/ 1.0 in34mm/ 1.3 in
180mm/ 7.1 in27mm/ 1.1 in36mm/ 1.4 in

 

 



Rebound controls how fast the fork extends after compressing

The rebound adjustment is dependent on the air pressure setting. For example, higher air pressures require more rebound damping.

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Use your air pressure to find your rebound setting. Turn your rebound knob to the closed position (full clockwise) until it stops. Then back it out (counter-clockwise) to the number of clicks shown in the table below.

 

Suggested Rebound Settings- 36mm Forks
5581398
5981287
6371176
6771076
756965
766865
805754
855643
894543
934432
973321
1022221
1061110

 

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Adjust rebound until when tested, the fork returns quickly but does not top out.

Top out is felt when a fork fully extends too quickly and comes to an abrupt stop when it reaches full extension (you will hear/feel a small noise). Top out should be avoided through proper rebound setting.

 



Easy on-the-fly adjustments for unprecedented control and performance

3-Position Lever: The 3-position lever is useful to make on-the-fly adjustments to control shock performance under significant changes in terrain, and is intended to be adjusted throughout the ride. You can use the OPEN mode during rough descending, the MEDIUM mode for undulating terrain, and the FIRM mode for smooth climbing.

FOX recommends beginning with the 3-position lever in the open mode.

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*OPEN Mode Adjust: Open mode adjust is useful to control fork performance under rider weight shifts, G-outs, and slow inputs. OPEN mode adjust provides 22 additional fine tuning adjustments for the OPEN mode. Setting 22 will have a more plush feel and setting 1 will have a firmer feel.

FOX recommends beginning with the Open mode adjust set to 18 clicks out (counter-clockwise) from fully closed (clockwise).

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*Factory and Performance Elite Series forks only.



Independently Control High and Low Speed Compression

Adjusting your high and low speed compression setting controls how the fork feels as it's compressed through its travel under various types of hits. Use your high and low speed compression adjusters to tune the fork to meet your riding style and terrain.

High-speed compression (HSC) adjustment is useful to control fork performance during bigger hits, landings, and square-edged bumps.

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Low-speed compression adjustment is useful to control fork performance during rider weight shifts, G-outs, and other slow inputs.

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FOX recommends turning adjusters fully clockwise until they come to a gentle stop (approximately 2 in-lb/ 0.2 Nm torque) then turning counter-clockwise to the recommended setting. Any High-Speed Compression settings beyond 16 clicks out from fully closed do not change damping. While the HSC adjuster may have more than 16 detent clicks, only the 16 positions closest to fully closed are designed for use. Any clicks beyond 16 out from fully closed are due to the configuration of the adjuster and will not affect performance in any way.

 

FOX recommends beginning with the High-speed compression set 10 clicks out (counter-clockwise) and Low-speed compression set 6 clicks out (counter-clockwise) from closed (full clockwise). 

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Adjusting your low-speed compression setting controls how the fork feels as it's compressed through its travel under various types of hits. Use your low speed compression adjusters to tune the fork to meet your riding style and terrain.

 

Low-speed compression (LSC) adjustment is useful to control fork performance during rider weight shifts, G-outs, and other slow inputs.

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3-Position Micro Adjust: The 3-position lever is useful to make on-the-fly adjustments to control fork performance under significant changes in terrain, and is intended to be adjusted throughout the ride. Turning the lever to the full counter-clockwise position sets the fork in the Open mode. Turning the lever to the middle detent position sets the fork in the Medium mode. Turning the lever to the full clockwise position sets the fork in Firm mode. The positions between the Open, Medium, and Firm modes can be utilized to fine tune your compression damping. 

FOX recommends beginning with the 3-position lever in the Open mode.

  

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The 2-Position remote can either be installed under the handlebar on the non-drive side, where a front shifter would typically be placed, or installed above the handlebar on the drive side. The 2-Position remote can be used with two cables to control both Push-to-Unlock forks and shocks simultaneously. The 3-Position remote can be installed in-line with the handlebar on either side and can control the fork or shock.

 

FIT4 DAMPERS (Push-to-Lock and Push-to-Unlock)

  1. Install the remote lever onto your handlebar. Do not exceed 1.7 Nm (15 in-lb). Less torque may be needed for carbon bars. Refer to the handlebar manufacturer’s instructions for use with carbon bars. Make sure to check for clearance between the remote lever and any brake or shifter controls.
  2. For Push-to-Lock forks only - route the cable housing from the remote lever, around the rear of the crown, to the fork topcap cable stop and cut to length. Install a ferrule on the remote end.
  3. For Push-to-Unlock forks only – route the cable housing from the remote lever, across the front of the crown, to the fork topcap cable stop and cut to length. Install ferrules on both ends.
  4. Set the remote lever to OPEN mode by pushing the release lever. Make sure that the cable head is completely seated in the remote lever.
  5. For 2-Position remotes only - use a short piece of housing with one ferrule between the in-line barrel adjuster and the remote lever body.
  6. With all cable housing fully seated and no slack in the system, lightly lubricate the inner cable and thread it through the cable housing and around the fork remote pulley.
  7. While holding the cable tight, tighten the pinch bolt, cut off excess cable, and crimp the end.

 

 

GRIP DAMPERS (Push-to-Lock only)

  1. Install the remote lever onto your handlebar. Do not exceed 1.7 Nm (15 in-lb). Less torque may be needed for carbon bars. Refer to the handlebar manufacturer’s instructions for use with carbon bars. Make sure to check for clearance between the remote lever and any brake or shifter controls.
  2. Route the cable housing from the fork topcap, around the rear of the crown, to the remote lever and cut to length. Install a ferrule on the end of the housing at the remote lever. The end of the housing at the fork topcap does not require a ferrule.
  3. For 2-Position remotes only - use a short piece of housing with one ferrule between the in-line barrel adjuster and the remote lever body.
  4. Set the remote lever to FIRM mode by pushing the actuation lever. Make sure that the cable head is completely seated in the remote lever.
  5. Use a 5 mm hex wrench to turn the remote pulley clockwise until you feel it lightly stop, then hold it in place. For forks with the cable exiting the topcap at the rider’s 1 o’clock position: the remote pulley should stop at the 10-11 o’clock position. For forks with the cable exiting the topcap at the rider’s 7 o’clock position:the remote pulley should stop at the 4-5 o’clock position.
  6. With all cable housing fully seated and no slack in the system, lightly lubricate the inner cable and thread it through the cable housing and around the fork remote pulley. While gently holding the remote pulley against the clockwise stop with your 5 mm hex wrench, tighten the pinch bolt.
  7. Release the 5 mm hex wrench from the remote pulley, cut off the excess inner cable, and crimp the end.
  8. The in-line barrel adjuster may be used to change the lockout blow-off force. Clockwise barrel adjustment increases blow-off force, while counter-clockwise adjustment decreases blow-off force.


The 2-position remote is designed to be used in place of a front shifter, under the handlebar on the rider's left side. The 2-position remote can be used with 2 cables to control both the front fork and rear shock simultaneously.

 

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The 2-Position Remote lets you to switch between the OPEN and FIRM modes while riding.

  • Push-to-Lock – Push the actuation lever to set the fork to FIRM mode. Push the release lever to set the fork to OPEN mode.
  • Push-to-Unlock – Push the actuation lever to set the fork to OPEN mode. Push the release lever to set the fork to FIRM mode.


Adjust Your Compression Ratio For The Perfect Air Spring Feel

Changing volume spacers in the 36 FLOAT fork is an easy internal adjustment that allows you to change the amount of mid stroke and bottom out resistance.

  • If you have set your sag correctly and are using full travel (bottoming out) too easily, then you could install one or more spacers to increase bottom out resistance.

  • If you have set your sag correctly and are not using full travel, then you could remove one or more spacers to decrease bottom out resistance.

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36 FLOAT Volume Spacer Configurations
18004
17005
16016
15027
14048
100 (831)910

*DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VOLUME SPACERS LISTED ABOVE!   

 

36mm FLOAT volume spacer PN: 234-04-736 is orange and has a volume of 10cc

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36 Rhythm volume spacer PN: 234-44-079 is purple and has a volume of 10cc

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36mm E-Bike+ Volume Spacer Configurations
16035
15046
14046
13057
12067

*DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VOLUME SPACERS LISTED ABOVE!  

 

36mm E-Bike+ volume spacer PN: 234-04-953 is green and has a volume of 10cc

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WARNING: Never attempt to modify air volume spacers, as this can damage your fork causing a loss of control of the bicycle leading to SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH.

WARNING: FOX suspension products contain pressurized nitrogen, air, oil, or all 3. Suspension misuse can cause property damage, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. DO NOT puncture, incinerate or crush any portion of a FOX suspension product. DO NOT attempt to disassemble any portion of a FOX suspension product, unless expressly instructed to do so by the applicable FOX technical documentation, and then ONLY while strictly adhering to all FOX instructions and warnings in that instance.

WARNING: Modification, improper service, or use of aftermarket replacement parts with FOX forks and shocks may cause the product to malfunction, resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. DO NOT modify any part of a fork or shock, including the fork brace (lower leg cross brace), crown, steerer, upper and lower leg tubes, or internal parts, except as instructed herein. Any unauthorized modification may void the warranty, and may cause failure or the fork or shock, resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Make sure to properly maintain your fork

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*Suspension product will require more frequent servicing the harder they are worked. For those who ride lift-accessed DH, Park, or Extreme Freeride or in extremely wet/muddy or dry/dusty environmental conditions where trail debris is sprayed onto the fork or shock while on the trail, or e-mtb's, FOX encourages riders to perform maintenance earlier than recommended above as needed. If you hear, see, or feel something unusual, stop riding immediately and contact a FOX Authorized Service Center for proper servicing.



WARNING: FOX products should be serviced by a qualified bicycle service technician, in accordance with FOX specifications. If you have any doubt whether or not you can properly service your FOX product, then DO NOT attempt it. Improperly serviced products can fail, causing the rider to lose control resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. 


Sours: https://www.ridefox.com/fox17/help.php?m=bike&id=1040
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Editor’s Choice 2020

Although the new 38 has stolen most of the limelight, the all-new Fox 36 still shines brightly as one of the most adjustable and composed high performance trail forks on the market. Updates for MY20 that are carried through to 2021 include a new chassis with big, curvy brace and new dropouts that can be adjusted for perfect alignment and minimal friction. There are bleed valves, too, on the lower legs to release trapped air that builds up as the fork gets hot. But the real star of the show is the Variable Valve Control damper. The result is a really light approach to small bumps but stacks of support through the mid stroke. While the Fox 36 commands a premium over its nearest rival, it’s worth every penny if you’re seeking those last few percentage points of performance.

Fox 36

Lower leg bleeders equalise pressure at the push of a button

Read more: Best mountain bike forks – get the best suspension fork for your bike

New headline Fox 36 features include a curvy chassis with bulging brace, a new GRIP2 damper and clever QR system with a floating sleeve to precisely align hubs and reduce any binding between upper and lower legs.

Fox’s reshaped lowers significantly boost stiffness, and incorporate lower leg ‘channels’ and air release valves on the back of the magnesium lowers. The former circulate internal bath oil to continually lubricate bushings and foam rings to reduce friction, while the bleeders equalise any air pressure that can build inside and prevent full travel (or reduce sensitivity and responsiveness). There’s also a new bolt-on Fox mud guard, but it only extends backwards and isn’t really substantial enough for winter conditions in the UK.

The Fox 36 EVOL air spring uses a proportionally bigger negative chamber than most for a more linear spring curve and self-balances if you cycle the fork. Clip-on volume spacers can tweak the spring for more or less progression as needed.

The latest GRIP2 damper is four-way adjustable with a really trick variable-valve-control system. This VVC feature was already on the Factory 36’s high-speed rebound circuit, and now affects compression damping too. It works by way of a tiny rotating leaf spring that adjusts the fulcrum – or balancing point – of the oil flow shims, thus fine-tuning valving without having to rebuild the entire damper.

We’ve had tons of experience on the old 36, so how do Fox’s changes add up? Well, it’s immediately plain that performance is now even better, and if the air spring is in the right ballpark, Fox’s damping feels supremely smooth and delicate everywhere from hellish rough sections to the smallest ripples and stones. Hands hover across the terrain, but there’s still a constant, positive support to push against and sense what the tyre is doing.

Since the damper now has a significantly lighter touch, the ‘working’ range runs right from ultra-fluid to stiffer and more controlled, and, at 82kg, we are more in the middle of the dials at both ends here.

The new 36 never gets flustered and absorbs hits of every size calmly with an initial dull slurp that feels like your tyre has less air pressure inside. On one local trail section with brain-rattling high-speed moto whoops, it danced over crests without jiggling vision and balance, while most forks jackhammered and pitched the back end of the bike in their wake. Touch and bump absorption feel consistent whether absolutely hauling into square edges, or plopping off slow speed steps too.

The latest Factory Fox 36 feels like floating in a bath of oil, but also informs enough about the terrain to ride precisely and actively by never being too wallowey or mushy. The superb performance comes at a considerable financial premium to its closest rival – the RockShox Lyrik – however, plus all the new features add a chunk of weight over the older model.

Verdict

In terms of ultimate performance, Fox’s new 36 is a superior product. The brand’s latest design has really got all bases covered, and although you have to pay a premium for it, if you’re after the ultimate damping performance and gentle touch, all the details in Fox’s revisions add up, meaning you can ride harder and smoother with a properly classy and rounded feel from the latest GRIP2 iteration. The self-lubricating design should reduce lower leg service intervals, which was previously required more frequently than a Lyrik to keep in tip top shape.

Details

Weight:2,098g (27.5in, 170mm)

Colours:Black, orange

Offset:37mm, 44mm

Contact:silverfish-uk.com

Sours: https://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/forks/fox-36-review
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