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FOX didn't have to update their already excellent 36 Float Fork with the Fit 4 RC2 damper, considering just how confident and capable it was across everything from fast flow trails to the gnarliest tech this side of a dual-crown fork. However, the suspension gurus at FOX are never really content with their current line of forks, showing how improvements in damper technology are producing better forks without the harshness of older designs. For 2018, the FOX 36 Float 27.5 170 Grip 2 Factory Fork represents the crème de la crème in the 36 Float series, thanks to Variable Valve Control with high/low-speed compression and high/low-speed rebound adjustment, lower friction seals than before, as well as greater support with a revised mid-valve design.
The biggest revision with the move to the Grip 2 damper lies in the Variable Valve Control, which gives you four separate knobs to independently tune the high/low-speed compression and high/low-speed rebound. Giving you the additional high-speed rebound damping circuit helps to control how fast you'd like the fork to rebound after taking a bigger hit, so you can better prepare for bike park days and fast downhill runs where you'll be maxing out your fork's travel. On the high/low-speed compression side of things, there's a bit larger range in tunability, so you can precisely dial in you level of support without any harshness detracting from your ride.
Looking at additional improvements, you'll find the newest 36 Float with Grip 2 has a lower friction level for improved small-bump sensitivity and heightened traction on rugged trails. FOX aimed to lower the friction from their previous 36 Float by using low-friction seals alongside their buttery-smooth Kashima coating. Another update is a revised mid-valve design in the Grip 2 damper, which makes the fork resist brake dive when you're coming in hot and need to scrub some speed before leaning into a berm or rolling down a steep rock line. Both of these updates are subtle improvements that aim to make this fork smoother and more composed without being a drastic overhaul in the design and operation of the 36 Float itself.
This particular model of 36 Float Factory Fork continues to use FOX's EVOL air spring, which has increased negative air spring volume for better traction and higher levels of small-bump compliance when you're riding over rocks and roots. Different offsets of 37 and 44 millimeters allow you to customize the handling and stability characteristics of your enduro bike, depending on how slack and long your frame's geometry is.
- FOX's premiere all-mountain fork is more tunable and smoother
- Provides 170mm of plush, supportive travel for aggressive riders
- Grip 2 damper with Variable Valve Control over HSC/LSC and HSR/LSR
- Separately adjust high/low-speed compression, high/low-speed rebound
- Updated mid-valve design increases support for reduced brake dive
- Kashima coating and EVOL air spring for small-bump compliance
- Low-friction seals achieve a more sensitive feel over bumps
- 15 x 100mm thru-axle, 44mm fork offset
- Item #FRS009J