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FOX didn't need to revise 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 and better forks without the harshness of older designs. For 2018, the FOX 36 Float 29 160 Grip 2 Boost 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. It's available specifically for 29ers, giving you the option to choose between 51 and 44-millimeter offsets to best suit your bike's handling characteristics and geometry figures. You'll find it's in BOOST spacing for added stiffness and clears 29-inch tires up to 2.5 inches wide if you'd like to run wide trail tires. If you're looking to run this on your 27.5+ trail rig, you'll be able to run up to 3.0-inch rubber on smaller 27.5-inch wheels.
- FOX's premiere all-mountain fork is more tunable and smoother
- Provides 160mm of plush, supportive travel for aggressive riders
- Grip 2 damper with Variable Valve Control over HSC/LSC and HSR/LSR
- Separately dial-in 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
- 44 or 51mm offset for tailoring it to your 29er's geometry
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- Q & A
Smooth as butter
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fox puts tons of R&D into developing their forks to make them work for everyone from World Cup downhill racers to weekend warriors. I ran the '"old" RC2 damper on my last bike and I never thought anything could out perform it. I was wrong and the GRIP2 damper has raised the bar once again. The Kashima coating is buttery smooth and just flat out looks better than your buddy's Lyrik
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The 36 chasis is super stiff. A must for rowdy trail bikes with big/agressive riders. The new Grip 2 damper is amazing in terms of ride qualities and tune-ability. Only comes in 160 travel, so if you want to adjust travel you will need a new air shaft.