BURLY, NO NONSENSE PERFORMANCE
The Fox 36 platform has been around for well over a decade. It has been a staple on all sorts of bikes over the years - freeride, all mountain, enduro, you name it. For 2017, the 36 continues as a burly, no nonsense fork with excellent adjustability.
3-Position FIT4 Damper
Fox's FIT4 damper offers three main compression settings, Open/Medium/Firm. In the open position, the fork's oil flow is maximized, providing a very plush and responsive feel overall. The medium position stiffens the initial compression, allowing the fork to ride slightly higher in it's travel, reducing pedal bob/feedback. The firm setting will be increase initial compression resistance even more, and will offer the firmest ride of the three settings. Naturally, the open setting is intended for downhill trail sections, the medium setting is intended for primarily flat trail sections, and the firm setting is intended for climbing. In the open mode, the FIT4 damper offers 22 clicks of low speed compression, though it does lack the externally adjustable high speed compression that the RC2 damper offers (found on Fox's 36-series forks). Why offer such a range of compression adjustment in the open setting when you could just flip the knob to the medium setting? Good question. The medium setting is intended for a quick on-the-fly switch to a firmer platform. On the inside of the fork, the medium setting, the fork has to push through a shim stack ever time it is compressed, which results in slightly harsher small bump performance. The open setting however does not utilize that shim stack, resulting in unadulterated performance - so it makes sense to give those extra 22 clicks of compression adjustability in this setting, as that is where you'll likely be spending the most time when riding.
The FIT4 utilizes a 10mm shaft and seal head design that increases oil flow to the base valve, same as what's used on Fox's 36 and 40-series forks. Fox also increased flow through the rebound circuit for faster recovery from hard hits. With the increased oil flow throughout the entire damper, as well as improvements to inner seal heads, the FIT4 forks will be very plush and responsive in the open setting.
Fox offers this fork in two travel options: 150mm, 160mm, and 140mm. All three options have a 44mm crown offset, ideal for most 27.5"-wheeled bikes.
Since the 36-series Fox forks are targeted towards the more aggressive crowd, they opt for a 180mm post mount disc brake tab, meaning the smallest rotor you can with this fork is 180mm. Magnesium lowers, aluminum top crown, and an aluminum steer tapered steer tube keep weight down to a competitive 4.42 lbs for the 160mm model. As with all Factory Series Fox forks, the 36 Float utilizes Fox's famous Kashima buttery smooth coating on the stanchions. This fork is backed by Fox's limited 1-year warranty.