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FOX Racing Shox 36 Float 29 160 HSC/LSC FIT Boost Fork (51mm Rake) - 2017

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Big travel, nimble handling.

Even the burliest six-inch travel rig has to pick through tight terrain from time to time, and the 2017 FOX Racing Shox 36 Float 29 160 HSC/LSC FIT Boost Fork with 51mm Rake features all the much-loved updates found in the 2016 line and makes those low-speed, nimble moments easier by adding a bit of rake to decrease the bike's trail. The result is less "dead" space between the steering axis and the hub, which offsets the floppy, low-speed steering issues that arise from the longer trails produced by today's taller wheels and slack geometries. Handling stays 26er-sharp at all speeds, whether climbing, ripping, or cleaning switchbacks and tricky terrain.

The 36 Float's crown and lowers were redesigned in 2016 to be lighter, lower, and stiffer, resulting in a shorter axle-to-crown measurement across the board, so that the decreased trail is the only alteration of the bike's front-end geometry. The stiffness boost makes slugging up climbs that much easier and, more importantly, keeps tracking on point while cleaning lines. The fork also utilizes a higher viscosity proprietary fork oil, which makes for more responsive rebound during consecutive hits.

The Float air spring does away with the negative coil spring found in older versions in favor of a dual-chamber air spring. This neat trick of metal-to-air alchemy may be the single biggest contributor to the fork's weight loss, and when it's paired with the reduced number of smoother seals, it means the fork requires less force to initiate travel. The quick initiation can be offset by volume spacers to make the fork ramp-up harder.

The fork's other arm houses the fourth generation of the FOX Isolated Technology (FIT4) damper. For FIT4, FOX uses an air-tight bladder, as opposed to a more common open bath system, so it's more resistant to debris contamination and stays smoother and more consistent between maintenance intervals. The damper itself replaces FOX's old Climb, Trail, Descend settings with an Open setting — where we find ourselves spending most of our time — a firmed-up Medium setting, and a locked-out Firm setting that may only see use for fire road transitions and sailing to the trailhead.

Tech Specs

Travel:
160 mm
Stanchion Material:
Kashima-coated aluminum
Lower Material:
magnesium
Crown Material:
aluminum
Wheel Size:
29 in
Steer Tube Diameter:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in tapered
Stanchion Diameter:
36 mm
Spring Type:
Float Air
Damper:
FIT4
Adjustability:
3-position adjust
Lockout:
yes
Axle:
15 x 110 mm Boost QR thru-axle
Max Rotor Size:
203 mm
Brake Compatibility:
post mount
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Great fork.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice and stiff, great on the rocky downhill trials. Very adjustable to fit everyone's weight and riding style. Have have used other forks and fox is by far the best out there.

Great fork.

Think the specs are wrong here, it says it has a 3pos adjust...which I don't think is true.

Hey Tom - This fork does not have the FIT4 CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) 3pos adjustment but it does have a compression adjustment. The best fork for you will depend on the bike you have and how you like to ride. I would call this fork a little more downhill oriented. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions on this fork or if you are interested in ordering it.

- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

Hey Tom - This fork does not have the FIT4 CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) 3pos adjustment but it does have a compression adjustment. The best fork for you will depend on the bike you have and how you like to ride. I would call this fork a little more downhill oriented. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions on this fork or if you are interested in ordering it. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

That is true. No 3 position switch for dampening control. Other then that great fork.

A List of Metaphors for the Fox 36

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The FOX Racing Shox 36 Float 29 160 HSC/LSC FIT is:
- A life preserver.
- A get-out-of-jail free card.
- A jetpack.
- A hall pass.
- A lightsaber
Go into that rock garden carrying too much speed, or not enough. Choose that bad line. Land flat. This is the fork that will let you keep it together.

Best fork out there

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden all kinds of forks but the Fox 36 takes the cake. This fork performs in all conditions and is completely tunable to have it set up perfect..