When every detail matters.
Riders looking for a "set it and forget it" fork aren't necessarily the target audience for the newest FOX 36 Float 27.5 160 Grip 2 Factory Fork, seeing it's more adjustable than ever with its Grip 2 damper offering independent control over high and low-speed compression damping, as well as high and low-speed rebound tuning. This independent four-way control over compression and rebound is what FOX refers to as Variable Valve Control, which gives you four separate knobs for dialing in the fork's riding characteristics to the exact level of precision you're seeking for everything from fast flow trails to rowdy descents over thousands of feet.
Providing an 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 wider range in tunability, so you can precisely dial in you level of support without any harshness detracting from your ride. 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.
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 Kashima coating. Another update is a revised mid-valve design of 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.
- FOX's premiere enduro fork is more tunable and smoother than ever
- 160mm of plush, supportive travel for enduro and all-mountain
- Factory Series represents the very best in fork performance
- Grip 2 damper with Variable Valve Control of HSC/LSC and HSR/LSR
- Separately tune 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