Ultimate in tunable performance.
The latest iteration of FOX's 36 Float with the Grip 2 damper offers higher levels of adjustability than just about any fork on the market. That means it's a great option for discerning riders dialing in every last detail about their fork's operation, depending on the terrain at hand and particular riding style on display. As such, this particular FOX 36 Float 27.5 170 Grip 2 Performance Elite Boost Fork offers heightened levels of adjustability and greater support when you're enduro racing, freeriding on seriously steep terrain, and hitting A-line park laps at the resort.
The Grip 2 damper's independent four-way adjustability reigns in total control over high and low-speed compression and high and low-speed rebound. 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 lower friction seals. 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.
Please note, this particular 36 Float with Grip 2 damper is the Performance Elite version, which forgoes a more expensive Kashima coating for black anodized stanchions. The result is a more affordable fork that's still extremely supportive and plush throughout its travel, albeit lacking the extra sensitivity you'd experience with the Kashima-coated stanchions of a Factory Series Fork.
- FOX's top enduro fork is more tunable and smoother than ever
- 170mm of plush, supportive travel for enduro racing and freeride
- Performance Elite is more affordable without sacrificing support
- 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
- Low-friction seals, EVOL air spring increases sensitivity to bumps
- 110mm Boost thru-axle for precise tracking over rough terrain