A sensitive beast.
Dialed for enduro, FOX's Factory Series 36 Float 29 160 3Pos-Adj FIT4 Boost Fork asks for big lines, gnarly rock gardens, and berm blasting days. Its built to hang tough, with beefy 36-millimeter stanchions that keep your tracking solid, and a lofty 160-millimeters of travel to soak up drops, road gaps, and rugged sections of granite slabs you encounter on your quest for the podium at your local enduro series. This year's iteration carries on with the generous updates we saw last year, with EVOL technology borrowed from FOX rear shocks, increasing the negative air spring volume to elevate sensitivity, easing into the top of the stroke to smooth out small bumps and keep your tires locked to the trail when you work your way to the top to earn grin-inducing descents
Impressively stiff 36-millimeter stanchions work to deflect torsional forces from bucking you silly when you're smashing across rough sections of trail littered with boulders, roots, and sudden drop-offs. These stanchions benefit from a Kashima coating that reduces its friction, meaning you'll feel it's smoother and more sensitive, as well as more durable than the black anodized stanchions you'll find on FOX's cheaper forks.
This particular version of the 36 Float has a Fit4 damper with 3-position adjustment, giving you the ability to switch between its Open, Medium, and Firm settings. In Open mode, you'll find 22 clicks of low-speed compression tuning, which is great for dialing in its feel to your exact preferences. Medium gives you added efficiency on smoother trails and long climbs by lessening excess bobbing motion. Firm acts as a practical lock-out when you're pedaling up fire roads or slogging along the road back to the trail.
The Fit4 damper uses a slightly revised tune with a reconfigured shim stack making it all the more sensitive to small variances in terrain, as well as small bumps along the trail. Another benefit of this reconfiguration, it's easier to swap volume spacers for added progressiveness, as FOX removed a previous seal. This is especially welcome for downhill runs and park laps where extra progressiveness is needed to prevent it from bottoming out or feeling overly harsh.
- An all-mountain fork ready to take on enduro fests
- Reconfigured for greater sensitivity to small bumps
- Float air spring with EVOL for small-bump compliance
- Fit4 damper with 3-position adjust: Open, Medium, Firm
- 22 clicks of low-speed compression in Open mode
- 36mm stanchions for robust stiffness, precise tracking
- 51mm rake for nimble 29er handling at slow speeds