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If you've been enduro racing and all-mountain riding with FOX's previous 36 Float Fork with the Fit 4 RC2 damper, you're probably well aware of just how supportive and tunable this fork is, proving itself as one of the best options available on the market for everything from fast flow trails to the gnarliest tech this side of a dual-crown fork. However, the suspension gurus at FOX are never content without pushing their fork designs, showing how improvements in damper technology are producing better forks without the harshness of older designs. For 2018, the FOX 36 Float 29 170 Grip 2 Factory Boost Fork represents the crème de la crème in the 36 Float series, thanks to Variable Valve Control with high/low-speed compression and high/low-speed rebound adjustment, lower friction seals than before, as well as greater support with a revised mid-valve design.
The biggest revision with the move to the Grip 2 damper lies in the Variable Valve Control, which gives you four separate knobs to independently tune the high/low-speed compression and high/low-speed rebound. Giving you the 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 scintillating descents where you'll be maxing out your fork's travel. On the high/low-speed compression side of things, there's a bit larger range in tunability, so you can precisely dial in you level of support without any harshness detracting from your ride.
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-smooth Kashima coating. Another update is a revised mid-valve design in 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.
This particular model of 36 Float Factory Fork continues to use FOX's EVOL air spring, which has increased negative spring volume for better traction and higher levels of small-bump compliance when you're riding over rocks and roots. It's available specifically for 29ers with its 51-millimeter offset, which helps to mitigate the floppy front end of a longer travel 29er by making handling a bit more nimble at lower speeds. You'll find it's in BOOST spacing for added stiffness and clears 29-inch tires up to 2.5 inches wide if you'd like to run wide trail tires.
- FOX's premiere enduro fork is more tunable, smoother than ever
- 170mm of plush, supportive travel for enduro and all-mountain
- Grip 2 damper with Variable Valve Control over 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
- 51mm offset makes low-speed handling quicker for 29ers