In the past twelve years, the Fox 36 changed the face of mid to long travel bikes forever. Back in 2005 it came with a colossal 150mm of trael in a bigger, faster and stronger package than anything we’d known before. This was the fork that made it possible to charge downhill tracks without needing a dual crown fork.
This fork is rapidly becoming the weapon of choice for longer-legged 29ers like the Orange Stage 5 and 6. It gives the bikes an edge on the bigger wheels that we love so much.
Yes, it’s is a hefty investment, but if you want the best damping, easy tuning and excellent service back up, all rolled into an incredibly well finished package then it has to be the Fox 36.
Price: From £989
Rockshox Boxxer World Cup
A long proven race winner that’s been consistently at the top of the World Cup standings in recent years – you can’t go far wrong with the Boxxer World Cup. It should be re-iterated it’s the World Cup version of this fork we’re talking about here, which we think is a step above the Team and RC models .
This is a fork that sits in this year’s Dirt 100 listing as one of only two downhill forks. It’s as simple as that. You can step away into the world of lesser seen brands but more often than not the BoXXer’s blend of performance, usability and realistic servicing schedules means you may well return.
Price: £1,604 (including tall and short crowns)