Fox delivered, big style. As robust as any 160mm fork there has ever been, with damping quality that was both muscular and sensitive. It’s was a great fork and was truly back at the top of the list – and it’s remained there. RockShox has very strong competition with the Lyrik fork but for us the 36 is still king of the all-mountain and enduro fork category and remains our favourite.
So what has the 2017 generation of this single crown bruiser got to offer? With keenly priced options such as the Manitou Mattoc available, and the popular RockShox Lyrik chasing its market share, there is strong competition out there. Take a Fox fork from the box though and you are greeted with quality. Real quality that’s not just skin deep. These are premium forks, which combine not just excellent performance from a class leading chassis but show a no compromise approach to finish and detailing.
There are a huge number of options with the latest evolution of this fork (even a 26” option and e-bike optimized model) but one thing remains constant – the reassuringly stout 36mm legged chassis. This class leading fork in 27.5”/170mm spec weighs in at just shy of 2KG (sitting between the Pike and Lyrik at the weigh in) and packs a punch in all types of terrain. Alpine descents, bike park black runs and the most demanding of enduro stage races, this forks soaks it all up and is the our choice for a custom build long-travel bike for this type of riding. With numerous men’s and women’s Enduro World Series wins, the 36 fork is a proven performer and justifies its high price tag.