Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007
Strengths: HAVENT BROKE THEM YET,STAND UP WELL
Weaknesses: CLUNKING AFTER 6MONTHS,GUY AT THE SHOP TO GO TO CRAPY TIRE AND GET SHRINK RAP AND RAP SPRING 2'FORM TOP TO BOTTOM AND IN THE MIDDLE WHO NEW LOVE THE TRICKS,AND YEAH IT WORKS,DIDENT WANT TO SEND THEM AWAY AND WAITE A WEEK,I WANT TO RIDE NOW....NOTE..DONT TAKE APART WITH OUT PRINT,IF YOUR NOT SHORE
THAY CAN BE BOTTOMED OUT NO MATTER WHAT THAY SAY TO GET YOU TO BY THEM,OTHER THAN THAT THAY WORK HIGHT SPEED LOW SPEED ON THE BOTTOM,THANK YOU FOX ,BEAT EM LIKE A H!#$ CAUS THATS WHAT THAY ARE,FUN
Strengths: Light weight, Plush ride over small and big hits
Weaknesses: I just had to send mine back to fox because the bushings were too small for the outer tubes. It caused some movement and clunking in the fork.
Great ride over all terrain. It doesn't seem to be a problem when climbing, the fork just sucks up everything and makes climbing even easier. But the big hits are painless and cornering is ammazing. I'll let this forum know if i have any problems with Fox. I think they are going to replace the lowers. They saty that the turnaround time will be about 2 weeks.
Similar Products Used: These are quite different from other forks I've tried.
Bike Setup: GMP A235, Atomlabs, Nokian, Fox 40, Fox DHX, Blackspire cranks and headset.
from christchurch newzealand
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2005
Strengths: super stiff very plush lightweight good adjustment range
an awesome fork very lightweight, stiff ,plush,reliable would recomend rc2 for racers so can fine tune fork .40mm legs look awesome and seals and bushings are free and smooth as. Best fork by far ive ridden would highly reccomend for any racer
Similar Products Used: 05dorado o4shiver 04boxxer 03boxxer 03jnrt
Bike Setup: demo9, hope brakes ,raceface,e13,maxxis
from Sydney, Australia
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2005
Strengths: Super light- my fork out of the box weighed in at 6.77 pounds, with ti spring and uncut steerer. 40mm legs= stiffness Buttery plush, no stiction whatsoever. Flat crowns, so a low rideheight
Weaknesses: The sheers size:- stiffness means that the fork deflects occassionally if you get off the back of the bike... Thin lowers- could be easy to damage in a crash? Fox Bushings continually feel worn and lose Initially feel very linear, but that changes when you're used to it. Brake mounting
Its 6.77 pounds. 6.77. Lighter than just about every DH fork!!!
The 40R is the cats pyjamas. When they first came out they weren't really pretty (actually, they still aren't), but damn they ride well. I got my forks 2 weeks before the Thredbo State round, and all those lovely brake bumps bedded them in sweetly.
After the first few rides i was disappointed in that the forks felt overly linear, even with 2" sag. But after a few runs you become used to this and the forks track so well they feel bottomless, with no harsh clunk when they bottom out. I think that the RC2 would solve this, but i don't have the extra cash to do that.
At the same time, out of the box my forks felt like they had lose bushings already, but the Fox tech's here all say that that is normal (had a similar prob with my old Vanilla). But somehow, the fork has no stiction. Maybe its the loser bushings? Maybe the internals? Whatever it is they soak up any bump, and take up the small stuff much better than my old Dorado.
The stiffness is good when you turn, but it also means you get some deflection. The cure is to ride with your weight more forward (it seems), so that the forks are always loaded. Once you do this the forks seem to track really well, and smooth the trail nicely.
Externally, it's good and bad. Sure as hell ugly, but they work well. Really well.
The brake mounting system is Stupid to say the least. While it means that most riders don't need to run adaptors, it's just plain stupid for any newer hope user (although, without a doubt, the new Hope Mono 6 Ti's are just plain crap, and thats after 3 months of riding fast rocky trails). Still, how about manufacturers create an international standard and stick to it?
The crowns are also good and bad. Good in that they are flat and the forks ride low for the travel (in fact, they're well less than 2" lower than an 8" 888 (when the fox is at 8" travel).). Bad in that they aren't overly burly, and they don't seem to like trees (just ask Jared Graves). And an integrated stem mount (for SIC) wouldn't go astray.
Overall, for such a big and burly fork its a great package. It won't do hucking or freeriding well, but it is probably the best DH fork going at the moment. 6.77 is crazy light for any DH fork, and one with 40mm staunchions its insane. 95% of this fork is sorted, with only the crowns and the brake mounting the only negative. Price however, is not a strong point, but in reality a 40R is cheaper than a Dorado, and marginally more than a Boxxer World Cup (and no, 888Rs do not even compete).