Fox Shox 40 RC2 2005 Front Shocks

4.53/5 (32 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00


Product Description

We designed our new downhill fork, the 40, to be the lightest and strongest downhill fork made.

Weight: sub 7 lbs/ 3.2 Kg
Travel: 8 inches/203 mm internally adjustable to 6 inches/ 150 mm
Adjustments: External Rebound, External Dual Adjust Compression – High/Low, Spring Pre-load, Titanium Spring
Downhill-Freeride


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by buntayp a Downhiller from Kathmandu Nepal

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2010

Strengths:    Over all it is a great Fork....my first ever FOX all my past were Marz. I like the stiffness and a the ability to tune it to my settings....NICE

Weaknesses:    Too complicated for me at least at the beginning....to many knobs....to get the right setting...

Bottom Line:   
i like it with my set up.....

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Favorite Trail:   Hattiban, Manakamana, Shivapuri, Green Panel (Pokhara), Stupa

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   from a Friend

Similar Products Used:   Bomber 888, Boxxer race

Bike Setup:   2011 Commencal Supreme world champion, Fork FOX 40, rear shocks FOX RC 4, Shimano Saint components , race face DH crank, SRAM XO Cassette, Thompson Stem, AVID Code Brakes, Mavic EX 729 Rims, Kenda Nevegal 2.5 Front tires, Maxxis Ardent 2.4 rear....FUNN Fat Boy handle bars, commencal grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe a Downhiller from arizona

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2010

Strengths:    its the best ever, you can do whatever you like

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
if you like to ride with the devil go for fox 40.

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Favorite Trail:   fig mtn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   competitivecyclist.c

Similar Products Used:   boxxer, 888

Bike Setup:   santa cruz v8, shimano saint

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark patterson a Downhiller from Livingston

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2009

Strengths:    Light,Stiff

Weaknesses:    Maintenance

Bottom Line:   
Very good overall fork. Setting up can be a pain to get right as I've tried loads of set ups and ended up using this one. Purple Spring 120 - 150Lbs Rider weight with no preload, 6 clicks from slow on the rebound, 1 click of low speed from fully open and 3 clicks of high speed compresson again from fully open. This is the best set up I can find allthough some say you should be running a lot of LSC I dont like it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer Rides

Bike Setup:   2006 Santa Cruz V10

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Yellow Mollow a Weekend Warrior from Montreal

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2008

Strengths:    Ultimate performance only if tuned by YR, from www.velocycle.com

Weaknesses:    Stanchions wears out in three months because of not well designed wiper seals.

Bottom Line:   
My original fork was worned out pretty fast just with normal DH riding. Why?, because Fox seals are not well designed. They permit the crud to enter the fork too easily, making the stanchions to wear prematurely.

I bought another fork, & YR from www.velocycle.com applied the YR's efficiency upgrades to it. Now its been three years I'm riding the same fork without any maintenance! YR made my fork to work like its supposed to, not like those 6 digit crooks from Fox! I made a basic oil change recently to discover that I did not need any, oil being perfectly clean... YR's efficiency upgrades made so much of a difference to the 40, I am knocked out! & it only cost me 100 ca$ for more than 500 usd worth of aftersale maintenance recommended from the owner's manual... Value rating is for Fox usa. Overall rating is because of YR's rebuild on my fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   La Porte a Bicyclette

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, 888

Bike Setup:   giant Glory

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sam a Downhiller from Blue Mountains, N.S.W, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2007

Strengths:    very active, maintains momentum very well, allows you to plow through rocks whilst still providing heaps of grip, structuraly the fork is very stiff, good at high speeds.

Weaknesses:    Noisy! spring cluncks around inside, not very progressive, will bottom out on moderate size flat landings.

Bottom Line:   
When working well this fork is incredible. It will track the ground so well that I find I forget that it is there and can just concentrate on riding. To appreciate this fork you need to have a good ride on it as it feels preety ordinary when you give it a quick push up and down.
Unfortunately I cant say it is twice as good as my Boxxers though they cost twice the money.
Buy this fork if you want a great DH fork, freeriders need not apply.

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Favorite Trail:   Swiss National

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Panther Cycles

Similar Products Used:   06 Boxxer teams

Bike Setup:   07 Giant Glory

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick a Downhiller from Dalton ma

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2007

Strengths:    travles nicely takes anthing you can through at it

Weaknesses:    it needs to be mantaned all the time

Bottom Line:   
this fork is killer it would get it if you can

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Favorite Trail:   mount snow

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Daves bike shop

Similar Products Used:   888,monster t, drop off

Bike Setup:   2003 . iron horse sgs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mike lowryq a Downhiller from spokane wa

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

Strengths:    light, adjustable,

Weaknesses:    crappy seals, wayyy to soft even with heavy springs

Bottom Line:   
they suck

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Favorite Trail:   whistler, fod, eacon, silver mt.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   wheel sport east

Similar Products Used:   marrzocchi 66 marzocchi drop off triple

Bike Setup:   this is my dads fork so its on an iron horse sunday with gravity cranks, a fox 40, dhx5, syncros wheels, maxxis tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by goldie the pimp a Downhiller from claremont

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007

Strengths:    hugh stan's.you adjust everything{excepet a black girls attitude!}ITS MADE BY FOX!.
LETS SEE, A COMPANY THAT MAKES NOTHING BUT SHOCKS!DUH!


Weaknesses:    well?the springs are a little soft for my weight.225lbs.so i hade to buy stiffer springs for another 250.00.oh well.when your traveling down a mountain side at highway speeds and you hit that 20ft drop,you be happy you spent that extra cash!


Bottom Line:   
oh,what i saide up there.

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Favorite Trail:   webb,fontana,mamoth

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   not waste your cash on a marzocchi!

Bike Setup:   giant faith 2,fox rc2,fox 5.0,hayes nine's,intense tires,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Lopez a Downhiller from El Centro, CA

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2007

Strengths:    Gee, where do I begin? tons of adjustability, rediculously plush, has that traditional fox shox feel to it, eats up everything! Oh, and their integrated brake mount takes a 6 inch international standard brake mount that fits most XC forks.. nothing special.. in fact its cheaper then most 20mm brake adapters.

Weaknesses:    due to the raging lust for fox forks, its very expensive.. even after being made two years ago! Still, its definately worth the money though. More of a race Dh fork then a freeride fork.

Bottom Line:   

Not a bad fork at all! I wouldn't call it a giant hurl above the current crop of DH forks, but I can see why its argumentetively the best fork ( on the curcuit) I was a little hesitant to run it through and go all out do to how expencive it is. but eventually I did, and its taken everything I've thrown at it, made me a faster rider, and (at least on the track or trails) made me more confident! The stock ti spring is way too soft in it.. they need to swap the spring rate to a firmer spring for their 07 and 08 forks. I really like the low speed feature on this fork.. tramendous gains in pedal sprinting as well as proper compression due to hard braking.,.. hardly ever use the high speed.. just have is set at factory.

HOWEVER!!! If your a pure adrenaline junky with little regard for your life and have a low budget, go with the Marzocchi 888's. I would believe them to be a little bit stronger, and it won't brake your bank if you for some odd reason thrash it beyond ridable capability (i.e. crash into a tree/ bolder, fall off the side of a mountain, etc..

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Favorite Trail:   Corral, nobal, Anderson truck, Fontana

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi shiver, 888, Boxxer, bla bla bla.

Bike Setup:   Haro 357, fox 40, manitou metal RPA, azonic, FSA, race face, bla bla bla...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stu a Downhiller from Surrey, UK

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007

Strengths:    Tunability, Steering Presicion, Weight, Length

Weaknesses:    Bottom Stanchons

Bottom Line:   
Took a little time to dial in and understand fully, but when they are dialed, staggering is the word. takes huge pounding whilst still giving huge feed back on terain, almost to the point they're tiring to ride at first till you get used to it. I am very glad I got them and wouldn't change my descision, but if you like to ride through stuff without feeling everything and with a little give these aren't the forks for you. But if you want masses of feedback through the bars, you can't do better. For me they are perfect, but don't get caught up buying them for show, coz I reckon you'll regret it as a friend of mine has.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   888s

Bike Setup:   Enduro DHX5, Race face bars/stem, V12s,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Guido a Downhiller from Zuerich, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007

Strengths:    weight, look, adjustments, steering angle

Weaknesses:    not very durable, bottom out control only adjustable by special fox mechanic

Bottom Line:   
After almost a year mine started to loose rebound. I send it for maintenance and they told that the main shaft was worn due to a loose bushing inside. This lead to leaking oil. For a product with such a high price the quality is disappointing.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   manitou sherman

Bike Setup:   santa cruz vp-free with dhx 5.0 coil and fox 40

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lukas a Downhiller from colorado

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2007

Strengths:    very smooth and stable, light and very adjustable also comes with two top crowns, three springs(i run the medium)and a great manual and its FOX

Weaknesses:    the ti nitrate stansion covering starts to show streaks from wearing down and the strenght of it sometimes makes me doubt my frame

Bottom Line:   
this fork has all the adjustments that any other fork will and shows no flex what so ever and just looks plain badass so buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   most of keystone

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   the fix

Similar Products Used:   if it counts ive ridden older models of the bombers and monsters which are also very thick stansion forks.

Bike Setup:   intense m3 with fox dhx 5 and fox 40's hfx mag brakes xt crank outlaw rims easton bars and a bunch of other crap

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by richie clarkson a Racer from chch new zealand

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2007

Strengths:    LOOKS AWSOM WORKS AWSOM THIS IS A AWSOM FORK

Weaknesses:    DAM SPRINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHH

Bottom Line:   
GET THIS FORK AND DICH THOSE STOCK SPRINGS

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Favorite Trail:   radi garden

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   NONE LIKE IT

Bike Setup:   KONA STINKEY DELUX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Miller a Downhiller from New York

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2006

Strengths:    Great fork..Smooth and runs very well..clean and defentally the fork to have. Defentally worth the money

Weaknesses:    Spring is a bit light

Bottom Line:   
Thsi fork is great worth the money preforms well. You might have to get a different spring. Stock is a bit light but other than that it works very well. If you dont know anything about suspension have a shop help you or just get the R it is a bit tricky but if your a good reader you can figure it out.

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Favorite Trail:   Jump Run Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 888 Bombers

Bike Setup:   Turner Highline, Sram XO, Saint, DeeMax, Fox40RC2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary McIntyre a Downhiller from Newcastle

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2006

Strengths:    Super light weight for their size, fantastic confidence inspiring performance, Razor sharp steering precision, reliability, THEY MAKE YOU A BETTER RIDER!!

Weaknesses:    The soft and medium springs provided are way too soft. Perhaps not as strong as they look. They take while to set up correctly..

Bottom Line:   
It took a long time for Fox to finally get around to building a downhill fork, but it was well worth the wait. These things ooze quality. It can take a while to get them set up just right (due to the massive range of adjustment.), but once set, they are unbelievable! They will encourage you into doing things that you never thought possible, and they'll find grip where they have no right to do so. They are expensive to buy, but they are worth every penny and I believe for what they offer, they are actually a bargain. I have raced, used and abused these for over 18 months throught the best and worst that the Alps, Scotland and Whistler could throw at them and apart from switching to a harder spring and the long initial set up, they are as they left the box. They will hammer though the maddest terrain with precision but that said, they will reward riders who use a little finese with a riding experience that is unparalleled espescially when used with a DHX. Ride them and you'll know what I mean.. They make you ride better, what more could you ask for.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Denton Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Nothing comes close.

Bike Setup:   Mr. Big custom frame, Fox DHX 5.0 ti, Hayes, FSA Pounders, Atomlab, Mavic, Hadley, Shimano, all quality gear..

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