Fox Racing Shox 40 RC2 2006 Front Shocks

4.13/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

With a full 8-inches of travel, separate externally adjustable high and low speed compression damping circuits, a titanium coil spring, massive 40 mm stanchions, and yet a truly remarkable sub-7 lb weight, our 40 is the definitive light-heavyweight champion of the world. We've sweated every detail - a tight steering radius, low axle-to-crown height, and our integrated disc brake guide. No other DH fork comes close to offering this level of performance, range of adjustability, and combination of strength and low weight.

Weight: 6.79 lbs/ 3.08 gk
Travel: 8 inches/ 203 mm
External Adjustments:
-Coil spring preload
-Rebound damping
-Low speed compression damping
-High speed compression damping
Internal Adjustments:
-Travel is internally adjustable down to 6 inches in half inch increments
-Bottom-out resistance


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by megrim a Downhiller from North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2009

Strengths:    Light, great small bump sensitivity, decent bottom out, and buttery smooth.

Weaknesses:    Requires some maintenance to keep them tip top.

Bottom Line:   
This is a pretty good fork out of the box. The new ones might be a little better, but I think the older ones require a little tweaking. I had my fork tuned up by James at Suspension Works and now it feels great. I usually get the oil changed in the fork 4 or 5 times a year and this keeps the fork feeling great.

I would recommend this fork to anyone that doesn't mind doing a little extra maintenance. If you hate taking your fork into a shop to get some work done, or don't want to take the fork apart yourself, then shy away from the 40. But if you want one of the sweetest feeling forks on the market, the 40 is great.

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Favorite Trail:   Robert's Creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Used from a buddy

Similar Products Used:   888, Shiver, Older 40

Bike Setup:   Knolly V-tach, New Saint Brakes, Cane Creek Double Barrel, etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by doesn't matter a Racer from toowoomba

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2009

Strengths:    light, stiff, very responsive and track very well. if u can get them to stay in one piece and not fall apart, with no dampning drama's then they are a really good tracking fork.

Weaknesses:    were do i start. the design is a farkin joke and fox suspension should be very shameful of there 40 product. basically if u bottom them out at all even the slighest the bladder breaks its seal, resulting it very uneven dampning, and loss of dampening. To charge $2500 for these forks is a farkin joke, im a racer and would much prefer to race on drop offs than these unreliable disgrace to fox. the lowers are also very thin and rip open like paris hilton's undies.

Bottom Line:   
wouldn't touch them with a 10 ft clown pole

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Favorite Trail:   Dayboro, brisbane

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   888's, drop offs, 07 boxxer race.

Bike Setup:   07 V10, saints, avid code's, 721, Dt swiss 340, deity.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vilneff33 a Downhiller from Marmora, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    I could go on forever.
looks,
weight,
stiffness,
adjustments,
tough as nails,
will take anything you throw at it,
makes everyone jelous,
endless travel,
dont bottom out, and when you do you dont even notice it that much,
whats not to love, its a Fox 40!


Weaknesses:    what are weaknesses?
ive never heard of that word when it comes to fox 40's


Bottom Line:   
this fork is incredible, the cosmetics are fabulous, the performance is top of the line, there is no other fork i would rather have other than the new boxxers, but even then, thats a compitition. this fork has outperformed any other fork i have ever tried. i love this fork, and everyone should own one.
people say the price is steep, but for what you get, its not. i got mine cheap thanks to Pinkbike!
love the forks, keep it up Fox!

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Favorite Trail:   Red Double Diamond

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Local Ripper for $65

Similar Products Used:   2003 Boxxer team,
2003 Manitou Dorado DH


Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale Gemini DH

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan a Downhiller from Vancouver B.C

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2007

Strengths:    the adjustments kick ass! hi-low speed adjustment was the best thing ever invented. the whole fork its pritty burly and the color goes with just about anything!

Weaknesses:    none so far, exsept i think i may have to change out the titanium spring, but it doent bottom out on 20 foot drops so im all good for now.

Bottom Line:   
this fork is litteraly the best thing that ever happend to me, super plush love the 8 inches. i sugest that if u weight more that 160 and u hit 20 foot stepdowns u change the stock spring, i only weigh 147 and it doesnt bottom out. super light, great for downhilling, to climbin, to technical trails. thank you fox racing shock for another wonderful product.

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Favorite Trail:   pink starfish (frome) boneryard(whistler)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   traded for my stp

Similar Products Used:   manipoo breakout plus(never get thease the blow choad), marzochhi 66 rc, marzocchi jr.t, lots more..

Bike Setup:   05 King Fisher 1 w/ fox 40 rc2, fox dhx 4.0, 2008 avid code, bontager king earl cranks, protaper bars, x.o, 5050xx peds, e.13, deemax wheels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve Pete a Racer from Oragon

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2007

Strengths:    So much travel, huge stanchions, adjustments

Weaknesses:    breaks on triple black diamond run

Bottom Line:   
dont get it!

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   manitou

Bike Setup:   hahahahaha

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Downhiller from New York

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2006

Strengths:    OMG this fork is 1337. IT works great for hucking whatever you want. I work in a shop that services these forks and its sooo easy al long as the old chamber is not damaged which is not all to often. Its the most popular dual crown to come into my shop. Everone that has it loves it everone that doesent (wishes they did) complains. The Ti spring is a bit weak so a slighty stornger spring is probably what you want.

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
The fork is a great for pros down to nubs. Once you get one you might never switch brands ever again. Keep good care of it and it will take care of you. Easy to work with if you can read. IF you don't know anything about bicycle suspension i suggest you get the r it a bit more basic and easer to set up.

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Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 888bomers

Bike Setup:   Turner highline X0 saint dee Max

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Michael Lopez a Downhiller from El Centro, CA

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006

Strengths:    has Fox's legandary feel, plushness, and response. the adjustments and stantions are Badd@$$.


Weaknesses:    My 05 1.5 manitou sherman breakout can take drops better than this!

Bottom Line:   
I'm a die-hard Fox fan, so its really unpleasant for me to do this, This fork is a pure racing fork... plain an simple... the range of adjustments are great, its very light considering its burly 40mm stantion set-up, and it is great for speed and agility with a generous turning radious and plenty of room to spare for adding any size tire you want in the front which was a problem with Manitou and Marzocchi's triple crown forks. this fork will suit the people who can afford it as well as afford to maintain it. But if your a true adrenaline Junkee, DO NOT GET THIS FORK! Its not for you. If your a fearless huck diver who loves gaps over 50 feet on a regular basis, go for a Marzocchi or even a manitou travis or stance. Oversized stantions do not give this thing more strength than others... mearly stiffness ( if that) the after Market spring does quite nicely... Helps out if your ranging close to 200 lbs.. the stalk ti spring. ( they made so much hype about) is way too soft, no matter how much compression or preload you give it... If your on the racing circuit, and sponsored... get this fork... if your like the rest of us, get something else...

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Favorite Trail:   Any one I can find...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Dorado,Sherman slider, Stance Kingpin, marzocchi 888 RC2X,VF2

Bike Setup:   FOX 40 RC@, Manitou REVOX, XTR, BLA BlA BlA...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Curt a Downhiller from FL.

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight easy to tune in and adjust excellent customer service just dropped FOX tech's an e-mail and then called them up and spoke with a real person and he sent me the small parts I needed free of charge!!!

Weaknesses:    weak hardware pinch bolt head snapped

Bottom Line:   
Bought this for a Whistler trip and it worked great, I just had to adjust it on the first run and that was it. Very easy to adjust different travel size and all the other unlike the 66rc2x that i got for freeriding.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   1100.00

Similar Products Used:   dorado, monster t,

Bike Setup:   uzzi with the works

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Curt a Downhiller from FL.

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight easy to tune in and adjust excellent customer service just dropped FOX tech's an e-mail and then called them up and spoke with a real person and he sent me the small parts I needed free of charge!!!

Weaknesses:    weak hardware pinch bolt head snapped

Bottom Line:   
Bought this for a Whistler trip and it worked great, I just had to adjust it on the first run and that was it. Very easy to adjust different travel size and all the other unlike the 66rc2x that i got for freeriding.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   1100.00

Similar Products Used:   dorado, monster t,

Bike Setup:   uzzi with the works

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Riley a Downhiller from Kalaheo, HI

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2006

Strengths:    Plush on the small stuff and absorbs the big hits just as well. Handles very well and precise.

Weaknesses:    The stanchions slid in the triple clamps off of the big hits. Installing the stiffer spring provided solved this problem. The fork was bottoming so hard that the force caused the tubes to slide.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent fork for the type of riding I do (freeriding). You won't be disappointed with this fork. One of the best dual crown freeride/downhill forks available.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 888 RC

Bike Setup:   King Fisher 2. Truvativ Hussefelt 40mm stem. Cane Creek 1.5" to 1 1/8" conversion headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Downhiller from usa

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2006

Strengths:    plush. smooth. light. this fork is like a handicap, it gives u a advantage by handleing really good. on my old 888 i would have arm pump but with this it is painless

Weaknesses:    nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeee.... worth every penny!

Bottom Line:   
u can by a better for for dh of fr. in one of the other ads it says it leaks alot but i talk to fox and they said the fox does that during breaking in proccess because of access grease and oil by the seal.

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Favorite Trail:   shlayer to clown shoes to boneyard

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   YETI

Similar Products Used:   umm, 888rc. and maybe a new boxxer, i havent tried the boxxer but people say it feels good.

Bike Setup:   Yeti 303 dh with the 40, saint everything except for mag brakes and dt swiss hubs and rimes.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Phil a Downhiller from USA

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2006

Strengths:    Vary adjustable and great for any type of freeriding and or downhilling because of it.


Weaknesses:    Weak lowers! I put a crater in the lowers this past weekend.


Bottom Line:   
Great fork if you'r planning on being really nice to it. If you crash a lot, or never really take the greatest care of you'r bike then steer clear. Oh yea, the 40mm stanctions DO NOT look bling. They are gay and the lowers are weak.

Huge lowers and dingleberry that hangs down off = getting rocked on rocks, logs and various other terrain + weakness = brokenness, time off the bike, more money into that $1500 fork.

Thats my 2 cents

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer's, 888's, Manipoo's


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Murray a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2006

Strengths:    super "bling", really nice feeling fork, beefy as hell

Weaknesses:    leaks like a mofo, have to get a overhaull like each week, paint scratches EASY!

Bottom Line:   
if your out to have a good time but want proformance, go out right now and by one. but if your hardcore like me and cant afford to have your own mecanic or pay $60 a month for an overhaul don't get this. I think this for is really made for the pro racer who doesnt care about any of the bikes he has. go with something that is built for the real work like a 888 or a manitou fork (not a boxxer because they are like tothpicks!) for me i did not spend alot so i did not fell the pain in the bank (i bought used) so I mean, you ether have to be a weekend worrior or a pro ride to feal the benifits of this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   superstar

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   888, boxxer

Bike Setup:   wilson with x.o and atom lab rims

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Seattle

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Light,Supple,Bling factor

Weaknesses:    WEAK lowers, Weak spring, Weak bumpers

Bottom Line:   
This fork is plain and simple a race fork. The fork is not intented for freeride (dont u hate that word?). The lowers are paper thin (2 sets so far). The spring is fairly weak (one time). The fork however is vert adjustable and feels great when it isnt being rebuilt.

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Favorite Trail:   Aline/One of washingtons Exits

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Greggs Cycles

Similar Products Used:   888,Slider,Dorado,2002 Monster, Shiver

Bike Setup:   Demo 8 II, 40 rc2, Deemax rims on Hadley hubs, Juicy's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Laurie a Downhiller from Calgary

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2006

Strengths:    I am very impressed with the technology and amount of workmanship that is present in all of their products. At the shop, I weighed the fork and to my amazement, Fox claimed it was heavier than it really was. It is claimed to weigh 7.1 pounds but the digital scale clearly said 6.8 pounds. There is also limited flex in the lower portion of the fork. Could this be attributed to the 40mm stanctions???? I think so! If you build up the front end right, it makes for an amazing ride that is amazingly light! I put my 2003 Stab Primo on a diet and I also got a Thompson stem and an Easton Monkey Lite DH bar so my build is killer!

Weaknesses:    The only weakness that I can see is that the arch is hollowed out for further weight reduction. This ultimately comes at a price of cracking the arch. I have seen two Fox 40 forks that this has happened to but it was definately rider abuse and not from normal DH wear. As well, the fork comes with extra springs, one medium and one firm. It is great to get these in the box but it is too bad they are not titanium like the stock one that is supplied in the 40 by Fox. This is not really a weakness but since I have a Hope Mono 6ti brake, I needed to buy a nine inch rotor and that set me back $125 Canadian. I also needed a new adapter to mount the nine inch rotor. I guess you have to pay to play!

Bottom Line:   
The only real flaw in this product is the price! Although it is competitively priced with any other high end racing fork, they are all still over priced. It is still cheaper than a 2006 Boxxer World Cup. Also, for the weight and performance, this is the best fork out there. I would reccomend this product to anybody who is interested in racing or who enjoys just hucking your bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Ant Farm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   The Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   2005 Boxxer WC, 2003 Shiver DC

Bike Setup:   Fully loaded Stab Primo with nothing but the best on it. Email me if you want pictures or info on my specific build.

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