Riding over that shorts-filling drop just got a little cleaner, thanks to the Fox 40 RC2 Direct Mount Fork. Eight inches of adjustable travel soaks up just about anything the trail throws at you, and does it with style and ease.
from Kanata, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, plush, strong, reliable, easy service, wide range of compression and rebound damping adjustment
Weaknesses: Internal noises (can be corrected)
This fork came stock on my Demo 8 and is the only DH fork I've used other than quick rides on some rental bikes, but I sure do like it! It has gone through 2 seasons of extensive use at Whistler and held up extremely well. The only maintenance/repairs done so far are: one set of seals per season, two oil changes per season, and one bladder replacement (apparently the 2011s and + have a better bladder design).
This past season it started making a clicking sound on every compression. It turned out to be the spring compressing inside the left stanchion and touching the side of the tube. This was corrected by adding a second piece of heat shrink tubing around the spring down low, close to where it mates with the shaft which connects to the lowers. I used a 4 inch piece of 1.5 inch diameter heat shrink. No more noise.
By the way, if you have an older fork like this and have not tried the new Fox low-friction seals made by SKF, do yourself a favour and get them immediately! The stiction is noticeably lower. Make sure to follow Fox's installation advice on their service website (ie, lube the inside with some fork oil before install).
Strengths: Ridiculous fork, super stiff, very plush, 40mm stanchions, tons of adjustments, looks insane, Direct mount top crown, Fox quality, Adjustable travel, FIT cartridge, Titanium spring
Weaknesses: None yet
This fork is awesome. I only have a few days on it so far, but so far so good. Fox has a reputation for great products and the 40 is by far one of the best DH forks in my opinion and many others. The 40mm stanchions look sweet, it's very stiff, like the direct mount top crown. I bought mine new for a complete steal from a shop online that was liquidating a few shocks. Titanium spring comes in it stock and the adjustments seem endless. I still don't know how to use it fully. Can't wait for next DH season
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Totem Coil, Fox 32 Float RL
Bike Setup: Trek Session 88 DH, Trek Fuel Ex8
from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2010
Strengths: Everything. Comes with multiple springs of varying stiffness. Lots of adjustments in this fork that are easy to understand. Very user friendly and the Maxle is a very slick feature. Stations are nice and stiff and hold up against rock roost very well.
One of the best forks on the market. Stiff and light. You really can't lose with this product. FOX continues to impress with there product. The new FIT damper works very well and the bottom out feature works flawlessly. This fork absolutely performs as advertised and will save you so well when you mess up a landing.
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I have had my 40 for a little over a year now. It came on my bike and I never adjusted the settings except change the spring for a stiffer one, and rebound. Was always happy with the performance, but I changed my oil and decided to do a little bit of research on what settings everyone is running, an ... Read More »