Fox Shox 36 Van R 2010 Forks

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

The 36 VAN R offers 160mm of buttery smooth coil sprung travel. With the confidence inspiring damping characteristics of its reliable open bath damper and widely adjustable rebound, VAN R is prepared for whatever your trail can dish out. VAN's 20QR tool-free axle system with stepped thru axle combined with huge 36mm stanchions provide for incredible stiffness and precise traction.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cowboy-jeff a Weekend Warrior from Unity Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, lite, quality, reliable, plush, simple, sexy looking

Weaknesses:    If I had to nit-pik, I'd say small bump sensitivity, but it gets alot better with time.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a set up and forget simple fork then go for it. I had emough of fancy forks that always broke! Price is a little steep, but if you search Ebay you should find a new one for a good price. (FYI)I weight about 155lbs with gear and I'm using the lightest spring that came with the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I haven't rode yet.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Min/Nixon, Zocchi, Lefty, Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Intense 6.6 Fox R in the rear too.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mgrantorser a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, Light, Well Damped, Plush, Reliable, Simple

Weaknesses:    Lack of Adjustment

Bottom Line:   
I Bought this fork to replace a 32 talas rlc, which i found a bit too flexy for the type of riding i do out here. I bought the R instead of the RC2 because i dont trust the fit damper, Ive seen two blow up. running the fork at the lower end of the recommended pressure range the fork is plush as a couch from the 80's, i hit bottom when i need to, but never too early. My suggestion to the above reviewer is that it is being run too stiff. With respect to the lack of adjustment that is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand i miss being able to adjust things on the fly. On the other hand, unlike a RS or a zocchi, when it sais it only has R, that means only R is externally adjustable. The compression is adjustable by shifting internal wafers, but this is only advisable if you have a lot of time for careful trial and error, or know a factory tech. Rather than effing with the internals i just took out a bit of the 7.5wt oil and replaced it with 10wt. This made the rebound adjustment have significantly more effect, im running it with one click. My final opinion on this fork is that it is so far reliable, it is stiff, it is light, and it makes the trail disappear.

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Favorite Trail:   outback

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Outdoor Gear Canada

Similar Products Used:   32 Talas RLC, Manitou Minute SVP Super, 66RCV, Totem solo air

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon, XTR, DT wheels, Thompson, Avid juicy 7

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sheik_Yerbouti a Downhiller from Cumberland, BC Canada

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2010

Strengths:    Looks good, stiff, fairly light. Absorbs large hits nice.

Weaknesses:    Pretty bad small bump sensitivity. Might be due to not broken in yet but I definitely get rattled around more than I'd like at medium speeds on small bumps. Doesn't feel that plush.

Bottom Line:   
Decent Fork, Not very plush and doesn't have the greatest small bump sensitivity. Good enough if it comes stock on your bike but I wouldn't shell out the cash if buying new. The air forks feel a lot more plush.

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Favorite Trail:   Yer Mom

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Sherman Breakout+, 09 Fox 36 Float

Bike Setup:   2010 Giant Reign x1

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Fox 36 Van R questions

Hi Guys So I recently serviced my van r's for the first time... Firstly I must of put my spring in upside down, with the rubber boot on the top, as there is now a persistent knocking sound from the left leg. Secondly I was a bit confused about my open bath system as when I opened up the rig ... Read More »

New seals for Fox 36 Van R: Standard Fox or EnduroSeals?

Hey folks! My '12 Fox 36 VanR needs new seals after one season of riding :madmax:. (It was my first new bike in 5 years, I didn't realize everything was built to be disposable now/used to Marzocchis which almost NEVER need seal changes.) /rant. Anyway, I see that another company makes a product ... Read More »

Need help with '12 Fox 36 Van R

Hey guys! This is my first post under this username, but I was a member a long time ago (couldn't remember my old username and login, lol). Anyway, I purchased a 2012 Specialized SX Trail last spring and rode it pretty hard all season. I didn't do any lift-accessed riding but probably rode it ... Read More »

Fox 36 Van R Issue

I bought a used bike with this fork. Took it out for its first long ride, and when I got home I noticed some grease had seeped out of the pre-load knob on the spring side of the fork. When I take it out in front of the house and compress the fork a few times I am getting a hissing sound. Is this ... Read More »

Lowered Fox 36 Van R question.

Hi! I've bought a 36 Van R fork that has been lowered from 160 mm to 140mm by previous owner. Now I want to restore its travel to 160 mm. First thing that I want to do is to open the left leg's top cap and look if the spring was shortened or not. Here is the question: if the spring was not shorte ... Read More »

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