When you're riding with 180mm of plush Fox travel, you're going to have a good time AAA particularly if it's aboard the Float 36 RC2 FIT Fork. About a pound lighter than its coil sprung counterparts, the air spring equipped, RC2 damped Float 36 offers all the features needed to get you down the most aggressive, big-mountain lines with the least drama.Equipped with the FIT RC2 damper, a cartridge unit that uses an expandable bladder to seal suspension oil from air, it provides consistent action during heavy-duty use. The damper has both low- and high-speed compression tuning. This means you can dial the fork to offer a bob-reducing, pedal-friendly platform with the low-speed adjustment. Or back it off for plusher, small-bump compliant ride. The high-speed adjustment lets you find your preference for large hit resistance. This versatility lets you set the Talas RC2 for optimum trail manners, whether you've got a monster climb or want to blaze the descent.Not only does the air spring reduce weight, it also has a unique curve. It's tuned to provide a plush ride at the top of the stroke with a progressive ramp-up to avoid bottoming at the end. The air spring is also simple to reduce travel internally, by adding spacers under the air piston, if you'd like to customize your front end's ride height or headtube angle.The 2013 Fox 36 Float 180 FIT RC2 Fork's lower legs and crown are powder coated in Gloss White. It has a 1-1/8 to 1.5in tapered steerer tube and post mount disc brakes. The beefy 36mm chassis is stiff and strong, and made even better by the inclusion of a 20QR thru-axle system.
Strengths: Stiff, looks good, relatively light weight given travel
Weaknesses: spring rate sucks for heavier riders
Not happy with this fork. I weight 215lbs and could not find a happy medium between plushness and dive. If set up for decent plushness, I would bottom the fork too easily. If set up for acceptable brake dive, it would feel too harsh. I tried to make the spring more progressive by using higher oil volume in the air chamber but that only affected the very last bit of travel. Not sure if my fork needed a rebuild or what, but I was very unsatisfied. However, I have been very satisfied with the Vanilla version of the same fork, so not all is bad in Fox-land.
a All Mountain Rider
from Adelaide Australia
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2012
Strengths: Light for a 180mm fork, great sensitivity on small and big hits, pretty much fox's best tech goes intot his fork. Rides great, not too heavy to grind up hills/switchbacks, just make sure you pay attention as slack front angles will make for a wandering front wheel. Light enough to be acceptable weight for AM bikes, not just gravity/fr riders. Lo speed compression mitigates dive with braking/weight transition, awesome.
Weaknesses: Price, big $$, I have a 1+1/8, flex, would have been better with tapered or 1.5. Might seem trivial, but a slack head angle and a long travel fork really does highlight how much stiffer a tapered or 1.5 head tube is compared with a 1+1/8
Buy them if you have the coin. Unbeatable fork to date. Front end so much lighter without coil forks.
Bike Setup: Pivot firebird, DHX air, Float 180 RC2, slx/xt drivetrain, Joplin 4R, Stans Flows with Michelin rubber.
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 14, 2011
Strengths: Great looks, functionality, strength, adjustability. Super stiff, buttery smooth Kashima stanchions, flipped FIT cartridge, and the list goes on... All of these things, could be considered marketing pieces, but all function well and with purpose. Set and forget.
Weaknesses: Not cheap, but worth the coin. Once you ride one of these forks you won't want to go back to anything else! Takes a bit of fiddling to sort out the air pressure.
This is the best fork I have ever ridden. It's incredibly light, durable, stiff as hell, and plush. It's the perfect AM/DH/FR singlecrown. It's just as plush as my Van RC2 was but it's much stiffer, and a fair bit lighter. I can't recommend this fork enough, you'll just need to try one for yourself!
Similar Products Used: 07 Marzocchi 66 (Italian Made), 08 Fox Van RC2
Bike Setup: Intense Slopestyle, Race Face Atlas FR Cranks, Hope M4 discs, MRP guide, Thomson X4 stem, Race Face Atlas Bar, Chris king Headset, King hubs on Mavic 823's, Maxxis Minions, WTB Silverado saddle. 990 Cassette, Saint derailleur, and shifter, Thomson post, Straitline Pedals ODI Rufian Grips, Minion DHF tires.
So... just curious if anyone has seen/tried or owns one?
I have a 160 float that ramps up too fast for my liking, going to modify the airspring. I am building A DIFFERENT bike and want a more linear feel at 180mm.
1) Is the 2013 180 more linear... for real?
2) Maybe I should just get a VAN an ... Read More »