Fox Shox 36 Float 160 FIT RLC 2011 Forks

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

Fox 36 Float RLC FIT 160mm Kashima 1-1/8" Steerer 2012: Air mountain bike suspension forks for everything from XC racing to flying at the bike park?super-light and durable with travel ranging from 80mm to 180mm.

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by canuck_tacoma a Weekend Warrior from BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Strengths:    Light, Stiff, Lock Out Force Adjust works well, LSC. Fit Cartridge.

Weaknesses:    Expensive, Creaking Uppers.

Bottom Line:   
Great Fork. Came from 2011 36 VAn 160 and had to trade it in for the FLoat due to bottoming out. The Float turned out to be a great choice. Not as good with small bumps as the VAN but the ability to tune the spring rate makes up for it. It's noticabley lighter too, and climbs a little quicker than the VAN. Unfortunately I just started getting creaking from the uppers. Took the Fork off the bike and was able to make it creak by twisting the lowers with the steerer secured. Will be sending it in for service.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   32 FLOAT and 36 VAN

Bike Setup:   Reign

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by singletrack junky a Weekend Warrior from BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2011

Strengths:    Light, Tunable Air Spring, Stiff, LSC works.

Weaknesses:    Small bump sensitivity is not as good as the VAN I had. Makes up for it in every other way. Price is steep.

Bottom Line:   
Great Fork for heavier riders. I can just add more air or take away to tune it, and the LSC is adjustable too. It climbs great, light, and stiff compared to a 32. I had a 2011 36 VAN but had to trade it in because I was bottoming it out, even with the strongest coil (yellow). I really stressed about losing money on the VAN but in the end I am very impressed with the FLOAT. Glad I made the switch.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Similar Products Used:   32Float RL , 2011 36 VAN RC, F100.

Bike Setup:   Giant Reign

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Big Kev a Downhiller from GB

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2011

Strengths:    The forks are very light and very stiff and you can lock them out for climbing a true AM mountian fork.

Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness but they do take some time to setup but its well worth it.
The price but Fox are the best.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a fork thats light and strong that can cope with almost anythink this is it but you do need to know how to set them up to get the best from them.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Westbrook cycles

Similar Products Used:   Fox float 32 15QR

Bike Setup:   Custom FR Spec Specialized Enduro

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by humdinger a Weekend Warrior from Berkshire, UK

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2010

Strengths:    Super lightweight for a 160mm 36mm stanchion fork.
Plush, but too plush sometimes...
Stiff, tight-tracking

Weaknesses:    Not an all-rounder fork. You have the choice of EITHER small bump compliance, but dives through the travel at the first medium-big hit, or you have a non-divey fork with no small bump compliance.

Bottom Line:   
A very light and stiff fork but the lack of all around ability was VERY disappointing given the price. I spent ages working with tuning the settings, dropping air-pressures, increasing LS Compression, but the fork never achieved what in my opinion a decent fork should; small-bump suppleness with good ramp up as you get through the travel. Thoroughly disappointing and sold soon after. If you're looking for a superlight long-travel fork and aren't bothered about having all-round capability, then go ahead and spend your money on the Float. My transition back to coil convinced me once again that air is still a country mile from coil performance. Don't be weight-weenie, try coil and you won't regret it....

Now have a 2010 Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti-Coil which blows the Float Kashima out of the water. Yes it's a fair bit heavier, but just as stiff and works beuatifully as a 160mm fork. It's butter-plush over small bumps, super-active, but ramps up perfectly for mid-late travel support. Perfect. Infinitely adjustable too.

Extra bonuses over the Fox.... The zocchi comes with a no-quibble 3yr warranty and they cost me only $600 brand new.

Bombers are back for sure, welcome back Marzocchi....

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Lyrik UT Coil (4.5*)
Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti (5*)

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo HD, full custom build.

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