Fox Racing Shox Van R Rear Shock

4.56/5 (16 Reviews)
Weight : 355 grams


Product Description

Light and durable with intuitive adjustments. The new Van R is all business. It's based on the same World Championship winning.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonnybegood a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2013

Strengths:    Smoothness , looks brilliant , simple and effective

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Hi I have this on my cannondale perp , it has 3 staged travel I don't know if it comes like this from the warehouse or cannondale had it customized , anyway I added a hard ish ti spring and its been great , first of all when you get on the bike it sinks that's the first supple stage for small bump sensitivity then when your pedaling there hardly any bob that's the 2nd stage for pedalling , but the best is the hard hitting smooth as butter 3rd stage , love it I do think you can go overboard these days fettling and turning bits of metal hoping something somewhere is working , my advice is go simple and go fast

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Favorite Trail:   scotland

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Similar Products Used:   Rs marz

Bike Setup:   Cannondale perp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2012

Strengths:    Absorbs everything, takes on anything you through at it, handles roots and rocks really well.

Weaknesses:    Non

Bottom Line:   
Really cool shock it can take on anything.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alazamanza a Weekend Warrior from United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2012

Strengths:    Smoothness. stroke control, sensitivity, price, durability, weight (its lighter than fox's top of the line dh shock the marzocchi and the rockshox equivelents) tunability (if you get it done while serviced you can get it to feel however you want)

Weaknesses:    maybe lack of adjustments but i suppose you cant have it all with a "budget" shock

Bottom Line:   
well the fox products woop the ass off anything else ive used but to be honest there isnt much difference between the van r and the dhx 4 in terms of performance obviously the dhx gains some adjustments but beyond that i cant really see where the extra cash goes.

now i am well aware that the fox is probbaly the most expensive brand to run the van r costs £117 to have serviced at mojo but trust me the gains on the trail are well worth it. even the van is better controlled through the stroke than the top end rockshox 5.1 shock. the fox unit feels sensitive and keeps the bike much more composed on the trail which means you have more confidence to hit a berm that much faster and it really helps the bike to dig in and grip hard

In all honesty i prefer the van.. it may be a cheaper shock but its lack of adjustments is in all honesty a strength as it means that while the dhx users are trying to find the right boost valve pressure youre smashing out another run and that is no exaduration... shocks these days take so long to set up and this can be done with a car park test and two runs where a rc4 takes more like two uplift days to get right

I cant praise this thing enough and if the adjustment lack is really that much of a problem for you..... fox have given is a low speed compression adjuster for 2012 either way..... YOU WIN!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Llangollen BDS

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Mojo Suspension

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox vivid 5.1, Marzocchi roco R, Fox dhx 4.0 all on the (same bike)

Bike Setup:   giant glory fr 2008 888 wc forks saint groupo and mavic wheels conti tyres, nukeproof finnish kit

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by philrock a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2011

Strengths:    - Solid and strong shock
- Good performance vor value
- No fuss setup


Weaknesses:    - Adjustability

Bottom Line:   
For the price an extremely solid shock, which will not let you down. Shock takes all hits fairly well and provides good traction. A single knob to adjust rebound seems to be enough for this shock, and if you are the type of guy who just wants
to party on the trails for a weekend and not do any races it's practically perfect.
You can get this shocked used for an astounding price as well.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Quadrad Bikes

Similar Products Used:   - Fox DHX Air 5.0
- Fox RP23


Bike Setup:   Your typical All-mountain/Freeride build

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chaz123 a Downhiller from united kingdom

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011

Strengths:    good travel.strong and very adaptable to all terrain

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
the fox van r is one the best rear shocks around

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Favorite Trail:   fort william

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   torico

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   to go as fast as possible

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by devmeister6 a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2010

Strengths:    graet for downhill i hit 6ft+ drops with it and is not even close to bottoming out

Weaknesses:    havent really noticed any

Bottom Line:   
this thing is totaly awesome and would recogmend it to anyone...cant weight to try bigger drops

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   khs lucky-7 marzochhi shivers hayes trail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cikman22jp a Weekend Warrior from PG

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2009

Strengths:    a simple shock

Bottom Line:   
A simple shock. It works good for me , as i'm not an extreem rider.

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Favorite Trail:   (anywhere goes)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 55R

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by konastinky07 a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2009

Strengths:    Rebound adjustment.

Weaknesses:    Lots of things

first off, it clicks when on small bumps.
only one adjustment which is rebound and has the classic fox patant rubbish rebound which is either too fast or too slow.

Set up for my weight and is still unbelievably bad.
hardly any small bump performance, then it just bottoms on small or med jumps very harshly.

leaks oil as well.


Bottom Line:   
It's an alright shock for the money.

I would grade it as a spare part for your bike if you break your main rear shock or it needs servicing.

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Favorite Trail:   Hsd, KrAsh

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   OEM with bike

Similar Products Used:   fox dhx 5.0
marzocchi rocco wc
marzocchi rocco wc air (flawless)
avalanche dhs. (flawless agian)


Bike Setup:   kona stinky 07 with marzocchi 888 ata wc's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by trainboy17 a Downhiller from winston salem, nc, usa

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2008

Strengths:    can handle anything you throw at it and is very versatile.

Weaknesses:    will occasionally squeak if used in wet conditions. spring may not be big enough depending on size (i use a 600lb spring, and i can compress it all the way)

Bottom Line:   
This shock is sick. I am an intermediate rider. I took this shock off 3-4 foot drops and it felt like a cloud. I recently went off a 7-8 footer and it was awesome. No noise, or trouble at all. This can definitely be used for cross country and straight trail riding. It so so versatile. Besides the two settings (bouncy and slow compression) you can adjust it somewhere in the middle. This is good for large jumps so you dont get bucked off your bike on the landing. I love this shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Salem LAke

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   cycletherapy

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   2008 Haro extreme x6 comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Davo a Downhiller from USA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2007

Strengths:    Everything! This shock is proving itself to be one of the best rear shocks for the money. In my opinion, I think this shock is a waaaaay better value than the over hyped DHX 5.0 Coil. I have taken some 15 footers and 6er's on to flats and this thing just can't bottom out. And above all of that, the propedal works so much better than my old dhx air 5.0. This shock will open up new worlds for people on a budget. It is so easy to adjust as well, jsut one turn of the rebound knob and you have a whole new setup.

Weaknesses:    None, these things are heavy duty. With that comes the weight, but it doesn't bother me. iw ould rather have the weight than a crappy air shock that will stop working in a couple of rides.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome product. I love it when companies recognize the need for quality in all of their products. GO FOX!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   The old and trust vanilla RC. YES THE VANILLA RC BUT BETTER!!!! HAHAHAHA awesome shock!!

Bike Setup:   Specialized enduro expert, Mrp Bones crank system, zocchi 66 rc2x, fox van r, halo wheelset with spin doctor hubs, Fsa pig dh pro headset, Fsa handlebars, SRAm x9 shifters and derailleur, Juicy 7's, hussefelt stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DC a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2007

Strengths:    Plush, extremely easy to set up and the Pro Pedal works.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This was the shock that was spec'd with my Six 3 initially. When I got the bike it came with the "upgrade" of the DHX Air 3.0. The DHX became stuck down after 3 rides and I took it back to the shop and they put the original shock back on the bike and gave me the option of keeping the Van R or going back to the DHX when it comes back from service. I am definitely keeping the Van R. It is my first coil shock and won't be my last. It is much more plush than the DHX Air was and took five minutes to set up. It is very good throughout the range of travel, from small bumps to 3' foot drops (so far). I rode a fire road climb today with varying degrees of climbing and it worked great with no noticeable "bob. I highly recommend this product as it will keep you on the trail.

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Favorite Trail:   Pidherny

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Northern Hardware

Similar Products Used:   Float RL, RP23, and DHX Air 3.0

Bike Setup:   2007 Norco Six 3 w/ minor mods

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan from australia -- melbourne

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2007

Strengths:    good solid platform,pro-pedal works gr8,cheap.

Weaknesses:    none az yet

Bottom Line:   
good cheap shock,came stock on my 07 stinky,i have 07 -66 fork and it feels on par with it,no bob,pro-pedal is workintakes five to six footers with out bottom out hassles,want to put a marzocchi rocco,but as this lil sun of a gun is powering alomg with no hassle ill stick to if it aint broken dont fix it on this one i think,good bang for the buck,grab 1 you wont be dissapionted

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Favorite Trail:   all trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   07-stinky - 07-66 sl1 ata--straitline--king--hope--easton-avid--sram

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by willly makit a Downhiller from orlando

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2007

Strengths:    good looks and very fuctional, I have taken some large drops 6'+ with not much transition on the landing and have only bottomed once (I am 215 lbs) so I am still impressed

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Its has stood up to some heavy abuse so far without any problems and I am a bigger guy. Overall its a good buy

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Favorite Trail:   anytrail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   many over the years

Bike Setup:   Iron orse Yakuza Ojiki

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gavin Holmes a Downhiller from ATL

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2006

Strengths:    Solid compression feel. No "air" to leak out. Never have to pump it up.

Weaknesses:    External resevoir gets in the way of my Specialized Enduro frame. Had to turn it upside down.

Bottom Line:   
I replaced the OEM Float R with this and I am very glad I did. Weighs a bit more, but I wanted to build up my ride to be a light (not lightweight) freeride (5" travel)/ heavy enduro. Very happy with the selection. Don't have to hassle with checking air pressure everytime I ride. I weigh in at 190lb (200 geared up) and this has made for a way more solid platform.

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Favorite Trail:   Carter's Lake DH

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Fox DHX 3.0

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro 130, Fox Vanilla 125 RLC fork, XT drivetrain. Kenda Nevegals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nicholas hanover a Downhiller from new zealand

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2006

Strengths:    Great shock best thing ever purchused for upgrade
all great every thing works i take it off 6 foot drops and doesnt even come close to botteming


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
best thing ever great propedle and works like a dream
if you ned a good shock for little $ buy this

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Favorite Trail:   hot x buns

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   i bike

Similar Products Used:   x fusion glyde r

Bike Setup:   specialized bighit spec manitou stance fork
fox van r shock and dmr v8 pedles

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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 »

A question about Fox Van R and spring rates

Sorry for the newb question... I'm 245, the shock on my El Ciclon is a Van R with 5" travel. The spring that came with the frame says 2.8 x 450. I went to the spring rate calulator and punch in the numbers.... Am I reading correctly that the calculator is recommending around a 350 spring?Read More »

36 Van R 170mm???

Is the 170mm O/B R Van an extension of the 160mm or an adjustment to the 180mm model? Reason why I'm asking is because it looks like there is a big difference in weight. Anyone got an idea of the weight of the 170mm O/B?Read More »

Noisy Van R

I got an 07 Kona Stinky frame secondhand this winter, and it came with a Fox Van R shock. On the last ride, it started making a loud sucking sound on rebound- I've never noticed it before. For anyone else who's used this shock, is this normal or is it time to get it serviced? Thanks:thumbsup:Read More »

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