Well, the fox 36 series forks are not freeride or downhill forks persay. You can do some freeride and downhill on them, but they are not built as tough as a 66, and they lack one key feature that is good to have for downhill and freeride; with the 66 you can adjust the oil level to adjust the progression and bottom-out control. You can increase compression damping with the 36s, but it's not the same thing and it will decrease the suspension performance after a point. The 36 also has an internal adjustment for bottom-out, but it doesn't have an overall effect like the oil level in the 66 has. Will the vanilla take riding at whistler? Of course, it may not be as optimal with less travel and control, but it is done all the time. Given two identical bikes with those different forks, I'd take the one with the 66 for downhilling and freeride though in a heartbeat.aye-aye said:If I put the 66 on for whistler i'll lose a load of money when I need to sell it because it will be used (Whistlered!) at the moment it's brand new.
Is it that much better than the Fox Van to be worth it?
I vote 66. Their a-c is only 10mm higher isn't it?Calidownhiller said:Personally i think that 7 inches is way to much travel on a BR, and the 36 is gonna obviously be lighter and probably more plush, just less adjustable.