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Does the Fox Vanilla 36 come with extra springs? What comes stock? and what are the weight ranges? I'm 185lbs. Would I be good on the stock spring?

Are they bottom out resistant? I've heard that there is a way to controll the end of stroke ramp up, is this hard?
 

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They come with 3 springs. The one installed is the middle, so there is one above and below in weight rating. I don't have my book handy to tell the exact weight rating. On the bottomout control, if you get the RC2 you get a low speed and high speed comression control. The high speed control would help in bottomout, but you'd have to be careful not to rely on it too much as you could get spiking if you dial in too much. I don't find any bottomout issues with mine with both compression controls set at the recommended wide open, minimum setting. There's quite a bit of compression tuning in this fork, and I'm sure you can dial in a fair amount without getting too harsh. You can't do an oil level adjustment in this fork like you can with most Marz forks.
 

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They come with 3 springs. The one installed is the middle, so there is one above and below in weight rating. I don't have my book handy to tell the exact weight rating. On the bottomout control, if you get the RC2 you get a low speed and high speed comression control. The high speed control would help in bottomout, but you'd have to be careful not to rely on it too much as you could get spiking if you dial in too much. I don't find any bottomout issues with mine with both compression controls set at the recommended wide open, minimum setting. There's quite a bit of compression tuning in this fork, and I'm sure you can dial in a fair amount without getting too harsh. You can't do an oil level adjustment in this fork like you can with most Marz forks.
I just have a handfull of rides on my 36 Vanilla RC2 on my 6 Pack and I love it so far. Although I've noticed that I basically am running the rebound only 1 click in from full fast. I've thought about putting 5wt oil in the right leg to speed up the rebound a bit.....anyone tried this or have any comments on that?

SpawningGround, you'll probably want to put the stiffer spring in. I weigh 160lbs (close to 170ish w/gear) and the stock spring feels just perfect. I am basically just about getting full travel on 3-4 ft drops.....so at your weight you'll probably need the stiffer spring if you do any kind of drops/jumps. I don't run any preload, so you might be able to get away with the stock spring if you run a lot of preload.....but you'd probablybe better off just going with the stiffer spring and less/no preload. I also run the high/low speed compression knobs wide open. I
 

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They come with 3 springs. The one installed is the middle, so there is one above and below in weight rating. I don't have my book handy to tell the exact weight rating. On the bottomout control, if you get the RC2 you get a low speed and high speed comression control. The high speed control would help in bottomout, but you'd have to be careful not to rely on it too much as you could get spiking if you dial in too much. I don't find any bottomout issues with mine with both compression controls set at the recommended wide open, minimum setting. There's quite a bit of compression tuning in this fork, and I'm sure you can dial in a fair amount without getting too harsh. You can't do an oil level adjustment in this fork like you can with most Marz forks.
what's with the Bottom out adjustment though?

There is supposed to be a cone or something that effects the end stroke to prevent bottom out, right? I don't care if it uses full travel, that's good. I just don't like feeling the fork clunk at the bottom.

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SpawningGround said:
what's with the Bottom out adjustment though?

There is supposed to be a cone or something that effects the end stroke to prevent bottom out, right? I don't care if it uses full travel, that's good. I just don't like feeling the fork clunk at the bottom.

thanks
My understanding is that Fox can swap that bottomout cone, but it has to go to them...not a home mechanic deal.
 

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If you weigh 185, you are between a blue and a green spring. The blue spring (what comes inside the fork) gives you a weight rating up to 185, and the the next spring up (which you also get with your fork) has a weight rating up to 210. I would probably just stick with the stock spring, if I were you.

I weigh 220 and am using the yellow spring (210-240) and it feels great. The standard blue spring was bottoming out on me frequently.

Oh, and I guess when you buy the fork already on a bike, you dont get the additional springs. So the RC2 model, aftermarket is really good value IMO, considering springs run $40 each.
 
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