It’s pretty difficult to imagine FOX improving upon the legendary stiffness and support of their 36 Float, especially with its unbelievable success in the world of enduro racing and aggressive all-mountain riding. However, after seeing the integration of EVOL technology into their 36 Float’s air spring, we’d be hard pressed to doubt their motives. EVOL technology is borrowed from FOX rear shocks, increasing the negative air spring volume for greater sensitivity to small bumps at the top of its stroke. Impressively stiff 36-millimeter stanchions work to deflect torsional forces from bucking you silly when you’re smashing across rock gardens, launching the biggest park hits, and dropping into freakishly steep lines. These stanchions employ FOX’s Kashima coating for greater sensitivity to small bumps, as well as improved durability when you’re thrashing your fork on a regular basis. The Fit4 damper uses a slightly revised tune with a reconfigured shim stack making it all the more sensitive to variances in terrain and small bumps. Another benefit of this reconfiguration, it’s easier to swap volume spacers for added progressiveness, as FOX removed a previous seal. This is especially welcome for downhill runs and park laps where extra progressiveness is needed to prevent bottoming out and excess harshness. This particular 36 Float enjoys the 3-position adjustability of its Fit4 damper, which gives you the option of running it Open, Medium, or Firm. In Open mode, you’ll find 22 clicks of low-speed compression tuning, which is great for dialing in its feel to your exact liking. Medium gives you more efficiency on smoother trails and long climbs where firming up the front end is welcome. Firm acts as a practical lock-out when you’re slogging up fire roads en route to a blistering descent.
Stanchion Material: Kashima-coated aluminum
Lower Material: magnesium
Crown Material: 7000-series aluminum
Wheel Size: 27.5in