Have you ever considered making the plunge into high-end Fox suspension? They make some awesome components but it's hard to find exactly which model would work best for you. Well, our friend Patrick got himself a Float 36 Grip2 Fork and shared his thoughts on it. Check out what he had to say below!
First and Foremost, this fork may have been the best purchase I have ever made (not according to my wife however). Seriously though, I have always heard great things about Fox Shox, however, I’ve always had RockShox and SR Suntour forks on my bikes. Recently, I started riding a lot more downhill enduro as Northwest Arkansas is really upping its DH game, so I wanted to add some more travel to my front suspension. I have this set up on a Marin Attack Trail Pro 27.5 and it has made me enjoy my bike so much more. I was debating getting a new bike, then decided to go the cheaper route and get a new fork instead, and it really has made all the difference. I no longer want a new bike as this Fox Float 36 enhanced mine so much and I’m in love with riding it.
Prior to this fork, I had the SR Suntour Durolux 150mm, which I had thought was nice until setting this up. The technology behind Fox’s GRIP2 system is unrivalled. Not only is it the best damper yet, but the rebound feels much more controlled in high speed. The GRIP2 with ACS-3 is the best fork I’ve ever ridden hands down.
After some DH test riding, I ended up running seven clicks (from fully closed) of low-speed rebound damping and six clicks (from fully closed) of high-speed rebound damping. While I was quite happy with 10 clicks (from fully closed) of high-speed compression damping, I did add a couple of extra clicks of low-speed compression damping over the recommended setting, settling on eight clicks out from fully closed.
All in all, I am beyond glad I upgraded my bike to the Fox Shox Float fork as it has been a game changer and I don’t think I’ll ever ride another fork. I always thought the hype behind Fox Float was just the name and other cheaper forks were comparable, but now I understand why their reputation is what it is. Now I just need to get the rear suspension to match!
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