Fox has just released info on the brand new 2018 36 fork and it has received just minor updates over the previous model. Being that the 2017 Fox 36 fork was already a solid choice, Fox only made a few updates this time around. Let’s take a look at the changes for the 2018 Fox 36 fork.
-Long travel trail/all-mountain/enduro fork
-New Float EVOL air spring system
-Damper options: FIT HSC/LSC, FIT4, FIT GRIP damper
-36mm Kashima stanchions
-Air spring can be tuned via volume spacers
-Travel options: 150mm, 160mm, 170mm and 180mm (26” only)
-Wheel size options: 26, 27.5, and 29
-15QR x 110mm, 15QR x 100mm, or 15/20mm convertible thru-axle
-180mm post mount disc brake tabs
One of the biggest changes for the 2018 version of the 36 is the change to the EVOL Air spring which riders should notice an increase in suppleness. This is the same technology that is currently in their rear shocks. Fox has changed the location of the air transfer point and in doing so, has increased the volume of the negative spring which, at the beginning of the travel, places more force against the positive air chamber. This should create a more linear feeling in the initial part of the stroke. According to Fox, the 32, 34, and 40 forks will also get the new EVOL chamber.
Another really useful update is on the 36 is an air pressure setup guide – this little sticker can be found on the back of the fork and will be found on the 32,34, and 40 fork as well. This will be super helpful in dialing in the sag to get the perfect ride you seek.
The 36 will be available in 26, 27.5, and 29 inch versions with travel ranging from 150mm-180mm.
26” – 160, 180, 100mm (831 DJ fork)
27.5” – 150, 160, 170mm
29” – 150, 160mm
There’s been some sweet photos circulating with orange lowers, and we will have a very limited supply of these forks. Aside from the 36 with the super sexy orange lowers, the lowers on the 36 will be the standard matte black found on the current run of Fox suspension forks. The Factory version will have the flashy Kashima coated stanchions while the “Performance Elite” series of the fork will feature the same internals, just with a black anodized stanchion instead of Kashima. Stay tuned for a full ride review on these forks as soon as they become available which is expected to be mid-late May.
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