Fox 36 Van 160 FIT RC2 Review

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One of the great things about a coil fork is its simplicity, especially regarding tuning constraints. The fork came with three coil springs, and the medium one came installed. I like a softer fork, and I was right towards the coil weight limit, so I swapped out the default medium one with the lighter spring. Outside of the spring weight, you can adjust the low and high speed compression and rebound. I left the rebound slightly fast, the high around default, and cranked the low speed a couple of clicks positive, to help with some rare slow speed diving. Otherwise, I have never done anything else again in regards with tuning, which is quite pleasant, and no fiddling with air!

Settings (middle is default):

  • Low Speed – 19 of 26
  • High Speed – 11 of 22
  • Rebound – 15 of 17
  • Sag – 35mm
  • Purple – 40 lb/in spring rate

I swapped out the coil spring from the default Blue one with a 45 lb/in spring rate, to the lower Purple 40 lb/in version, so that I could get some additional sag and plushness, and it worked perfect for my tastes and riding terrain. It was a simple changeover, and required you to undo the cap on the top left leg, pull out the old coil, drop in the new one, and reinstall the cap.


  • Purple => 40 lb/in spring rate, 115–155 weight range
  • Blue (default), => 45 lb/in spring rate, 150–180 weight range
  • Green => 50 lb/in spring rate, 175–210 weight range


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Warp says:

    Is the sag figure correct? 35mm of sag on a 160mm fork is 21%. That maybe was why it was riding high in its travel.

    OTOH, if that figure is with the Purple spring, you weight 155 pounds and you only get 21% sag, then lighter riders may be out of luck with this fork. I weight 140 pounds, so even the purple spring would be too heavy for me, if your numbers are correct.

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