Fox Racing Shox 36 Series MTB Fork Review

4.81 out of 5
By Syd Patricio    on Jan 27, 2015

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Fox Racing Shox 36 Float
Fox Racing Shox 36 Van
Fox 36 Float 160 FIT RC2
Fox 170mm Float RC2
Fox 36" RC2 FIT Talus (2015 or newer)
Fox Racing Shox Fox Racing Shox 36 Talas 100.130.160

July 28, 2020
Model/Year: 2019

Pros: Works great Great Adjustability Stable Tough

Cons: Expensive parts Maintenance intervals Special tools

Recommendation: Great purchase just be ready for the expensive maintenance.

July 22, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: So smooth on the top end of the travel. Great small bump compliance with minimal brake dive. 20mm through axle with 36mm stanchions means stability no matter how steep or fast the terrain gets or how big the hits are. The travel adjust helps climbing dramatically. Much improved maintenance schedule. Just a little over 4lb (4.18lb). Found mine in early 2016 for $700, so it can be had for a very reasonable cost.

Cons: Zero, absolutely zero complaints.

Recommendation: All mountain enduro. Big chunky riding.

December 19, 2015
Pros: A beast, yet not too heavy; Will take on anything the trail throws at you. Truly confident inspiring. With this shock on front the mode of operation is Attack, Attack, Attack.

Recommendation: A perfect shock for our Pivot Firebird. Somehow the Firebird climbs really well technically with the 170mm on front. Great geometry.

December 19, 2015
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: I haven't seen the Fox 36 Talus listed, so I'll put up my comment under the float. The Fox 36 Talus shocks have had some really good years and a couple that have not been. My 2010 has performed without flaw for years. DURABLE, Adjustable, doesn't waiver when the trail get steep and chunky.

Cons: Can have a little bit of fork dive when braking.

Recommendation: If you ride in big country at all, you can't go wrong with the Fox Talus 36.

December 22, 2012
Model/Year: 36 Van R w/ Kashima

Pros: -Super plush suspension
-Multiple adjustments
-20mm thru axle stiffens up the front end nicely

Cons: -Bottoms out hard when you really push it on DH runs

Recommendation: Makes a great AM/Park fork. Performs very well and is adjustble but it could stand to be a little lighter.

December 18, 2012
Model/Year: Vanilla R 2006

Pros: - Buttery smooth
- Simple and consistent
- Reliable
- Cost

Cons: - Poor stanchion finish
- Adjustments aren't significant

Recommendation: A simple and descent fork that doesn't break the bank. The same Fox feeling for just a fraction of the price.

Sadly the few adjustments that the Vanilla R does have are hardly distinguishable and the pre-Kashima stanchions suffer from poor finish that wears quickly.

However in the end, its still worth buying!

December 17, 2012
Model/Year: Talas RC2 2006

Pros: - Rideable travel adjust settings
- Air sprung
- Plush and smooth
- Stanchion stiffness (thanks to 36mm stanchions)
- Hi/low speed compression

Cons: - Cost of replacement parts
- Low quality stanchion coating
- Premature bushing wear
- Foot nut broke

Recommendation: I love Fox products and the 36 Talas is no exception. In my mind there isn't a more plush fork option on the market today. The Talas RC2 offers great adjustability that can be adapted to any environment with a few turns of a dial or pumps from a shock pump. The benefit of having high and low speed compression really put the RC2 a step above the lower Fox models.

However, I have had multiple Fox forks and the majority of them have had premature bushing wear, to the point of needing to replace them (a $200 install) or replacement of the lowers. I opted for the second option because I found cheap ones online.

I must also say that the coating of the stanchions (pre-Kashima) is rather fragile and you better get used to changing seals every other week or you'll be needing a new upper crown assembly soon.

So its a tough choice whether or not to recommend the Talas. It's performance is exceptional, but it will require top tier maintenance if you want to keep your investment working well.

August 18, 2012

February 10, 2012
Model/Year: 2012 w 20mm axel

Pros: long travel,very beefy build,lots of adjustability

Cons: only comes in one color

Recommendation: this fork is a beast can take all you can give it ,dont be afraid go ahead and launch it off that rock the size of a pickup it can take it

December 15, 2010
Pros: The new 2011 Fox Talas has a lock out function which creates the perfect fork. I love this new fork and if you have more than just one type of trail you like to ride this is fork for you.