FOX Factory 36 GRIP2

One of the two go to trail/enduro forks available in the last 5 years for a number of reasons including FOX’s high quality, overbuilt and burly design and for many years unmatched adjustability. Across the range of FOX’s 36 fork offerings, the main difference is the Kashima coating and where all the magic happens the GRIP2 damper. The GRIP2 Damper aligns the 36 with the adjustments found on the FOX X2 and DHX2 downhill rear shocks by adding the split adjustability of both Low and High speed rebound damping.

With the demands of trail/enduro riding (or what we should from now on refer to as mountain biking) constantly evolving these adjustments in the right hands can transform the bikes behavior to remain planted on the trail.

For example I normally run my rebound 1-2 clicks faster than recommended as I prefer the lively feel on the ride and rather my front wheel tracking quickly over small choppy terrain. This does however cause problems when I get overzealous on jumps, take poor lines and/or get tired. Hitting something too hard with a fast rebound setting can have a tendancy to bounce or buck like a gazelle sending you on a path though the bushes. Being able to adjust the high speed rebound independently like that of many some DH forks is fantastic. The GRIP2 is a serious bit of DH kit all wrapped up into a neat trail bike package. FOX do offer the GRIP2 as a stand alone upgrade for $519 should you have a 150-180mm 36 that needs some TLC.

It is worth noting that just like the X2, Cane Creek Double Barrel or Push Elevensix shocks, there are so many adjustments thst it can be easier to make your bike feel an untamed bronco than an extension of your body so fiddlers be aware!

Travel options: 150, 160, 170, 180mm in 27.5 and 150, 160, 170mm in 29er

Weight: 1956g 27.5 and 2006g 29er

Spring: Air Spring FLOAT EVOL

Adjustments: 4 way adjustable, High and Low speed compression - High and Low speed Rebound adjustments.

What we like best:

DH fork adjustability in a trail/enduro package

What we like least;

Requires air shaft assembly to change travel

Cost: $1649rrp

From: Sola Sport