It was barely two years ago when the Fox 36 was last overhauled, arriving alongside the brand new 38 and updated 40. With their distinctive curved arches, the big-hitting trio ushered in a new aesthetic for the latest generation Fox forks, along with a whole suite of fresh technologies including the lower leg bypass channels, bleeder valves and a floating axle. While the Fox 36 has since gone on to be retain its position as one of the best suspension forks on the market, Fox Racing Shox will be rolling out a curious update for the new 2023 model.
The Fox 36 receives new crown & steerer for 2023
It’s not exactly a thrilling update, but the Fox 36 will receive a new crown and steerer assembly for 2023. According to Fox, the new forged alloy crown drops around 20g while maintaining the same stiffness levels of the previous fork. It does this firstly by adopting the elliptical steerer first seen on the Fox 38, which has thicker walls at the front and rear of the tube to reduce fore/aft flex. Secondly, there’s an increased overlap between the crown and the alloy steerer to reduce flex further, though it does result in a slight increase in the overall axle-to-crown height.
Of note is that Fox also claims the new crown “improves durability”. Reading between the lines, and acknowledging various internet forums around the world, we suspect this is designed to address the creaking noise that can occur from the press-fit between the steerer tube and crown. It isn’t uncommon to hear of riders suffering from a creaky CSU, so perhaps the new crown will put this issue to bed.
Everything else stays much the same
Otherwise much of the 2023 Fox 36 carries over from the current version. That means you’re getting the same 36mm chassis with the lower leg bypass channels, bleeder valves and the floating axle design with both Kabolt-X and QR15 options.
You can get the Fox 36 in a variety of flavours with a FIT4, GRIP or GRIP2 damper – the latter of which features the latest VVC for both the rebound and compression circuits for maximum damping control. There are no coil sprung options, since every 36 is equipped with the latest EVOL air spring with an expanded negative chamber that’s designed to provide a more linear coil-like feel to begin with. As usual, you can tune the air spring with volume spacers to alter the progression level.
2023 Fox 36 Price & Specs
- Travel | 150mm & 160mm
- Stanchions | 36mm
- Wheelsize | 27.5in & 29in
- Spring | Float EVOL Air
- Damper | GRIP2, GRIP & FIT4 options
- Lowers | Magnesium w/lower leg bypass channels & bleeder valves
- Crown | New lighter crown w/increased steerer overlap
- Steerer | New elliptical alloy 1.5in tapered steerer
- Offset | 37mm (27.5in), 44mm & 51mm (29in only)
- Axle | Kabolt-X & 15QR floating axle
- Rotor size | 180-230mm
- Models | Factory, Performance Elite & Performance Series
- Claimed weight | 1,942g (Factory Series, 29in, 160mm Travel, FIT4)
- RRP | $1,309 – $1,859 AUD