Fox 34 or 36?

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Posted: Feb 5, 2019 at 10:07 Quote
I bought a 2016 Specialized SX off a forum member and it came with a Fox 32 which I don't think will be up to the task.

I am trying to decide if I should buy a 34 or just go with a 36. I have even thought of a Cane Creek Helm because of the ease of travel setup and it would be easiest to move to a different frame in the future. I will be running the fork at either 120mm or 130mm depending what feels most balanced with the rear suspension.

I don't plan on hitting massive jumps with the SX because I have a Intense M16 for that but I do plan on hitting some BMX style dirt jumps and some lines at Mountain Creek and Highland bike park. I am more concerned with braking bumps than I am concerned with the jumps themselves.

In my mind this bike will be like my 125 so I don't want it to be heavier than it needs be but I also don't want to feel like the fork is going to snap off.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 at 12:06 Quote
I think a 34 would do the trick, a 36 is beefy and burly for thos enduro/downhill type features that come with raw park trails.

I like to think of the 32 as XC, 34 as trail/light enduro, and 36 as enduro/downhill type trails.

Sounds like a 34 should be fine for the things you are planning to hit.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 at 4:17 Quote
There were not many 34's around each time i looked for some, a while back.

Go for 36's with that frame, or the new Pikes are worth checking out.

Posted: Feb 16, 2019 at 6:49 Quote
No question....36 wins.

Posted: Feb 19, 2019 at 16:52 Quote
Always gonna get support for the 36 in the freeride forum! Even slope and dj guys riding 100mm fox forks are on 36 stanchions

Posted: Feb 19, 2019 at 19:01 Quote
I've got a 26" 34-160 talas on my reign 2012 weigh 195 and use it as my XC/trail bike. that being said I do 3-4 ft drops and medium/floaty jumps with it and never has it felt dodgy used in the bike park and its rad in any way. terrific platform imo.
I also have a 36 on my nomad and its more-everything when riding rougher stuff and larger drops/jumps. more travel 180 more stable, more confidence. however i don't bring it to the bike park only as my DH bike is a safety net for me.
so depending on what you expect from your fork, if you have one bike or a few. the 34 is amazing and significantly stiffer than an 32mm but if your a one bike shred machine that wants to hit 6+ foot drops and everything else in the park then go 36

Posted: Mar 9, 2019 at 9:09 Quote
fox 36 for the rule

Posted: Mar 15, 2019 at 14:18 Quote
The RC2 or Grip2 36 Damper is so much better than any of the Fit4 forks. I think it's dumb that they dont make one for the 34

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