Suspension Product of the Year WinnerWho remembers when our suspension forks had rubber bumpers in them, and adjusting them started and stopped with turning a preload dial that may or may not have done anything at all? Now, we're riding highly advanced suspension that borrows and shrinks down technology from the motorsport world to deliver some seriously incredible performance. And not only that, these things can be adjusted every which way to suit nearly anyone's needs and terrain.
That description is especially true when talking about all three of our Suspension Product of the Year nominees, but there is one that stands above the rest when it comes to performance.
This isn't exactly an upset win, is it? If you've spent any time on Fox's top-tier mid-travel fork, you'll know why it's at the top of our list when considering what to put on the front of your all-mountain or enduro bike, but it's also a fact that there are more options in 2016 than ever before. Yes, we've spent a load of time on offerings from DVO, Öhlins, and Manitou, and you can't talk about killer suspension without including the Pike and its big brother, the Lyrik, can you? The truth is that no one is going to be disappointed to have any of those forks working for them, but there's one that always seems to be just a bit ahead of the rest: the Factory 36 Float.
An all-new 36 was introduced back in 2014 and it was impressive right from the get-go, winning this very award last year. In fact, it would surely still be a contender had Fox left it at that and moved on to tinker with other stuff. But they didn't leave it alone; instead, they refined the fork's tune to further improve its action, and it's gotten even better since its initial release. Another reason for the 36 taking the Suspension Product of the Year honors is its consistency, and I'm not only talking about its dialed FIT4 damper. Every Factory 36 Float fork that we've dealt with, be it on test bikes here to be reviewed or personal steeds, has been flawless in its performance, often leaving us with not much to write about in reviews that we haven't said before.
With its dependably top notch performance, and effective and easy to understand adjustments, the Factory 36 Float is our choice for the 2016 Suspension Product of the Year. Pinkbike’s Take:
|The current Factory 36 Float fork is the perfect of example of a product that has been honed to near-perfection, and it doesn't require any gimmicks or tricks because of that fact. It's reliable, easily tuneable, and extremely capable. - Mike Levy|
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