I've had my Fox 36 rc2 on my Specialized Enduro for about 8 months now. Overall, i've been a bit dissapointed in it's performance, especially with all of the great reviews i've read/heard. I'm coming off of an '03 Marzocchi Super-T Pro, and absolutely loved the performance of the Super-T.
Last night I totally readjusted my settings, and today took it for a spin on some rough, technical trails as well as some good climbs and fireroads. I'm happy to report that I think I've found a great setup for the fork.
I weigh about 240lbs with all my cycling gear on. My new settings are:
Air pressure: 50psi. I know this seems waaay too low, but on the trail it felt great. I was using nearly all of the travel, but never felt ANY bottoming. This was the biggest change, from an old setting of 70psi.
Rebound: From all the way out, 7 clicks in. Fast enough to handle braking bumps and rock gardens, slow enough to maintain control.
Compression, High speed (Big knob): From all the way out, 1 click in.
Compression, Low speed (Small knob): From all the way out, 7 clicks in.
I'm also running a stock Specialized Enduro tire 2.35 at 35psi.
I'm surprised at how dramaticly different the fork handles now. It rolls through ruts without following them. The fork doesn't feel sketch or kick when compressed hard in burmed turns. At high speed the fork was well balanced and predictable. Even climbing the fork had minimal bob when seated (and for long grinds I would reduced the travel to the minimum).
I'm a happy camper now. I'll report back after Monday's longer ride, which is FULL of very rough trails, large rocks, and small drops.
Hope you find this useful!
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