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    Fox Float Fork Explanation

    Hi All,

    First post here, trying to take an active interest in my son's love of mountain biking. I need some help shortening my learning curve...

    My son is wanting a new fork for his bike. He says he wants a Fox 36 Float, so I have been surfing the web to learn a little bit about this fork. I haven't been able to find a good explanation for the difference between the 36 Float R and the 36 Float RC2.

    Any help would be appreciated for this old man.

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    The "R" stands for rebound, indicating that the fork has adjustable rebound damping only. Rebound damping is a mechanism that slows the rate of return of the fork after it is compressed -- so it doesn't behave like a pogo stick.

    On the RC2, the "C" stands for compression, indicating that the fork has adjustable compression damping. That allows the rider to adjust the speed at which the fork compresses.

    The "2" indicates that the fork has 2 different types of compression damping -- fast and slow. So you can independently adjust the slow compression damping as well as the fast compression damping. Essentially, that controls how the fork will respond to high-impact hits (fast) and to low-impact hits (slow.)

    Of course, I'm simplifying here. What you really need to know is that the RC2 offers additional adjustability as compared to the R. The R only has rebound damping, while the RC2 has rebound damping, and 2 different settings for compression damping.
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    it's all about the adjustments

    edit: ^^ beat me to it...

    while on the subject (though you didn't ask):

    "L"= lockout
    "Float" means it uses an air spring (instead of coil spring)
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    Hi Terry.
    Never rub another man's rhubarb.

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    hey bill.


    (keep your hands off my rhubarb).

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    OP: we may be able to help you further if you can clarify what kind of bike this fork is intended, where he typically rides and the type of budgetary constraints you're operating with.

    The short version: the more complex, the more expensive, but the more precise you can set up your fork. You can't ever cover all riding conditions w/ any set of tweaks, but you can broaden the range w/ more tweaks. So, if your kid rides a specific discipline...ie dirt jump or bike parks like Keystone or WP, then you can use a fork w/ less tweaks. But if he rides mostly trails, the more tweaks can facilitate more diverse trail types.

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    Go to a reputable bike shop and start asking questions.

    IMHO, head in to Pedal Pushers (Golden) and talk to Eric. He's the resident suspension expert in these neck of woods and knows his stuff from XC to DH. He can get you squared away with the right fork for the right purpose that meets your budget.

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    My opinion is that the "R" adjustment is more important than the "C".

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    Maybe so, but if suspension was BBQin', then "R" is the fire and "C" is the rub.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    mmmmmmmmmmmmm BBQ

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    Doesn't beer go with BBQ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Doesn't beer go with BBQ?

    don't know, never touched the stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by $ally Hu$tle
    don't know, never touched the stuff.


    Your avatar says otherwise... then again, I look nothing like my avatar
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    I would not buy a fork w/o compression adjustments. Who cares if it has rebound if the fork dives and bottoms out all over the place? Or maybe it beats the crap out of you and spikes on big hits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    I would not buy a fork w/o compression adjustments. Who cares if it has rebound if the fork dives and bottoms out all over the place? Or maybe it beats the crap out of you and spikes on big hits?
    Yeah, but most "R" only forks have pre-defined C (reads unadjustable), or the R is tied to the C. In most cases, you can only tweak the "rub" by changing how thick the BBQ sauce you use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    My opinion is that the "R" adjustment is more important than the "C".
    I'd always want to have the "C" on my fork. But then again my parents never bought me a 36 or anything close to it. So if I were a kid getting a fork like that from my dad, I probably wouldn't complain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bngofast
    I'd always want to have the "C" on my fork. But then again my parents never bought me a 36 or anything close to it. So if I were a kid getting a fork like that from my dad, I probably wouldn't complain.
    FYI, my son will be graduating from high school in May, we just found out he is getting a substantial scholarship for college. So, his hard work in school will be saving me thousands of dollars over the next four years. Forking over $1,000 for his biking hobby seems like a good reward to me. (BTW, pun intended).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudDad
    FYI, my son will be graduating from high school in May, we just found out he is getting a substantial scholarship for college. So, his hard work in school will be saving me thousands of dollars over the next four years. Forking over $1,000 for his biking hobby seems like a good reward to me. (BTW, pun intended).
    I don't want to make any assumptions at all, so don't take this the wrong way. Do you know what brand/model bike your son has? Does he know that his bike can handle a fork like that?

    Here's why: Forks like the Fox 36s are pretty big. They have a lot of suspension travel and put a lot of stress on the bikes they're mounted on. If the frame isn't designed to accommodate these forces, it can fail resulting in serious injury. Your son may be aware of this, he also might not. If you have any doubts, post up what bike he has and the collective MTBR brain trust can tell you if the fork is compatible.

    P.S. Big ups for supporting him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudDad
    FYI, my son will be graduating from high school in May, we just found out he is getting a substantial scholarship for college. So, his hard work in school will be saving me thousands of dollars over the next four years. Forking over $1,000 for his biking hobby seems like a good reward to me. (BTW, pun intended).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley
    I don't want to make any assumptions at all, so don't take this the wrong way. Do you know what brand/model bike your son has? Does he know that his bike can handle a fork like that?:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudDad
    Hi All,

    First post here, trying to take an active interest in my son's love of mountain biking. I need some help shortening my learning curve...

    My son is wanting a new fork for his bike. He says he wants a Fox 36 Float, so I have been surfing the web to learn a little bit about this fork. I haven't been able to find a good explanation for the difference between the 36 Float R and the 36 Float RC2.

    Any help would be appreciated for this old man.
    Ask your son what difference is. If he can't tell you, then he probably won't be able to make use of the extra features.

    -edit- the sanction can handle the 36.
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