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Flow Zone Q36R Makes Quick Work of 2015 Fox 36 Wheel Changes

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Even after all the hype, it seems the new Fox 36 is holding its own as their new weapon for enduro. It’s lighter. It’s more adjustable. And of course it is more stiff. The only thing that seems to be lacking is the ability to quickly change a flat or take off the wheel to fit it in your car. Fortunately, Flow Zone has the answer.

In previous years, the Fox 36 shipped straight from the factory with a quick release of its own. We’re assuming the decision to remove it for the 2015 36 came down to weight leaving riders with a lighter fork, but 5 bolts standing between them and wheel removal. While the Q36R quick release system from Flow Zone might be stepping into the past in terms of spec, we think there are plenty of 36 owners who will be all too happy to upgrade…

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While the 2015 Fox 36 does not have a quick release, it does have an interchangeable axle system. That’s great news for anyone who has wheelsets with both 15 and 20mm hubs. Even better news is that the Q36R system is compatible with both the 15 and 20mm axle. Meant only for all 2015-2016 Fox 36, Flow Zone’s QR System looks to be a well engineered addition that adds a few pieces of hardware to work with the stock axles.

flow zone fox 36 qr quick release (2)Using slightly longer pinch bolts than stock, the quick release levers pivot on brass cam bushings. Since the bolts can be tightened with the QR levers in the closed position, you are able to to get exactly the recommended torque from Fox meaning the QR system should be just as strong as the stock bolt on system. As for the axle, the Q36R lever is bolted to the already torqued axle meaning returning the lever to the same location should mean the same torque is applied each time the wheel is removed. After everything is installed, the Q36R system will add 99g over the stock fork weight.

Originating from the Denver, Colorado suspension shop run by Ethan Franklin, the levers are CNC machined from 7075 T6 and 6061 T6 aluminum with stainless steel hardware. Flow Zone will be selling the Q36R system for $89.00 with free shipping in the U.S. and as an authorized Fox dealer they will also be selling complete 36 forks with the Quick Release system already installed.

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vhom
vhom
7 years ago

Ethan is a freaking awesome dude who runs an awesome shop. It’s kinda out hidden, but they’re a great shop.

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

Bravo! This system should make the 36 a no brainer. Such an awesome fork!

joeshmoe
joeshmoe
7 years ago

This is a similar set-up to Manitou’s old quick release. I own a Manitou Nixon. It works great.

http://www.socaltrailriders.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=47074&stc=1&d=1249346174

Alex K
Alex K
7 years ago

I wonder if you could retro-fit this sort of thing to the Manitou 20mm system?

Endurobob
Endurobob
7 years ago

Man, I just passed one of these things in favor of a pike for this specific reason. If only I knew it was available sooner!

Ethan
7 years ago

Thank to all! It’s a small thing but sure makes a difference to a fork that is used is all situations, not just DH park riding where its less of an issue.
Endrobob, sell the Pike and come over to the bright side, its a fantastic fork.

WG
WG
7 years ago

I’m not a fan of any suspension (yeah, roadie here!) but this looks sooo nicely executed. Well done, Ethan!

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