Fox Racing 36 Talas RC2

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Fox Racing 36 Talas RC2

35 Reviews for 36 Talas RC2

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 This the best fork i have ever used. EVER. thats it. just perfect. i have now owned four of them. cant get enough. i just sent in m,y 05 for a rebuild and FOX just crash replaced it. the best part, i had a new fork in two days! TWO! marzo took 6 weeks just to find my stuff, but FOX had new shit in my hands as fast as i got it to them. remarkable.
The TALAS makes any bike a trail bike. A jump bike can do DH, and a FR bike can be pedalable. it makes your bike into a shapeshifting mutant, and i think inherently increases the value of many standard designs and frames. and best of all, IT WONT DIE. i tried to ruin my 05 or 04 i just dont remeber how old it was, cause i just never had to think about it. i crashed. i raced. i rode DH in craxy shit, i learned to jump at freeride spots like whistler and blackrock. i put it on a hardtail, a bottlerocket, and a steel jump frame. it never died. i sent it in cause a shop tech overtightened the pinchbolts, know what, it didnt matter! it kept working. now there are no more pinchbolts. these forks keep getting better! never die! NEVER DIE! best llong term value on the market, for anyone who rides more than anyone else. EVER! great tunability, reliability, and looks mean. its like there is a privateer dh racer driving things behind the scenes.
the customer support i have recieved from fox has been nothing short of phenomenal.
need spacers? they send em. need advice, they send it, need a rebuild at the race, give dude like ten minutes. blew your shock during practice, heres a new one. just great people all around, and a racing pedigree that actually counts for something outside of bikes, and now inside of bikes!
Great!
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 had trouble with 08 talas cartridge, wouldnt set to 100mm after 4 months riding. put in for service n advised it needed replacing but it was a production model defect so fox replaced it for new 09 (even tho i got it from HK ebay shop - thanks 4TRiders Annerly!) so ensure you chase this up.
Rebound dampening would also change significantly after successive big hits, would suffer from top-out before slowing coming right. Fox said FIT cartridge was fine and i've not riden since service.
My brother has same fork, ubder plush, set and forget dependability
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 Still using an original 150mm 36 TALAS. Ultra plush, bottomless, light. All other air forks must live up to this fork. My seals held up to 4 years of hard use with only a bit of regular cleaning of the stanchions and wipers. I've since PUSH'd the fork for even better performance.

Update as of 11/11 - now on my second TALAS with FIT. New version is lighter, plusher and easier to use with the compression know in eay reach. The best 6" fork money can buy. *BUT* it needs regular maintenance which isn't too hard.
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 I absolutely love this fork. I can throw anything I want at it and it sucks it all up with a smile on its face. Its light enough for my needs and it also climbs great. But where it excels is on the descent. the Talas system has worked great for me. It also maintains a very constant spring rate at each travel setting. Personally, I like the 20mmQR design over the MAXEL design for my needs. My one complaint so far is that like most air-sprung forks the suspension isn't as push at the beginning of the stroke as it is on a coil-sprung fork. The fork has the build quality you would expect from Fox and has yet to let me down. The cost is a bit high, but it came spec'd with my bike so I can't complain much about price there.

PROS:
-Plush
-Talas
-Infinitely Adjustable
-Weight
-Build Quality

CONS:
-Not as plush as coil-sprung
-a bit pricy to buy aftermarket
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 For my money this is the perfect all mountain fork. I have the 2010 version and its amazingly plush, so much so that i think its difficult to tell the difference between the Talas and the Float!
Being able to drop the front end on long climbs makes it much nicer for those long backcountry rides. Its super easy to adjust and very reliable.
All in all a top fork.
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 Top Product, great savings if you shop around a bit, I have done everything with this fork (specialized pitch) from DH,4X and XC, also a bit of DJ here and there, i wouldn't be potting them on a hard-tail, primarily because of the weight. all up they are a really nice fork, just make sure you keep the serviced!
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 I road a DJ1 for a while. When I picked this fork up it was UNBELIEVABLY light. It weight the same if not just a it lighter than a DJ1. Ever since I bought the Talas RC2. I never went back to another company. Fox technology you just cannot beat. I have this fork on my Rocky Moutain Flow (Hardtail) and it takes what I can throw at it. I can be at the dirt jumps one hour, if I get bored there, I just pop up the travel and there we go on the trails. This for is amazing. I cannot wait to see what comes out next year, and the year after that, ...etc.
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 Great forks the cons are it's way over priced I can get for for my money but the pros are the low and high speed compression and the blackbox speedstack it is verry light but it's still too expensive I personally love them and they are verry strong
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 lightweight and strong. Used it for everything from dirt jumping to Dh racing out at whistler. Super adjustable and idiot proof.

Downsides are that the older 2 cartridges had some bugs that fox is unwilling to fix (they tell you to go buy a new fork or 3 cartridge - even though the travel loss problem is manufacturer deffect.)
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 First i had it on my mini DH rig, then it went on my 4X bike, now its on my all mountain steed. Its never felt like ive got too much or too little fork. Its a brilliant fork that can adapt to any style of riding. (XC race might be pushing it a bit though)
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 The best single crown fork out there IMO. PROS: Super stiff and light. The air feels like an oil and coil setup. I have a 2007 model and it has been trouble free since day one. The Talas feature is nice to wind down the fork to 100mm for long fire road climbs. Most of the time I leave the travel at 163mm but even in the lower setting s the fork feels just as good as in full travel mode. CONS: The cable attach guide is a little on the weak side but it worked well until just recently when it snapped the attaching screw off. It was a simple fix and the replacement part is cheap. They may have changed the way the brake cable gets attached on the newer models. I am not sure. Pricey, but you always get what you pay for with mountain bike components and FOX is worth every penny.
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 Very nice fork, I've been using it for about 4 months and absolutely love it! It has 3 options of travel, 160mm to 130mm to 100mm and makes climbing and descending a breeze! Works great for everything you throw at it, I've used it for enduro riding and downhill and its amazing!
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 I'm not sure why anyone uses anything but Fox forks. Nothing comes close. Life is rough without them. Don't even think about getting another brand of fork or shock. They are the best.
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 this fork is awesome they may be expensive but its worth it they will last you forever and the look mint. So if your thinking of getting them dont think think just get them.
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 Awsome plush fork with lots of adjustments and dont have problem with the travel adjust yet. Do yourself a favor and get one.
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 I would definately recommend the 2006 RC2. Never had any problems with mine and they provide infinate amounts of adjustability.
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 Just the best all around mountain bike fork period... adjustable, plushness, and stiffness to bomb whatever trail you can handle.
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 A solid fork that can be used for light dh , free-ride , dirt jumping , all mountain and even cross country . Its light and adjust to however you like it.
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 sick better than spring perfect for what i need it for sick looks a great fork i love it
great all mountain fork great for anything
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 Super stiff and super strong! Ride it on 100mm and pump it up to 180psi and you got yourself a winner dirtjump/slopestyle fork!
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 very very good fork,iv had these on my dj rig for ages now i would never go back to marzocchi or rock shox,so strong,so light,so good looking!
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 Very cool. Mine has travel adjustment and rebound adjustment. I have had it for like two days now and I already love it.
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 Smooth, lots of adjustments. Nice quick release. Love the stiffness of the 36mm stanchions and 20mm axle.
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 Very easy to use, super easy to adjust and nicely plush, need to serviced a least every year though.
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 they seem expensive but there worth every penny twice over, can't be beaten
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 I have ridden this fork for 2 years now and i love it. Very adjustable and incredibly plush. Buy it.
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 Stiff, light and very versatile, can be used for anything, not as sensitive as coil spring forks but works for me.
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 Highly recommended, light, plush and super tough. Low maintenance; look after it and it will look after you!
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 Awesome. This fork does everything, and does it well. I wouldn't give mine up for anything, except maybe a new one.
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 Super light; massive, sexy stanchions; travel adjust works great, super plush, unlimited feeling travel.
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 Sweet fork, stiffer with the maxle!
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 awesome fork!!! can take abuse and is very light.
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 my friend has this fork and it's probably the nicest fork ive ever ridden
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 blood brilliant!!
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Fox Racing 36 Talas RC2 (MSRP $1660) — The Talas RC2 is a slightly less robust version of the Float. Same air spring, just with travel adjust.

Specifications Compare to other Forks

Release Date 2009
Price $1,660
Weight 2304.24 g
Color Options Titanium
Travel 160.02 mm
Travel - refers to the distance the wheel can move in respect to the frame. Typically measured in millimeters, most forks range from 80 to 203 mm of travel
Spring Air
Crown Single
Body Type unknown
Rebound Air spring pressure, Rebound
Rebound - is how quick your fork returns to a fully extended position after being compressed. Almost all after-market forks feature external rebound adjustment for easy fine tuning.
Stanchion material unknown
Steer Tube 1.125
Damping FIT
Damping - The process of absorbing the energy of impacts transmitted through the forks or rear shock during the compression stroke, and absorbing the energy of the spring during the rebound stroke.
DropOut Options 20mm
Compression low speed compression, high speed compression and Internal BlackBox SpeedStack
Compression - This is the damping circuit that absorbs the compression energy force on the damper. Compression damping is used to adjust how quickly a fork or rear shock compresses when hitting a bump, and is adjustable on some products. When compression damping is too soft, this condition allows most of the available travel to be used without attaining control of the wheel. When it's adjusted too firmly, the wheel will jump or "dance" about when hitting small bumps, again failing to gain control of the wheel.

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