Fox Shox Talas R 130 2005 Front Shocks

4.33/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $549.00


Product Description

TALAS stands for "Travel Adjustable Linear Air Spring" - and that's exactly what they do: allow you to dial in the travel across a wide adjustment range without changing the spring rate. This feature makes the TALAS line ideal for "all-mountain" trailbike-type riding - turn down the travel for extended climbing, then crank it up when you hit the top.

For 2005, the TALAS line offers disc-only lowers, and an extra 5mm of travel - they now max out at 130mm. They've continued with some of the best features from '04 as well - super-stiff magnesium casting, 12-click externally adjustable rebound damping, and patented scraper-lip seals that keep oil in and debris out, ensuring the longevity and performance of your fork.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dauw a Weekend Warrior from Laramie, Wyoming

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2006

Strengths:    Very plush fork.

Weaknesses:    Rebound was stuck down when I purchased my bike. However, Fox fixed it for free.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice fork. Price could be a problem, but it came on my bike stock, which cost only about 2x as much as vendors would sell this fork alone. I have no use for the lockout feature on the RLC. I ride a variety of cross country, fire roads, and Rocky Mountain downhills and I have no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Happy Jack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came stock on bike

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Teocali Super

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by calen a Downhiller from colorado springs, co and fairfax, ca

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2006

Strengths:    very light. smooth mid-stroke and resists bottoming, looks good, rebound adjustment very linear, stiff for its weight, TALAS adjustment rules for climbing

Weaknesses:    not supple off the top like a coil fork, wiggles around in rock gardens and nasty roots-could use a 20mm axle, seals leak after 6 months

Bottom Line:   
very versatile fork - i love it dirt jumping and on colorado moto singletracks with big rollers, jumps, and banked corners - any trail that has only medium and big hits. i can see why 4x racers love this fork. feels choppy and squirmy on rooty, rocky northern california singletrack because the air spring is stiff on small hits. setting the pressure low enough to make it responsive like a coil makes it dive under braking and bottom too often. this is a great trail fork for aggressive xc riding but for gnarlier trails it is not ideal

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Favorite Trail:   güch smoke

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   older marz z-1, mx comp eta, z-150 fr

Bike Setup:   mountain cycle rumble, 30 lbs, trail/ DJ machine

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ben Ladd a Weekend Warrior from Bath, UK

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2005

Strengths:    Usual Fox things. Look cool, Stiff as hell, holds your front wheel where you want it.

Weaknesses:    Usual Fox thing: PRICE!

Bottom Line:   
I love this fork more than any other purely because it can do everything I want it to. I am no racer by any means. I am roughly 22 pounds and I am 6'3" and I give this fork a beating. I never care about colour schemes and my bike is the biggest conglomeration of random bits you've ever seen. TALAS is lovely, you can adjust it whenever and pop a couple of wheelies and you are off again! If you set the fork up at a decent pressure the fork will hold up well as long as you dont do insane downhill! This fork is for the rider who likes a bit of cross country, a bit of freeriding, and a bit of farting about!

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Favorite Trail:   The Mendips

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   RST 381 AET (poo), Manitou Black (nice)

Bike Setup:   Dawes Acoma with Mainly XT stuff and Raceface Evolve chainset, bars and stem. Mavic Rims on XT and Hope Hubs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Westchester

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

Strengths:    lightweight, adjustable travel

Weaknesses:    doesn't feel as stable as a fork with 20mm through axle

Bottom Line:   
I have had three different forks on this bike. This one is the best when going uphill. The EXR is actually pretty good for the price, but this was a worthwhile upgrade. After putting this fork on my bike it felt really sweet going up hills and on straightaways. I had the Sherman Firefly on a Banshee Morphine. I felt like I wanted more stability in my front end for some of the more aggressive downhill sections I ride (not serious downhill where you want some big triple clamp fork or anything like that). I prefer the way the bike handles on fast rocky downhill with the 20mm axle Sherman Firefly. (Also had to replace Crossmax front wheel with Rhyno Lite from Banshee)20mm axle also allows you to run 8" discs.

For me, I would rather hace a Fox 36, Rock Shox Pike, Sherman Firefly, or any fork with 20mm front axle, although 130mm travel is plenty for me.

I think this fork is a little overpriced and generally over rated, although it is a nice long-travel cross country fork if you're not into anything too aggressive.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi EXR, Sherman Firefly

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg with BETD suspension linkage(can be either 4.5 0r 5.5 inch rear travel, I have it at 5.5"), Crossmax Emduro wheelset, XT drivetrain, Hayes hydraulic discs, Fox RP3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chris m a Weekend Warrior from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2005

Strengths:    Rides tight, quick steering, lightweight

Weaknesses:    went back to the repair depot after 6 rides, play in stancions

Bottom Line:   
Waste of my money, It spent more time in Watsonville CA. getting repaired, than it did on my bike, Sure it's light and precise, so what, who wants to shell out all that dough and get stuck with an inferior product.
Fox should replace the damn thing, not try to fix it. They lost a customer.
Marzocci Rules.

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Favorite Trail:   Monster, The Staircase

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   marzocci, rock shox, fox

Bike Setup:   santa cruz heckler, crossmax ,xt this and that, `

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DLH a Cross Country Rider from PacificNW

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005

Bottom Line:   
To the twit below -- rate the fork for the features it has - not what you wished it had or you wished you had purchased.

THIS IS A VERY, VERY GOOD FORK - absence of unnecessary adjustments keeps the riding simple... the fork keeps it ON TRACK!

Buy this fork! I rides great, climbs great and the adjustment feature works great! Unless you ride for hours on fire roads and the sight of slight front end bobbing bothers you -- in which case buy what you need for what you ride - a rigid fork.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cablown11 a Weekend Warrior from san jose, california

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2005

Strengths:    climbs perfectly, it really change my ride (for the better)

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
fox got it perfect but i should have settled for the rlc

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $490.00

Purchased At:   sun bike shop

Similar Products Used:   rock shox, manitou black

Bike Setup:   2004 santa cruz blur, avid disc, xt components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david david a Weekend Warrior from tampa

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2005

Strengths:    great adjustability - nice to be able to adjust down from 130mm

Weaknesses:    does not have compression dampening

Bottom Line:   
get the rlc model, it has more features - that is why i rated this model only 4 chilis

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Favorite Trail:   boyette/alafia

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   rock shox

Bike Setup:   stumpjumper 120 fsr stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JORGE VIZCAINO a Weekend Warrior from GUADALAJARA, JAISCO, MEXICO

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2004

Strengths:    IT´S VERY TIGTH GOING UP HILL, AND WORKS NICE DOWNHILL

Weaknesses:    I HAVE USED IT FOR 3 MONTHS AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY WEAKNESS YET

Bottom Line:   
I CAN GO DOWN A LOT FASTER, WITH THE CONFIDENCE THAT MY SUSPENSION WILL ABSORB THE BUMPS AND HOLES ON THE WAY. IT KEEPS THE FRONT TIRE IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND ALL OF THE TIME AND THAT GIVES ME A LOT OF CONTROL.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   MOA BIKES

Similar Products Used:   MANITOU SPIDER

Bike Setup:   GIANT XTC FRAME, ESTON MONKEY LITE HANDLEBAR, THOMPOSN ELITE SEATPOST, SELLE ITALIA SEAT, MAVICK 221 RIMS, SHIMANO XT COMPONENTS

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