Fox Racing Shox TALAS RLC 2006 Front Shocks

4.67/5 (15 Reviews)


Product Description

However you ride, and however you want your bike to handle, TALAS has you covered. Our proven TALAS (Travel Adjust Linear Air Spring) system is easily adjusted in 3 mm increments from 130-90 mm allowing the rider to quickly tune in the perfect travel. Combined with our legendary steering precision, a wide range of adjustability, and sophisticated shimmed damping, the lightweight and feature packed TALAS is a sure bet for any trail conditions.

Weight: 3.78 lbs/ 1.72 kg.
Travel: TALAS travel adjust: 130+110+90 mm
External Adjusments:
-Air spring pressure
-Rebound damping
-Lockout
-Lockout threshold
-Low speed compression damping
-Travel


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ari Powell a Cross Country Rider from goleta, California, USA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2008

Strengths:    very light and great rebound, good for all mountain

Weaknesses:    weakness?

Bottom Line:   
this fork is amazing. i would recommend it for anyone looking for a great time on the trail and nice smooth ride. REALLY SMOOTH

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Favorite Trail:   Firestone

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike (.com)

Similar Products Used:   rockshox revelation dualair 426 model

Bike Setup:   sette riddik w/manitou swinger rear

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kari Veikkolainen a Racer from Vantaa

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, nice fork when it worked

Weaknesses:    Reliability, Fox suspension's poor customer support and warranty, Fork Lock-up faild sometimes, Oils must be changed often due to very low oil quantities on talas(laft leg) side.

Bottom Line:   
This is Talas -06 RL -review(not RLC)!!!
I used to like this fork. When it worked it was great, but... After riding an year, the fork talas(left)-side started to leak dark oil. I opened the fork and realized the left slidepipe had worn out very badly. I know also couple of other people who have had same problem with Fox forks. They didn't got their forks fixed either, even if the warranty was valid.

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Favorite Trail:   Borlange trails, Sweden

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Stenger

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper -06

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derrie Babaganoosh a Downhiller from edmonton, alberta, canada

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2006

Strengths:    good amount of travel, travel adjustability, sexy looking, extremly light, preload/rebound adjustments.

Weaknesses:    sorry, weakness isn't in this fork's vocabulary

Bottom Line:   
the best fork in the world! bar none, well at least for the kind of riding i do. lightest, strongest am fork on the market. all of my friends are jealous of my amazing new fork, thanks fox

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Favorite Trail:   the gongshow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   revolution cycle

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi drop offIII, marzocchi dirt jam pro, cannondale lefty max.

Bike Setup:   '06 specialized stumpjumper fsr expert 120

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hank a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2006

Strengths:    Full adjustability

Weaknesses:    What's that?

Bottom Line:   
Included in bike package, and clad I opted to go all out. This fork is awesome. Full adjsutability is spot on with Fox recommendations, but also fun to tweak for certain circumstances. My most common adjustments are the travel, which is very easy. Lockout is easy to switch on the fly. Very solid feel, adding confidence to sketchy/rocky descents. Rails bermed singletrack like nothing... very responsive. I'd agree completely with a previous reviewers comparison after riding Manitou Black... this fork definitely raises the bar and sets a standard. Only thing "missing" is the Terra Logic valvine (which can be simulated anyway). A friend has the FX100, and has had some problems with the Terra-Logic, so I'm glad not to have to deal with that (when it's working, it's sweet... when it's not (sent back to dealership/Fox twice)...

I'm looking forward to a long relationship with this set up!

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Favorite Trail:   50-Year & its many tributaries

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Manitou

Bike Setup:   Titus Moto-Lite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by erik peterson a Weekend Warrior from fremont

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, great tune-ability, effective adjustments, does what it claims

Weaknesses:    hard to adjust knobs with gloves on

Bottom Line:   
I keep a log on my riding hours, conditions, style of riding, etc--I just hit 103 hours over the last 13 months on the TALAS with no problems--this is a great fork--very versatile, wide range of adjustments, does everything as advertised--handling the 8" rotor seems to be "no problem" I wish I had the new 140mm version--I would buy this fork again! Sorry, I don't recall what I paid for it.

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Favorite Trail:   Boggs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   bicycle garage

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Psylo, Duke, others, Manitou, Marzocchi z1

Bike Setup:   2003 Giant AC2, Fox TALAS & RP3, XT hubs/Mavic 823(?) rims, Thompson seat post, WTB seat, left over stem, carbon bars, 2.1 Nevagals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SharkRider a Cross Country Rider from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, while super smooth action, range of adjustability is sweet, lockout with threshhold = platform!

Weaknesses:    Going from 130mm to 100mm seem to make the shock "softer" as far as the air spring is concerned, but hardly an issue.

Bottom Line:   
Got it new at a super, great price! While it is not Push'd (yet!), it is very smooth in its full range of travel.

I love the adjustability. Compression to surpress some of the nose dive during braking; travel adjust for climbing/descending; lockout w/ threshhold for that "platform" feel.

Never loses pressure. '06 introduced the brake cable housing guide, which reduces cable rub. This fork can really take a beating, and still feel like new.

Highly recommend this for the rider that is experiences a full range of varied trails, and want the smooth action of a Fox. Otherwise, the lighter Float 130 is a lighter, less complicated alternative.

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Favorite Trail:   All trails that allow bikes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Mars Elite, Fox Float 130, Manitou Axel Comp

Bike Setup:   Giant VT3 frame w/ Manitou Swinger 4-way (and No Tools Volume Adjust) and Fox TALAS RLC, Juicy 5, SRAM X.0/9 drivetrain (except for LX FD), WTB Laser Disc w/ Mavic XC717

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lurch a Downhiller from Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2006

Strengths:    Light, strong, smooth. What else is there?

Weaknesses:    It is pretty expensive for a fork.

Bottom Line:   
Great 5" fork. Much stiffer than my 04 manitou minute, which at 130mm felt like a noodle sometimes. This fork is a little shorter A to C than the minute, but works great on my frame. I must admit the fork is now "pushed", but that just makes a good fork a great fork. Yeah, its expensive, but its worth the extra $.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   local private seller

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Minute 1. Other manitou and marzocchi forks.

Bike Setup:   Turner 5-spot. Wheels built on King hubs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dodo Sam a Cross Country Rider from Perth

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2006

Strengths:    good rebound

Weaknesses:    Very havy. expensive

Bottom Line:   
It is very havy and the lock control does not lock things up . not bad medium to short xc ride

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by garret a Cross Country Rider from tres rivers, ma, usa

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2006

Strengths:    I'M REVIEWING THE TALAS RL NOT RLC...beefy.. i'm 242lbs and this thing doesn't flex even a bit.. not that i can feel anyway. plush, lockout is awesome.. 3 mm travel adjustment is nice, rebound adjust..

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
buy it

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Favorite Trail:   sterage rock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   COMPETITIVE EDGE ELM. THEY ROCK!!

Similar Products Used:   manitou

Bike Setup:   06' stumpy expert; stans upgrade

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jo a Cross Country Rider from Calgary,Canada.

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2006

Strengths:    best fork out there, five adjustments that really work, you can kick the hell out of it and comes back for more, looks great on my fuel 90 blue

Weaknesses:    air valve cap a little tough to operate with my saussage fingers, but it never leaks so fill and forget.

Bottom Line:   
best fork for multitude of conditions i could throw at it and all that with 3.93 lbs... I thought it was a little pricy but now i think i would have payed more had i knowen its quality performance... I'm a large boy of 50yrs young at 220 lbs and have been riding since 1973 hard core mountain biking since late 70's this is by far the best suspension i've used yet, if your thinking of upgrading Your bike do it with this component, You won't regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   all trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Calgary

Similar Products Used:   rock shox, sid, duke xc, manitou stance, rlc.

Bike Setup:   04 fuel 90, xtr drive train, derailers ect. king, easton bar, post, stem, fsa carbon saddle, nokian carbon silicon tires, too many toys to mention. even has gps...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by clay davies a Cross Country Rider from england

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2006

Strengths:    light, easy to use, look good, realy smooth


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
this is a amazing fork which if you can you should get it.

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Favorite Trail:   ----------------------------------

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   marchells cycles

Similar Products Used:   rock shox reba

Bike Setup:   speclized stumpjumper pro 06 (with brain)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Cincinnati, Oh

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2006

Strengths:    Very light, strong, plush, predictable and dependable. Very adjustable and can be dialed in to fit your personal needs. "Everything" can be adjusted...

Weaknesses:    Price. Other than that awsome forks...(you pay for what you get)

Bottom Line:   
Great product. If your serious about riding and you must have the best products then this is the fork for you. I would but this again only i might be opt to buy the new Fox talas x tt. You can trail tune these. But overall i have been riding these forks for a little under a year and have had no problem with them. Only perfect performace. Buy em if ya can afford em.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything that is a challenge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Montgomery Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Axel (blah)

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz blur LT, Shimano XT drivetrain, specialized Avatar saddle, Mavic wheels, Avid disc brakes, fox talas rlc forks, fox rp3 rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pasi a Cross Country Rider from Espoo, Finland

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2006

Strengths:    Extremely adjustable, versatile and light weight. Integrated brake hose fastener a nice touch.

Weaknesses:    Color of the adjustment dials fade easy, but only cosmetic. Travel adjust could be less than 3mm increments for faster adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Not that my '03 Talas R was bad, I really wanted a lockout and compression dampening. An expensive upgrade if you have an OEM Talas R (without a buyer for your old fork).

Although there is no stable platform valving, the low speed compression tuning does the trick. Fox finally got this feature working on the '06 float/talas forks. It can be fine tuned to eliminate any bobbing while keeping it supple. Also, using lockout on with threshold full open for a quasi platform performance, is kinda cool.

A "must have" fork for your trailbike.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything bumpy

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Velo Pro Santa Barbara, CA

Similar Products Used:   '03 Fox Talas R, '05 Manitou Sherman Firefly +, '02 RockShox Pilot SL, '04 Fox Float RLC

Bike Setup:   '03 Gary Fisher Sugar 2+ (un-Bontragered), Fox RP3 shock, King headset, Easton EA70 stem, seatpost, & carbon bars, Hayes Mag brakes, Mavic 819/XT wheelset, Conti Vertical UST tires, WTB Laser Team saddle, Xpedo Mag/Ti pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim Sidney a Cross Country Rider from Cranberry Twp. PA USA

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2006

Strengths:    Incredibly supple but still handles big hits without complaining. It doesn't get stiff in the cold. The adjustments work with predictable precision.

Weaknesses:    The Talas air cap which covers the Shrader valve is difficult to grasp. Otherwise this product has been flawless.

Bottom Line:   
It butters roots and terrain chopped by horse hooves without nose diving under aggressive braking. The travel is so predictable that you can forget that it is working for you. The Talas is fantastic for aggressive all mountain use and far exceeded my expectations.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   Gatto's Wexford PA

Similar Products Used:   OEM Psylo, Manitou, Manitou Lefty (not bad), RockShox Black, Reba, everything available for a test drive

Bike Setup:   2003 Enduro Pro mostly still oem with the exception of Race Face Atlas gears and cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stu a Weekend Warrior from Florida

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2005

Strengths:    Super Plush, 5+ Inches of travel, lightweight, versatility (you can adjust just about everything)

Weaknesses:    Price. Looking around, I got a great deal ($625 Installed).

Bottom Line:   
After trying out different Maintou forks, I decided to give Fox a try. I wasn't disappointed in the Manitou forks, but I felt I could get better. This is the first Fox fork I've owned, and it is FANTASTIC. It is super smooth, and can take some serious hits. And the blow-off valve is an awesome feature. It locks out until it takes a hit (you can adjust how big of a hit it takes to blow it), then it releases. Awesome feature. You can also adjust everything, giving it a whole different character. It's pricey, but if you can afford it, GET it!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Various Manitou forks.

Bike Setup:   '04 Specialized FSR XC Pro Frame, '06 Fox Talas 130 RLC Fork, '04 Fox Float RL Rear Shock, Avid Mech. Disc Brakes, Shimano Deore XT (Both derailleurs, Cassette, etc.)

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