However you ride, and however you want your bike to handle, 32 TALAS® has you covered. Our proven TALAS (Travel Adjust Linear Air Spring) concept has evolved into a quick three-stage system, adjustable with a 90 degree sweep of a lever, setting travel between 140-120 and 100mm (130-110 and 90mm for X forks.) For 2007 we added an extra 10 mm of travel to meet the needs of today’s trail bike. Combined with our legendary steering precision and all new chassis, and either our new patent pending TerraLogic damping or our ultra-refined and patented RLC open bath system, the lightweight and feature packed TALAS is a sure bet for any trail condition.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008
Strengths: Easy adjustment, very strong (ask the log i hit!)
Weaknesses: none as yet
These forks totally transformed my bike and they have never let me down or leaked through the muddy British winter. Perfect travel range for my riding. Cannot fault these in any way. I wouldn't ride any other brand now.
Bike Setup: '07 Giant Trance 3, Avid Juicy 7's and full XT Drivetrain, Fox TALAS X
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2007
Strengths: Stiff, no deflection off of rocks. Easy to adjust, set it to recommended settings and forget it.
Weaknesses: None that I can find.
At first I wasn't sure this is the fork I needed. My bike has 4.5" of rear travel so the TALAS X with the 90-110-130mm settings was right for the amount of travel I needed. I trail ride in the North Georgia and Tennessee mountains. Climbed in 90, bombed in 130 and trail rode in 110mm. Fork performed flawlessly and was easy to set-up. If you want the best, spend the money for a FOX.
Bike Setup: Turner XCE, Race Face cranks, XTR shifters, AVID mechanical disc, GOBI saddle, SYNCROS seadpost, MAVIC wheels, EASTON stem
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007
Strengths: Light, no bottom out, stiff, clean looking , amazing big bump absorbtion without pedal bob
Weaknesses: Not great for small bumps , Leaking oil from wiper seals after 6 months, expensive
I love these forks as they are just fit and forget.The travel adjuster is easy to use but sometimes it doesnt compress down to 90mm before the climb.Both my mates 05 fox talas rl and my 07 talas 32 x started leaking oil from the wiper seals after a trip at afan.So if you live in dry dusty places you may wanna think against a fox. Apart from that they are pretty cool.
I am SO glad that I bought this fork. Period! Terralogic is unreal... I've never been able to climb like this with a front suspension... it's super plush when you get into the rough stuf, but start climbing and you've got a perfect balance between a rigid fork and a suspension fork; the Terralogic valving engages just enough to soak up the stuff that would throw your line, yet cuts out the bob you get from mashing up a hill. And to top it all off, just flick the lever to change the travel to 130mm and head back down the hill. Absolutely amazing. Worth every penny.
Bike Setup: Banshee Viento, Fox 32 Talas X, Hope/Hadley on Mavic XM819 UST rims, XTR/XT, Race Face crankset, Hayes 8" disc brakes, Thompson, King
a Weekend Warrior
from Germantown Md.
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2006
Strengths: Stiff, plush, fairly light, and automatically locks out. Works as advertised.
Weaknesses: Expensive and expensive.
I previously had a Marz Comp ETA. I loved the ETA lockout feature and used it all the time because I like to stand and crank. When I read about the Talas X inertia valve I had to try it. The Talas X does everything as advertised. Locks out solid and still is ready to soak up anything I run into. I use the travel adjust (90,110,130) a lot depending on the trails I am riding. The intertia valve threshold is adjustable and makes a big difference on how easily the fork unlocks and how long it stays unlocked. The fork is expensive but I am over the $$ I spent and now just enjoying a damn good fork.
The bottom line is that if you want a fork that is XC racer stiff and rigid until you hit something, get the Talas X, it is amazing technology! When the fork locks I can actually feel the bike surge forward when under power (not joking kids!)
I give 4 chilis for value just because it IS expensive!
Similar Products Used: pike, manitou black (manitou sucks), minute (manitou really sucks), f100, talas trailtune, duke, argyle
Bike Setup: epiphany, black, red king hubs/headset, dt rims, talas rlc, ec70 bar, bontrager x lite stem, full xo, new xtr crank, 24.9 lbs w/ 5 inch travel, beat that!
a Cross Country Rider
from ansbach bavaria germany
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2006
Strengths: Responsive, on the fly adjustment presets 100mm, 120mm, 140mm Lets U to go faster than your skill allows.
Weaknesses: Wish it had a remote lock out or setting selector on the handle bar. Makes you think you can scream down hills at break neck speed and forget your bones can be broken by sudden stoppage:(
These forks are on the 07 SJ expert FSR. I have seen a lot of forks over the years but these just seem spot on for what I like to ride.(rolling hills short fast down hills) I had a great first day ride yesterday with the shocks and today went by just as fast. For me climbing was best selecting the 100mm setting and then depending on what I was screaming down I went for the 120mm for mod trails and for three foot drops I went full open. Control was spot on in the turns and the big stone single track. I even went for a cruse thru town and hit long sections of european coble stone, which I avoid like the plague when Im on a hard tail. I wish these came with a remote lock out as given the terrain around the house I do a lot of reaching down from time to time. And as I always say "Lance Armstrong could kill me riding a Huffy so why cry about the small stuff on a shock that is light years ahead of where we were say 10-15 years ago" photo found at http://siegrist.us/media/fsr_1jpg