With separate externally adjustable high and low speed compression damping circuilts as well as externally adjustable, click-by-click rebound damping and a position-sensitive progressive bottoming system, the RC2 cartrige jams an incredible amount of performance into a lightweight package.
Strengths: Plush, Stiff, Adjustable, big hit ability
Great fork, offers excellent plush all mountain performance and can soak up big hits, I am 205lbs and it takes 5' drops to flat no problem. Adjustable travel means that at 100mm a slack angle bike will climb well. It takes a little while to dial it in to your preference, pressure, rebound, RC, but once done you can forget about it and ride hard - buy one!!
from from sandiego
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2007
Strengths: goes through 1st half its travel plush and the second is more stiff for hits, doesnt get any better than that. takes 4-5 foot drops like candy and eats those gardens if you have speed or not.
Weaknesses: it creeks a little sometimes. The dopers at the dandiego trek garyfisher store put it on backwards and i rode it like that fore 2 months.
this thing is top of the line all mountain fork, but could be stiffer and tougher as id take durability over weight any day for those massive jumps and drops. i olny weigh 120 lbs so i can treat this thing like a dh/fr fork almost. cmon fox were all waitin on your 180 fr fork
Weaknesses: Requires patience and trials to set up well. No fender available and bottom steerer tube does not accept star nut. Travel adjuster requires many turns making it impossible to adjust while riding. Effective travel is less than 6" once you set your air spring.
I weigh 240, 6'4", aggressive ride/race. Have the fork set at max airspring eprssure to attain correct sag. As such, I get about 5.2" of travel out of the fork. For my weight is rides incredibly well, is stiff and responsive. I use it for AM,XC, and (very) light stunts, drops etc... The fork wants to be ridden hard, to feel right. If you pedal slack and aren't on top of it, pushing it, it feels too firm and doesn't respond well to small chatter. I use the travel udjuster to drop the front end for climbing...so it is a pain in the ass to have to turn the dial 3 full rotations accross the whole rang eof travel....can't do it while pedaling. This is resovled on the latest version by have a throw lever with 3 travel positions. Why can't Fox tap and thread their forks for fender mounting? All of us buying $1000 forks want to ride ALL year. The steerer tube gets so tight at the bottom that you can't use a star nut mounted fender either. I plan to sell my '05 and get the new model: lighter wiehgt, stiffer, rolling travel adjust, and quick release 20mm axle. Best all montain fork for aggressive riders. Only issue: travel adjuster failed immediately, sent to Fox, repaired, no issues since (22 months). Although I really like the fork, had to knock off chilis for product breaking/warranty return, no fender possibilities, and poorly thouhgt out travel adjuster.
Similar Products Used: Marz Z1, Manitou Sherman, Fox Talas 32mm
Bike Setup: '06 Enduro, SRAM XO, Fox DHX Air, Easton AM wheels
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007
Strengths: Stiff with no flex. Tracks very well through the rough
Weaknesses: Stickion and very little small bump compliance
Great on steep rough trails but lacks the small bump compliance of other fox air forx.(Not even close to their coils). I love the travel adjusment, tunability and versatility it allows...I am a climber more than a downhiller. I have been riding it for several months and it still feels as if it is not boken in. As long as you are aggressive the fork works great, but I like to take it easy and cruise on long all day rides. Quite dissapointed I am switching to a Marzocchi to get that plush feeling. If you like to ride hard and need the adjustable travel go for it. If you are like me and like to ride a little more easily look for something a little smoother on the trail.
Similar Products Used: Fox 32 Talas R, F100RLC, F100RL, Vanilla 125RLC, Minute
Bike Setup: Nomad DHX Air
from Corner Brook, NL, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2007
Strengths: Awesome all around fork. Good for any style of riding, and works awesome in each category. Nearly unlimited amount of adjustability.
Weaknesses: The valve at the travel adjust has a wierd issue of not allowing air into the fork using any type of fork pump after 2 months of riding. The travel adjust no longer works but just increases the rebound as the travel is decreased. I believe the air issue and travel issue may be related.
These forks work awesome for any type of riding, and is completely dialable for any type specifically. The 36 Talas RC2 has nearly unlimited adjustability so if you get this fork, MAKE SURE that you have it dialed for what you will be doing...otherwise you will be disappointed in what this fork is capable of. Bottom Line = Buy this fork if you enjoy freeriding and downhilling but would like to have a light fork to take on the occasional cross country ride and still be comfortable to use and adjustable in seconds. Don't buy this fork if you prefer the plush and long travel of a triple clamp fork.
Similar Products Used: 2004 Mx Comp w/ETA, 2005 Drop Off Triple, 2006 888 RCV, 2007 888 RCV, 2007 888 RC2X WC
Bike Setup: 2007 Norco Six SE
from Stanford, CA
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2007
Strengths: this fork is super adjustable and its awesome for almost everything. can DH it, race it, dj it, etc... if you want it stiff u can pump it up
Weaknesses: the fork leaks a little bit of oil, not enough to really make me worried at all. its a little bit sticky at the first couple mm's of travel but i think its kause thats the travel that is used when you pedal so it doesnt bob as much
this is an awesome fork if you can afford it. i love it and it can almost do anything but the only thing about it is its a tiny bit heavy but its a big traveled fork so what do you expect. it feels light for how much performance it gives out. definitely worth the money if you can get one. if it gets messed up u can send it into fox and theyl fix it
Weaknesses: Through-axle easily stripped if not careful, travel-adjustment lever could have a little more area so gloved fingers can move it more easily.
I'm a big fan of coil suspension because of the plushness and durability, but I couldn't resist a fork that can be dialed from 4 inches of travel to over 6 with just 3 clicks of the lever on top of the left stanchion. Also, I wanted my Moment to be as light as possible without giving up big-hit capabilities. So, the 36 Talas RC2 became the obvious choice.
Set up is fairly straightforward. I have set it and forgotten it, but a more sophisticated tinkerer might get even more performance from it. Plush and stiff are the cliched catch-words that come to mind. It plain made me faster and smoother through rocky and/or rooted sections that I used to have steer through. Now I simply point and shoot. And climbing my Moment is much easier since I'm able to bring the front end down to 4 inches, which isn't really much of a penalty suspension-wise. I even forgot to return the shock to full boing for a rocky descent after a climb and actually didn't notice the difference until I was through it.
The metal around the hole for allen wrench is very soft and easily stripped. I stripped out the hole. So did a friend of mine who has the same fork. Don't thread the axle in tightly. Just snug it up and then tighten the clamping bolts. Oh, and don't forget to loosen the clamping bolts completely before trying to unthread the axle. That's the mistake my friend made. Perhaps a steel insert for the allen wrench is needed.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Moment with all the good stuff!
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland OR USA
Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007
Strengths: Plush and light. Travel adjust lever useful and is easy to work. Made in USA.
Weaknesses: Could use a quick release. Could use a handlebar lockout. Not a big deal.
Set up is simple. Adjustments are useful. Small bump compliance is nice. Best of all the steering is precise. Fox could have done away with the 100mm setting on the TALAS, it's too low. Overall this fork is a great product. The only thing this fork might use it a handlebar lockout. I thought the 36TALAS was way expensive, but now the Lyric 2step is up $200. You can't go wrong with Fox, but I hear Rox Shox is catching up.
a Weekend Warrior
from Alta Loma, ca.
Date Reviewed: January 30, 2007
Strengths: Stiff, adjustable, nice color.
After going through all the b/s with nixons and minutes, blowing out the rebound on the vanilla 36 and the travel adjust problems with the pike air 454, I must say the talas rocks. 5 clicks of high speed comp, 3 clicks of low speed comp and voila! Bingo, feels like my old z-1 but lighter.
from Espoo, Finland
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2007
Strengths: Very quick travel adjsut, 100-160mm of travel in two clicks. Loads of tunability, e.g. high and low compression adjustment plus rebound. Bottom out dampening added this year. Low weight but still very stiff.
Weaknesses: Talas2 cartridge leaks oil, slightly (to be fixed under warranty). Initial part of the travel is somewhat sticky, even after running in for a while.
This fork is expensive but worth it if you need adjustable travel. The new Talas2 cartridge is a major improvement over the previous 3mm incremental adjustment. This makes for a very versatile bike build. Although not super plush (compared to coil), it still gets the job done quite well.
Similar Products Used: '06 Fox 32 Talas RLC, '07 Fox Vanilla RLC, '06 Fox 36 VAN R
Bike Setup: Heavily upgraded Kona Coiler.
from Lansing, MI, USA
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2006
Strengths: Super beefy, very very adjustable awesome attention to detail, nice housing routing system and It's a Fox!
Weaknesses: None so far
If you want an adjustable travel fork that you can "tune" and notice a dramatic difference, this is the fork for you. This fork will let you know how spension is suppose to be. Fox makes the best forks on the market hands down and to top that they are all made here in the USA. Plus their web site has videos and tons of information on how to service their forks. Trust me you wont regret spending the $900.