Fox's 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. For 2008 Fox addded an extra 10mm of travel to meet the needs of today's trail bike. Combined with legendary Fox steering precision and all new chassis, and either their new patent pending Fox Isolated Technology (FIT) damping or the 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
from Heidelberg, Germany
Date Reviewed: August 30, 2009
Strengths: Quality build, serviceability, adjust-ability, stiff, good progressive stroke, fairly light for a 140mm fork, sensitive to small hits, bits hits are just as good, lock out and travel adjustment are great, matches great with my HV RP23 for a very balanced feel. Resists brake dive.
Weaknesses: Cheap Decals, and I can't think of anything else to write here, I just love it. Stroke is not as smooth or sensitive as my Magura or Marzocchi
Great fork, never even missed the compression tuning of the RLC. My 5.5 is really sensitive to brake dive from my Magura Laurin FCR130mm which made anything steep sketchy because of the head angle change. I switched forks and its fixed everything. All the features work really well without complexity. Its everything I want in a fork. After riding the Magura it could be a little smoother and more active but that's so minor its hardly worth mentioning.
Similar Products Used: Fox RLC 100mm, Marzocchi Marathon XC 105-120mm, Magura Laurin FCR 130-100mm
Bike Setup: Intense 5.5 RP 23 HV, RF Next LP cranks, Phil Wood BB, XTR/XT, Hugi 240 Hubs DT RWS 9/10mm skewers, Avid Juicy 7, Schwalbe Albert's, Monkey Lite, Easton Stem, RF Dues XC SP, Mavic 717, Candy Pedals, etc
a Weekend Warrior
from Goodyear, Arizona USA
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2008
Strengths: Very smooth and adjustable. The 100mm adjustment works amazingly well on steep technical climbs. Otherwise, if it's just a long steady climb, I will keep it in the 140mm setting.
Weaknesses: Very hard to setup for basic sag! Normally, 25% would easily be achieved by their chart and some tweaking. However, at 190 pounds, I'm at 50PSI and am barely hitting the 25% marker!!! The FOX gude says I should be using around 90PSI! Something doesn't make sense. I'm thinking their manual is for earlier models? I will emailing FOX soon.
Overall, it works up to speed except for the sag issue. I think with the proper sag, I could get more out of it. I'm convinced though, a solution will be found by FOX and I will be a happier customer. I've read that others have experienced the same setup issue as me.
I am a 6-0" 225lb clide currently running a 2004 ish Rock Shox Psylo on a Giant VT1 and it is defiantly time to upgrade my fork. I am looking for something with 130mm of travel to replace the Psylo which was adjustable to 125mm I am currently considering the following and would like some opinions ... Read More »
Just got a used 2007 Fox Talas 32 RL fork.
I did all the appropriate (at least I thought) checks before buying.
-Travel adjuster works
-Rebound seemed to work
There's barely a scratch on the fork.
After getting home, I downloaded the manual from the Fox website. Then discovered ther ... Read More »
Hello giant gurus,
I have a 2009 Trance X1 and it has the standard Fox 32 F120 RL w/ remote lockout, 15QR, 4.7"/120mm fork.
I have the opportunity to buy a 2009 Fox 32 Talas R150 15QR fork pretty cheap (adjustments of 110, 130, or 150mm of travel I believe).
I believe it is RLC, so has comp ... Read More »
I have a 07 Stumpjumper Expert with a Fox TALAS 32 RL. Last Tuesday while heading down to Downieville I got tripped up in a rock garden and scratched the right fork upper tube. It is now leaking pretty good. It seems like it will be around 300 or so to replace the uppers and rebuild the fork. Is the ... Read More »
This is my first suspension fork after ramming trail chatter with a Lefty and haven't got much of clue about dialing in the fork. The shop set the sag at manufacturer's suggestion but I find it still divy, especially in the last half of travel, nearly sending me into projectile endo several times wh ... Read More »