Fox Shox 36 Talas R 2008 Forks

3.33/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 5.0 Ibs

Product Description

  • External Adjustments
  • Travel - TALAS travel adjust 160+130+100 mm
  • Air spring pressure
  • Rebound

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pghoser a Weekend Warrior from Prince George, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2009

Strengths:    Light Weight, stiffness, accuracy, overall feel is amazing.

Weaknesses:    Once there's a problem there continues to be problems....

Bottom Line:   
A follow up post after a huge year on the Shore and mulitple Whistler days. This fork is amazing. Once you find your spring rate, mine was 10lbs less than recommended, it works flawlessly. Plush in the rooty stuff and there when you go bigger. Talus perfect until.....I sent mine in for some well deserved new bushings and the fork has never been the same. Perhaps Fox needs to quality control they're contracted repair people cause my fork is essentially ruined. I am sending back for the second time with all kinds of compression and Talus problems. I can only hope it will be as good as it was new again someday. A few less chilis for the pain in the butt.

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Favorite Trail:   Aflow Daddy, Freight Train

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Summerside Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Bunch of Marocchis, RS Pike

Bike Setup:   08' Devinci Hecktik 2(rad)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Paul Brown a Weekend Warrior from Western Australia

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Strengths:    Plush once you find the right pressure setting which is considerabley higher than the FOX recommended setting for my weight. Versitile if the settings are operating.

Weaknesses:    The 100mm setting failed after 6 months and now the 130mm has failed also. In the shop and awaiting total cost of repair.

Bottom Line:   
As previously mentioned I don't think I'd hand over this kind of money again unless I had some assurances from Fox that the problems previously mentioned had been resolved. Fortunate for me these forks have spent most of their time going down hill and jumping but lately I've been doing more XC and when you want to use them for what they were designed for you can't. Probably should have put the coin towatrds buying a dedicated XC bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Eagle Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Non

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Yakusa set up for for single track/XC and some down hill form time to time.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Vegas Baby! a Cross Country Rider from Whistler

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009

Strengths:    Travel Adjustability-4/5/6" adjust

Weaknesses:    No small bump compliance. Either too plush or too rigid-any inbetween setting and you get the worst of both worlds.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are overpriced and although the concept is good, the delivery is less than adequate. If you want a plush fork then don't get these. To get small bump compliance if you back off the air pressure then they bottom too easily. Conversely if you stiffen them up so you don't bottom then you have little to no small bump compliance. They may be fine for buff singletrack but if you get into any chunkiness these rigid forks are all over the place regardless of the rebound adjust. They were laughable on the shore.
Travel adjust wouldn't go to 5" within the first 2 months I got it and they can't be serviced anywhere but Fox so it was a pain to send into Fox and wait around for 2 wks to get them back. Great idea with the travel adjustment and I did use it on climbs but otherwise wouldn't consider these forks ever again.

Summary-overpriced without the solid product-don't get these!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ebay store

Bike Setup:   Moment with 5.0 rear

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by knobbly2.35 a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2008

Strengths:    Easily the stiffest fork I've owned, certainly gives you an instant boost in confidence...which can be a bad thing :) Saved my butt too many times to remember. Must be weird but I like the lack of small bump sensitivity and only coming on for the bigger stuff. Which it handles nicely.

Weaknesses:    High price and travel adjust coming a cropper after 6 months of use. I've got a Pike and it's travel adjust is still going strong after 4yr of use.

Bottom Line:   
Great when it's working but such a shame I feel like I bought a 1st season product.

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Favorite Trail:   last one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   RS Pike (OK not really apples to apples)

Bike Setup:   FS AM job

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Iwan a Weekend Warrior from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2008

Strengths:    Stiff
Light for what it is
Ease of set-up

Weaknesses:    Not as light as a DT or Manitou

Bottom Line:   
So far the fork has been great. I have it on my Ibis which is suppose to run a 140mm, but I have my bike build up more AM than trail/XC and it loves the extra travel of the Talas. Need to put more hours in before I can give final verdict, but so far so good.

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Favorite Trail:   Tokai / Harkerville and Jonkers at night

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Factory Store

Similar Products Used:   Manitou
Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Josh S a Weekend Warrior from Prince George, BC, Can

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2008

Strengths:    Crazy light. The most rigid for i've ever felt. Zero front to back movement even under hard braking. Ultra sensitive in the
small stuff and still there for you for the big hits. Every indentation of the rebound actually does something and travel adjust works great. Simply the best through axle system i've seen and it looks sexy to boot!

Weaknesses:    ummmmmm......nope i've got nothin......not very cheap....

Bottom Line:   
Before i recieved the bike i was a bit worried about the durability of a 5lb air sprung fork. About 2 minutes of riding and all that was out the door. Without question the most functional and intelligent fork i've ever ridden. Doesn't have the out of the box butter like the 66 but also makes it feel like sloppy tank in comparison. A no nonsense fork that responds to every input it's given. Stable as anything at high speed and jumps like a dream. I'll post again end of season and sign off on the durability. Best fork i've ever owned by a country mile. Period

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Favorite Trail:   Aflow Daddy..for now....

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Summerside Sport and Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Many Marzocchis.....

Bike Setup:   08 devinci Hecktik 2 with aforementioned fork and DHX Air 3.0.
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