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My 09 Enduro currently has a Talas 150mm on the front of it. Looking for a more plush ride and considering the Rock Shox Revelation which will help me lose some weight, FOX 36 FLOAT 160 for more travel or send my Talas to Push. Doing more DH/Freeriding than XC and don't use the adjustable travel that much and at 40 years old prefer a plusher ride without getting to heavy. Anyone with any experience or suggestions on these forks for performance and best bang for the buck.

Already ordered a Pushed Rockshox Monarch RT-AM for the rear.
Thanks for any help.
 

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Swapped mine out for a second hand pair of E150's. Can't believe the difference, so much more plush! Check the well know auction sight for some bargains, got mine for £150!
 

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I just sent my e150 in today, so I hope its as plush as your making it sound.

As for which fork, If I had to choose I would go with a 2011 fox float 36 FIT. Reading nothing but good about this fork. Stiff, super light; 4.5 pounds. And all the adjustments you need for entering more aggressive territory with biking.
 

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I'd also go with a float 160. Light and plush, and it sounds like the extra travel would be helpful for the type of riding your doing.
 

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I just sent my e150 in today, so I hope its as plush as your making it sound.
It should be, had mine done back in January. Feels like a new fork. Make sure you fill out their S-Tune form, they'll tune it to your weight and kind of riding. They did the mick mod on mine based on the kind of riding I do with the bike. Comes with a one year warranty too.
 

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Find an e150, it's the best fork for the bike, it is so user servicable. I've now got a 32 Kashima 32 fork which is superb, though I do miss the the e-150 and my enduro. My 2011 SJ hasnt been so reliable. :confused:
 

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It should be, had mine done back in January. Feels like a new fork. Make sure you fill out their S-Tune form, they'll tune it to your weight and kind of riding. They did the mick mod on mine based on the kind of riding I do with the bike. Comes with a one year warranty too.
Ill keep that in mind. I'm having the mick mod done for sure, and I honestly forgot about the S-tune service that they do. So Ill talk to them about that when they call. They're gonna call me next Monday or Tuesday when they get the fork so I have a week to decide.
 

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here's mine with a 2006 fox van 36 rc2:


2008 totem solo air:


2010 revelation dual air:


2011 fox 36 float rlc:


the totem was lowered to 160mm and was awesome. it looks like it belongs on the bike BUT it is 6lbs. the revelation felt a little small and was pretty flexy but it was 4lbs and felt pretty balanced on the bike. the van 36 was great as well, but it was just a loaner. the 2011 fox is new to me this month so i don't have any time on it, but it looks and feels awesome so far. it's the perfect compromise for the revelation as it is only half a pound heavier, but loads stiffer and has more travel.

yes, 4 forks in 2 years.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replys.

Never owned or ridden the E150 but would like to if a good deal came around. What is the cost to send in a E150? Also my concern with this fork is it is a discontinued item with a limited following. I only ever hear of it being used on the 07-09 Enduro so may be tougher to sell if I change frames or fork later. Again I would like to try one but would have to be a heck of a deal to make it worth the hassle.

Looks like saturnine has lots of experience with different forks. As well as others suggestions I am leaning towards the Float 36. Any one know actual weights of there forks? My Talas 150mm is 4.4 lbs/ 1947grams.
 

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Thanks for the weight. What rear shock are you using? Your pictures look like you have used at least 2 different ones.

Any opinions on best price for a Float 36 or Talas 36 since I have found it cheaper and it is black. Just started researching prices and have found the 2011 Fox Talas 36 160mm for under $900 shipped. Cheaper than the Float's I have found so far. I don't need the adjustable rate but do prefer the black shock and cheaper price.
 

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i am currently using a float rp23 after ditching the stock afr. check ebay for the best price. i got my 36 for $730 shipped. if you don't need talas, why buy it?
 

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MHinvest said:
Thanks everyone for the replys.

What is the cost to send in a E150?
So far the price is $160. Thats not including the special tune if i go that route, they'll call me next week with more on that.

I would personally go with a 2011 fox 36 or a totem as whats been suggested. The e150 runs a special hub, so you cant use any hub out there, or throw on any pair of wheels. It does have its strengths in the strength department because of the dual crown. But the 2011 fox 36 has low speed compression, rebound, lockout, new FIT damper. The Totem has low/high speed compression, 2 rebound adjusts, 2 step. So plenty of adjustments to keep your trails tamed.

Man, thats a lot of forks that you've had on your bike, one man with a complete personal experience of all forks, cant beat that, lol.
 

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So far the price is $160. Thats not including the special tune if i go that route, they'll call me next week with more on that.
Actually, the price of the rebuild should include the special tune. I was quoted $160 but spesh only did a 100 hr service ($100) and that included the s-tune service.

The lowest i've seen someone sell an E150 was $200 including the front wheel and it was newly serviced as well.

You can never go wrong with either the Float or the Talas though. For me, I use the travel adjust on steep climbs so I'll probably go with a Talas.
 

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Went with the Float 36. Should be here next week. Anyone looking for a 2009 black Talas PM me. Thought about keeping it but I am sure I am going to like the Float.
 

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I tried searching this forum to see who it is that you guys are sending your E150s to for the s-tune service that has been referenced in this thread but :madman:. So can someone please point me in the right direction. Thanks.
 

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I tried searching this forum to see who it is that you guys are sending your E150s to for the s-tune service that has been referenced in this thread but :madman:. So can someone please point me in the right direction. Thanks.
Follow the link above for info.

But all you have to do is take your fork into a Specialized dealer and tell them you want the 150 hr service along with their S-tune. The shop will send it off to Specialized and will take about 3 weeks.

I just got my fork back yesterday, so if I can get everything installed on my bike I'll take it out later today and let you know how it feels.
 

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Follow the link above for info.

But all you have to do is take your fork into a Specialized dealer and tell them you want the 150 hr service along with their S-tune. The shop will send it off to Specialized and will take about 3 weeks.

I just got my fork back yesterday, so if I can get everything installed on my bike I'll take it out later today and let you know how it feels.
Thanks for the information, and let me know how it rides. I have been considering changing out the fork to either a Revelation or a Talas (I like having the ability to adjust travel for climbing), but I really would like to keep the E150 if it can be made to be as reliable as the others listed here.
 
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