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I'm wondering if there is a perceptible performance difference between the Talas 36 R and RC2 version. I've had several forks, both Fox and Rock Shox, that have a compression dampening feature, but I've never used it (other than as a complete lockout for singlespeeding on a Reba.)

Thinking that the R would work fine for my "needs" (like who "needs" an $800 - $1000 fork), but still wondering if the RC2 is worth the extra coin.
 

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Hmm. After doing more research, I'm intrigued by the 2010 RS Lyrik 2 step. Any thoughts on this fork compared to the 36 Talas R and RC2?
 

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Hmm. After doing more research, I'm intrigued by the 2010 RS Lyrik 2 step. Any thoughts on this fork compared to the 36 Talas R and RC2?
 

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have the rc2 and not sure how the r comes set up but you can get noticable changes with the compression damping adjustment, crank slow speed up some and wind off fast almost all the way and it's pretty sweet on high speed stuff with enough cover for the big hits. i'm not sure that once you're set up though you'd change it heaps? anyone?
 

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I ended up going with the RC2-FIT over the R or the Lyrik. I do hear that the new FIT cartridge does improve small bump feel over the old system. Maybe this will encourage me to become a "fork fiddler."
 

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Earthpig said:
I ended up going with the RC2-FIT over the R or the Lyrik. I do hear that the new FIT cartridge does improve small bump feel over the old system. Maybe this will encourage me to become a "fork fiddler."
Fit damper is not new, has been in the 36/40 series for a while.
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Consumer awareness 0

I have a 36 TALAS RC2 and it is a great fork, the damping adjustment is stellar.
 

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Earthpig said:
I'm generally unaware.

Ignorance is bliss. Sounds like the 36 is too.
Anyway, I'd go RC2 over the R or the Lyrik. Those 2 steps have been having a series of serious problems "for awhile" now. I replaced my Lyrik 2 step with an 09 36 TALAS RC2 (not Fit) and was pleased enough.

...Edit... Apparently I'm as clueless as you... I need to do some research.
 

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mattsavage said:
The Fit damper just came out in the 36 this year... In fork years "out for awhile" would be several seasons, but that's not the case...
My 07 vanilla RC2 has the fit damper. :eekster:
 

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awareham83 said:
My 07 vanilla RC2 has the fit damper. :eekster:

Nevermind... I'm totally clueless I guess... My first Fox, never paid any attention to them before. Wouldn't even have one now if it hadn't been a warranty replacement.
 

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My 07 vanilla RC2 has the fit damper. :eekster:

So if that's the case, why did they wait 3 seasons to actually brand the fork with the FIT logo? Marketing, just to make it sound like something new to the unitiated?

Oh well.
 

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mattsavage said:
So if that's the case, why did they wait 3 seasons to actually brand the fork with the FIT logo? Marketing, just to make it sound like something new to the unitiated?

Oh well.
I'm all for initiations unless they involve goats, thongs, midgets, spatchulas and strategically placed lubrication.

Then, I'd rather be uninitiated.

Just sayin.
 

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FWIW, I haven't owned a Fox fork in several years since, well, all my prior ones were junk, always broke down, never got full travel, and Fox's customer service was inhospitable, so to speak. I've been a loyal and very happy owner of 5 different Rock Shox forks since.

So, what's "new" or "not new" in Fox's fork line up is, to turn a phrase, new to me. I just hope that (1) quality and (2) customer service are new things that Fox discovered since I junked my last Fox fork.

Just sayin.
 

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Quality has always been a concern of Fox. Some may argue that with their expeirnece with Fox seals. Their level of refinment from year to year is second to none. Quality of materials is evident when you break into one. Almost no plastic and with low friction coatings everywhere.

Rock Shox used to make forks out of plastic. I had a plastic stancion cap blow out of my old Judy's and hit a buddy in the eye off of a 3-4 foot drop. Almost went blind. Never bought RS again. I don't care if the fork wasn't operating "within spec" that should never be an issue. Obviouse engineering fail.

Fox still has crappy customer service though. Got that to look forward too. I would buy Fox if I raced and I won't buy RS so I'm pretty much a Marzocchi fan haha. We know RC3 is a little out of date but it works well for the weekend warrior.
 
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