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If you were to get a new Hammerhead which of the new front fox shocks would you put on it & why? This will be used mainly for XC & single track riding, no racing. Trying to decide between the Talas and F100x.
 

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herkman said:
If you were to get a new Hammerhead which of the new front fox shocks would you put on it & why? This will be used mainly for XC & single track riding, no racing. Trying to decide between the Talas and F100x.
I've tried the Float, Vanilla and now Minute 1:00. The Fox forks are good and stiff a plenty but I like the feel of the Manitou damping much better. The new 05 Fox are supposed to have improved damping though. I initially thought the Minute was a little harsh on the small stuff but after changing the oil and getting it properly lubed, it is sooo much better. I am now very pleased with the Minute and don't miss the Fox at all.

With the Minute, I get both externally adjustable travel and stable platform. If I had to choose though, I would go with the adjustable travel. It's nice to have the option of increasing front travel and relaxing the handling a bit sometimes. I'm not a real big fork bobber so the minimum SPV setting works great for me. It does help by reducing wallow and dive though.
 

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I'll Chime in for the F100RLC

I got my 100X 3 weeks ago, and have almost 200 miles on it. My front Marta started squealing, so I hope that doesn't mean I've worn thru the pads already. Anyway, I got a F100RLC on my bike (Float R ProPedal in back) and I'm totally happy. The Float is stiff, buttery smooth, and I don't really miss a "stable platform" on it. I kept with coil-sprung forks for the last 10 years or so (EFC, SX-R, Mars Comp, etc.) but I think the Floast feels as supple as any of those. Coupla things tho': I run the low speed compression damping wide open. That makes that dial pretty worthless. Also, I never use lockout front or rear, and I wish mine came in a bossless version. I'd rather skip 1/5 pound or so than have those 3 options. Overall, the quality of the build sells me on Fox Forx. Adjust the anodized aluminum caps on their BB detent stops and nothing else feels quite the same.
 

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Im loving the 100RLC on mine. Its very stiff, does well soaking up everything, and since I like to get out of the saddle climbing I really really like the lock out; if you rarely get out of the saddle it's probably not neccessary as it doesn't bob when you're sitting down.
 

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It depends on the type of riding you do.

If it involves lots of steep climbs & descents then the TALAS would be my pick, which is what I have. Despite being very plush I like the ability to dial in the head angle for a given trail. It's very useful for long climbs & technical descents.

If I lived someplace that was relatively flat or if I was racing then I'd say F100.

No need to spend extra cash for the "L" or "C". Just go with the "R".

PUSH just told me that they expect to be doing Fox forx mods by mid-August & that will be a killer setup with a PUSH'd rear or a Propedal.

BTW....I'm considering selling my TALAS which I got this time last year in exchange for a new one which I'll have PUSH'd. My TALAS works just fine but the new ones allow larger rotors which I'd like to run. PM me if you have any interest in my TALAS.
 

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I'm with the squeeky one

Depends on what and where you ride.

I'd say one of three combos.

1. New pro-pedal, or a push'd float R on the rear with a Float 100 up front

2. PUSH'd float R AVA with a Talas up front (to be pushed)

3. Regular Float R with AVA, Regular Talas (plushest option)

Basically, I'd suggest looking for balance between the front and rear shock action.
 

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Float 100 Rlt, '05

I'm going to be building a racer x-100 and I will build with a float 100 rlt. The new '05 version is going to have improved damping and will be a little lighter, 3.5 lbs. or so. Fox quality beats everything else, you do not have to rebuild the fork all the time to keep it running smoove, just an oil change and cleaning once a season or so and it will stay plush. The stable platform forks have some negatives for me: mostly they all want to creep up to full extension during steep climbs when there is not as much weight on the front wheel. This is the most inoppurtune time for this as the rear suspension will sag more with the extra rearward weight bias. In this situation you end up climbing with slack effective frame angles and the front end will want to wander all over the place. Adjustable travel can help this but I cannot stand having to twirl a bunch of knobs all the time. Having the manual lockout is great I just use it on the very smooth surfaces and also it is a must when you get out of the saddle. If your riding is all rolling terrain and no steep continuous climbing a stable platform fork might be the way to go though. Here (CO) there is to much steep climbing for it to work for me.
 
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