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I am trying to decide between a Talas R and Talas RLC for my new 5 Spot. My LBS tells me at my weight (165lbs) that the compression dampening on the RLC is not necessary or that useful. I don't really care about the lockout feature. Fox has the R in stock, but the RLC is about a two week backlog. Worth the wait? Is the compression dampening something I need? Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

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i had a rlc for about 6 months on my 575 and never used the lockout or the compression adjustment, to be honest i rarely used the adjustment in travel as well...i like things simple and all those knobs just end up being a pain to me....the rebound i did use though...
 

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I got the RLC, but that's because I knew I would want a lockout for hills and what not. I don't really use the compression dampening adjustment (I think I just open mine all the way... I weigh around 140 lbs), but what's cool about the lockout is the blowoff threshold adjuster at the bottom of the right fork leg. You can adjust it to a light setting so that the fork acts as if it has some type of platform valving when in "lock out" mode. It more or less works, except I believe you give up some of the buttery smooth plushness you'd normally get in non lock out mode.
 

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Jasonp said:
I am trying to decide between a Talas R and Talas RLC for my new 5 Spot. My LBS tells me at my weight (165lbs) that the compression dampening on the RLC is not necessary or that useful. I don't really care about the lockout feature. Fox has the R in stock, but the RLC is about a two week backlog. Worth the wait? Is the compression dampening something I need? Any suggestions are appreciated.
I don't know about the newer ones, but I had an `04 TALAS R and I never felt the need for a compression adjustment. It felt perfect. I had been told that it does not do much, but I don't know about the newer ones. I also found the TALAS to be a very efficient fork, and never felt the need for a lockout. It bobbed less than the `03 Z1FR I had before it, and the Pike I have now.

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I have the RLC. Although I don't use the lockout much (even on pavement), I do fool around with the compression. The compression feature works much better on the 05 model than the 04, so I am told.
 

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Jasonp said:
I am trying to decide between a Talas R and Talas RLC for my new 5 Spot. My LBS tells me at my weight (165lbs) that the compression dampening on the RLC is not necessary or that useful. I don't really care about the lockout feature. Fox has the R in stock, but the RLC is about a two week backlog. Worth the wait? Is the compression dampening something I need? Any suggestions are appreciated.
Buy the R and use th money you saved to get it PUSH'd. Here's the link:PUSH. The caveat is that you won't get the PUSH piston and platform damping with the PUSH'd R only on the RLC.
 

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Buy the R and use th money you saved to get it PUSH'd. Here's the link:PUSH. The caveat is that you won't get the PUSH piston and platform damping with the PUSH'd R only on the RLC.
This is the reason I ended up just going RLC...I thought about a Reba, but then decided to go Fox as my long term goal was certainly a PUSHed TALAS, so I wanted to be able to take full advantage of the PUSH functionality. It is a considerable jump from R to RLC, but I actually use the Lockout from time to time and the compression is nice to have to help dial out the brake dive.

Its a tough call.
 

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If you're getting an 04 Talas, just get the R, Compression adjustment is very minor. If you're going with the 05, go with the RLC. Sure, lockout is a joke on a 5" travel fork, but compression adjustment is great, because you can eliminate quite a large amount of brake dive when you crank it up and futhermore, adjust the feel of it to your liking. Very useful, I had 05 Vanilla RLC, and was quite impressed.

Now, as of a fork choice in general, any particular reason you went with the TALAS? I have a 5 Spot and found the Vanilla to be very flexy when ran at 130mm. Talas has the same construction. I weight 170lbs. At the same time I ride aggresively, so it had something to do with that, I don't know what your style is, but if you're more than just a XC rider with shaved legs then you ought to look into AM1 or 04 Z1. There is a weight penalty associated, but when you land that drop all wrong, you'll love the Marzocchi up front.

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Now, as of a fork choice in general, any particular reason you went with the TALAS? I have a 5 Spot and found the Vanilla to be very flexy when ran at 130mm. Talas has the same construction. I weight 170lbs. At the same time I ride aggresively, so it had something to do with that, I don't know what your style is, but if you're more than just a XC rider with shaved legs then you ought to look into AM1 or 04 Z1. There is a weight penalty associated, but when you land that drop all wrong, you'll love the Marzocchi up front.

I second that emotion
I replaced a o3 talus RLC with an AM 1 and are much happier with the bikes decending and lack of brake dive. Small climbing penalty due to geometry and weight but well worth the exchange- unless you are racing XC which I doubt on a 5 spot
 

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If you're getting an 04 Talas, just get the R, Compression adjustment is very minor. If you're going with the 05, go with the RLC. Sure, lockout is a joke on a 5" travel fork, but compression adjustment is great, because you can eliminate quite a large amount of brake dive when you crank it up and futhermore, adjust the feel of it to your liking. Very useful, I had 05 Vanilla RLC, and was quite impressed.

Now, as of a fork choice in general, any particular reason you went with the TALAS? I have a 5 Spot and found the Vanilla to be very flexy when ran at 130mm. Talas has the same construction. I weight 170lbs. At the same time I ride aggresively, so it had something to do with that, I don't know what your style is, but if you're more than just a XC rider with shaved legs then you ought to look into AM1 or 04 Z1. There is a weight penalty associated, but when you land that drop all wrong, you'll love the Marzocchi up front.

_MK
I doubt the shaved legs XC racers will be doing drops, and I doubt the AM1 or TALAS is the fork of choice for that crowd.

I weight 195 and I don't feel my TALAS flexing at all, maybe I'm not going fast enough....
 
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