You have to get up in order to get down. And, not surprisingly, modern trail bikes clearly illustrate that point. For this reason, Fox Racing Shox built the 34 Talas 26in 160 FIT CTD with Trail Adjust Fork. The Talas spring enables you to lower the fork 30mm for more precise climbing, but when you're at the top, you'll have the full 160mm of plush travel on tap for the ride back down.
Like recent generations of Fox's Factory series forks, the Talas 160 controls its stroke with the venerable FIT damper. As you may have guessed, 'FIT' is an acronym, and it stands for Fox Isolated Technology. And, unlike a traditional open bath system, FIT means that the damper fluid is sealed in an air-tight bladder. This prevents contamination, which improves the consistency of the damper on long descents.
Long-time Fox riders will immediately notice Fox's Climb, Trail, Descend damper adjustments. And there's no need to worry, you're still getting the same adjustments to high- and low-speed compression, only its now packaged in a more user-friendly format. Climb mode provides the most damping for a near locked-out feel. Meanwhile, it still provides a bit of cushion for any unexpected hard hits. Click the damper into the Trail mode, and you'll find that there's ample low-speed compression in order to keep the fork riding high in the travel through berms, jumps, and rocks. Better yet, it still provides plenty of compliance in order to smooth out the ride. Trail mode has three sub-settings that allow you to tune exactly how much feedback that you need from your suspension. And, as you may have guessed, Descend mode provides the lightest compression damping for a plush ride.
Talas is short for Travel Adjust Linear Air Spring, and the ability to reduce the travel and fork height for climbing is what sets the Talas line apart from the Float line. This version of Fox's Talas spring sees some updates that cater to aggressive riding styles. Specifically, there's now a progressive ramp-up added to the end of the stroke, which helps to resist bottoming. And like previous generations, you're able to lower the fork 30mm, from 160mm to 130. So, you're able to expect this to steepen your head tube angle by about a degree, while lowering your bottom bracket roughly a half-inch. These geometry changes avoid low-speed handlebar flop, which aids in the climbing ability of modern long-travel trail bikes.
The 34 Talas 160 comes with Kashima coated stanchions. And, in addition to being 100% gold'er than the competition, the Kashima coating is harder than standard stanchion coatings. This equates to a longer wear life, as well as smoother suspension action.
The 34 chassis is brand new to Fox lineup, and it fills an obvious gap. Splitting the difference between the light weight of the 32 chassis, and the bombproof reliability of the 36 series, the 34 is built as a perfect companion to the latest generation of aggressive use trail bikes. At just over four pounds, this fork is no heavyweight. Better yet, it's built to ride rough trails day in and day out. That's thanks in part to the massive tapered steerer tube, which fights flex, especially under hard braking. And speaking of stiffness, Fox uses Shimano's 15mm QR axle assembly, which provides both added stiffness and increased security over a traditional 9mm QR skewer.
The Fox Racing Shox 34 Talas 26in 160 FIT CTD with Trail Adjust Fork is available in the color Black and with a 1.5-inch tapered steerer tube. Please note that this fork is only compatible with 26-inch wheels and 15QR thru-axles.
Anyone worldwide may purchase this FOX Racing Shox product, however, the delivery address must be inside the United States.
Please Note: The photo is for illustration purposes only. Take note of the color and axle color you choose.
The Fox Talas is the ultimate fork for variable terrain. Flick the Talas knob into the short position and you’ll have 130mm of travel that’ll keep you balanced and steady as you climb up the back side of the mountain. The law of gravity states that: what goes up must come down. So, switch the Talas knob back and you’ll have 160mm of buttery smooth travel, perfect for mowing down rocks, branches, roots, and anything that may cross your path. The Fox Talas features CTD technology. CTD is short for Climb, Trail, and Descend. It is a three position on the fly system that provides three distinct compression dampings that you’d typically need on an average ride. CTD is extremely useful on the trail. The rider is quickly able to flip the lever between the three positions, and which results in being used numerously throughout the ride. CTD is much faster than the older click system, where the rider would have to stop and click through to find the proper setting. 2014 marked a year of refinement for Fox. The updated damping tunes produce greater control, meanwhile the improved air spring offers better suspension sensitivity and faster travel changes.
To ensure that your travel is buttery smooth, Fox has added Kashima coating to the uppers. Kashima coating is a hard anodizing process that fills in any micro pores in the material creating a smoother surface, in comparison to a hard anodization on prior versions. Its distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes including extreme durability as well as an extremely smooth feel. The whole purpose and value of the Kashima coating is its friction reduction properties.
The Fox Talas features the FIT cartridge. FIT stands for Fox Isolated Technology. FIT technology employs a bladder system that keeps the oil and air from mixing to provide optimal performance in all riding extremes. Since the FIT cartridge uses much less oil, the weight of the fork is significantly less than one with an open bath style.
The Fox Talas utilizes Fox's CTD technology. CTD is short for Climb, Trail, and Descend. It is a three position on the fly system that provides three distinct compression dampings that you’d typically need on an average ride. CTD is extremely useful on the trail. The rider is quickly able to flip the lever between the three positions, and which results in being used numerously throughout the ride. CTD is much faster than the older click system, where the rider would have to stop and click through to find the proper setting.
Climb mode has the firmest low- speed compression, which maximizes pedaling efficiency and has minimal suspension movement. Internally, the oil flow is restricted, and can only flow through the Climb port, which limits the suspension’s movement. In the event of a hard impact, the spring loaded blow- off valve will allow the damper to go into its travel. Trail mode provides an optimal blend of pedaling efficiency and control on variable terrain. The oil flow is opened to the mid and high speed compression shim stack. Descend mode provides the rider with the most active suspension. Descend mode is an optimized low- speed compression setting which provides the perfect balance of control and plushness for steep, aggressive descents. Oil is able to flow through the high, mid, and low speed ports. CTD is controlled at the crown of the fork. Three easy clicks allow you to maintain your focus on the trail ahead.
The Talas comes with a handlebar remote, so switching from Climb to Trail to Descend is a snap. The lever for 2014 is much smaller than the year prior. The streamlined design fits nicely on your bars.
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