The Fox 36 Talas 180 FIT RC2 Fork makes the leap from a 180mm huge-hit-gobbler to a 140mm climb-crusher at the flick of a switch. The combination of 36mm stanchions, a 20mm thru-axle, and an incredible amount of bushing overlap make the Talas 180 ultra-stiff in either setting, so you can point and shoot at will.
Equipped with the FIT RC2 damper, a cartridge unit that uses an expandable bladder to seal suspension oil from air, it provides consistent action during heavy-duty use. The damper has both low- and high-speed compression tuning. This means you can dial the fork to offer a bob-reducing, pedal-friendly platform with the low-speed adjustment. Or back it off for plusher, small-bump compliant ride. The high-speed adjustment lets you find your preference for large hit resistance. This versatility lets you set the Talas RC2 for optimum trail manners whether you've got a monster climb or want to blaze the descent.
The Talas is outfitted with an air spring that not only keeps weight down, but also has a highly refined curve. It's tuned to provide a plush ride at the top of the stroke with a progressive ramp up to avoid bottoming at the end. While air springs are notorious for their added stiction from the need for airtight seals, Fox reduces this as much as possible by using its Kashima coating, a process that fills any micro pores and makes the aluminum stanchions incredibly slippery.
The 2013 Talas 36 180 FIT RC2 Fork's lower legs and crown is powder coated in Black. It has a 1-1/8 to 1.5in tapered steerer tube and only accepts 8in post mount disc brakes. The beefy 36mm chassis is stiff and strong, and made even better by the inclusion of a 20QR thru-axle system.
The Fox Talas has been extremely popular among all mountain riders due to the diverse terrain it is capable of successfully handling. The Fox 36 Talas 180 is the big dog of the Talas lineup. 180mm of smooth and reliable travel help you manuver through the most technical terrain of the downhill course. Whether you are hitting the local freeride course or pedaling on down the fire-road, the Talas will provide you with a soft supple ride. The 36 Talas features 36mm stanchions, Kashima coating, and the FIT RC2. For 2014, the spring curve has been improved for superior steering.
The larger the diameter the stanchions are, the less the fork will flex. Therefore, Fox put 36mm stanchions on this version of the Talas. They are much stronger than the standard 32mm stanchions and reduce flex dramatically. To ensure that the fork’s suspension is buttery smooth, Fox used genuine Kashima coating on the stanchions. The 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 FIT RC2 damper 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 lighter damper is also inverted in the fork which reduces unsprung weight.
|Travel:||180mm/ 140mm (7.1/ 5.5 inches)|
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