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At 160mm of travel, the Fox 36 TALAS FIT RC2 Fork has the legs to charge aggressive lines; yet, with the flick of a lever it can drop travel to a climb-easing 120mm. Fox then added tunable high- and low-speed compression, a stout chassis, and a Kashima coating to make this fork the peak of all-mountain performance.

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 a 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 out 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 36 TALAS 160 FIT RC2 Fork's lower legs and crown are powder coated in Black. It has a 1-1/8 to 1.5in tapered steerer tube and 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.

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I put this on my Blur TRC which may be a little much for some people but I love the bomber, tough plushness of it. I run it compressed in the shorter travel option most of the time, but like having the option for full travel if I want it.
adjustments work well, and is easy to keep dialed. I adjust my air pressure as needed, fairly regularly to keep it just right.