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FOX Racing Shox has proven fearless when it comes to upsetting the apple cart by performing complete redesigns of popular models in recent years, and the latest generation of the 36 Talas 27.5 160 3Pos-Adj FIT4 Fork is no exception. It still features the same TALAS (Travel Adjust Linear Air Spring) switch, which lets you adjust the amount of travel in the air spring to slam the front-end on climbs and slack-out for plush tracking across terrain and on enduro downhills, which is where the 36 really shines.
The fork's other half is where the major changes are happening, though, and it starts with the damper shaft beefing-up to 10mm for increased oil flow to the base valve. The new 3-position Fit4 system also replaces Climb, Trail, Descend (CTD), changing the settings to Firm, Medium, and Open. While this change may read like an exercise in semantics, it entails a radical realignment of the 36 TALAS's capabilities to make sure the fork rides high for quick, controlled recovery during everything from big, square hits to successive, small impacts.
The 36 is practically bottomless with just over six shining inches of glorious travel that the new Open setting takes full advantage of. In the tripartite hierarchy that FOX usually uses for its dampers, Open would take the spot of Descend; however, Fit4 is so radically different from CTD that Open encompasses the range once divided between Descend and Trail. This huge range is further adjustable with the damper's 22 adjustable sub settings. This lets you keep the front end as plush as you like in order to complement the fork's high-riding tendencies, combining better small-bump compliance with more confident tracking across successive impacts and rock gardens. The Medium setting is much firmer than Trail, handling duties ranging from rooty trails to climbing, and the Firm lockout setting returns as the ideal setting for fire road transitions or the final sprint.
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