Fox 34 Talas 29 CTD 110-140mm & Fox 34 Float 29 CTD 140mm OWNERS
I'm intersted in the 2014 Specialized Enduro 29er that has two fork options:
1. the new Fox 34 Float 29 CTD 150mm
2. the new Fox 34 Talas 29 CTD 120-150mm
My current ride is a Trek Rumblefish, 120mm fork, no TALAS, no CTD
My first (and favourite) choice is the Float, but I have a couple of questions for TALAS 110-140mm and Float 140 owners.
I hope the answers would help me figure out whether I need the TALAS 120-150mm or maybe I can go with my favourite choice and get the Float 150, since I really HATE dealing with the fork features during my rides.
So, here's my questions:
1. Do you use the TALAS all the time? dropping it to a 110mm on every steep climb and opening it to full 140mm travel on the downhills?
2. Is it possible to climb steep climbs relatively well with the Float 140 or the TALAS opened to it's 140mm travel? Does anyone put the TALAS on the 140mm mode and just leaves it there?
3. Do you use the CTD feature all the time during tour rides? turning it to descent mode before you go downhill? turning to climb mode before you go uphill? is it possible to leave the CTD on one mode and still go downhill, uphill and flat terrain quite good?
I climb just fine with my Fox 34 Float 140mm. Had a 34 Talas before and used it once, only reason for buying was the black lowers. I doubt 10mm will make or break your climbing abilities. I would venture the Float route, can't comment on CTD but from what I read, I don't like it. My current Float 34 is a mix of both 2012 and 2013 that I recently received from Fox's warranty department, FIT RLC damper with the new updated Float air spring, can't wait to try it out in a few weeks.
Your question is moot. The Talas 34 120/150 is OEM ONLY. I talked directly with Fox. I checked availability since I think that fork would be perfect on a Spider 29Comp.
Is it OEM only just for now?
What about Fox 2014 forks lineup? Any chance to see it then (or maybe at Sea Otter next month)?
I'm late to this conversation but I'll add to it for others who are finding this thread with a search.
My wife and I are on 2014 Yeti SB95's with the Fox 34 Float 29 CTD 140mm fork. We are older non-egressive riders and mostly ride the Santa Cruz Mountains, Downieville Downhill, Tahoe, and Moab including the famous advanced trails there.
We usually leave the CTD set to trail mode and have no issues with long climbs. We aren't seeing an advantage for the climb mode for our style riding. We're not sure if we like descend or trail mode for the rocks in Moab. We spend 2 weeks a year in Moab so we'll experiment more.
I'm coming off a 10 year old stiff Cannondale lefty with 110mm and I'll never go back even for some of the 3 mile climbs we have in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Hope this helps.
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