I'd like to know if there is another shock i can replace the original with? Other than another Talas?
Any reason you can't have the Talas serviced? I believe the eye-to-eye at full extension was 210mm and the stroke was 63mm (8 1/4" x 2.5"). You could probably run a 200mm x 57mm, it would be similar to the middle setting on the Talas.
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