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    Float vs Talas

    I'm building an 08 Spot. Is there any reason why I shouldn't use a Float instead of a Talas? I understand you can turn down the Talas, but aside from that what are the differences?
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    Why do you want to change the travel of the fork ? Myself I'd opt for the Float for the weight savings and serviceability ease.
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    I think many on here would point u to a Pike instead. My have an 08 Talas and it leaks a bit. Plus with a Pike you can do a 20mm front end which had it's advantages (this assumes you haven't got your wheels yet.)

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    If you don't want to change the travel on your fork for climbing, then get the Float. There is a lot less to go wrong and be serviced with the Float. If you want 20mm Fox now offers the Foat in a 15mm that will be very close in stiffness to a 20mm. Personally I prefer the ride quality of the Fox 32mm forks over the Rock Shox, but Rock Shox has come a long way over the last few years.
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    Try demoing a spot and climbing at full length before you decide. At least for me, travel adjust makes long or steep climbs more fun. Especially if you end up running a shorter stem to make the descents more fun.
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    I have an 06 RFX and run a TALAS 36 on it with a +7mm Ventana Crown Race. I never use the lower travel settings. I tried this past weekend to put it in 130 at a bike park, but I liked the 160 better.

    That said, I'd get the FLoat.

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    I have both (but only one at the time!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Flagg
    Is there any reason why I shouldn't use a Float instead of a Talas?
    That reason would be if you do long climbs - the 120 and 100 mm option on the Talas is nice. On really steep climbs the 100mm is a must. If you don't do that kind of climbing - "140mm-ONLY" is sufficient. With either choice get the RLC

    This summer I did a 400km trip through the alps with 14 vertical kilometers of climbing. I'm glad I brought the Talas for that trip

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    I ran a Manitou Nixon IT and a 36 Talus on my 6 Pack( at different times obviously ) a few years back and one of the first rides I did on the bike was a local trail known as the Dome. Lowering the fork gave me the sensation that the swingarm grew in length making the bike feel heavier and more sluggish. What I wound up doing is just lowering my upper body a tick more and could climb anything that I could/can on my Flux or Spot. I love long steep nasty, in your face climbs and I think technique is a bigger factor than an adjustable travel fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Flagg
    I'm building an 08 Spot. Is there any reason why I shouldn't use a Float instead of a Talas? I understand you can turn down the Talas, but aside from that what are the differences?
    TIA
    I have a 2007 36 Float RLC on my 06 RFX. I haven't missed a travel adjust one bit. On super long steep climbs it might be nice but I haven't ran into anything that made me wish I had a travel adjust. On a side note make sure you get a "quick release" thru axle. I have the 5 bolt and it makes changing a flat on the trail a pain.
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    The TALAS is a crutch that helps on the super steep climbs. I use it on a handful of really steep climbs. Otherwise, I leave it 140 mm. Could I live w/o it? Of course, but I opted to get it anyways. So far, I am not sorry I did. If the TALAS gives me headaches, maybe I'll wish I didn't get it but so far, I like it.

    One thing though, it took much longer for the fork to break in and become buttery smooth on the small stuff vs. a Fox F100R. After break-in, I'd say its nearly as smooth, maybe even.

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