(Redefining Ride Dynamics) recently hosted a trail ride sampling of their 2014 TALAS Fork and Float X shock, both aimed at the unique needs of long-travel trailbikes. In a nutshell, Fox has gone back to the drawing board and not only reworked the feel of the components, but totally redesigned their one-year-old remote lever design.
2014 TALAS Fork
The internal changes to the new TALAS Fork include an increased compression ratio of air spring for the 34 fork series, increased compression damping of the CTD (Climb, Trail Descend) system across the board for a firm compression rate on all models. The CTD gets tuning changes at all levels to give better control in Descend mode (by holding the fork up higher in its travel), an all-around tune in the middle Trail mode and the climb mode uses firm tune for less movement.
The large spoon-shaped remote lever introduced last year is pitched in favor of a far more compact and ergonomically-shaped thump lever and the system reduces clutter with a dual remote that utilizes a single cable with splitter.
Complete redesign offers ride performance and flexible travel settings for long-travel trailbikes
Updated air spring
Matches MY14 FLOAT shock's damping characteristics
More supportive in both long and short travel settings
Reduced seal friction
New travel adjust system
Performance claimed to more closely match the coil spring in first 2/3 of travel
Ramps at end for bottom out support
Short travel mode is rideable in wider variety of condition
Redesigned the TALAS system using an air spring design similar to 2014 FLOAT
Uses fewer seals than previous design.
Added inline hydraulic TALAS travel adjust system
Spacers offer ability to adjust total travel
Clip-on travel range spacer can adjust travel in 5-millimeter increments
Spacers can be installed easily within minutes
The new remote CTD lever.
Fox says the new MY14 Float X will replace their DHX Air shock. The claimed weight of just under 13 ounces is plenty light enough for the aggressive trail rider, so the biggest limiting factor of the new shock will be clearance issues for many trailbike designs that do not offer the space required to run a reservoir.
New all-mountain shock for aggressive trail riding
First CTD all-mountain shock
Improved all-mountain shock evolved from and replaces DHX Air
Reservoir design offers better performance over inline FLOAT shock for more aggressive trail riding
Optimized for 5.5- to 7-inch travel bikes
More on-the-fly adjustments vs DHX Air for optimal ride quality
CTD with Trail Adjust available on FLOAT X
Compatible with CTD remote
Sizes: 7.5x2.0, 7.875x2.0, 7.875x2.25, 8.5x2.5, 8.75x2.5, 9.5x3.0
CTD Trail Adjust Ano and Kashima
CTD cable remote option available
Sean McCoy sampled the new components at a gathering in Oregon. We know riders want our opinion, like right now, but one ride on perfectly groomed trails is just not adequate for a review. Will plan to get the components on a test sled and put some serious hours on them. You can get more information from Fox directly by clicking here.