When it comes to suspension, few companies bring as much expertise to the table as Fox Racing. Their R&D crosses into more activities than any other mountain bike suspension manufacturer on the market today. Motocross, baja racing, street bikes, race cars… check, check, check and check. Yes, tons of experience, but all I care about is how their designs perform in my racetrack–Utah singletrack trails.

I’ve had the privilege of flogging the new 2010 Fox 32 TALAS RLC fork for a couple of months now on my Ibis Mojo–and what a perfect combination. With a slew of changes for 2010, is Fox’s world-domination solidified with this new offering, or is there room for Rockshox, Marzocchi, Manitou or others to slip in to give them run for their money?

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 Fork Review

About the 2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 RLC

As the top-of-the-line 32mm fork offering, the TALAS leaves nothing on the table. Adjustable travel (150/130/110), air pre-load, rebound, lockout and lockout threshold all wrapped in the all-new and much-anticipated FIT dampening system… anything else? Oh yeah, pick your steerer (1-1/8 or Taper) and your axle (9mm QR or 15QR) and you’ve got the makings of your very own “choose your own adventure” book.

Features of the 2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 FIT RLC:

  • New FIT RLC damper
  • 150mm travel (140mm option available)
  • TALAS adjusts from 150 to 130 or 110mm on-the-fly
  • 15QR axle
  • 1-1/8″ standard or tapered steerer tube option
  • Low-speed compression
  • Lockout force adjustment
  • Lockout dial
  • Air spring pre-load compression
  • Rebound force adjustment
  • Weight: A svelte 3.96 lbs (includes axle)
  • MSRP: $960

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 - FIT Damping

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 - Travel Adjustment Knob

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 - Lockout and Low-speed Compression Adjustments

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 RLC Fork Review

The new 2010 32 TALAS arrived a few weeks prior to its intended steed, the Ibis Mojo, and it took all I could muster to keep from hacking the steerer for installation on another bike in the stable, but in the end I was patient and that patience has paid off in droves. I’m drawn back to my first real experience with a quality front fork and that was nearly 10 years ago. The fork was the Marzocchi Z1 and the smoothness of the travel was something to behold. On rare occasions since then have I found its squishy equal, but I think this is one of them.

The beauty of the TALAS design lies in the air spring, which allows for fine tuning to your heart’s content. While coil/oil combos are notoriously smooth, they lack the infinite adjustments of an air sprung fork. And, with the advances in air spring technology, the only time you should consider a coil sprung fork is if you race, huck your meat or like to beat the tar out of your newly-acquired machine.

I’ve tuned the fork for cross-country performance, downhill pleasure and everything inbetween–all via a few short strokes of the included pump. With air pre-load pressures from a low of about 65 to a high of about 85, I was able to try out the fork in a variety of modes. Essentially, you can XC this thing out by putting in 85 psi. and dropping the travel, then reduce the air pressure and increase the travel for a smooth-riding trailbike feel. As to be expected, at higher pressures, high-speed compression is a bit stiff, so small bump compliance suffers, but when a big hit comes, it will blow through most of the available travel. At the lower psi. settings, you get buttery-smooth performance with super-bump-soaking capabilities, but the front end will dive a tad under hard cornering and climbs.

Once you get used to the ride characteristics of both lower and higher pressures, it becomes very comfortable in all conditions. At lower pressures, I utilized the lockout, but at higher pressures, it was really unnecessary.

In the end, for my weight (175 lbs.) and riding style, I settled in on approximately 72 psi. This gave me smooth bump-soaking goodness with enough efficiency so as not to have to utilize the lockout unless it was a long, consistent climb.

At first, I was questioning the location swap of the rebound and lockout force knobs in the right leg. The FIT system swaps those knobs from their locations on 2009 models. With the rebound adjustment at the bottom of the lower-right leg, it became more of a “set and forget” adjustment–mainly because it was out of sight and out of mind. Had it been placed at the top of the leg, I think I would have tweaked it slightly on downhills, but I forgot about it. I realize that Fox engineers have done a fabulous job with the new system, but I really do still wish the rebound setting was on the top.

Are you concerned with having this much travel on long climbs? No worry, dropping the fork down to 130 or 110 mm travel is easy. The TALAS knob is easy to adjust on-the-fly and I found myself switching between 150 and 130 quite often… I only used 110 on a couple of road climbs. The combination of TALAS with infinitely-adjustable lockout threshold yields a super-efficient climber should you elect to utilize all the gizmos available at your disposal. Honestly, under most up-and-down trails, I just left it at 150 or 130 mm and didn’t mess with the lockout settings–only on long, sustained climbs did I feel it necessary.

Another note about the TALAS system. While in lower travel settings, the fork still behaves in a similar fashion as it does at full travel. Compression and overall travel quality is maintained–all in a lower-travel setting with a steeper head angle for faster handling. On cross-country terrain, the 130 setting was ideal and if things got sketchy, I wasn’t worried at all since the ride quality was maintained.

The combination of the 15QR and beefy stanchions, crown, arch and lower legs provides for solid tracking and confidence-inspiring stiffness. Not once did I feel the front end wander or get squirrely.

While the 15QR is an awesome axle system, I sometimes wonder why not go with the full 20mm utilizing the same design. The Rockshox Maxle Lite system competes with the 15QR axle on weight and performance, but it is a more standard diameter. Oh well… I guess since most hub manufacturers offer adapters for 9, 15 or 20 mm axles, it’s not a huge deal. The only rub comes with roof racks, but I haven’t used a fork-mount bike rack in years. However, many consumers still use and like fork-mount racks, so it continues to be a concern worth mentioning.

The new-for-2010 FIT Damping system appears to perform well. I compared the ride of this fork to my 2009 Fox 32 Float and I did notice a slightly smoother ride overall, but since I didn’t do a head-to-head on the same bike, it’s hard to say so definitively. I will say this… the new 2010 fork provides amazing performance in a lightweight and capable package that’s hard to beat–it is the perfect match to my Ibis Mojo.

2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 Fork Review

Good 32 TALAS 150

  • Adjustments galore can fine-tune the performance of this baby
  • Air spring offers infinite compression adjutments
  • Very stiff and stable… tracks well in the hard stuff
  • Buttery-smooth performance on burly, technical terrain
  • Ability to lock things out on long climbs
  • 15QR design is easy to use
  • Sub-4 lbs… yup, this thing is light for the travel you’re getting
  • TALAS system is money… dropping from 150 to 130 is stupid simple

Bad 32 TALAS 150

  • Though I love the 15QR, people will continue to scoff until it becomes even more accepted
  • Dropping pressure to use the full travel results in an inefficient climber, hence the need for the lockout
  • I’d still prefer the rebound setting on top of the crown instead at the bottom of the fork leg

The Bottom Line: 2010 Fox 32 TALAS 150 RLC Fork

Hit the trails and hang on tight because the new Fox 32 TALAS fork is solid and smooth. For 150mm travel, this fork is light and tracks as straight as forks with much more beef. The myriad of adjustments should put this fork at the front of the pack when shopping for a new suspension fork or completing that custom build you’ve been drooling over.

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About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. Jason,

    Nice review. I’m loving mine!

    The TALAS height ajustment is awesome, I use it while I’m riding. It’s that simple.

    There’s almost too many ajustments for me. I like the factory settings on all the ajustments. I only moved the rebound and low speed compression a couple clicks and now the fork is more compliant for my riding style. I need to play with them more. I want to get really use to how they’re set up right now so when i do make changes, i can easily discern the differences. I don’t have a problem with the rebound placement since i haven’t played with it much.

    Where do you have your rebound and low speed compression set at? How many clicks away from negative or positive is what I mean. I know weight, riding terrain and style play a big factor in your preference, but just so i can see where abouts you like your ajustments. The guys at The Bike Co. warned me about near full or fully locking out the lockout threshhold because it will blow out the fork, so beware of that.

    The fork can feel slighty sticky before it’s warmed up, but it’s totally plush after a couple of compressions. After all, it is an air spring. I love how it use’s all of it’s travel! I don’t feel cheated.

    Well, enjoy your mojo and the TALAS. I’m certainly enjoying mine. Actually, i’m totally in love with mine. Obsessed might even be a more fitting word. She’s my dream bike.


  2. Hi Jason, thanks for the review. BTW, your website is great, I bought Iron Horse MKIII for my girlfriend after reading your review and I dont regret it, great bike, thanks.

    Back to topic. I have a question re air spring curve on 2010 Talas. I have 2009 Float 140 mm on my Blur LT2 and I find difficult (impossible) to use full travel. Although I go with SAG almost 30 % I still dont use approximately 15-20 mm of travel even when doing small drops – and I don’t do big drops 🙂 I found a lot of posts all over the Internet about same issue for lighter riders (I am 160 lbs).

    So my question is: Are you able to use full travel? Fox claims that they have made air spring more linear for 2010. I found that Push offers rebuild of Fox forks with high volume chamber to be able to use full travel but they ask $260 which I consider quite expensive. If I manage to sell my current fork I guess it won’t take more than $250 in addition to buy 2010 Fox Float, i.e. same money as for Push but I can also enjoy additional stiffness with 15QR and 150 mm of travel (which I feel would be slightly better for Blur LT2).

    Thanks for reply and have a great ride on Mojo, awesome bike!

  3. @Jiri

    I have heard the same complaints from folks apparently not getting the full travel from their 09 forks. I rode the 2009 32 FLOAT and felt like I could get the full amount of travel out of it, but I didn’t measure it to know for sure.

    The 2010 model is definitely more plush and smooth and it is possible to get the full travel out of it.

    Thanks for the props! I appreciate your readership!

  4. Jiri,

    My friend has a Fox float 120 RL that came stock on his 08’Stumpjumper, and it also does not get full travel. I’ve also read about a lot of other riders complaining about this issue.

    My 2010 TALAS uses all of it’s travel and is very plush. I highly recommend the 2010 Fox TALAS, but I don’t have any experience with the float. As long as you buy the 2010 float with the FIT damper, I would assume it has the same plushness and use of full travel as the 2010 TALAS which only comes with the FIT DAMPER. good luck!


  5. Jason,

    i just started to fiddle with my TALAS and am not able to get a consistent sag measurement. The Fox manual says for for 145-155lbs. to use 60 psi. I put 60 psi from the day i bought the mojo and haven’t touched it since. I did notice the sag wasn’t close to the 38mm sag that Fox recommended for all mountain plushness, but didn’t have a shock pump to adjust it until today. I was going from 20 psi to 55 psi, back and forth. I would get a near approximate measurement the first time for each adjustment, then i would get a way off measurement the second time i sat on the bike?! An hour later, i still wasn’t able to get a consistent sag measurement. it’s seems like the top of the compression curve is very sticky. Maybe my TALAS needs to be broken in before it’s smooth at the top of the compression, but the rest of the the travel is very smooth and buttery.

    Have you experienced this at all? Keep up the good work!


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