Fox 36 TALAS RC2£689.99

Possibly the best big all-mountain fork around

BikeRadar score4.5/5

This is a great year for Fox, and the travel-adjustable 36 TALAS RC2 may well be the best big all-mountain fork around. Structural changes means the weight is now well below the competition, and it also boasts a quick release screw-through axle.

The three-position TALAS knob toggles 30mm for every eighth of a turn, making on-the-fly travel adjustment super quick – but not as fine tuneable as U-Turn or ATA.

While the stroke is a little more notchy than the fixed travel 36 Float, it’s impressively smooth most of the time and the new damping circuits are great at calming trail chaos.

Whether most riders need the high and low speed tuning of the RC2 is doubtful, but the price is reasonable and reliability is excellent.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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