The major breakthroughs for 2010 that Fox was going to focus on were with 32mm fork lineup and the rear shock program. The forks are still called the F series but every fork got a serious makeover. With FIT technology now being integrated into every fork, Fox has once again raised the bar with performance. Weight was a huge improvement as well with these forks; most 32mm forks dropped a significant amount. For instance: the F100RLC is now under 3.19 lbs. Fox always puts performance first, but this year they want to have the lightest and best performing forks on the market. As for the rear shocks, Boost Valve technology is going to be included in all high-end offerings. Boost Valve Technology was developed and refined on the World Cup DH circuit last year. This same technology is now going to help make your riding more efficient and enjoyable on any trail.
The Flagship XC Fork drops weight and competitors
In 2009 Fox presented the completely redesigned 32 F-Series chassis improvements including the revolutionary new 15QR system, new crowns, steerers and lower legs which improved suspension performance and rider confidence.
FIT (FOX Isolated Technology) dampers are brought into the 32 line up of forks. The FIT RLC dampers bring FOX damping control to a whole new level. The FIT damper uses a unique bladder design, which provides the lowest possible friction for a sealed damper, reduces fluid aeration for enhanced suspension consistency, and reduces unsprung weight for faster wheel response and increased steering precision. The ergonomic, handlebar-mounted remote lockout is now available in both left and right hand versions, offering riders flawless transitions between open and lockout damping modes. Now available with an optional 1.5˝–1 1/8˝ taper steerer for added stiffness, the F-Series forks also boast a reduction in both weight and friction throughout the fork, resulting in better small bump sensitivity and increased front wheel traction.
The harder you push the damper the more confidence it inspires. FIT dampers will be found in 32 F series, Float, TALAS, and Vanilla forks for 2010.
All Fox forks receive new tunes to their air spring curves for better utilization of travel. The TALAS forks receive a larger and more ergonomically friendly travel adjust lever.
My bike was spec’d with a 32 TALAS 150. Here are my findings for the new TALAS:
I want to emphasize that Fox has made HUGE improvements in the following areas for this fork:
1) Small bump compliance in the initial 25% of travel. This has much to do with the improved beginning stroke (low speed) compression.
2) Sensitivity of the adjustment knobs. Each adjustment not only works but you can tell the difference with minor adjustments.