Sea Otter 2013: Fox 2014

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Fox has just unveiled its new TALAS platform for 2014, along with a Float X rear shock.

The Float X rear shock is a piggyback design for longer travel bikes. It’s designed to handle more oil-flow and the greater suspension movement of longer travel bikes. There’s a new CTD control (Climb, Trail, Descend – Fox’ simple to use compression adjustment for going up, along and downhill). The rebound knob is recessed to keep it out of the way, but it can be moved with pointy fingertips or, more likely an Allen key. Fox maintains that most riders just set it up once and leave it be anyway.

As seen on the new 150mm Bronson. The kind of bike Fox reckons will suit the Float-X

Moving to the front of the bike, Fox has revamped its travel-adjust fork platform, the TALAS. Previously, TALAS forks got a bit of a hard time compared to its Float forks as it didn’t perform as well. This should change now as there’s a full Float-style damper in there, with the TALAS operating independently over the top of it, moving oil from one chamber to another to lower or raise the fork. There is a CTD compression tune and the fork has been tweaked to be more supportive in its stroke, with a firmer feel as requested by many riders and a progressive air spring curve. here are fewer seals now and the fork should feel a lot more like Fox’ Float forks. This will be a change for all 2014 TALAS forks. Needless to say, the forks will come in 27.5in as well as the other two sizes.

The new TALAS is coming, with Float-like performance, from early June.

Talking of 27.5in forks. The new wheel size will be catered for with Fox’ 32 and 34 platforms (though not the 36 yet). A version of the 40, too, has been tested. We’ll look forward to see what people are running at the first World Cup in June.

The RRP for the new Float X shock will be £515, the new TALAS comes in all the chassis platforms so the prices will have a wide range from £810 for the 32 140 to £1030 for the 36 180 TALAS. UK importers, is hoping to have 2014 stock by the first week of June.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    £515 lol what’s wrong with a monarch plus or better still, a ccdb air.

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