I did an FOD uplift on my mate’s Bronson last year which had the 2013 34s on and they were very divey. I have the 2014 Talas 34 CTDs on mine and they are greatly improved and very impressive. I have ridden Pikes and while I feel they have better small bump compliance, the difference doesn’t justify the change. I think you can get the 2014 damper fitted for £50 which is a must – I am sure you’ll be very happy with the improvement.
Maybe it’s me but if they’ve supplied something “unfit for purpose” ie prone to diving and blowing through its travel and no difference between C T + D, the surely should be fixed fer nowt.
I sent Avid/SRAM whoever an email saying the same about my 2012 elixir 5 brakes….quoting magazine criticism and my LBS statements for bleeding (lots) and I got an apology and a brand new set of Avid 9s….worth a go