One feature that we've always loved about the forks preceding FOX Racing Shox's 34 TALAS 27. 5 140 3Pos Adj Fit4 Fork is the ability to adjust the amount of travel by up to 30mm with the flick of the TALAS switch. TALAS lets you toggle between a slammed front end on climbs and slacked out rake for plush tracking on terrain and enduro descents. One new feature that we've quickly grown to love about the 2016 generation is the updated Fit4 damping system, which replaces previous TALAS models' CTD. Instead of the Climb, Trail, and Descend settings of CTD, the new 3 position Fit4 system operates with the more descriptive Firm, Medium, and Open settings. While this change may read like an exercise in semantics, it entails a radical realignment of the 34 TALAS's capabilities to make sure the fork rides high for quick, controlled recovery during everything from big, square hits to successive, small impacts. The most welcome change is that Fit4 migrates the adjustable sub settings from CTD's median Trail mode to the new Open setting. Open encompasses the range once divided between Descend and Trail in order to take full advantage of the fork's tendency to ride high, combining better small bump compliance with more confident tracking across successive impacts and rough terrain. The Medium setting is much firmer now, handling duties ranging from rooty trails to climbing, and the Firm setting is now largely relegated to fast hardpack and fire road transitions.