One feature that we've always loved about the FOX Racing Shox forks preceding the 34 TALAS 27. 5 140 3Pos Adj Fit4 Fork with a 51mm Rake 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 head tube angle for plush tracking on terrain and enduro descents. Two new features that we've quickly grown to love about this new model are the increased handling, courtesy of the extra rake, and the updated Fit4 damping system, which replaces previous TALAS models' CTD. A fork with 51mm of rake decreases the bike's trail, which results in less dead space between the steering axis and the hub. The design is an attempt to offset the floppy, low speed steering issues that arise from the longer trails produced by taller wheels and slack geometries, so handling stays 26er sharp at all speeds, whether climbing, ripping, or navigating switchbacks and tricky terrain. 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.