Congrats on the new fork, did you get the one we talked about the other night? I guess that was almost two weeks ago come to think about it. I am glad that you are happy with it! Marzocchi makes a kick butt fork. They make motorcycle suspensions as well. Typically not the lightest in there peer group they are strong as @#$%!
Doug has a point. As a group there are a lot of very similar bikes. Probably because UBC and AJ's are pretty active with Swamp members. It is not nessecarily a bad thing, but we tend to get tunnelvision on which bikes and parts are good and even which are poor.
If you look at Mtbr you will find that the Fox Talas, and the Rock Shox Reba Race have almost exactly the same rating 2006 or 2007 but note the price difference. I am a strong believer in the old saying " you get what you pay for" but, this is sometimes abused by manufacturers and marketers. The Fox shock absolutely kicks butt, I would ask you seriously could it really be worth 25 to 40 percent more? If the answer is yes, than by all means spend the extra money. Remember that Rock Shox is the same manufacturer as SRAM and Truvativ, and Avid.
The Fox has more eye candy appeal for sure, but you could save some money for the next upgrade.
Just some thoughts, I am biased though, my Reba Race has been perfect for the last 12 months (granted not a whole lot of use the last 11 weeks).