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X-Fusion Velvet RL2 DLA Suspension Fork

Average User Rating: (Good)
X-Fusion Velvet RL2 DLA Suspension Fork MY13velvet_RL_b_DLA
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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“Excellent on the trail, but have long term durability concerns”

The Good: Syntace X-15 axle, plush, light, taper option

The Bad: Long term durability fears

Overall Review:

Clever to do your R&D on another company's dime, but this is what X-Fusion have done, as they are according to my sources the Taiwanese manufacturers behind some of Fox's product range.

I'm on my second fork as the first one got locked down probably due to a busted negative air chamber, died on the first ride. It was replaced on warranty but took a frustratingly long time to arrive.

This fork performs flawlessly on the trail, but my experience suggests that some riders would be better off without the travel adjust feature. Also I think being bigger at 200lbs (90kg) I'm more suited to the much tougher market offerings of Manitou and Marzocchi, although these companies didn't have any suitable forks in the 140-150mm travel, 15mm axle and tapered HT option, if this thing breaks out of warranty I'll go with a slightly heavier longer lasting Marzocchi fork if they can get some modern trail bike configurations on the market in the next few years.

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Travel 140-110mm
Spring Type Air
Damping RL2 Cartridge Damper
External Adjustments Travel Adjust, Rebound, Lockout, Air
Crown 1 1/8, Tapered
Axle X-15 or 9mm
Brake Mounts Post Mount 160mm
Steer Tube Diameter
Steer Tube Construction Aluminum
Stanchion Diameter 32mm
Colors Black, White
Weight

4 lb 0 oz (1.8 kg)

Miscellaneous
Price $579.99
More Info X-Fusion website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry