The Good: This is an excellent example of how a proper coil shock should perform. With the high and low speed compression and rebound adjustments, coupled with the air bottom out, the ability to dial this shock in is practically limitless.
The Bad: None other than it is heavier than an air shock, but show me a good coil sprung shock that isn't. Not a breaking point for me at all.
I am beyond stoked with this shock! I was running a Fox RP23 w/ Pro Pedal on my XL ibis Mojo HD (running at 160mm), and could never find the sweet spot with this shock. Keep in mind that I am 6'4" and tip the scale at 235.lbs fully geared up, so with the Fox it was either too soft (supple on the tiniest of ripples, yet blowing through the stroke on the big stuff), or far too firm (handled big hits without bottoming, but pummeled my kidneys like I was tapping 5th gear on washboards on the small stuff). The X-Fusion Vector Coil HLR, in my personal opinion, is easily the very best match for the Mojo HD platform. Climbing is excellent with this shock, which may seem somewhat counter intuitive considering it's a coil. I tend to be more of a seated grinder when it comes to climbing, and the Vector Coil sits right up in the travel (w/ between 25%-30% sag), and rolls right up and over any obstacles I encounter. When the need arises for me to stand out of the saddle and hammer, I feel very little pedal induced bobbing whatsoever. In fact what little bit of suspension activity I do feel has the sensation of actually giving me forward propulsion (greatly due to the DW-Link design, but certainly enhanced by the Vector.
Now for the fun bit. Point the Ol' Dirty Bird downhill and this shock really begins to shine! This shock mated up to the Mojo turned me from a line picker that felt the need to scan a mile ahead to look for the smoothest line, into a point and shoot charger. I find myself looking for rougher lines, since this shock handles anything I've thrown at it. X-Fusion's experience with motocross is clear. The Vector Coil feels very much like a well tuned motocross shock (those who know what I mean by this should get their hands on one today). If I were to sum up the Vector coil HLR in a few brief words, it would be that you no longer notice what your suspension is doing back there. This is a good thing! This shock works so well that you don't have to think about it, therefore allowing you to focus on the task at hand, shredding! All this without a "Push" or custom tune. Follow the manufacture recommended settings, and go rip a trail near you!
Did X-Fusion get it right? Hell Yes!