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    Is the X-Fusion Slant a 650b fork?

    Is the Slant 650b-compatible? X-Fusion's website seems to say not. Sure it could work, but it must mean something that X-Fusion's website says the Vengeance (36 mm stanchions) is 650b and the Velvet (32 mm) can be converted but the Slant (34 mm) is only listed for 26", right?

    I realize X-Fusion was saying at Interbike and Sea Otter that the Slant would be a 650b fork.

    So did something change? Is the website wrong? Seems like a great 650b fork option if it's compatible (and ever available).

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    I believe the slant available now is 26" and there is a 650b version coming sometime by mid summer... but I can't recall where I read that so I have zero evidence.

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    Is the X-Fusion Slant a 650b fork?

    That would be odd. I expect the slant to be 26 and 650b

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    They are probably now making dedicated 650B offerings with greater offsets to preserve steering geometry. The new dual-crown fork was announced to be offered with different crowns and the same lowers to be 26 / 650B compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironxcross View Post
    I believe the slant available now is 26" and there is a 650b version coming sometime by mid summer... but I can't recall where I read that so I have zero evidence.
    This is correct. There will be the 26 version and a 650B version and god knows when either will be available at this point. 26 was supposed to be by now and the "B" version yeah, about mid year. By that time maybe we'll see the new RS 650 Lyric. At this point no one knows if the 26 Slant will fit 650B but even if it does the offset is not optimized for the "B" wheels.

    X-Fusion is terrible about updating their web site with current info. There will also be a short travel Slant available at some point that will max out at 120 or 130mm of travel (I forget now). Shorter stanchions to save a bit of weight.
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    The Slant is available locally. Same price as the 2013 Marz 55CR.They only spec it as 26"and tapered only.Don't know what the offset is.I think the velvet was a compromise 42mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    At this point no one knows if the 26 Slant will fit 650B but even if it does the offset is not optimized for the "B" wheels.
    I take it the Vengeance has the same offset whether it's running 650b or 26. I don't know whether its offset is considered ideal for 650b use.

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    This is the response I got when I asked X-Fusion in early January:

    Unfortunately our 650b Slant will not become available until mid year of 2013. If you want another option our Vengeance Air can be reduced to 150mm and is 650b ready out of the box.

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    Thanks for the helpful responses.

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    I've been told directly by X-Fusion that the Slant is not 650b compatible, but they have a 34mm offering in the works with 160mm travel. Further, the Velvet's offset is 41mm, while the Slant's is 39mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight View Post
    They are probably now making dedicated 650B offerings with greater offsets to preserve steering geometry ...
    In the latest german Mountainbike-Rider-Magazine is an Interview with two RockShox-Guys, just bevor a Test of 4 650B-Bikes. They told the Offset for 650B is 42 mm instead of 40 mm for 26. So please donīt expect much difference ...

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    any update on availability? QBP says end of may. QBP also lists min. rotor size as 203 and states that it is definitely not 650b compatible. (was until sea otter). if minimum truly is an 8" rotor, then i need to order another rotor- and I am severely over-braked (4 piston calipers for a trail bike- figured would be good on a 7" rotor).

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    New X-Fusion Sweep 27.5" fork

    Slant is for 26" wheels and the new Sweep is for 27.5" wheels. Availability in June......but don't hold your breath judging by the Slant.

    No A/C measurement given which pisses me off but at least you get the offset of 46mm. Can't find either of those #'s for the new Rock Shox Pike.

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    Ya Id love to know the A to C on the 160mm Sweep. It would be perfect on my 650b Yelli Screamy. Im running a 140mm 29er fork (550 a/c) on it now but Id love to have the 34mm stanchions and longer travel. The Vengeance at 150mm should be 555 a/c but would be overkill on my build
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    Ok I brought the 2013 slant 160 travel but it has 10mm extra that does nothing .when I ask the shop I brought them from here's the email I got back ....Hi Scott,

    The extra clearance for 650b was supposed to be achieved by fitting a travel limiting shim. This was supposed to leave the fork at 160mm length while achieving 150mm of travel. However there is not enough clearance for 650b which is why X-Fusion are producing a dedicated fork for this wheel size. There is no means of lowering the forks axle to crown and leaving the fork at 160mm of travel. Hope that answers your questions.
    DOES THIS MEAN THIS WAS X FUSIONS ATEMPT A A 650/26 but faild and now selling them as 26 only . I'm not happy with 10mm more that does nothing but make your head angle slacker . I don't understand this at all . Any help ?

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    No, I think it's just a regular 26" 160mm fork like a Fox 160mm 26" fork (the Fox 26" A/C height is 537.9mm @ 160mm). X-Fusion lists the Slant at 545mm @ 170 travel so at 160 travel it should be 535mm and actually less than the Fox. You should be fine but check it for kicks and giggles.

    They must have felt even with a 10mm spacer inside to reduce the travel to 150mm with 650B wheels the tire would hit the bottom of the crown or come to close for their lawyers to approve it. I would be very curious to see how close is close with a 650B wheel.

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    Ya Id love to know the A to C on the 160mm Sweep
    Sweep is 541 or 542 @ 150mm travel (I forget which X-Fusion told me) so add 10mm for the 160 setting

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    Ok thanks its making sense now . Not rode the fork yet but looks wise they look really nice they fit really well on my new mega AM . Looking forward to ridding them. Ow you get lots and lots of adjustment rebound and lock out is solid . Not so happy with a 200mm rotor as standard but it makes a nice clean look with brake fitted . The 15mm axal is easy to use .do it up and if you don't like where the release comes to undo the L key and move to where you like it . Ģ380 and I'm pleased with that price and the look .

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    Ok, I had another look on the X-Fusion site and as usual it's unclear on the A/C heights.

    The Slant comes in 3 versions (there was supposed to be another short travel version as well but it's not listed but mentioned in the specs of one of the forks ). 2 of those versions the A/C height is listed @ 545 for 160mm travel. The 3rd fork is listed at 545 for 170mm travel

    So I have no idea really and you'll have to measure your fork to see how it compares to the Fox or other 26" 160mm travel fork

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    Yes confused me toooooo. Do you know the A/C L on a fox 160 so I can compare ?? Also how do a measure the AC is it from the flat top of the crown where the headset race gos to the bottom of the axal ?? Or middle of axal ? Cheers

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    Measured them and I get 553mm A/C how can this be on a 160mm travel fork rahhhh . I've measured the stanchans and they are 10mm over the 160mm travel so that's why they are so long . So they are 160 travel but what's the point in them being longer mmm ?? This is messing up my head angle . And plus the longer a fork the more force it is to the steering tube in the crown

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    I listed the Fox in a post above...it's 537.9mm @160mm travel. This is a 34mm 26" fork

    Center of axle to to the flat the race sits on (like you said)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2013megaAM View Post
    Measured them and I get 553mm A/C how can this be on a 160mm travel fork rahhhh . I've measured the stanchans and they are 10mm over the 160mm travel so that's why they are so long . So they are 160 travel but what's the point in them being longer mmm ?? This is messing up my head angle . And plus the longer a fork the more force it is to the steering tube in the crown
    Let ALL the air out of the fork and slam it down. Maybe it's set for 170mm travel (if this fork even does that which I don't think it does). IIRC I questioned X-Fusion sometime back about the 170mm # on their site and they said it was a mistake and would be corrected. That was many months ago. Anyway, measure the travel you get with no air for starters.

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    Thanks . I've now measured them the correct way and they are 545mm . So almost 7mm longer than the fox . It's not much but it can change things . I had the vengeance fork 160 fork before and I found the steering was very twitchy as they are longer . I hope these are not the same

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    As an FYI Fox does typically have about the shortest A/C heights for a given travel of just about any manufacturer. I'll bet the X-Fusion will be close to RS, Marzocchi, and others.

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