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    X-fusion Velvet on a Race-type bike?

    Anyone here using an X-fusion Velvet on a race-type bike?
    Either a hardtail or short travel FS?
    Can you compare it to any other forks?
    Is it genuinely a good fork or just the only game in town for a 650b race fork?
    Is axle to crown such where if I had a hardtail frame made, the frame would work with anything that comes out in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsie_cat View Post
    Anyone here using an X-fusion Velvet on a race-type bike?
    Either a hardtail or short travel FS?
    Can you compare it to any other forks?
    Is it genuinely a good fork or just the only game in town for a 650b race fork?
    Is axle to crown such where if I had a hardtail frame made, the frame would work with anything that comes out in the future?
    It's genuinely a good fork. I'd put it up against the Fox Float any day. I race it on my SS hardtail with the 9mm qr front and it performs very well. That being said, I did buy it cause it was affordable and I couldn't find a Manitou Minute in my price range at the time. It will be replaced as soon as Manitou releases the Marvel 650b (provided its a straight 1.125" steerer)

    I don't understand your last question... But, I'll take a stab. If you have a frame custom built, I'd be sure to make it a tapered headtube. Fewer forks will be straight 1.125" in the future, I believe. Also, I'd design the geometry to be compatible with a 100mm fork or 490-500mm a-c for 650b.
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    Genuinely good fork...lighter than fox, just as stiff, great quality of travel. Only shortcoming is that it does not have quite as adjustable a damper as the last generation RLC from fox (blow off threshold, high and low speed compression) but that could be a good thing since most people don't know how to set their forks up properly anyway (which is why fox switched to the CTD.....dumbing it down for the masses). I should add that X-fusion forks are ALL metal...no plastic bits to get buggered up.
    Looking for/WTB : Grove Innovations Assault Fork, Grove Innovation Hammerhead Stem or Hothead Bar Stem

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