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    XFusion tops fork test list

    I always take these tests with a grain of salt mostly because they're very subjective bit its some sort of reference.


    X-Fusion Tops Competition in First Fork Test of 2013


    MBUK TEST WINNERS


    Best Overall: 2013 Vengeance HLR 160mm
    Best Value: 2013 Velvet RL2 140mm
    Most Wanted: BOS Deville


    TEST RANKINGS


    4 1/2 Stars
    X-Fusion Vengeance HLR
    X-Fusion Velvet RL2
    BOS Deville


    4 Stars
    Fox 36 Float RC2 FIT
    Rockshox Revelation RCT3
    Rockshox Lyric RC2 DH
    Marzocchi 55 Micro TA
    Rockshox Sektor RL 150


    3 1/2 Stars
    Magura TS8R 150
    Fox 32 Float CTD TA
    Fox 34 Float CTD TA 150
    Rockshox Domain RC
    SR Suntour RC2 TA


    3 Stars
    White Brothers Loop


    2 1/2 Stars
    Society Libertine


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    Glad I installed one on my HD last night =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomaly View Post
    Glad I installed one on my HD last night =)
    Vengence, 2013 air?

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    I have a Vengance, RC2DH and 36 in my garage right now. Plan on doing a little shootout of my own. I can tell you right now that the Fox and the Rockshox are not even in the same league. The RC2DH is a much nicer fork than the 36 in my opinion.

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    Hey SP is your Vengeance coil or air?

    Will look forward to your review

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    meh looks biased. Mention of some special new superior lube making better "small bump compliancy" is enough to make me t-can that review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    meh looks biased. Mention of some special new superior lube making better "small bump compliancy" is enough to make me t-can that review.
    Out of interest what are you running front? and rear? Yody.

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    I'm actually on the lookout for a Vengeance HLR for my HD. Anyone here have experience with the DLA model? Is the damper in it the same as the HLR? I can't find much in the way of reviews on the DLA and am wondering whether the travel adjust is worth it or if it's just an extra 1/3lb of stiction and reliability issues like the TALAS...
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    Just ordered a Vengeance HLR air for my HD to replace the 2012 Lyrik RC2DH coil, and a Vector HLR air to replace the Vector RC coil.
    Can't wait to see what the differences are, and lose 1.5lbs off the bike.
    Those who know, ride a Mojo AND a Mojo HD.
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    Ok, whatever, cold water on my bike boner right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Hey SP is your Vengeance coil or air?

    Will look forward to your review
    It is a coil. The comparison won't be direct since my other two forks are air, but should still be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Out of interest what are you running front? and rear? Yody.
    36 fox float kashima rlc fork
    Rockshox monarch plus shock

    The xfusion stuff ia good. That article isnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    36 fox float kashima rlc fork
    Rockshox monarch plus shock

    The xfusion stuff ia good. That article isnt
    Sweet, I agree those tests never are good though, its just a ref for what its worth, cost is a major factor in they're results.

    Its not very comprehensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    36 fox float kashima rlc fork
    Rockshox monarch plus shock

    The xfusion stuff ia good. That article isnt
    I just bought a monarch plus tuned from Suspension Experts today, hope to get it next week. Very curious on how it reacts.
    I will be getting the new Vengeance when it comes out with the one piece crown. The CTD is very ordinary.

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    Don't form an opinion until you have about 10 hours of ride time on it. I would run it wide open on every setting when you first install it and then slowly dial it in/slow it down from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Don't form an opinion until you have about 10 hours of ride time on it. I would run it wide open on every setting when you first install it and then slowly dial it in/slow it down from there.
    Cool, thanks for the info. I will do just that

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    there's initial impressions, then there's real world long term durability / customer support.
    I like what x-fusion is doing and eager to try their new slant...but I'm a died in the wool fox fan based on long term durability and support, as well as initial performance. RS?...once bitten, twice shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Vengence, 2013 air?
    Yup. First ride today, it is rad. It is the fork the bike should have come with, without a doubt.

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    I'll have a real review of the Vengeance and Vector Air HLR by late next week. I'm super excited by both after tooling around today, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomaly View Post
    I'll have a real review of the Vengeance and Vector Air HLR by late next week. I'm super excited by both after tooling around today, though.
    Awesome dude, post some piccs too, are they similary color coded/decals etc like Manu's?


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    I have a 2013 fork and a 2012 shock as the 2013 shocks haven't reached the US yet, and they will be going up in price. The color coding is not stock. I'll post some pictures of the bike tomorrow.

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    Tried ordering a Vengeance HLR, will be waiting until some time in late April to get one.
    All this good press is pushing their product out the door before it gets in.

    I will be waiting patiently...
    Those who know, ride a Mojo AND a Mojo HD.
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    Ok, whatever, cold water on my bike boner right there.

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    how in the ffff do you read the article with the new layout of mtbr... opening image in new tab doesn't even help
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    Seems that finding a 2012 leftover Vengeance HLR is a tall order, and the 2013's are trickling into distributors very slowly. I have a line on both a coil and air-sprung HLR, both are new but the coil would cost me $100 less than the air. I've only ever ridden air forks but i'm considering the coil version given that the weight difference is only 0.2lbs (according to X-Fusion's website). I'm 210lbs ready to ride and typically ride technical rocky north-east xc trails (max 5-6' drops to tranny) with a few bike park days a year. Is there a particular reason I should stay away from coil?

    ***update - X-Fusion's website has conflicting weights for the HLR Air - is it 5.3lbs or 2254g (4.96lbs)? if it's the latter then we're talking about a 1/2lb difference between the coil & air versions, not the <1/4lb I thought earlier...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBMX View Post
    how in the ffff do you read the article with the new layout of mtbr... opening image in new tab doesn't even help
    Have Xray vision

    Could buy the mag?

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