The XRC 100 weighs just 1,286g. A lot of the weight loss, and cost, comes from its single-piece carbon lower legs with hollow, rear-facing brace. Magnesium dropouts are plugged onto the bottom with neatly sculpted direct-fit brake mounts.
Despite its skinny 28.6mm stanchions and hollow magnesium crown, the XRC tracks and brakes okay; certainly better than the carbon-topped World Championship version we’ve tested previously. The Twin Shot damping gives a tight top-end feel, with an optional remote compression lockout lever for sprinters and bob haters.
It’s smooth over big stuff, but dives fast and kicks back if you’re not accurate with the independently adjustable rebound and compression settings. The high price doesn’t include a shock pump, which seems tight. Reliability of most DT Swiss forks we’ve tested has been excellent, with no sign of wear in a year of hard use on our XMMs.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.