X-Fusion Vengeance HLR suspension fork£669.00

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BikeRadar score4.5/5

Tweaks for 2012 mean the latest X-Fusion Vengeance is right up among the top performing long-travel air forks but at a much lower price. New for this year is a Syntace X-20 screw-through axle, a lower ride height and 10mm more travel (170mm). 

A larger air spring gives a more linear rate which means you’re far more likely to get that full travel too. Once ride time is into double figures it’s smoother off the top than before as well. Overall control on the top HLR model is now close enough to a RockShox Lyrik or Fox 36 as to be indistinguishable most of the time. 

Pricing is much more affordable though, starting with the basic rebound adjustable, coil sprung version at £499. The RC offers adjustable low-speed compression and rebound, while the HLR tested here adds adjustable high-speed compression damping. Travel can be adjusted internally to 160, 130 or 100mm, and there’s an externally travel adjustable (140-170mm) DLA version for £25 more. 

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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