X-Fusion Vector Air HLR rear shock review£409.99

Enduro and downhill suspension unit

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Designed with heavy enduro and downhill use in mind, the Vector Air HLR shock has the same features and damping of the coil-sprung Vector HLR, but is much lighter. Our test shock (240x76mm) weighed 490g.

Thanks to the air chamber’s relatively low volume we found it worked best on linear rate suspension designs, due to the natural progression the air can offers. Although it feels amazingly plush and supple initially, later in the stroke things become more progressive as the last part of the travel is used.

The high- and low-speed compression adjusters are well positioned. However, the rebound adjuster can be tricky to access in some frames, because it’s so closely tucked between the end of the air can and eyelet. 

The hydraulic top-out prevention, built into the shock, drastically slows the final 5mm of extension during the rebound stroke, but is unaffected by the rebound adjustment. It’s a nice touch, but it affects a tiny bit too much of the stroke, although was only really noticeable when hitting jumps or hopping obstacles. It’s easy to get used to, though. 

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

Freelance Writer, UK
Jake comes from a downhill background but now spends most of his time smashing shorter-travel trail and enduro bikes down those same downhill trails. He's well known for pushing components and gear to their limits, and a little further.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 170cm / 5'7"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
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  • Preferred Terrain: Any type of razzing, anywhere, on any bike!
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