DT Swiss XRC 100 Twin Shot suspension fork review£775.00

Light, tight and controlled race fork

BikeRadar score3.5/5

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.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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