DT Swiss XRC 100 race fork review£799.99

World champ edition

BikeRadar score3/5

DT’s crazy-light race fork is going to appeal to some of the fastest cross-country riders around, with World Championship stripes and a Dalby World Cup win to prove it. But steering and braking stiffness aren’t its strongest points.

Even with its minimalist remote lockout lever, the carbon fibre slider, steerer and crown fork clocks in at 1,267g. That’s 100g lighter than the lightest Magura and Manitou options, and almost 250g lighter than a Fox F100 or a RockShox SID.

The stroke is smooth enough for racers too, with the single-sided air spring getting a coil negative spring to keep it supple off the top. It can slam into the stops if you really hammer it, but otherwise the rebound adjustable Twin Tube damper keeps it controlled and consistent over mid-sized stuff. The solid lockout also gets a blow-out valve in case you hit something unexpected when sprinting.

The skinny 28.6mm stanchions and carbon fibre top end really writhe around when you start turning or braking hard though. We’ve even managed to go over the bars sprinting up steps when the fork has stumbled and twisted underneath us, so aggressive or ham-fisted riders should stay away. But for smooth racers on a cost-no-object, weight-saving mission it’s really very good.

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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