Society Xeno review£179.99

Outstandingly stiff, strong dirt jump fork at a great price

BikeRadar score4/5

Society is the new high value brand from the hardcore house of ID (Identiti, Halo and so on), and this sturdy beast is a great budget fork.

It’s certainly impressive structurally, with the low slung 80 or 100mm travel units using 36mm legs and a deep crown. It comes with inserts for either a 9mm bolted skewer or a 20mm bolt through axle to give maximum steering stiffness.

Our early batch fork had some nasty spiky traits, but our second sample has an impressively smooth stroke from the coil spring. 

It’s designed as a big slam fork, because even with a firm spring you need at least some supplementary air spring pressure to stop the rebound feeling too slow. 

It has to be a top value, super stiff contender.

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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