Society Xeno 80 fork review£189.99

Dirt jump/street bargain

BikeRadar score4/5

UK company Ison Distribution have been pushing and pioneering high value jump kit for years, and now they’ve even got their own fork range.

Typically for Ison, the Xeno is rammed full of features. The 36mm legs are super stiff and the dropouts take a 20mm bolt-through axle or plugs for a conventional 9mm skewer.

The single chamber air spring sits on one side, with the rebound damper on the other. The result is a light enough to race, strong enough to case jump fork that’s easy to set up for consistent control. 

The Xeno comes in black and white, and 100mm stroke versions. The £169.99 DJ version adds a steel steerer and stanchions for better impact strength, but with a corresponding weight increase.

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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