DT Swiss XR Carbon shock review£399.00

Ultimate full-suspension weight-saver, but not cheap

BikeRadar score4/5

This carbon-wrapped can is the ultimate full-suspension weight-saver, but it doesn’t come cheap.

It's ridiculously light; looks lovely and has a firm race feel, but - not really surprisingly - it's very expensive, but super-sensitive and the lockout lever is a bit fragile.

DT Swiss has been making reliable, nicely detailed shocks for years, but this unique, ultralight carbon-fibre wrapped can saves at least 100g (1/4lb) over normal shocks.

Add a naturally firm feel (similar to running a medium amount of low-speed compression on a Fox RP23) plus a miniature complete lock-out lever for sprints (handlebar remote also available), and you’ve got an ideal shock for racers.

The ball and socket bushes remove potentially damaging sideload stress from the shock. However, if your frame relies on the shock structurally (it shouldn't, but some do) they can make it feel a lot more flexy.

The machined titanium lockout lever feels very delicate, too, and the price will be prohibitive for many riders.

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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