X-Fusion Trace RL2 29 fork review

Long-travel 29er suspension fork

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £565.00 RRP | USD $715.00
X-Fusion Trace RL2 29 suspension fork

Our review

A composed and consistent, yet light and affordable long-travel 29er fork
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X-Fusion’s new 34mm-legged 29er fork is a great, simple but sorted option if you can’t afford Fox’s 34. 

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Both forks use 34mm stanchions for impressive tracking stiffness, and both stretch travel out to 140mm. X-Fusion use Syntace’s removable-lever X-15 axle system rather than a QR-style cam closure. 

The Trace is lighter than the Fox, so it’s not surprising that riding the two back to back shows the X-Fusion to be more flexible. X-Fusion could only get us a straight steerer version, though – we expect the difference to be a lot less marked with a tapered one. 

Patience is needed as initial chatter over rough sections soon smooths into consistent control, and the RL2 damper stays composed through all but the most rapid rough sections. 

The progressive spring rate means you can run it soft for small bump compliance and traction, and it doesn’t dive badly when you push hard through corners or grab big handfuls of brake either. 

The Trace is a new fork, but all our long term X-Fusions have been totally trustworthy. 

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Trace RL2 29
Brand XFusion

Weight (kg) 1.916
Weight (lb) 4.224
Min. Fork Travel 110mm
Max. Fork Travel 140mm
Adjustable Travel Yes