DT Swiss XR Carbon shock review
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.