Review: Can DT Swiss unseat Fox & RockShox? The new F 535 ONE fork may do just that

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It’s been a full summer since we got our grubby mitts on one of the first sets of the new DT Swiss forks in the country.

It’s difficult not to look back at the glory months of dust, short sleeves and endless sunshine that typified the summer of 2018 without thinking that everything was perfect. It’s hard to be hard on a component when you’ve got back from yet another ride grinning ear-to-ear and aching to get back out on primo trails once again.

We’ve taken a step back though (helped by a return to early darkness and more autumnal weather) to ponder these stealth bomber forks. We’ve gone back to riding other options, refitted the all-blacks. Time and again, we’ve come to the conclusion that these are quite special.

Our very own pair.

The F535 ONE is the first ground-up fork that DT Swiss has released, well, ever really. It has been in the suspension market for a long time, but has always taken at least some design cues from earlier models and its Pace heritage. The boffins at DT Swiss also spent a Very Long Time designing and testing the fork prior to release – years in fact. The company knew that it was a make-or-break moment for it.

To realistically break the stranglehold that RockShox and Fox have on the market, the F535 ONE would not only need to be quite special performance-wise, it would need to be ultra-reliable and maybe even offer a little more on top. It’s a big ask, but one that the design team clearly seem to have taken to heart.

They didn’t stay off the bike for long.


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The F535 ONE has definitely laid down the gauntlet to the big two.

Review Info

Brand:DT Swiss
Product:F 535 ONE
Tested:by Tom Hill for 5 months

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