Review | For £450, the X-Fusion Sweep RL2 is a big-hitting fork for those on a budget

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Alongside the plethora of high-end mountain bike suspension forks out there from Fox, RockShox, Öhlins, MRP and Cane Creek, the £450 X-Fusion Sweep RL2 is pretty darn cheap in comparison. Is it cheap on performance too? We gave a set to local Calderdale skipping stone, David Hayward, to find out. Over to David for the review!


Us bike reviewers are a sensitive bunch of weenies. We get to try out a lot of kit. Every ride, at the back of our minds, there’s something analytical going on. Over time the comparisons build up, layer upon layer of impressions for each part of a bike, eventually coalescing into a princess-and-pea level of sensitivity.

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For £450, the X-Fusion Sweep RL2 is one of the cheaper All Mountain forks going.

X-Fusion Sweep RL2

This X-Fusion Sweep RL2 is a budget fork, with the more basic of their two dampers. When you’re used to comparing £900+ forks and figuring out which of them you think is best, a budget fork is a challenge to think about without being a massive asshole.

Arguably, I am a massive asshole for saying any of the things I have above. Being a bike reviewer is an immensely privileged position that means I get to play with a lot of toys and figure them out.

So rather than doing a Big Thinky Face and trying to pin these on a “BAD-GOOD” spectrum that has my favourite fork at “GOOD”, I’ve ridden these thinking more about what and who they’re for.

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The basic RL2 damper gives you ‘on’ or ‘off’ settings for the lockout.

What You Get

These are quite simple forks. Tapered steerer, 34mm stanchions, 110mm boost spacing, 15mm axle with a chunky, simple quick release. Travel can be set from 100mm to 160mm, meaning they could fit on pretty much any modern mountain bike. These ones were factory set to 160mm.

They weigh 1,905 grams, which isn’t too shabby – lighter than some high end forks costing twice as much, and only 60 grams or so behind others.

In terms of compression, they have just two modes: open, and locked out. The lockout is a fully rigid lockout, which I appreciate, living somewhere with lots of steep road climbs to get to the descents. If you do a lot of technical climbing though, no middle mode might annoy you. Beyond that, there’s an air valve at the top of the left leg, and a rebound knob at the bottom of the right one.

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Rebound adjust at the bottom.

Setting Up

 

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Review Info

Brand:X-Fusion
Product:Sweep RL2 27.5
From:Upgrade Bikes, upgradebikes.co.uk
Price:£450
Tested:by David & Andi for 2 months

Comments (7)

    You’d have to be nuts to go for the RL2 Sweep when the equivalent HLR roughcut forks are starting to turn up for a similar (or even lower) price these days.

    I wonder if the stiction isn’t due to bushing alignment or fit.

    I have the McQueen’s (same rl2 damper) every thing you say is true,good reliable fork but just to much vibration gets through to the bars.maybe should have gone for the roughcut damper, have just bought the 2019 rockshox revelation, much plusher fork altogether 400 quid touch from chain reaction better fork much nicer ride.

    @fahzure possibly. It could be a combo of small things adding up. Was back on that Pike today and really appreciated it 🙂

    @martinhutch Yeah. As I said, ignoring discounts. There are also some RL2 forks out there so cheap at the moment they’d be a no brainer upgrade for a first hardtail. Like you, I’d definitely go for the better damper if I was shopping for some though.

    Can you really trust anyone who runs the cable on the outside of the fork though….

    Can you really trust anyone who thinks those Magura 4-pots are cable operated?

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