- DT Swiss XCM forks – anyone got any? What do you think of them?
Having had Really bad experiences with my last Pace purchase (RC37s a long time ago!) I'm a little apprehensive but they do get good reviews and look the muts nuts!
How stiff are they? I'd be coming from 20mm Revelations so how does the 15mm bolt through compare torsionally? How well does the flight control system work.
Any opinions would be appreciated.
Just wondering – nothing to do with my last post 😉Posted 8 years agoJames_DMember
I have the XMC 130 with the through axle and i really like them, they are light and very plush and the travel reducer thing is really handy.Posted 8 years ago
The main downside is that the rebound adjuster is very easy to knock aand if you lock them out you will almost definately end up turning it. (i would say price but i got mine half price from wiggle!)fergusdMember
I have a set if XMC 130's, replaced an old, old set of RC36's which were great until the fork bridges broke . . . or so I thought until I rode the XMC's which are a different league . . . I've used them for about 2 months in all weathers, they are as slick and plush as they day I bought them, no complaints whatsoever, warrantee for 2 years too. The climbing lockout thing works well and even though I thought it was a gimmick it's good on long fireroad climbs . . . full travel is very smooth and very little friction . . . damping adjustment ranges seem to be sensible and useful . . .
Probably not the best review as I generally buy kit then use it until it's completely wrecked rather than replace because it's not shiny any more . . . but there you go . . .
FdPosted 8 years ago
Fergus – fine review, I wish I had the will power to only replace things when absolutely necessary 🙂 .
Having said that, I have just sold some old '97 RC36 pro class forks on Retrobike and I agree – cracking forks that lasted ages.
I was kind of hoping people would post on here saying what rubbish the XMCs were though to remove temptation. Damn these pre-Christmas Bargains!!!Posted 8 years agomrmichaelwrightMember
Assuming they are similar to the Pace RC40 Xcams then the action really is great, they are not very stiff but i find i can cope with that.
Paces have very mixed reliability but for what DT Swiss are charging i'd hope they are much better now.
I've also had coil RC40s and they were (apart from some major reliability problems) amazing forks, considering how simple they are, they perform perfectly on all kinds of riding and the travel reduction dubery is great. Agree that the rebound is a bit easy to catch with your knee or when you take the lockout off. The automatic lockout release is pretty good once you have it set up correctly, get all the other settings right first as they can affect the level that it releases atPosted 8 years ago
MrM – I thought the RC40/DTswiss forks were renowned for being stiff? I know Pace had their problems though – that's the main reason I haven't bought anything from them in the last 12 years!! I believe DT Swiss have brought a bit more quality control into the system?
Thanks for the comments guys. You still haven't persuaded me not to get one 😉Posted 8 years agorbmccunnMember
My mate has EXC 150’s with the 20mm TA and they are great, had no quality issues, super stiff and plush. He uses the flight control thing to lock them out for all the climbs and loves them. If I weren’t so skint I would get a set of the XCM 130’s for my Cove hard tail in a heartbeat, £400 at CRC, bargain.Posted 8 years ago
kamina – can I ask why you preferred them? How did they compare with regards to torsional stiffness?
Well they where very light, at the time the lightest fork in that travel range (old Rev's where quite heavy with the thru axle). They where very stiff, I felt stiffer then the Pike I had (but Pikes are not that stiff actually, I would imagine new Rev's are stiffer). The fork used all of it's travel and was quite supportive on the mid stroke.
I now have a 2010 Float with the Fit cartridge. I can't get it to use the last 20mm of travel, and there is loads of stiction (only ridden for 3 hours till now though).
I can second what was already posted about the rebound adjustment moving easily when you lock out the fork, I had that problem too. It was pretty fast to correct though, and I also felt the rebound adjustment did more then it does on competitive products.
Mind you, I had the one with a 20mm thru axle.Posted 8 years ago
Swedish Chef – DT Swiss bought out the suspension arm of Pace 2 or 3 years ago and moved production over there. The prices shot up but word isa the quality control issues that plagued the Pace versions (RC40/41) have been ironed out….hopefully!! Pace are still involved as UK distributer for the forks.Posted 8 years agobowglieSubscriber
If anyone is interested I've a pair of XMC130's that I'm selling (£325ono). The forks perform brilliantly and got even better when Pace serviced them last July. Absolutely awesome looking aswell – it's just a real PIA that they don't fit my new frame. Email me for pics & details if you're interested.Posted 8 years agobillyboySubscriber
I have two Pace Rc41XCAM (130)forks. Brilliant at going downhill over rough stuff….give huge loads of confidence. One of them doesn't have much small bump tolerance, the other is ok (that's despite servicing). The other easily blows off when locked down.Posted 8 years ago
I've used then for two years or so and they are not holding my loyalty. And the main reason for me has to be the lack of a straight lock out/ or a straight travel reduction where the travel remains active.
They are brilliant. They are light. But you need to use them on a bike where travel reduction to aid climbing is never going to be an issue.
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