White Brothers SC70UL Front Shock

4.37/5 (59 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00


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White Brothers SC70UL


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2004

Strengths:    Durable, light, low maintenance, stiff.

Weaknesses:    Not as light as claimed, screws can come loose, expensive for such a simple fork, not 70mm.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this fork since 99. I would have to say this is the best light weight, cross country fork made in years. I had it so long because I simply could not find a better fork! It was raced, ridden recreationally, crashed, ridden in the rain, ridden in the snow, and it always performend perfectly. This fork is stiff! A SID is a wet noodle compared to this fork. Even as old as it is, it's still stiffer than any current fork I've tested (maybe not Fox, haven't tried them yet). But don't let stiffness confuse you. It's still a smooth fork. Total air really works great. The fork has some flaws. It's not as light as White would have you believe. Still 3lbs. is pretty darn light. Also, it surely does not have 70mm of travel. More like 65mm. However, all commapies tout their stuff a little better than they really are. And I must give props to White Brothers, they did put out one heck of a fork. So why review this if they don't make it anymore. Well, if you find one on ebay then you know it's still good. Maybe better than that SID you've been looking at. And cheaper to boot.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   White Rep

Similar Products Used:   SID

Bike Setup:   Superlight, XTR, Crossmax

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Jackson, Wyoming

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2000

Strengths:    Zero leaks, super smooth, low maint., sleak look...

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any...

Bottom Line:   
Been ridding mine for 3 seasons now, still no air leaks (anyone who complains about loosing air through the valve needs to pay attention to what the heck they are doing - ie - make sure the valve is threaded all the way in before you attach the pump?). Ride it much harder than an "XC" fork is ever designed to be ridden - laterally stiff, even under extreme braking, hard corrnering, etc., yet nice controlled compression and rebound. No boots + muddy conditions, and still no crap on the internals the 2 times I have taken her apart (end of the 98 and 99 season - just to look/lube - not because I needed to). I don't know, wouldn't normally wast my time typing this yet have tried a SID and a Mars over the last 2 years on my other bike, and they don't compare (don't hold air, don't "feel" as good - this feels more like an spring/oil fork, and are way to flexy). Looking for a sub 3 lb. fork that has the ride quality of a 4 lb one...this is it - still don't think there is a better XC fork out there - even in the 2001 stuff...Awesome job White Bros!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $475.00

Similar Products Used:   99 Sid XC, 00 Mars C, 99 SX Ti, etc.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tuomas a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2000

Strengths:    Soft action, rigidity, adjustability, easy to maintenance,
looks, weight, the brand,


Weaknesses:    valves leak, but not much compared to the SID

Bottom Line:   
This is absolutely fabulous racing-fork, although it's just as good in weekend riding. How can a racing-fork be so plush? Its the adjustability.

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Favorite Trail:   Luovi

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Finnpeak CC-02

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by John a Racer from Portland, Oregon

Date Reviewed: December 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiffness
Looks
Adjustibility


Weaknesses:    
Stiction
No boots?
Leaky air catridges
White Brother's Service


Bottom Line:   
This is a decent race fork! It may be the stiffest race fork on the market, and it is well built. However, I sent the fork to White Brothers to have the fork steerer replaced due to a recall. I hand delivered fork in mid July and did not get it back until late August. I entered the White Bros. store in Yorba Linda, Ca. and heard two goofballs fighting over something. The guy who helped me proceeded to tell me how some guy had just tried to screw him by bringing a broken fork to him. He referred to him as a goofball. These guys suck. They also charted me for shipping and handling along with almost $70 to replace the bushings and put in that goofy oil bath system. It was unbelievable! Decent fork, but White Bros. is such a goofy company I will never buy another one of their forks.

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Favorite Trail:   
Mckenzie

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
All of 'em: SID, Superfly, and Carbon Manitou.


Bike Setup:   
Steel HT

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Mike the bike guy... a Cross-Country Rider from Leesburg VA

Date Reviewed: November 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Do looks count?
I'll give them that one...


Weaknesses:    
poor tech customer service dept,
crappy seals,
no boots,
bolts come undone, over priced


Bottom Line:   
We most have the bad luck. Our whole team has had problems with this fork... (four of them).
They all developed stiction within a few months.
Two of them have had the air cartridge blow.
Three of them have had misc bolts come undone durng a ride (inside and out).
On one fork, the fork leg's coating came off during one race which was sorta muddy.
We find the weight to be heavier than listed in the WB ads.
The service and tech people are rude.
Frankly, if you think about it, there's not much material in a mountain bike fork. To fork out (pardon the pun) five bills... we think the fork should be somewhat bomb proof. They're not.

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Favorite Trail:   
local NO VA

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Marzocchi SuperFly
XMO O2


Bike Setup:   
Team riders...
Ellsworth, Dean, RVT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Nielsen a Racer from Arlington, VA

Date Reviewed: October 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Tuneability
Weight
Customer Service


Weaknesses:    
Servicability/replacement of bushings
Explanation in owners manual of necessary maintenance/ how to / when


Bottom Line:   
Well ... Here goes my third post to this review site, and this time I feel my boys at White Brothers need a litlle defending. I have owned this fork for about a year and a half and have a put in 3000 tough offroad miles in all conditions. First, let me say that the fork has not been maintenance free - far from it. Like any precision racing piece of equipment on your bike, this fork needs attention! Drop the lowers every month (see my previos post on how), clean out the wipers, relube the whole mess, and don't forget to put about a couple of ccs of 10wt shock oil on the foam gaskets just under the top seals. These foam gaskets keep a thin coat of lube on the stanchions as they slide thru the seals. If these foam gaskets become really gunked up, you can safely clean them in a Safety Kleen parts washer. Just like the rest of your bike, make sure everything is tightened on a regular basis - believe it or not, bolts can rattle loose on any part of your bike.Like the previous post - I too blew out the seals in the Englund cartridges. BPP, the distributor for the carts, sent me two free replacements in two days! I was very pleased with the level of customer service from White (gave me the right # to call) and BPP (responded quickly and sent me replacements). Only one side was blown, but I sent both sides back, and they sent me two new ones.Another issue with the fork that is not addressed in the owner's manual (see weaknesses) is that the upper and lower teflon bushings not only wear out in a year, but can cause the sliders to gouge (and ruin) the anodizing on the stanchion tubes. Unfortunately, this type of wear is only visible when dropping the sliders (or lowers) off the fork for routine maintenance. The bushings are available from White, but you either need to have them do the work, or buy a $75 toolkit to do it yourself (ouch!). I opted to send the whole thing back. They quickly did the work and returned the fork in a week.Note to current owners: According to Steve (x 238) in the warranty service dept -- YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE THIS WORK DONE SOONER OR LATER. I advise if you have had this fork at least a year to get it done immediately!!! Also, the original silver steerer tubes on the 1998 SC70ULs were recalled -- they will install free of charge a nice black annodized Easton one -- so if you need that done, its probably a good time to get the whole fork serviced (seals, wipers, upper/lower bushings). This should run no more than $50.Final thoughts -- If you thought for $600 you were getting a maintenance free fork -- you're dead wrong. My 13 years in MTB racing has taught me top of the line performance products always need extra TLC (I mean, you spent the cash - take care of the damn thing!). If you want maintenance free -- get a rigid fork. I recommend that the guy who posted the previous review never buy a Porsche or Ferrari -- he'd be much happier with a Honda Accord. Taking care of quality equipment is evidently over his head.Still extremely happy after 18+ months. Five flaming rats.PS - Heres a tip thats pretty obvious to most of us -- The customer service you receive in any situation is a direct result of your attitude. Reasonable requests and calm demeanors are always met with the best results. Enough said.

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Favorite Trail:   
Catoctin at Gambrill

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Manitou 1
Manitou Mach 5
Manitou SX TI
Manitou TPC
RockShox Mag 21


Bike Setup:   
Turner Stinger

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Mitch a Racer from Boiling Springs, VA

Date Reviewed: September 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Gold anodizing.


Weaknesses:    
Company support and consumer relations. Not as light as claimed. Travel not as advertised. Bolts not loctited. Seals blow. Bushings blow. Ride blows. Fork is too tall for short (64mm) travel.


Bottom Line:   
It all began with a company that wouldn't allow a shop to order it's items without a lengthy US Mail dealer application process (no faxes nor emails here). Prior to ordering, I called to get the actual weight of the fork with full steerer. The advertised weight was 2.8 pounds, and the dude(the technical department is really a passle of dudes, dude)at White Brothers assured me that, yes, 2.8 pounds is the correct weight. Guess what? 3 pounds 1 ounce on state inspected scales. No big deal, I guess, but when you ante up $600 bills and you call, somehow, someway, the the truth should be out there. So no big wup, but now this fancy fork weighs the same as my Rock Shox RS 1, circa 1992! Soon, I would find out, it worked about as well as that old RS 1, too!First ride: the damn titanium bolts that hold on the brace rattled entirely loose, with one falling to the trail somewhere. I call the dudes to ask whut's up with that? Oops, he said. I'll send you a new ti bolt. But don't worry, they won't 2 day it like Rock Shox excellently does. In fact, they won't even SEND IT, that is til you call dude back and get on his ass about it.In a week, I noticed one of my air units losing too much air. Oh no! I had to call dude back again! No problem, though, dude tells me, 'cause White Brothers doesn't even handle the cartridges they put in their own forks! Dude gives me the number of BPP, so I call one of their dudes (who were helpful, actually). Imagine if you bought a new Ford Taurus, and the wiper motor went on it. Then imagine Ford sending you to the wiper motor manufacturer for a replacement! I DON'T THINK SO.So I strap a zip tie on the leg of this so-called jewel, where it remains for our lives together. I don't care who you are, how hard you hit bottom off the highest jump, but you will never, never, never get 70mm, as advertised, out of this thing. Most I got was 65mm, and I go over 200 pounds. With this White Brothers thing, we still seek the truth.After a month, White Brothers sent me a reinforcement piece to pound into the crown. This was a recall, but do you think they offered to replace or repair the fork? Hell no! Fix it yourself, buddy.And not only is the fork's travel wimpy, it's tall enough to have 80 mm of travel! Height from center of axle to crown is 17.5 which is the same as a Manitou sx-Ti 80. Many bikes, like mine, chopper out, not hurting descents that much, but making steep grunts a wrestling job with the front end. That was certainly the case here. If your fork is going to be THIS tall, put some travel in it.Not much about the fork's ride was sweet, certainly not after 8 months when the bushings and seals went south. We ride nearly mud free, so it wasn't slop and misuse that kills this product so much as poor desigh and shoddy execution.So I call dude about this bushing issue. Dude, we can FIX IT. How long? About 2 weeks, plus of course the week to them and the week back. Less than a year old, and guess what, your fork needs a month's worth of work? Plus the cost, which dude says it about $4 parts, $25 labor, plus shipping there, shipping back. How much did I pay for this thing?There are at least 2 other instances I shall spare you. Had I known the story behind White Brothers, I would have bought a rigid fork. It's a hell of a lot less maintenance, and, does what it's supposed to do far better than the sc70 (64)UL does anything. And one of my favorite things about Rock Shox, besides CREATING the suspension market for bicycles, is their quality, care, and speed of service. These are issues that White Brothers doesn't allow themselves to get too worked up over.

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Favorite Trail:   
dirt

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
RS1, Mag 20, Mag 21, Judy XC, SID, Girvin, Manitou SX-Ti.


Bike Setup:   
Titanium racing rig.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by doyle a Racer from memphis, tn

Date Reviewed: September 4, 1999

Strengths:    
Weight and looks


Weaknesses:    
Performance as compared to a bomber. Odd squeaking noise as well


Bottom Line:   
I left my bomber behind thinking that performance was relative and weight was key in reference to racing. But when you think about it, how much time do you spend racing as compared to training or just out enjoying a trail? This fork is so high maintenance that I would just take my road bike out than to go through relubing the assembly time after time. Although this fork has plenty of travel, it can still be really harsh even with low air pressure. I have spent a year trying to convince myself that I love this fork because I paid so much for it. I am not riding offroad as much, partly because I am tired of getting the crap beat out of me. Well I just broke down and bought another atom bomb ( $259 from Colorado cyclist!) and can not wait to get back out on a little heavier, but much more comfortable and enjoyable ride.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Just about everything excluding downhill forks


Bike Setup:   
Lightspeed Unicoi, full xtr, syncros and crossmax.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Orange County

Date Reviewed: September 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Stiffness
Adjustibility
Looks
Easy to maintain


Weaknesses:    
Weight for race fork
The company
Lack of boots
Leaky cartridges
High maintenance
Recall!


Bottom Line:   
Decent fork for racing, but for trail riding it sucks. My own fault! I should have just bought a Bomber for the type of riding I do. Less hassle for a 3/4 pound weight penalty. I had warranty problems with the lying bozos are White Brothers (long boring story). Be careful! These guys are really borderline unethical, and will charge the heck of you. Good fork though. Watch out for the bushings wearings, as that will destroy the stanchions. Also, these forks are on recall due to stanchion and crown seperating. I give this fork 3 stars due to noted problems.

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Favorite Trail:   
McKenzie

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
SID
Judy w/Englunds


Bike Setup:   
IF
XTR
Syncros

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Jay a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: August 15, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Rigid
Easily Tunable
Nice Looking


Weaknesses:    
Easily contaminated
Air Leakage


Bottom Line:   
This fork is a good race fork; however, for trail riding I would not advice it. Why? First, it takes lots of maintenance due to exposed stanchions (no boots). Plus, stiction is a problem if you don't keep it real well lubed (as with any Englund system). However, that said, I'm impressed by the rigidity of the fork, the workmanship is nice, and the fork is easy to service. White Brothers is not the most professional outfit out there. The 70UL was recalled due to stanchion/crown problems (mine had creaking due to the stanchion loosening up in the crown). When I called WBs, they told me my fork would be back in two weeks or so (we shall see?). I actually dropped it off at their headquaters in Yorba Linda. They referred to me as bro and acted like a bunch of punks. It was not confidents inspiring. Good race fork, but there are better choices for trial riding (eg Judy XC, Manitou SX, and my favorite, Marozochi). I give it four stars due to customer service and recall.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ape Canyon

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
SID
RS Judy w/Englunds


Bike Setup:   
Curtlo Mountaineer

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Stephen a Cross-Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: July 15, 1999

Strengths:    
This fork handles veyy well. It is extremly adjustable, and for its weight, has great ride characteristcs.


Weaknesses:    
It is not as smooth as the coil spring forks WB makes. MAJOR WEAKNESS: THE WB SERVICE DEPT. STINKS!!!
I had to return my fork because the inner tubes wore down on the teflon bushings (that wore away!) The service dept. is inept. They are cocky and don't help. The tell you that are going to call back/do the work/get an estimate/talk to higher powers, but they never do. The fork should never have worn in the 1st place. I would have given this product a 5 rating, but there is no excuse for the fork to break and then for the service people to do nothing. After making prevoise claims on Answer products, I regret not buying one of their forks.


Bottom Line:   
Great Fork + poor service = won't buy again

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Answer Mach 5
WB SC 90
WB SC 70
RS SID


Bike Setup:   
I use this on a Manatou HT with the air pressure at my own weight + 5psi, and the fastest valves turned almost all the way out.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Nielsen a Racer from Arlington, VA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Here's another technical advice email I sent last week. Hope it helps ...The Englund Air carts should require no regular maintenance apart from wiping old grease off the shaft and reapplying some of the White Bros. lube (Englund Slick Honey) in a thin coat.One tip about disassembling and reassembling the fork is to make sure the cartridges have pressure in them. This provides resistance for when unscrewing the lower bolts (they are threaded into the cartridge shaft and will spin freely otherwise) and helps you line up the threads when reinstalling.I recently blew out one of the cartridges. It made a strange clicking sound when it was compressed (when removed from the shock). I wasn't able to hear it when it was installed, but the compression/rebound felt like $%&#. I called White Bros. and they gave me the warranty phone number for Englund (Bicycle Parts Pacific (BPP)) and they sent me two brand spanking new cartridges within two days of receiving the old ones! Excellent customer service from both companies, I'd say.Since I wrote the article for MTBR, I've switched back to the #2 rebound adjuster and I run a little less pressure for a softer feel. That combined with running my tires at a higher pressure has yielded the same overall ride-feel but no flats in races for over three months!

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Favorite Trail:   
Whitetail Ski resort

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jay a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: June 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Stiff
Easy to maintain
Easy adjustment
Nice looking


Weaknesses:    
Short on trave
Less plush than air/coil
Expensive


Bottom Line:   
This is the best Air Englund fork on the market today, in my opinion. I also belive it is better than the SID, however, the new SID looks pretty good and is lighter than this fork. It is so easy to tune and maintain. It is a great race fork! The build is high quatlity. I give it five stars for being a supremely good race fork.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ape Canyon

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
SID


Bike Setup:   
Curtlo frame
XT parts
King wheelset

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Rochester, NY

Date Reviewed: June 11, 1999

Strengths:    
tracking in corners


Weaknesses:    
cartridges leak
blew cartridge's damping
top-out


Bottom Line:   
Had good luck with the fork for the first four months and then the cartridges began to top out and blow through their damping in both compression and rebound. I called White Bros. but they had no clue (two different occasions). He said that, air forks are bound to leak and you should do whatever is necessary to stop it. Try some teflon tape of loctite. I wasn't happy with the answer so I called BPP who make the total air kit and he said that he could fix my old ones, but he said I was using too much pressure, blah, blah, blah. I only use 175lbs. of pressure and the #2 damper. It was fine for the first four months so I know they are full of it. Anyway, I just sent back the cartridges to be rebuilt, but it seems like a lot of hassle compared to the cust. service that Rock Shox gives me. They would have sent me a new fork by now- not offer to rebuild my old cartridges! I spent $700 on my fork and I expect a heck of a lot better customer service by both companies!

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Judy SL 95-98
Girvin Crosslink '98
Manitou SX Ti, X-vert
Marzocchi Bomber Z1,2


Bike Setup:   
Litespeed Full susp. w/ Risse rear air/oil shock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Pentti a Weekend Warrior from perähikiä

Date Reviewed: May 19, 1999

Bottom Line:   
This is first suspension fork I've had and I have been VERY pleased with it.
It works like a dream. I'ts conciderebly stiffers than the SID and with its adjustability it completely smokes it. Don't make an expensive mistake, buy the SC70UL (or SC72UL).

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


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