White Brothers UD150DH Front Shock

4.17/5 (36 Reviews)


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White Brothers UD150DH Fork


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Downhiller from SLC, Utah

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2003

Strengths:    ULTRA strong and responsive. Relatively light considering it's size.

Weaknesses:    Bronze color doesn't match my bike.

Bottom Line:   
Wow.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Monster T, Super

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit w/ all XTR, Fox Float Rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Cleveland, UK

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Strengths:    BIG! Look good in black. Very plush, smooth travel, hard to bottom them

Weaknesses:    slightly heavy, dampening isn't tuneable enough

Bottom Line:   
These forks look cool. I have had the forks 6 months and not yet encountered any problems. Steering is good. The only problem is that the disc mount isn't a recent international standard. Good thing hope have calipers for every occasion! I have got upgraded internals and from what i've heard they are slightly more advanced but work the same as the originals.

Very good fork get some!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Hamsterly Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   from a mate

Similar Products Used:   Junior T's, Monster T's, Boxxers, Shockworks DH1s

Bike Setup:   Santa cruz Bullit (5th element rear shock) Hope hubs/discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eddie brannan a Downhiller from brooklyn

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2002

Strengths:    read below

Weaknesses:    read below

Bottom Line:   
just an update. i've had the fork about 9 months now, and no problems at all. still sweet, still plush, yuo can find the manual online and the customer service prople are mad cool. i love this fork, and people keep offering me more than i paid for it. when did you hear of downhill stuff appreciating in value?

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Favorite Trail:   williamsburg bridge stairs

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   ebaay

Similar Products Used:   read below

Bike Setup:   evil imperial now, sun dws, 3" gazzas, bad motherf*cker

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eddie a Weekend Warrior from brooklyn

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2002

Strengths:    super plush, amazing rebound damping, light weight, good looks

Weaknesses:    haven't encountered any yet

Bottom Line:   
bottom line is that this fork is perfect for my p.3, kicking up the angles just right for light dh and heavy dual slalom and just f*cking around in prospect park gapping steps and whatnot, having a blast. it is awesome compared to the p.3's stock z3 bomber which just feels like a crude spring assembly in comparison to the ud150's wonderfully plush, damped ride. i've read all the weaknesses listed here, and all i can say is mine doesn't leak (the seals were all replaced prior to my buying it) and i haven't cracked it up badly enough yet to determine whether the crowns are weak. so far, nothing but love for this badass fork

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Favorite Trail:   prospect park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   this is my first dual-crown fork. it replaces the marzocchi z3 on my p3 and pisses all over it

Bike Setup:   00 specialized p.3, front hayes mech, azonic shorty, kore strictly d, tioga dh saddle, otherwise stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Derek a Downhiller from Fresno

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2001

Strengths:    Fairly Plush
Stiff
Light weight (for a DH fork)


Weaknesses:    Poorly designed crowns
Messy


Bottom Line:   
I have heard a number of claims of the forks leaking oil, which are all true. This is not the damper leaking oil as some have suggested but infact is the wet bath lubrication system. The UD 150 and other WB forks use a small amount of motor oil to provide the lubrication provided by an open bath system (marzocchi, rock shox) or grease (Manitou). Once the seals wear a bit, the motor oil will leak out of the legs as it dies with the left side of my fork. This becomes a signifigant problem when the oil gets all over your disc brakes, rendering them useless. Replacing the wiper seals fixes this problem .

I feel this fork rides pretty well. It is sufficiently stiff for most riders but the crows are very under designed. They really need a 4 bolt crown and possibly use 5mm screws instead. It is plush with the wet bath but gets a little sticky once all the oil is gone. I ride in very dusty conditions and the fork dries out in about 4 rides. It is easy enough to add oil. The for is 3 years old and is due for new bushings which seems to be a decent life span. The light weight is very nice because it keeps my super 8 at somewhat of a reasonable weight.

This is a pretty good fork over all but by no means great.With a better crown, less oil leakage and more adjustability, it would be great but for now I will just say above average.

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Favorite Trail:   007

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   trade

Similar Products Used:   z1, boxxer

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz super 8.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DAN a Downhiller from Maine

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2001

Strengths:    very plush, sucks up big hits, rolls easily over big rocks, great in the mud, looks cool!!

Weaknesses:    twists when you crash because of a weak crown. SOLUTION! DON'T CRASH!!!

Bottom Line:   
very cool fork. very fast and fun to ride with!

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Favorite Trail:   SUNDAY RIVER

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Similar Products Used:   White brothers FR-3(piece of SH*T)


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Allan S a Downhiller from NewYork

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001

Strengths:    Looks hot, its black, good dampening, smooth and plush, pretty stiff side/side and front/back, fits small headtubes (mine), easy to take apart and rebuild, nice linear travel, doesnt bottem out (compression bumpers), its shiny and light...

Weaknesses:    lower legs scratch REALLY easily, very short upper tubes so its not good for bigger bikes, NO negative spring/travel, sinks into travel easily, not open oil, seals and wipers get screwed up fast, bolts strip and are too small/too few. hard to take springs out the first time, leaky damper adjuster, plastic adjuster knob, finish gets scratched easily. medium springs too light, even for average riders.

Bottom Line:   
if you can get it cheap, its a sweet fork. it has its probs but in the long run its plush, light, and stiff. i dont know what people are talking about, how flexy it is...just not true. it flexs like any fork, but its stiffer side/side than the other marzocchi forks ive used, except for the qr20, and far stiffer front/back. perfect for a light, 6" freeride bike with a short headtube.

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Favorite Trail:   CranberrrrryMtn

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   MTBR

Similar Products Used:   z1qr20, manitou supernova, z3qr20, jrT..this was my first inverted

Bike Setup:   00' pipeline, hayes discs, etc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Will a Downhiller from Ft. Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2000

Strengths:    Squishy, cheap. Damping is effective. It looks pretty cool. Very strong fork, didn't fail when I stacked into a big rock at high speed.

Weaknesses:    Not stiff (stiff as in twisting/flexing) enough for a 190lb rider. Though the damping is good, the adjuster does nothing but look pretty and rotate.

Bottom Line:   
I wish White Bros would just go all out and make some seriously massive and beefy crowns for this fork. A few grams of aluminum is cheap insurance that doesn't significantly add to the weight. Stronger crowns would make a huge difference. As an upside down fork, I expected it to be stiffer but it wasn't at all stiffer than the right side ups I've used. On real steep hairy descents the fork really flexes, especially when applying the front brake. It gets very skechy sometimes. The stanchions get bashed and very dirty in a real hurry if you don't use boots. I zip-tied lizard skins rear shock boots (the really long kind) to my fork and they work really well. Overall, the fork works well, it goes up and down and does it at a decently controlled rate. If you need a 6 inch fork and don't know about Stratos, buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   A-Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   X-vert r, X-vert Ti. Tried a Boxxer once.

Bike Setup:   Bullit, DH stuff, Hayes brakes, the usual.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by P.D. Nick a Downhiller from Denver, Colorado, USA

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2000

Strengths:    Stiffer than Long Don Silver. Nice travel, easy maintence, easy to upgrade, easily adjustable, SMOOTH.

Weaknesses:    Can't find one!!!!

Bottom Line:   
This fork is awesome. I was able to get it nearly half price so I was willingly to change to disc and 20mm. This fork is a must have for DH racers. This fork's cost is significantly less than the UD180DH which has seven inches of travel. There a $25 kit for the UD150DH that add one inch of travel, so in the long run this is one of the best forks in the world. WHITE BROTHERS RULE!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Logger's Way, Keystone

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Monster T (demoed), Manitou X-Vert R (old fork), UD180DH.

Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle San Andreas DHS, XT/XTR, UD150DH, Hayes disc hyd.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ZuLu Kay a Downhiller from Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2000

Strengths:    plush, not progressive travel - plush on first cm as on 14th cm... nothing is as plush as this one

Weaknesses:    Forks twist in their crowns when you crash hard. (ehm, even if its not so hard :(( and parts like sliders and crowns r tooooooooooooo expensive!

Bottom Line:   
after one year of downhilling no problemz, no oil leakages, like guys here r writing, no sticknes, just as plush as possible, i am 85kg, and riding with soft spring in it with little preload. Its easy to bottom out the forks, really, but who matters. there is never sound like CLUNK! I like this fork very much, as i type above, the only one weakness is weak crowns, cuz when u r in race and u fell down, (it neednt to be a hard crash and then u have to twist it back :(((((

and what is the winner for this year? i think (know) that this year i will rode WB150 again

i am giving four chilis, cuz spare parts r too expensive, and u have to buy new crowns to avoid twisting legz

happy traiz, bros...

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Favorite Trail:   double trail (trinec)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   not used but tried a : bomber,

Bike Setup:   benest frame 190, benest shock 65, tioga 2.3, alex rims, hugy, magura gustav M, aaaaannnnnnnnnddddd WB150 :)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Brown a Downhiller from Orange Co., CA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2000

Strengths:    Plush, easy to maintain, looks great.

Weaknesses:    Forks twist in their crowns when you crash hard.

Bottom Line:   
I've been so happy with my UD150s that, I will always run White Brothers Forks. I'm looking forward to getting their new DH3 forks. Buy these forks.

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Favorite Trail:   Direct Dial

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer, X-Vert Ti

Bike Setup:   Intense M-1

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tim Akhoundov a Weekend Warrior from Moscow

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2000

Strengths:    Good forks, plenty of travel, plush and look great (let's face it).

Weaknesses:    Even with my type of riding (no crazy downhills, etc), I managed to break the bolts out of the upper bracket. Had to buy a new bracket instead of rethreading the old one, and it is not cheap. If you have the same problem, get the top bracket from UD-180, fits perfectly and is way stronger (bigger bolts).

Bottom Line:   
Nice set of forx, design is not perfected though, UD-180 is a safer buy.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzocci Bomber-Z1 BAM, Rock-Shox forks

Bike Setup:   San-Andreas frame, UD-150 up front, Fox Vanilla R back, Hope disks, Tioga tires, XT, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Thom a Downhiller from Uk

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2000

Strengths:    The forks are very strong And work like ought

Weaknesses:    The forks do somtimes top out and they do require regual services

Bottom Line:   
This is the fork I use for downhill racing here. It can easily uses it plush 6 inches but requires massive jumps to bottom them. I have only bottomed them out a few times. Use some pace gel and these forks can be plush as ought. Expoensive but worth ever penny!

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Favorite Trail:   Pretty wood, UK

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   RSR, Rockshox

Bike Setup:   Downhill

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Brett a Downhiller from Klamath Falls, Oregon

Date Reviewed: November 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Plush
Easy to maintain


Weaknesses:    
Leaks oil


Bottom Line:   
This fork is good. The suspension is plush and it is a great buy (if you get one on pro-deal) My fork leaked a fair amount of oil. This really didn't matter though, because I had Magura Gustava and they will stop you know matter what. One bad thing is the small crown bolts, they stip easily. Overall a good fork though.

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Favorite Trail:   
Klamakaze

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Cannondale Moto(crappy fork)
zzyzx


Bike Setup:   
Santa Cruz Super 8
XTR

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Im a kook a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: September 26, 1999

Strengths:    
Pretty smooth action, tyre clearance from well spaced legs


Weaknesses:    
Doesn't feel like a 6 fork, not as stiff as it's rivals, some are plusher and it's gotta have preload adjustment, I mean come on! Too progressive


Bottom Line:   
Yeah, yeah it's ok but I don't think it's worth the dough, grab a Stratos MX-6 instead (better fork, not just for the price). You can't expect to make a pro-level DH fork which lacks the basic adjustments. Come on White Bros, get with it!

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Favorite Trail:   
technical and crazy

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Boxxer, MX-6, Champ, Sigma TL, X-vert Carb. and ti. Monster T, Mr T, ZZYZX and Hanebrink


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V DH '98,'99, Fox Vanilla RX, Hayes

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