White Brothers XC4 Front Shock

4.75/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 2.9lbs MSRP : $699.95


Product Description

  • Total Travel: 72.5mm (2.85")
  • Damping: Total Air System
  • Features: Precision integrated bridge assembly, oversized 32mm stanchions, wet bath lubrication, torque box crown, Easton® Steerer


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by sam0035 a Racer from canada

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2011

    Strengths:    durable, not that heavy, nice looking overall great fork

    Weaknesses:    not as much travel

    Bottom Line:   
    great fork a little bit old but can still keep up with the competition

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    Favorite Trail:   single track

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   can't remember

    Bike Setup:   columbia frame everything else custom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ed Merkel a Racer from Germany

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2008

    Strengths:    Light,precise steering,totally tunable,quality on finishings and materials.

    Weaknesses:    Not longer made,It requires more maintenance than usual forks,but it´s oK for me.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a vintage fork(2001 model)I got it used but in mint conditions,but it works and feels maybe better than the new ones.It requires,at first,to be set it up according to your weight and riding style.So once is done,it works perfect. I really like when I hammer on the pedals this fork don´t bob at all. This fork is race intended and focused on those guys who have fun giving maintenance,tuning and set up his or her bikes.

    This was one of the best forks ever made and it worth to pay every penny,cent or euro.

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Skarebs,Sids,Marzochis.

    Bike Setup:   Salsa Moto rapido,full xt,dt swiss 240 wheels,easton here and there,maxis larsen tt,fizik seat,und so weiter.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ed Merkel a Cross Country Rider from Germany

    Date Reviewed: December 30, 2007

    Strengths:    High quality fork,looks awesome,very,very light(pretty close to SID),stiffness,beefy 32mm stanchions,twin air chambers,No Bob under standing stroke, just one set up and ride,very smooth over rough terrains,excellent handling on technical path.

    Weaknesses:    It needs some set up before riding,but is easy to do it.Some maintenance every 10 hours of riding(if need it).No longer made !!!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the first fork I bought used and may be is one of the best I had. When I received ,it looks some Retro style,but I like it and the guy who sold to me sent all the air sprung and some washers that were supplied when new. I really had no idea how this works,so I downloaded the XC-4 manual,available on the White brothers website,and I realize what the small parts are for. It will take some minutes to set it up,and put the right air sprung on both air chambers;This is made according to your weight and riding style.Once is set up,no more adjustments are need it.


    The first testing day,I was very concerning about the fork travel (73mm), and I choose one rough trail to see how it will feel over rocky,rooty,mudy and dusty terrain and It was a very pleasant tour with no surprises,no doubt this was one of the best forks available.The fork travel was no a problem over technicals and rough terrain,and it really feels smooth and stiff where it needs. Most of the terrain where I live are mountains and the climbs are long and when I stand over the pedals this forks doesn't bob at all so one more reason to keep it for long,long time. This forks were made to last so if you have the chance to get one,be sure to get the air sprung. Remember,this are need it to set it up according your weight and riding style.

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $210.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Rock shox,Manitou,Marzocchi,RST,Suntour.

    Bike Setup:   Airborne Lucky strike,full XT,Dt Swiss wheels,Time xs pedals.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris from Las Vegas

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006

    Strengths:    Look, Stiffness, weight

    Weaknesses:    Have some disassembly to adjust.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very nice Fork. I have only had it a short time so far but it seems very nice. If it is as good as my 2005 White Brothers XC.8 I will be one happy camper. It took a little while to set up but it functions great. You cant feel it working it just works. Super adjustable set it as firm or soft as you like. I Really like my other WB fork it is a set it and forget it deal. Just keep up on service and you will be great for a long time.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cowboy trail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   White Borthers XC-4, Rock Shox Psylo Gold, Marzocchi Marathon S, Manitou Mars, Manitou SX, Marzocchi Z-5

    Bike Setup:   Independent Steel Deluxe, Full XTR ,White brothers XC-4

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jason Dubin a Weekend Warrior from Potomac MD, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 23, 2003

    Strengths:    This fork responds with a great aggressive attitude. It is wiiling to accept just about anything that you can throw at it,with finess. The look is great and the white brothers name is not to well known so you wont see to many of them around. So feel lucky to be an owner and rider of one of these xc4's.

    Weaknesses:    Have not really found anything major except for when it cry's if I dont ride her.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great fork for an aggressive or cross country rider. It holds up extremely well(I have been ridding it hard in Colorado for the last year).

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    Favorite Trail:   Mary's Loop

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Friend @ White Brothers

    Similar Products Used:   A demo fork from WB

    Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude with bontroger crank, deore, White Brothers seet post shock, Factory Forks XC4 WB fork, Stock Wheels, tires, and brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by matt from Portland, OR

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

    Strengths:    weight, adjustability, machined parts, plushness

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    If you luck your way into one of these like I did start smiling now and get a good headstart. It hugs bumps and corners and you WONT lost traction.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Similar Products Used:   Duke XC, EXR

    Bike Setup:   Litespeed Pisgah, King headset, Avid mech discs, single speed w/white industries drive train

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: June 27, 2002

    Strengths:    Undeniably well made forks using top notch materials.Extremely smooth action.

    Weaknesses:    Try mating a disc brake to it.

    Bottom Line:   
    This was my replacement for my XC3 which also suffered from a serious design flaw.
    I`ve wanted a set of these forks for years having used all the usual Rock Shox,Manitou items.............well what can I say? Its not what I expected from White brothers.Are the disc mounts on the legs for show?The legs are that close on both sets(XC3/XC4) that the discs were actually rubbing on the lower legs.
    With a rim brake they`re ace but maybe that was only the 2001 models that are at fault.

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   Ricci ltd England

    Similar Products Used:   too many to mention.

    Bike Setup:   custom hardtail with all the right bits.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jeff a Racer from Calgary, Alberta

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Light, smooth, infinitely adjustable, torsionally stiff

    Weaknesses:    You may get lots of riders trying to stop you to ask about it.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been riding and racing on the XC-4 for a year and a half. After 10-12 hours of break-in, the fork became buttery smooth. They are easy to work on and stay clean and functional in even the worst conditions. The fork increased my technical riding abilities significantly. Riding over roots that run diagonally to the trail used to redirect me, now I can cross these roots straight down the trail and not worry about picking the "right line". The air cartridges are infinitely adjustable. You can set up the stiffness, the rebound and the dampening. The air cartridges have not leaked air yet. I check them every other month and have never found them low on pressure. If you want a fork that will tackle the trail and will go where you point it, you should check this puppy out. Avoid the usual rat pack with their generic forks. Lead the trail.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Similar Products Used:   Judy, Judy with Total Air Cartridges, Sid, Marzocchi Bomber

    Bike Setup:   Litespeed Obed, mix of Race Face, XTR, Precision Billet, Mavic 517

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Timchi a Racer from Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001

    Strengths:    stiff, light, good looking

    Weaknesses:    no boots, play in bushings even when new

    Bottom Line:   
    I'll be happy if these forks last. THey are stiffer than anything else out there and that alone is worth the extra money. Just take them on one ride and you will never want a racing fork from the other guys. I'll follow up on the bushing durability. Out of the box the fork has a little fore-aft play. I don't know whether to worry much about this. Ta ta.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Similar Products Used:   SID, Manitou SXti

    Bike Setup:   hardtail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jim a Racer from Crested Butte

    Date Reviewed: November 20, 2000

    Strengths:    stiff! Steers precise, not like a crosscountry fork, excelent finish, trusty tuneable air cartridge

    Weaknesses:    making initial tuning adjustments is a bit laborious

    Bottom Line:   
    I wanted to write something concerning White Bros. customer service.It's vastly improved. I 've had some of the same problems with them in the past as a few of the other reviews talk about, but I recently sent them my fork, damaged in a crash, they replaced the damaged parts, and sent it right off without charging me a thing, All in a timely manner.
    Of course the fork handles like no other cross country fork out there. I couldn't believe how the handling of my bike changed when I put this fork on. Don't waste your money on a fork that's half a pound lighter, it won't steer.

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    Favorite Trail:   409

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   most stuff

    Bike Setup:   Titus Racer X all tricked out 23 lbs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave Youngstarr a Weekend Warrior from Lafayette, LA, USA

    Date Reviewed: November 4, 2000

    Strengths:    It feels very good, performs well, and White Brothers has excellent product service. I also like it because White Brothers is a different name that hardly anyone over here knew about.

    Weaknesses:    It doesn't perform well when i have been drinking.

    Bottom Line:   
    Weight doesn't matter. It's the condition of the rider and part quality, and SoftTail rocks!

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    Favorite Trail:   Lake Kincaid, LA

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $98.00

    Purchased At:   The Dollar Store

    Similar Products Used:   RockShox Sid SL

    Bike Setup:   2001' Trek STP 200 frame, XT/XTR, Cook Brothers Cranks, RaceFace Chainrings, White Brothers XC4 fork, Spinergy Cyclone disk wheels, Chris King headset, Hutchinson Mosquito tires, Selle Italia Flite Seat, Kore Scandium seatpost, Easton Magnesium Stem, DEAN handlebars, Bontrager Ti pedals, Avid Disc Brake(Front), and one drunk guy riding it.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by t g a Cross Country Rider from boulder, CO

    Date Reviewed: July 28, 2000

    Strengths:    service

    Weaknesses:    price

    Bottom Line:   
    I just got this shock for cheap and have not used it yet but thought that the white bros. service deserves mention. I need to have a new steerer tube installed since i wanted to put this shock on a new bike. i mailed the shock out on friday and received the repaired shock in the mail the following friday! I am very impressed with the turnaround. When i called them, they responded promptly and promised a quick turnaround, which they lived up to. a word on the weight: they advertise 3.0 lbs. it is 3lbs 3 oz.

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    Favorite Trail:   white rance

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   rockshox sid xc

    Bike Setup:   ellsworth sub 22

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