X-Fusion Velvet RL 2012 Forks

4/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Travel: 140mm, 120mm, 100mm
  • Spring: Air
  • Steerer: 1 1/8, 1.5, Tapered
  • Casting: Magnesium
  • Axle: X-15 tool-less axle, 9mm


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by akira cornell a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2014

Strengths:    light, well priced, good value

Weaknesses:    some reason mine creaks havnt figured it out.

Bottom Line:   
good value. had some problem with it not quite feeling right. took the bike to snow summit and its as if it got broke in. much smoother now. wonder if it was a cavitation issue of some sort. not sure. there definitely is a break in period till it becomes plush. pretty happy. hard to beat for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fun, flowy, techy, steep or fast.

Duration Product Used:   4 month

Similar Products Used:   rockshox.

Bike Setup:   cannondale rz 140 with a 130 velvet running 650b

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nev a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2013

Strengths:    Light. Very smooth.

Weaknesses:    Feels flexy.

Bottom Line:   
Have had two rides on it so far, 650b conversion of my custom hardtail Carl Strong frame. Have to say it's noticeably flexy under front braking. Locked it out numerous time to make sure it's not compression, but there's definitely some give there. Noticeable, but I feel it's just something to get used to, hopefully? Otherwise so far stellar as far a smoothness and compliance and all that other fork stuff.

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Duration Product Used:   2 rides

Price Paid:    $350.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wveddy a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2012

Strengths:    The fork is very smooth and plush. Even with a 9mm QR, the fork is very stiff. I can get most to all of the travel out of the fork. The dampener is awesome, you can really feel the difference on just a few clicks. A lot of fork for the money.

Weaknesses:    Availability: Fork is not always easy to find
The stock fork pump that comes with the fork is a 300psi pump which is useless for a low pressure fork
the drop out angle make wheel on/off a little tougher than other forks


Bottom Line:   
Overall the fork is awesome. I am running mine at 120mm on my Turner Flux, so it is used as a XC type fork. The fork is very responsive to tuning and can move from stiff to plush in just a matter of a few lbs of air pressure. I had a dual air Reba before, which was always a pain to get setup right The velvet is pretty easy on setup, since it is single air and rebound. the fork is way plusher than my reba was. there is some fine tuning on the pressure to get this right. I have a marzocchi low pressure air pump, which lets me fine tune to the exact lbs of air pressure. if you use the stock pump, or any other high pressure pump, you will have lots of issues fine tunning. This is NOT a fork problem, it is a pump problem. i found that 58lbs is the magic air pressure for me and my type of riding. Small bump compliance is good, it could be a little better. tinker with the air pressure gets you close, but it is a trade off on small bump vs brake dive. bit hit is awesome, the suspension ramps well and i have not bottomed it out ever. repeated hits on a long run just get eaten up. i have plowed thru rock gardens and the velvet just kept eating up the bumps. the ability to get full travel all the time is awesome. I can always get 105 to 112mm of travel consistently. I never got near this out of Reba. the rebound dampener is great, very tunable. 1-2 clicks makes noticable differences. when you take into the account it is half the cost of a FOX, it is probably the best value out there. Plus the maintenance schedule vs. fox is great. less maintenance equals more time to ride. Bottom line, great fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Moores Spring in NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $395.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Therapy

Similar Products Used:   Reba Race, Marzocchi Bomber

Bike Setup:   2010 Turner Flux, mostly XT drivetrain, Hope/crest wheels, Velvet set at 120mm travel

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help please - not getting full travel 2011 Fusion Velvet RL fork

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XC hardtail: late model Talas RL or brand new X-fusion Velvet RL2?

Pulled my 26er out of storage and am rediscovering the joys of riding a hardtail 26er. It's a nice change of pace from my 29er. However, the 100mm Dart 2 fork is a real bummer. It was sufficient when I was starting out. But it can't compare to the Fox on my 29er and it doesn't really keep up ... Read More »

Fine tuning an 11 X-Fusion Velvet RL?

I have last years Velvet RL and have only one complaint...small bump compliance. Not sure if I am running too much air, it's around 75 psi, but the fork seems a bit stiff on the small stuff. Ripping trails and hitting med to big feels real good, just the little stuff, it almost feels semi-locked o ... Read More »

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