White Brothers UD150DH Front Shock

White Brothers UD150DH Fork

User Reviews (36)

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Tim   Downhiller [Jul 02, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Bronze color doesn't match my bike.

Wow.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Monster T, Super
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt   Downhiller [Jun 05, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

slightly heavy, dampening isn't tuneable enough

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!!!

Similar Products Used: Junior T's, Monster T's, Boxxers, Shockworks DH1s
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
eddie   Weekend Warrior [Feb 05, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

haven't encountered any yet

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

Similar Products Used: this is my first dual-crown fork. it replaces the marzocchi z3 on my p3 and pisses all over it
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
eddie brannan   Downhiller [Aug 11, 2002]
Strength:

read below

Weakness:

read below

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?

Similar Products Used: read below
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Derek   Downhiller [Aug 03, 2001]
Strength:

Fairly Plush
Stiff
Light weight (for a DH fork)

Weakness:

Poorly designed crowns
Messy

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.

Similar Products Used: z1, boxxer
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Apr 07, 1999]
Strength:

build quality and price
dealer backup sevice, good performance and weight.

Weakness:

crown bolts are very poorly designed, seals allways leak oil down this is now my review after 1 month of owning the forks. legs and ont wheel/disc etc. fork legs bend when you stack your bike.

buy them while they are cheap (new models now avialable with most of the design flaws ironed out) but you will wish you payed a bit extra for a fork that has no problems (like the xvert Ti or superstar)

Similar Products Used: monster, superstar.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
Mark   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 1999]
Strength:

Light Weight, Looks. Smooth action.

Weakness:

Damping Adjustments, No Spring Preload adjustment.

Have I missed something here? Oil leakage? Blown seals? My manual mentions nothing about pooring oil into the forks. I have a UD150 with Chrome sliders and black uppers. I keep them clean and well greased with the supplied slop, and they never complain. It's nice to be able to move them up and down to alter head angle and ride height. Damn fine fork. However, if they had seperate comp. rebound damping adjustments and spring preload adjust, they could be nigh on perfect.

Similar Products Used: Judy XL
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Allan S   Downhiller [Mar 22, 2001]
Strength:

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...

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: z1qr20, manitou supernova, z3qr20, jrT..this was my first inverted
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Will   Downhiller [Apr 25, 2000]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: X-vert r, X-vert Ti. Tried a Boxxer once.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
ZuLu Kay   Downhiller [Mar 14, 2000]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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!

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...

Similar Products Used: not used but tried a : bomber,
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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