X-Fusion Signs Multi-Time World Champ Brian Lopes

Jan 6, 2012 at 15:35
Jan 6, 2012
by Karl Burkat  
 
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X-Fusion is pleased to announce the signing of 4-time World Champion Brian Lopes. A Mountain Bike and BMX Hall of Fame member, Lopes professional cycling career has spanned over 20 years. During that time, he has won over 19 titles and still has more World Cup event wins than any other male athlete in history.

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bigquotesThere were a lot of athletes looking to ride X-Fusion for 2012, but we decided to work with Brian because he offers more than just a marketing face for the brand. We've already benefitted from his testing expertise and since he is riding everything from cross-country to downhill to pump tracks to dirt jumps, he can positively affect our entire product line. - John Hauer, X-Fusion Marketing Manager

X-Fusion’s close relationship with another local Santa Cruz company, Ibis Cycles, also helped with the partnership between Brian and X-Fusion. “Around Interbike, I found out Ibis was using X-Fusion forks and shocks on their Special Blend complete bikes” says Lopes. “All the Ibis guys there were raving about the performance, so I knew it was something I should check out”.

Lopes has signed with X-Fusion for two years, and for he plans to take part in a diverse competitive schedule of events consisting of Sprint Eliminator, Enduro, Super D, Downhill and Dual Slalom Races.


For more information on X-Fusion please visit our website at www.xfusionshox.com. You can learn more about Brian and follow him throughout the year on his website, www.brianlopes.com
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119 Comments

  • + 44
 That's a big move, considering how long he seemed to be with Marzocchi for. Sick that they could land such a strong rider, their products have been absolutely top notch in the last couple of years and its good to see them getting more exposure.
  • + 1
 i couldn't remember what suspension he had before, and I was think really he thinks X fusion feels that much better the fox or roxshox? that makes more sense now
  • + 2
 dude i am pumped for X Fusion
  • + 43
 "I was think really he thinks"

please proof read your writing, for everyone's sake.
  • + 2
 awesome that x-fusion picked up such a big name. my fav suspension company...just such great guys. oh and anyone who thinks x-fusion is junk needs to bust out their cc today and buy a vengeance and a vector air for your trail bike. gosh it'll stun you
  • + 1
 At this rate i would't be surprised if x-fusion past rockshox and fox! This year they could be the best!
  • + 1
 X-Fusion Has a great path ahead of them.
  • + 19
 Way to go X-Fusion! it's great to see your growing success! Keep up the good work.
  • + 29
 True, as much as I love FOX and ROCK SHOX it's good too see this.
  • + 3
 any news on zzochi status on ending MTB production?
  • + 2
 Marzocchi is selling very well this days and Brian's departure opens new ventures on specific racer or product. Cheaper too.
  • + 2
 marz ending mtb production? where did you hear this from?
  • + 1
 There was an annoucement on here a few weeks ago , go back a few pages
  • + 1
 link??
  • + 2
 no there was another notice saying the rumors are false about ending production, nearly shat my pants there
  • + 13
 Any plans for a dh fork?
  • + 14
 They like to take their time and get it right the first time. It's coming, be patient.
  • + 1
 i think they will definitely be the top suspension brand when they bust out one that's as good as the rest of their line up.
  • + 4
 it better be affordable or else, people will just stick to what's already tried and tested at the same price.
  • + 2
 Why does everyone keep saying "they like to take their time and get it right the first time"....? They already had a DH fork for a few seasons. They flopped and was not much interest in them. They were decent forks, albit some weird proprietary standards on them though.
  • + 2
 X- fusion is looking like a great shock! fox/rs marz are a little over priced!
  • + 1
 @dhmountain yeap ur right. What the heck is with fox for a 36 like 1400€... that prize is a moto fork... not lil bike stuff...
X-Fusion goes the rigth way!! If more people/companys try to dump the prices again! Its more real!!
  • + 9
 I never saw that comming that Lopes is going from Marzocchi to X-Fusion,what a great move from X-Fusion bringing in a champ under their wings for 2 years.
  • + 5
 since he is riding everything from cross-country to downhill to pump tracks to dirt jumps, he can positively affect our entire product line. I wondered what happened to Lopes, So he moved from Marzocchi, and Tenneco is in trouble. Hmmmm.. I thought Tenneco would shelf Marzocchi as soon as they bought it.. Never thought Marzocchi was going to see the light of day... X fusion is surviving.. in such a fierce bloody market... Interesting...
  • + 3
 There is no fierce market, there are people like me and you making decisions what to buy basing on how much do we listen to "who can create more and better bullsht" about new upgrades and features to stuff we ride. It is us putting these companies in and out of business and deciding whether that blssht matters or not. I wish it wouldn't but we don't have much time or opprotunity to become much smarter these days.

It does not matter for Lopes results whether he rides X-Fusion or +1000$ Fox 36, at least it does not push him out of top five in whatever race he decides to do. But bllsht makers want us to believe that a difference between 1200$ fork and 600$fork means for Lopes accordingly first 5 and first 50 depending on choice (as if he was choosing "top performance" and not better sponsoring terms and conditions)
  • + 5
 I've had the Vector Air on my HD as well for a little over a month now. It's silly how much it feels like a coil. Big range of adjustment out of the hi/lo compression and rebound knobs and doesn't suffer from heat soak after a 1200' descent like other air shocks I've used. No expensive aftermarket tuning needed to get this thing dialed in for the DW platform.
  • + 7
 Lopes should be a doctor.Dissecting trails like that
  • + 2
 a phd in shredding
  • + 3
 I really like that Brian rode like their was no camera there. No little flicks and mini-whips and spraying dirt. The man is a racer, pure and simple. He doesn't look like he was trying hard or going too fast, but I bet he was absolutely flying relative to anyone that would have been on the trail.
  • + 2
 One word: HUGE... 9 words: Brian Lopes Xfusion super awesome big time shazam wow.

Seriously though, this will be awesome. I can only see good things for X-Fusions already "strong and coming on stringer" line for the future. I'd like to think that BL is so successfull and doing well enough financialy that he could decide to do something like this because he really believed and liked what he saw in teh company and their technology/quality of product and not just a huge pay increase (which I have NO idea about, I'm just thinking out loud). Just like Jill and Bryn going to Norco, this is a big move for this company and I think Lopes deserves all the success he can handle cause he's an icon who work his butt off and who's GREAT for our sport.
  • + 2
 haha so crazy, i got to do a few runs with lopes in october. he was running a vector hlr and when i asked him about it, he told me "i never saw him with it". haha, i shoulda just put two and two together but it never occured to me. anyways, it looks like x fusion's gonna have a sick lineup of riders this year. itd be cool to see them expand and bring some more competition to rs fox and marzo
  • + 0
 X-fusion along with WhiteBros were early in supplying 650b forks. Rumour is that Fox will in 2012. That would help boost interest in the wheel size and lead to more choices for 650b specific bikes-?but not "necessary" in that X-Fusion is great as well as a much better bang for the buck

Question is does BL use 650b in any of the disciplines he rides/races?
  • + 1
 Well its been mentioned on the mtbr forums that one of the reasons behind the Mojo-HD was to improve the tire clearance of the swingarm enough to clear 27.5 x 2.35s (the regular Mojo/Mojo SL will only clear a 27.5 x 2.1). They certainly didn't need to make it stronger (if anything the appearance of the Mojo SL and SLR proved that the original mojos were overbuilt as is), and only 20mm more travel is hardly worth the effort on its own. But a few minor differences combined can add up to a reasonable reason for another model.
  • + 1
 20mm more travel and a 67 degree head angle on the HD vs. a 69 Degree head angle on the SL. It's worth the effort because I would never even consider a bike with a 69 degree head angle, compared to the HD which I think is the best all mountain bike on the market. Even watching this video, it is clear that his riding style is much more comfortable on the HD. Throw an angle set on there to get a 66 degree head angle and you have a bike you can ride for everything.
  • + 1
 Does anyone remember the specialized forks and how totally awesome they were? and x-fusion made those forks too so if the x-fusion performance is anything like the specialized,they should be awesomely shithouse
  • + 2
 no more envee for lopes thats a surprise! props to xfusion for picking him up though, xfusion kills it with marketing!
  • + 3
 I want a van with a picture of myself doing a huge whip on the back!
  • + 3
 Not a fan of lopes. Not a fan at all.
  • + 2
 I would say..."Who cares?" Brian Lopes head and ego are so big, I am surprised there is enough room for a sponsor...
  • + 1
 Have you ever even met him? He's probably one of the most chill dudes around.
  • + 3
 I have ridden with Brian many times - twice this winter - and the 'big head and ego' are never there on the trail. The man simply loves to ride and damn, he can do it well! Lopes rides so smoothly that he doesn't look fast. Watch the video. Brian works every bump and bend with an ease of movement that mirrors Eastern fighting forms. All bets are off on the start line, though. I will say that he is one of the most competitive men I have ever met. You can't diss him for acting like he owns the number one spot when he's suited up for an event - the man races to win. RC
  • + 3
 So...you are saying that, since he is #1, and rides like a Shogun Warrior, that is an excuse to be a jerk....I don't think that is ok at all. I met him here in Oregon at a SuperD race...he was all ego, and not very nice. I asked my friend who brought him to the race about his ego, and he said that I was not the only one to think that...I apologize for offending all of you hard core Brian Lopes fans...but that was my experience....
  • - 1
 If I was on his level, I would also have big ego, and I wouldn't give guys like you or me the time of day. Just being honest. So yes, I think being a sick rider entitles a person to have a big ego, and we should not expect any less.
  • + 2
 Weird, Gwin doesn't seem like a jerk...
  • + 1
 How does he act like a Jerk. Like I asked, have you EVER EVEN MET HIM? Don't base your like for someone off a video interview, or just seeing him at a race. Unless you have actually been out on the trail with him, or spoken to him off the mountain, say at a bar, etc, calling him a jerk just makes you look moronic.

Also, you met him in oregon at a super d race? you mean you were on the sideline, or just bumped into him and said hey?

Remember, he's not GWIN. He's much older, and has been around MTB, BMX, DH, etc etc for over 2 decades. He's just a mellow adult. Nothing about ego. I'm sure he's just as irritated with the little fad chasing emo tight pant's wearing I need my mommies nipple to get through life new age bikers. I'm wondering if he just refused to give you an autograph, so now your crying and calling him a jerk.

Remember, Gwin is also around 20 years younger than Lopes.
  • + 1
 rffr...there are not tight pants here little man...have you ever met him? He acted like a jerk....that was my experience...I did meet him the day before our race for a ride, at our race, and the bar afterward...He was not a nice guy...Sorry to offend your obvious gentle nature. It was simply MY experience....nothing more. SO don't take it so personal.. I'm not trying to start a fight over this.. Give it a rest. Why let it get to you? I didn't like him...so what? Why get all bent out of shape over it? A tiny little guy like you shouldn't be starting fights anyway...seriously....it's bad for your health..

And what does Gwin have to do with this???
  • + 1
 tetonlarry...seriously? It was my personal experience...I can't figure out why you would take it so personal...Hasn't someone ever been rude to you, and you didn't like it??? That's how it was for me..nothing personal towards you, so why the personal attack on me?
  • + 2
 Mt.Hood I wasn't specifically talking about you. It was just in general. Even pro's in BMX throughout my time BMX racing had some "attitude". People get tired of the same old crap so they just mellow out and can be taken as an idiot.

No harm no foul man.
  • + 2
 No personal attack intended. My bad. All I'm saying is that if I was someone random people recognized, I would not enjoy the attention at all, and would act like a dick to avoid talking to random dudes. I would talk to all the girls, even the ugly ones. As we all know, with girls; acting like a dick always works. Girls love dicks.
  • + 2
 In the video- what's with the water bottle on the down tube; can you even reach it down there???
  • + 1
 That's what i was thinking. No room for it anywhere else though.
  • + 1
 With certain bikes like this one where the shock is horizontal like that, you can't mount it inside the triangle. Look at it, where else is it supposed to go? And yes you can. I've road a Teocali comp, which you have to put a bottle on the same way, it works fine.
  • + 1
 My specialised enduro 06 has the holes on the down tube to I think they are intended to attach a mud guard to but there are no other places to put a bottle hOlder which I find stupid since an enduro is build for AM and enduro cycling in Which yOu need water?!
  • + 3
 You bring the water on your back, Jacko.
  • + 2
 You can actually stop and take a drink too - don't need to drink on the fly all the time. True, most guys have a back hydro system.
  • + 3
 doesn't the bottle get caked in mud/dirt when it is stashed on the down tube? I ride in areas with lots of horse poop on the trails, the last thing I want is that stuff flinged up onto my water bottle.
  • + 1
 It sure does!! They sell neoprene covers or just cloth and tie it on.
  • + 2
 This is my old Mojo www.pinkbike.com/photo/3744813 I would only carry a bottle here on the long days as my back up bottle - some days I was really happy to have it.
  • + 2
 Heck yea brule. Can't say how many times I've emptied my camelbak on longer than expected rides, or when the heat spiked up and required more water consumption. I've zip tied a water bottle cage a few times to my DH rig on those grueling 15 mile hike and bikes. Also, what many don't consider, if when doing massive rides, which many times hiking will be involved, you end up with your helmet, pads, and sometimes armor strapped to your pack, plus have a slew of tools, etc on you as well, so having extra water bottles in your pack is sometimes not possible. Plus, sometimes it's just nice to ride without a pack on your back, and if the ride is short enough, a water bottle holder is more than ample.
  • + 2
 Why don't company's mount them on the top tube?
  • + 1
 Spend $6000 to have a bike as light as possible, then throw a heavy water bottle on there? A 16oz water bottle adds a pound of weight. Here's a better idea: Throw a few water purification tablets in your pack. Chances are, there is water somewhere on your ride.

Now, if you are trying to ride without a pack altogether, I can see the rationale for a water bottle.
  • + 1
 domster i wouldnt like to put lucosade or any other drink in my camelbak incase it got sticky and sometimes its just easier to use water bottles personally i use a camelbak
  • + 2
 Chances are there is water somewhere on your ride? Yea, being 99.999% of people ride next to lakes, streams, rivers, or ponds.

Also, having water in your backpack makes your bike heavier because YOU are riding it. Your not saving any weight by having water in a backpack than you are having it on your frame. It's still on the damn pedals regardless. I swear, sometimes people don't think, and don't think that having water on their backpack means the complete package of you and the bike are heavier, than just having something on your bike. Remember, the weight is always on the wheels regardless, and regardless of how you think weight works.
  • + 3
 rffr: If that's sarcasm in your first sentence, then i totally agree.

tetonlarry: Honestly, your argument makes little sense. First off, an Ibis is light, but definitely not the lightest thing possible...you must be a pretty big weight weenie if you are so concerned about the weight of water as to not bring one at all. Plus you have to consider if that water bottle is a pound, and you go ride to a lake and drink as much water as would be in that bottle, would you not be in effect just as heavy as if you brought and drank that bottle? Honestly, think about what you are saying. And by the way, most people don't come across water during their ride, let alone viable drinking water. I know i don't, dry and dusty here, and what do you think people in places like AZ do? Water purification tablet's cant get rid of everything, you would need a pretty nice water filtration bottle to do that. Besides, if we didn't bring a bottle, what are we supposed to drop the tablets in, the lake?
  • + 1
 Ok,

First off, I am far from a weight weenie. I actually only ride DH, and I'm perfectly happy with a 38lb TR250. I wouldn't even consider a regular Mojo, the HD would be the lightest bike I would ever ride. I haven't seen a water bottle on any of the trails I ride in years. Good point about everyone not having water on their rides. Living in Colorado and Wyoming over the last 10 years, I haven't been on a single ride that didn't have a clean fresh water source, so I apologize for not considering other locations. Man, that must suck to not have any water around!

I would much rather have the water on my back rather than on the frame. I think you will feel the weight more if it's on the bike, making the bike feel less flickable. For hitting lips and throwing whips I wouldn't want the extra weight on the bike. Does a 30lb bike feel different if the rider is 150lbs or 200lbs? Most of my laps are quick, so usually I don't have a pack, or a bottle. Also, If I'm doing a longer lap that involves a climb to the top, I'm going to have a pack with a multi-tool, pump, tube, lighter, and supplies anyway.

Aside from that, having a water bottle cage on your bike screams to me that you are a gaper!
  • + 1
 I'm assuming from the lack of reply that I have won this argument.
  • + 2
 Well, your reply was more of an acknowledgement/ apology, so i didn't really feel that replying to escalate further argument was needed..

Anyways, that's sweet you have a tr250! That's like my dream bike, i have an older Ellsworth moment. I agree though, i would much rather have water on my back than on my frame though. The shortest rides i can do here are about 40 minutes for about 4-5 ish miles (i live at the bottom of the trail head), so often i'll just not even bring water and just drink some before i leave as a compromise, and deal with potential thirst till I get back. But if i go to the top of the trail, which is like a 15 mile ride, then i'll grab a pack with water, a tube, and a pump and all that.

Also, what is a gaper?
  • + 1
 lack of reply = winning an argument. IMO tet, I have much more to do than argue with people that don't know about bikes. But if you think the lack of an argument makes you "win" then more power to you.

And 38 lb DH bike... WEIGHT WEENIE....! Honestly my Lahar is lighter, but, that is a dedicated race rig. My Tmac is 55lbs and I don't bitch. I see someone talking about weights in the 30's and it absolutely wreaks of pansy. Only reason I ride a Lahar which is in the mid 0's is I got it cheaper than a Canfield Jedi which would have been in the low 40's.

And not seeing a water bottle on a frame in years... that just shows you don't really ride long distance... Try doing a 25 mile hike and bike... then talk.

And feeling the weight more if it's on the bike, and not you... remember, the higher up the weight, the higher up the center of gravity. A bottle will feel like nothing, but throwing a bottle in your spare pouch in your cback will make you feel like ass... in comparison riding wise.

And trust me, the whole does a 20lb bike feel diff with a 150lb rider than a 200lb rider... been there done that, and the answer is yes... it does feel different... in every which way.

The whole "most of my laps are quick IMO just prove you have absolutely no ideia what your talking about. Just mentioning a "multi-tool" makes you sound like a tool. They are called allen wrenches bud, and if your one of the guys running a tool with both allen, screw drivers, and a socket attachment, your even more of a tool. Man up and carry a damn socket, a correct allen tool, and a few screwdrivers. Your replies wreak of un-informed noobie, poser. It's even worse when you balk your opinion at people that actually know about things, and ride extremely hard.

But then again, I don't even have to argue... everyone thinks and thought you were braindead the second the mentioned "water purification" tablets, and that everyone had a stream or river to ride next to.
  • + 1
 BrigadierBuege ... your ells is a zillion times better than a TR250. Ellsworth is a zillion times better than tranny outsource bike co will ever be. You got a real bike bro... keep shreddin' hard on it... it will never let you down! Ells is up there with Canfield, the OLD Banshee, and the OLD Karpiel in my book. Top shit, made for beating the shit out of, and never failing on you!
  • + 1
 BrigadierBuege, the term originates in the ski and snowboard world, but can be applied to most action sports.

"A gaper is a skiier or snowboarder who is completely clueless. Usually distiungished by their bright colored clothes and a gaper gap, the gap between goggles and a helment/hat." -Urban Dictionary

Basically a tourist out of their element gaping in amazement about what is going on around them, not realizing they are standing right in the landing of a jump about to ruin their day and mine.

@rrfr: The tool I carry is a Specialized EMT Multitool, so I think calling it a multitool is appropriate. Do you disagree? Yes, allens are almost the only thing you need these days, but having a torx wrench, phillips, and especially an integrated chain tool in a small lightweight package have helped me out on many occasions.

My bike is 38lbs stock. I did not have to strive to reach that weight, I just had to save for a year and spend my hard earned money on what I feel is the most important thing I own. My bike is worth much more than my car! You may be comfortable on a 55lb downhill bike, but I am not. Like it or not, that extra 17lbs is definitely holding you back.

No, I don't ride long distances. I was very clear about the fact that I don't ride XC, which is why I don't see water bottle cages on the trails. Do DH riders in other areas rock water bottle cages? Do any DH bikes even have a water bottle mount?
  • + 1
 Congratulations though on losing 50lbs so that you could give an objective opinion on how a 20lb bike feels to a 150lb person compared to a 200lb person!

Oh, and the personal attacks are just unnecessary. I was trying to have a constructive argument here, and I never once made assumptions about you, your riding skill, or your knowledge of bikes. I am very confident in my own knowledge, and skill, and I do not feel the need to prove myself to anyone. My argumentative tone on the internets is only meant to heat up the discussion and elicit a response. "Tool, Noobie, Weight Weenie, Poser, Pansy, Braindead"! Those are strong words. You must be a very angry individual. You do not know me, and I assure you that your assumptions are way off.
  • + 1
 tetonlarry: Oh, okay I'd never heard that term before. I like it though haha.

rffr: My Ellsworth is not the best thing ever, it's pretty old and has crummy old components on it. For sure it's solid and has always ridden great, but I wouldn't go so far as to say my 8 year old frame with 09 suspension and mix matched parts that I threw together on the floor of my garage is better than a new TR250. But it's what I can afford, and it doesn't really matter anyways. But whoa man, chill out with the name calling to tetonlarry..it's really unnecessary. If you don't like his bike or his riding style, just because it's different than yours, do us a favor and keep it to yourself unless you are going to inquire about it in a respectable manner, you look like a real jack ass right now to be honest.
  • + 1
 What does components on a bike have to do with frame quality? Your ellsworth is a million times better than any transition frame will ever be. Ellsworth is up there with Intense, Canfield, Yeti, Tomac etc. SC, Transition, etc don't even compare to an ellsworth. And being 8 years old has nothing to do with it. My 9 year old Tomac, or 6 year old Lanhar show 0 age, and work probably better for me, than any other frame out there. It's not like Transition has some revolutionary design.

And Tetonlarry is retarded. Who says I've lost 50 lbs. Who says it isn't the other way around. And no tetonlarry, I'm very mellow, I just hate people who act like r-tards.
  • + 1
 You are not very easy to reason with my friend. Add "r-tards" to the list of insults. You need to give up. I do not believe that you really think a 9 year old bike is better than a brand new one. Granted, Transition uses a traditional single pivot design on my bike, but the weight, and geometry of modern downhill bikes has completely changed over the last few years. Does your 9 year old Tomac have a 64 degree head angle, a low standover, short chainstay's, low center of gravity, low bottom bracket, tapered head tube, etc? Add to that the advances in suspension technology over the past 9 years, and your argument continues to lose credibility.

When is the last time you rode a newer downhill bike? Maybe you just don't know what your missing. Your arguments just don't make any sense. You would have to PAY ME to ride a 9 year old bike.

You have gone way too far to try to prove a ridiculous point and you sound foolish. A 9 year old bike that shows no age? Impossible.

Looking forward to proving you wrong again in the future... I'm over this one. Out.
  • + 2
 Big moves for 2012...I heard that Greg Watts is going with fox this year
  • + 2
 lopes chokes on a big...........
  • + 1
 Am I right in what ive heard from my local bike shop that X-Fusion are owned by Fox?
  • + 1
 No. Your local shop was wrong. Fox contracts with X-Fusion for production of some fork/shock assemblies because X-Fusion has much larger production facilities... but that doesn't make Fox their owners.
  • + 1
 I think it's because they are so close together, and many times you will see the Fox crew riding with X fusion guys. Heck, it's one big family when riding in Santa Cruz or Pacifica (or even Demo).
  • + 1
 love them trails. too bad , they're ranger filled. mr. bling bling rippin it hard. niceeeee
  • + 2
 eh.. thought he was getting along very well with Marzoochi
  • + 6
 No shoes No shirt No sponsorship
  • + 2
 Marzocchi (more specifically the parent company Teneco) is in a bit of financial trouble at the moment. I bet the decision had more to do with available budgets than Flyin' Brian.

Ah well, Marzo's loss is X-Fusion's gain, lets see them adding some trophies to the pile Mr Lopes!
  • + 3
 marzocchi usa is not having "financial trouble"
  • - 5
flag suicidedownhiller (Jan 6, 2012 at 19:10) (Below Threshold)
 Yes they are, rather, they are closing down/selling out.
  • + 1
 Fecal Matter, at said moment, has transcended from abstract theory into a more literal configuration

LOL!
  • - 1
 There has to be some truth to the rumors. I would be willing to bet they are done. They just haven't kept up with the other big brands, and now there are companies like x-Fusion that are shaking up the game also.
  • + 3
 I would have to disagree about the keeping up with other big brands comment. Their air system could use a little work, but so could Fox. The RC3 Ti forks are world's ahead of anything else out there as far as performance goes IMO.
  • + 1
 My fox 36 float 180mm is flawless, and I don't see how it could be improved. I have heard that Marzocchi products are quality again, but there were few years when their products were so bad, they turned me off to the company altogether. I've always had great success with Fox and Rockshox products and customer service.
  • + 1
 My 40RC2 FIT is a great fork as is the 888 RC3 Ti. The Marzocchi designs have always been lower maintenance and more of a set and forget setup which is great for weekend warriors and less serious riders. I find that the 40 needs a lot of babysitting to keep it feeling amazing, but as long as it's being done the fork is always ready to rock and roll. I'd love to get a little more time on the RC3 Ti so I could make a more educated decision about it, but all of the feedback I've heard has been positive. I currently have a Marzocchi Roco WC Air on the back of my DH bike and I love it. It's relatively high volume air chambers makes for a good ride. It's still not quite a coil, but I think they will continue to push that at an engineering level and continue provide great products going forward. We heard this same nonsense about Race Face, and they bounced back like champs. Just continue to support the Marzocchi brand in whatever ways you can and we'll keep them in the game. Can you think of a more iconic freeride suspension maker??
  • + 2
 funny how everyone forgets about how many consecutive years RS has put out a horrendous product
  • + 1
 Eh, durable vs horrible. I see plenty of boxxers on podiums. it's a lightweight product, not a horrible product.
  • + 2
 No dropper post? Must be 1989.
  • + 3
 No, these guys (Lopes, Weir, Wildhaber etc.) would ride lowered post standing up&down for hours just as fast as with droppers. They have skills&fitness something we like to believe we can achieve spending thousands on Jenson USA or CRC... Big Grin
  • + 1
 The yellow hd at the very beginning of the vid has the new ks post coming out in the spring I think. Looks sick to runs the cable for the handle bar mount in the the collar at the bottom so there is no bogus cable loop out the back of the bike when its slammed.
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 Wouldn't he start using the X-Fusion dropper?
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 is good in today's market shocks have more brands that develops good and competitive products.
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 x-fusion should make a dual crown!!!
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 Screw the shock...that Ibis Hd is amazing!!!
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 Anyone notice those tires on his Mojo SL-R? They looked fast rolling!
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 You blowin up my woods with this video! jk
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 better late then never
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 how big of a loan did x fusion take out to get him
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 NIce vid - great song (Heyoka I think)!
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 Lopes as in the 'lion lopes along on his way to the waterhole'
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 So good for X-Fusion. Well done JS!
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 yyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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 music?
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 what tires is he on?
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 now make a 150mm fork
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 X-Fusion forks are terrible. I bought one because I figured I would give them a try. A seal blew and the fork was about two months old. Junk.
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 One bad fork out of a hundred thousand doesn't mean much to me. I've seen dozens of marzocchi forks blow their seals prematurely. I don't go around calling them terrible.
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 X-Fusion ftw
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