X-Fusion's New H3C Coil-Sprung Shock - Eurobike 2019

Sep 4, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2019


X-Fusion's Andrew Taylor was at Sea Otter earlier this year with a new coil-sprung shock on his Norco, abeit a prototype version that was being used for long-term reliability testing. That same shock, the H3C is still running issue-free on his bike, he told me, and it's now launching at the Eurobike show. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because they used to have an air-sprung shock in their catalog called the H3 that's been long retired, and the H3C is an entirely different beast.


Eurobike 2019
Eurobike 2019
The $399 USD H3C shock offers a three-position pedal assist, low-speed compression, and low-speed rebound adjustments. It's said to weigh 318-grams without a spring.


Realistically, X-Fusion knows that their products need to stand out from the stuff that the bigger names sell, so they're concentrating on two talking points: A relatively competitive MSRP, and low weight. The H3C retails for $399 USD, and it weighs 318-grams without a coil spring. Both of those numbers are comparatively low. A large diameter aluminum damper shaft is used, and the shock body tapers down drastically below the preload threads to save more grams.

Adjustments include a three-position pedal-assist that'll come in handy on some bikes, a low-speed compression dial, and of course a low-speed rebound dial as well. It'll only be available for bikes that take Metric or trunion-stye shock, however.


33 Comments

  • 17 0
 Im 216x63mm sad.
  • 1 0
 same. WHYYYY
  • 2 0
 For real though why?
  • 6 0
 Has anyone put a similar size metric shock on a standard frame? Maybe it's like the Moon landings. The CIA will turn up the minute you bolt it on
  • 2 0
 @Smokey79: seen someone do it but i dont recommend, it kinda f**ks with the geometry
  • 6 0
 @Smokey79: I think some frames could handle it.. A 210x55 metric Frame could handle 216x63 if clearance at bottom out its OK... Same for 22x70 and 230x60.. Do it off the grid though. Metric police could show up
  • 2 2
 @Lagr1980 You're wife will be pleased with your length and diameter
  • 14 0
 Damn that's a decent price point!
  • 3 0
 Glad to see someone focusing price instead of trying to re-invent suspension like so many other brands are attempting. If they could bring the price of the Trace 36 HLR down a smidge, that would make for a bangin combo.
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: The most important thing is not the price! Its the god damn service and the spare parts! Thats the main reason x-fusion is not as big as they could be!

i rode a fork of them and it felt great. but you always hear from guys that are riding x-fusion a longer time that you have problems with service and parts...
  • 1 0
 @Zany2410: I’ve never used any of their stuff- I wonder if parts & service would be better or worse in North America? It’s a valid concern.
  • 1 1
 @ninjatarian: Atm iam running good old fox and dvo. both are really good! excellent service and spare part
availability
  • 6 0
 @Zany2410: we have been working hard to make sure that we have the adequate amount of services centers along with making sure these service centers have parts in stock at all times. It looks like you are from Germany. Lemon Shox is our local service center in Germany and have been doing a very great job.
  • 1 0
 @XFusionShox: Yep thats true, indeed. Already had contact to Lemon, and they´re doing a great job. Smile

Keep on working hard Wink
  • 7 0
 Looks smart, like my fox van. Not everyone need a million different adjusters.
  • 3 0
 A couple months ago, they said it will be 600$ and everybody found it to be too expensive for a simple X-Fusion shock. At 400$ it is now a good deal if we can have parts/service! Smile I'll take a look at it for my next bike!!
  • 6 0
 Damn 400.....WIN!
  • 5 0
 I still got hope that manitou will make a comeback one day
  • 1 0
 Did you not notice the manitou Mezzer a pro, you can already buy, and the upcoming manitou Mara Pro shock? ;-)
  • 4 0
 really nice, simple looking shock.
  • 3 0
 Yes we need things like this. This sport is getting so expensive but this gives me hope
  • 5 2
 So many product unveiling today! What is happening?
  • 16 3
 What don't you understand about the world eurobike ? Hey it is just around the corner to your place.
  • 3 0
 @opignonlibre: I guess so but the other products don’t have Eurobike written in the title...
  • 6 3
 @frasian: Guess the idea of putting brightly colored tags on the news page didn't work...
  • 3 0
 @Jacquers: Mobile version of the site doesn’t have those tags.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: product release throughout the year murdered interbike...not a bad thing
  • 1 0
 Any idea what the lightest compatible coil brand and weight ranges would be?
  • 4 0
 Cane creek IL still takes the crown
  • 2 0
 Manitou coil ...
  • 1 0
 Weight looks good. Waiting on an Avy tune.
  • 1 2
 Surely if it has one rebound control clicker then it's not just low speed and is just rebound control.
  • 1 0
 It's always low speed, and high speed is usualy shims stack, unless you have external dial for that.

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