X-Fusion Sweep RL2 Fork - Review

Jul 4, 2016
by Vernon Felton  
X-Fusion Sweep RL2

X-Fusion’s Sweep fork is aimed at trail or all-mountain riders—people, in other words, who want a bike that climbs well, doesn’t weigh a ton and is still capable on rowdier descents.. Enduro? Yeah, sure, whatever...Sweep handles that too. Silly labels aside, the Sweep RL2 offers up 160-millimeters of air-sprung travel and weighs in at a competitive 4.2 pounds. In other words, it plays in the same corner of the sandbox as RockShox’s Pike and Fox’s 34. Stiff competition, particularly when the models you’re up against sell for hundreds more. Is the more affordable Sweep truly a contender?

Sweep RL2 Details
• Travel: 160 mm (adjustable, internally, down to 100 millimeters)
• Spring: Air
• Stanchion Diameter: 34 mm
• Weight: 4.2 lbs/1905 grams
• Adjustments: Rebound, Lockout
• Max Rotor Size: 203mm
• Price: $650 USD
www.xfusionshox.com

The Sweep has been a mainstay of X-Fusion’s line for a couple years now and has 26er and 29er X-Fusion twins (the Slant and Trace, respectively). There are actually two versions of the Sweep—the fancier Sweep RC HLR, which features both high and low-speed compression damping adjusters, and this simpler, less-expensive ($650) Sweep RL2.

X-Fusion Sweep RL2
A season and a half of abuse and the Sweep has yet to crap the bed or develop noticeable stiction despite a maintenance regimen consisting of me doing my best to avoid pointing the pressure washer at the wiper seals.
X-Fusion Sweep RL2
The 15-mm, through-axle quick release is very Maxle-like and that's a good thing. Unfortunately, you can't rotate the thing the full 360 degrees without bumping the lever back into the fork leg. Sorta annoying.

Out of the Box

The Sweep RL2 is a straight-forward affair. You won’t find a dizzying array of knobs to futz with here. There’s a rebound damping adjuster at bottom of the right leg. There’s a lock-out knob atop the crown. You fill the fork with the right amount of air, dial in your sag and off you go. So, if you’re all about adjusting the firmness of your low-speed compression damping) or fiddling with high-speed rebound adjusters, this just plain isn’t your pony.

The RL2 also lacks a fancy, trademarked stanchion coating or travel-adjuster knobs. You can open the fork up and adjust the travel from between 100 and 160 millimeters. Switching up the travel is a matter of pulling the lowers and the base plate on the air-spring side, and moving the pin from one travel stop to another. It's not rocket science, but you are going to need a pin spanner, some sockets, some new suspension fluid, an RLD damper-removal too.... Oh, yeah, having a bench vice or an arbor press handy wouldn't hurt either. In short, eking out some extra travel (or, conversely, shortening it up a bit) isn't rocket science, but if you dream of flipping a switch and suddenly enjoying more or less suspension travel from your fork, the Sweep RL2 really isn't going to cut it.


X-Fusion Sweep
It's a lock-out lever in the traditional sense--flip the switch and the fork is firm as hell. It works for out-of-the-saddle fireroad climbs and the obligatory pedal on the road, but I'm a bigger fan of more subtle and tunable compression damping adjusters.
X-Fusion Sweep RL2
How sexy is this? Okay, it's not. Still, I'm always happy to see companies list pressure guidelines on their forks. Every air-sprung fork, no matter how "rad" it is, rides like shit if your pressure is off. If nothing else, it's a good starting point for setting sag.

On the Trail

So, yeah, the fork eschews the obvious whiz-bang factor of the Pike and 34. But after a year and a half of flogging the crap out of this thing, I have to admit, it’s a pretty damn good fork. Not just in that everybody’s-a-winner “good for a budget fork” way. No. I mean it’s reliable and consistent. What's more, if you were addled and gifted enough to ride around with your eyes closed, most of the time you wouldn’t believe you were riding a budget fork.

Eighteen months of mud and ill-treatment haven’t noticeably affected the fork’s suspension stroke. It’s still nice and smooth—it doesn’t ease into its travel (when running the same percentage of sag) quite as easily as a Kashima-coated Fox 34 or 36, but it’s not far off the mark and I’ve done zero maintenance on this thing to date. Not proud of that fact...just being honest here. I’m also impressed by how well supported the Sweep is. X-Fusion's RL2 damper cartridge features “Mid Valve”—a secondary compression circuit that keeps the fork from diving when you hit that front brake or hit small drops. It works well and allows you to run a bit more sag (say 30 percent instead of 25) if that’s your thing. I never felt the need to increase the fork's bottom out resistance, but if you feel like adding more progressivity to the party, you'll need to dump a bit more suspension fluid into the air chamber. At this point, X-Fusion doesn't sell any puck-style volume reducers.

Is the Sweep's performance equal to that of the Pike and 34? It’s close, but not quite there. I ran the fork exclusively for a year on a Mojo HD3 and then began swapping out forks—running both a Pike and Fox 34 with the same frame, wheels and tires. On fast runs with long rocky stretches, both the Pike and 34 proved superior. Something about the fast, repeated hits would make the Sweep feel less controlled than the top-tier forks--as if the rebound damping was getting overwhelmed by the rat-a-tat-tat-tat wrist-slamming hits. And before you ask: Yes, I had the rebound speed set appropriately. As for flex (always a concern on lighter, longer-travel forks), the Pike feels stiffer than the Sweep under hard cornering. The differences that I’m talking about here, however, are surprisingly subtle. So subtle, in fact, that I spent a lot of time going back and forth between forks to make sure I wasn’t simply imagining things. The fact that the Sweep RL2 come this close is, frankly, impressive given its price.


X-Fusion Sweep RL2

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesDespite the fact that the Sweep RL2 sells for a couple hundred bucks less than a Fox Factory Series Float 34 and about $400 less than a RockShox Pike, the Sweep RL2 performs nearly on par with the Gucci-grade forks. Could it be improved? Of course. X-Fusion could stand to sexy up that fork crown and improve the quick-release clearance. I'd also prefer an adjustable low-speed compression damping adjuster over the Sweep RL2's ultra-firm lockout lever. In short, if you want maximum control over your damping adjustments, this bare bones fork isn't going to satisfy you. If, on the other hand, you are a set-it-and-forget-it kind of rider, you should check this one out. The Sweep RL2 may be a budget fork, but it doesn't ride like one.- Vernon Felton



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115 Comments

  • + 99
 $650 is budget?.... Us poor Africans
  • - 345
flag abzillah (Jul 4, 2016 at 5:28) (Below Threshold)
 Hey, it's better to be a poor African than to be shot by the police in America for being African American.
  • + 42
 @abzillah: Whaaaaaaaat?^
  • + 34
 @richierocket: wtf did I just have to read?
  • + 33
 @abzillah: please take your sjw or whatever it's called bullshit somewhere else.
  • - 78
flag panzer103 (Jul 4, 2016 at 6:03) (Below Threshold)
 @dropoffsticks: lol..Travon Martin...
  • + 82
 @abzillah: um.... even assuming your comment made sense in this situation (it didn't), you do realize he's from SOUTH AFRICA, right? They know a thing or two about racial strife and violence...
  • + 11
 @bkm303: indeed. Just in comparison, Khayelitsha; only one neighbourhood in Cape Town alone, has about 1200 murders per year.
  • + 14
 Pinkbike writers have no clue about budget or real prices on the market. For them everything with a lower mrsp-pricetag thatn fox is budget but nobody cares about that. I got my pike new for 400€ three years ago. This x-fusion is listed as nealry 600€ now...
  • + 8
 @tabletop84: Just got mine for 215€ @crc, real cheap alternative to try 27+ tires (accepts 2.8 nobby nics easily)
  • + 42
 @abzillah: wow, I wonder why American's get a bad name!?!? Sorry everyone, this kind of ignorance does not represent the average American.
  • - 20
flag bikeguide (Jul 4, 2016 at 10:04) (Below Threshold)
 @abzillah: nice assumption that all Africans are black and poor choice of example. An example only like to be made by an American I fear.
  • + 8
 @Chilla8: mainly down to what we see in the news and youtube videos.

if you believe the polls, most americans believe the earth is only 6500 years old.
  • + 24
 @poah: that is because they are morons who skipped Sunday school. Everybody knows it is year 5776.
  • + 3
 @tabletop84: I don't know about the RL2, I can get it cheaper locally. Anyways, I got the Sweep RC HLR for that money (600€). This HLR version it's budget along with the Auron and Mattoc if you compare the adjustments that you get. There's no cheaper fork with High and Low speed compression.
  • - 5
flag milkdrop (Jul 4, 2016 at 13:39) (Below Threshold)
 Jeez, go get a Lyrik RC2DH coil 2013-14 or so, it"s way better than all forks mentioned bz you and others here. I have seen some offers for 500 euro recently, in German online shops, when I was hunting for a discounted SID.
  • + 4
 about a couple years late this review... fantastic fork for th emoney, reliable...set and forget...stiff.. not up there with pike and fox 36 2015+... but enough money left for a dropper post...do the math..

see this shootout with proper timing
bikemagic.com/bike-components/video-27-5-fork-shootout-rockshox-pike-vs-x-fusion-sweep.html
  • + 6
 How does No one see that fugly crown it's atrocious!!!
  • + 15
 Wow...Woke up to fiery political debate sparked by my tongue -in-cheek comment about mountain biking costs... Guys let's just separate politics from MTB... It's our escape from that world... Keep it out of PB... and yes... that's coming from a South African that knows a thing or two about race and politics where those affects our everyday lives in a big way
  • + 2
 @abzillah: mate I understood it as a mere tongue in cheek joke. Worst things have happened at sea!!!
  • + 11
 @tabletop84: As someone who doesn't make a ton of cash and still manages (despite my job) to spend a stupid amount of money on bike parts each year, I'm aware that products are pricey and that nothing is truly "budget". However, when you are testing products--and this is true for any website or publication--the standard protocol is to list the suggested retail price and to judge the value of that price relative to the suggested retail pricing of products that directly compete against it (which I did in the review, noting that a comparable Fox 34 is about $200 (USD) more and that a comparable Pike has an official MSRP of about $400 more. I'm well aware that you can get Pikes for less than that, as you can look around online and find this fork for hundreds less than the official MSRP when it's on sale. However, since many consumers will be faced with buying products when they are not on sale or on closeout, the correct approach when testing products is to list the actual retail price. To be a finer point on it, if I wrote a review telling the world that Pike forks sell for 400 euros, I'd have a lot of pissed readers who would chime in that the fork doesn't cut that much at their local bike shop today. Okay, I'm flogging a dead horse here, but since I see this kind of comment a lot, I guess it's worth explaining why journalists use official retail pricing in reviews.

As to whether $650 is a budget price? In the world of forks today, yeah, it is. Is it truly "affordable"? Well, shit, I don't have a spare $650 lying about either, but the fact remains that, given this fork's features, it is a solid value.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: agreed, I'd buy one. I had x fusion before and now have a pike, which is better. However the bloody plastic knobs don't work and I can't be arsed to fix it as with most SRAM components - they are crap for maintainance. Now these have the bladder damper, I'd buy a set all day long. You are bob on with the review in my opinion.
  • + 37
 Seriously, this fork and damper have been on the market for three years, and PB only *now* gets around to posting a review, after its superseded by the HLR model and is getting cleared out of the retail channel?

And, you compare it to top-tier forks like the Pike and 34 without even mentioning the HLR model, which is a true competitor to the Charger and FIT4 dampers and has been on the market for a year! Ugh.

Shit like this is what makes it appear there is too little separation between editorial and advertising at PB.
  • + 8
 This. You couldn't be more spot on. That comparison would be the end of Pike and Fox - I suspect.
  • + 4
 This times 100. Why would you review the model that's several years old when clearly the HLR is their current best option that they're producing? Seems like a waste of space, no one's buying this model, it's on closeout at all the distributors and X-Fusion can barely keep the HLR instock because its so well received. Usually PB is on top of things but this one feels pointless.
  • + 4
 @hypermoto: I reviewed it because I am a fan of longterm testing products whenever possible. Yes, the HLR version is out there with the improved damper, but the RL2 is still on the market and still being spec'd on a few bikes as an OE product, so it's likely that some readers will still encounter it and wonder whether it's worth the bother. But mainly, if faced with an opportunity to profile something I've ridden for more than a season or one that I've ridden for a few months, I'll go with the longterm review. I'm sure we'll do an HLR equipped version in the future as well.
  • + 30
 This whole comparison is wrong!
You want to compare it to the pike & fox? then review the HLR version!
It has a better damper and I'm sure it will still be cheaper.
  • + 27
 In the interests of comparisons on a level playing field could you re test the FOX and RS fork after.

"A season and a half of abuse ...a maintenance regimen consisting of me doing my best to avoid pointing the pressure washer at the wiper seals."

and then re qualify this statement

"On fast runs with long rocky stretches, both the Pike and 34 proved superior."

thnx. Smile
  • + 8
 I've done the 34 test for you and it needs servicing about every 9 months with new seals every 6 I ride 3 times a week in Scotland for comparison purposes
  • + 5
 Iffy: you need to take he's reviews with a grain of salt as he is old and slow. . . . . Happens to everyone Vernon! ! !
  • + 1
 @truehipster: old and slow? Very likely, but so is a good portion of the market that might not be able to afford the product but has the money and can be convinced otherwise.
  • + 1
 @Conanangus: thanks! Smile

wait .....you change the seals every 6 but only service it every 9, thats ...interesting..

PS how many times a week do you ride in other countrys?
  • + 0
 @iffy, I have given the same treatment to both the Pike and 34. I've been riding, for instance, the same Pike fork since it first debuted. I didn't state that as I didn't realize that people would assume that I haven't had experience with those other two forks, but I can see your point that it would be good to note that in the review. Hindsight I suppose. When you're doing a write up of a product as a single review, you tend to get in the mindset of simply discussing the product at hand.
  • + 10
 I was waiting for this so long. Of course now there's the new Roughcut HLR out which is better but more expensive. I was running the Sweep for over a year and it blew me away. Now I have moved on with RS and I am wondering why I did that - in the sense that, as you say, the differences are subtle.
  • + 10
 When a Pike came out it was the 36 beater - now its only the equal of a Fox 34. What happened?
  • + 8
 RS Lyrik came out Smile
  • + 7
 Fox got their 'ish together
  • + 2
 @UtahBikeMike Got it right - Fox got their stuff together, and figured out how to make a better fork for slightly more money.
The Yari and Lyrik have expanded market share, and the Pike is still there happily selling away, Fox just managed to get comparably good damping out of the Fox34 platform after an update and an undisclosed number of Pike units to benchmark it against.
I think a Pike update targeting identical performance at slightly lower weight will probably be along somewhat soon in 110mm width standards, since there is so little 'wrong' to fix.
  • + 8
 I have the slant (26 version) and I've been nothing short of impressed. Would be nice to see them do some bottomless tokens to tune it a little more but for the price they are ace. Highly recommended.
  • + 5
 If the air spring has a coil negative spring, you can just drop some oil into the air chamber to add progression.
  • + 10
 Roll up a bit of clean inner tube and stick it in the air chamber. You can trim it really easily to fine tune how much volume it takes up. Also works with rear shocks. I've got some in my revelation/monarch setup and it works really well.
  • + 2
 I run the Slant as well on my AM hardtail but with a 27.5" wheel in it as I prefer the offset (the Slant has the same offset as a Pike, yes, tire clearance isn't a problem). Was expecting a so-so experience but was actually impressed by how it compared to the Pike on my Sanction, which I bought at almost double the price. I do agree with the review, though, the Pike is head and shoulders above the Slant on long rock gardens.
  • + 7
 I rode this fork for about 5 month on a newly build up hardtail ("first" hardtail in a loooong time for me). I was quite impressed by it s Performance; sure, it was a wild ride - but that s the thing with hardtails, right!? It was not as supportive and controlled as the pike (on my banshee spitfire), but hell: 300$!

BUT: I recently did changed it for a Manitou Mattoc Pro... and was blown away! Hardtails ain t so hard if you've got a working fork!

The Sweep is a nice and simple fork - but in my experience Mattoc and Pike are far supperior. At least on a hardtail.
  • + 3
 * got to add: 300$ 2nd hand.
  • + 3
 I have a mattoc pro on my hardtail and a sweep rl2 on my trail bike and i'd say the sweep is the better fork. No real issues with either but the sweep seems to be more responsive
  • + 4
 @timsim07: not a chace pal ,give it time and see what bushes go first i bet its not mattoc
  • + 1
 @screwballscrambell: I've been riding the sweep for 9 months and I wasn't particularly kind to it through winter, still feels awesome
  • + 2
 I think a fair comparison would be between the Sweep RL2 and the Mattoc Comp. If you want to compare the Sweep with the Mattoc Pro/Expert should be against the Sweep with the HLR RC damper. I would like to see that, because I was between these two options but decided to buy the Sweep because I like a lot my Velvet RL2, plus I can have local technical support and warranty. Besides that, I read recent and several comments in a couple of forums talking about the steerer creaking in the Mattoc.
Comparisons with forks like the Pike and the 34 are useful, but when you want to buy a high end fork with more adjustments but don't want to spend all that money for a RS or Fox fork, I think a comparison between the Mattoc (Pro/Expert) and the Sweep (HLR RC) is better because the similar price and adjustments.
  • + 10
 Please review the HLR version!
  • + 8
 Test drove the HLR version on a demo bike at a race a couple weeks back. What a killer fork! Took me a few minutes to get it setup just right but then it was dialed. My next bike will have one.
  • + 8
 If this rebound only version felt so close to other top tier forks, imagine the hlr rough cut damper in this fork. Needs a review with that slid in.
  • + 6
 I bought the slant for $280 new, and just sent it in to X-F for the Roughcut upgrade for another $240. They will upgrade any 34/36 X-F fork with the Roughcut damper. Can't wait to see the difference
  • + 5
 Same here, spitfire rider that used the sweep in parallell with a pike on my Stanton Switchback. The original plan was to only buy the Sweep and then get it serviced and custom tuned for me at the same price as a Pike. But then I ended up getting a Pike also and finally I just had too much stuff so I sold the Sweep, mostly b/c it was white.
The Swell has more tire clearance than the Pike, especially if you are using a mud guard.
  • + 4
 "...you dream of flipping a switch and suddenly enjoying more or less suspension travel from your fork, the Sweep RL2 really isn't going to cut it."

Unless you buy the DLA version (or put a DLA air cartridge in, which is what I did). I love my sweep with the on-the-fly 130-160 switch + lockout.
  • + 2
 Until the DLA breaks. They stopped selling it for a reason.
  • + 4
 I am riding a slant on a 27.5 setting. Bought new for $300.00, was not expecting much but it has far surpassed my expectation. The mid stroke support is fantastic for me. The only difference is the stanchions on my model have some type of gold colored coating on them. I would definitely try another X fusion product in the future.
  • + 1
 I have the same exact fork (with the faux kashima) and I also use it for 27.5. Make no mistake, it is great value for money and looks good too.
  • + 3
 I bought the HLR roughcut damper after market and my already good Trace RL became an awesome fork. I'm waiting for my chance to get a Unicrown chassis and build my dream fork.
I was so impressed with the HLR that I bought their O2 RCX with their factory tune for my frame and it rides awesome as well. After owning Rockshox Lyrik and spending demo time on various Foxes ,X-fusion's got a customer for life.

I think Pinkbike should review one of their forks with the HLR damper, even if it is retrofitted into this sweep. @vernon felton, Kudos for reviewing a fork after 18 months instead of the average of 6 weeks that everyone else does. Now people can really know about the fork's durability.
  • + 3
 I've been running one for 18 months or 2 years. What the article says about the pin lock system for adjusting travel is correct, but it's easier to run a travel spacer to get the travel you want. It just clips onto the shaft under the piston, above the negative spring. The Aussie distributor DIYMTB includes them for free if you ask them before ordering thru a shop.

Overall i am happy with the performance, it does what i want it to do when tuned correctly, helps to keep the seals lubed up with slickoleum/slick honey ( like any fork really )
  • + 2
 Sounds really similar to my Suntour Epicon from the review, actually. Same pin system for changing travel, coil negative spring, and same never-have-to-service-it reliability. Love my Suntour fork... I'd definitely give the Xfusion a shot too.

This is in contrast to my RS Revelation, btw, which needs new oil/grease in the lowers at least twice a season due to extreme stiction that develops. And I don't even live in a muddy area. I like that fork when it works, but I've definitely thought about throwing something else on there.
  • + 3
 I have had the 120mm 29er version of this fork(Trace RL2 with Uni-crown) for a year now and am quite happy with it. As stated in the review it's pretty much a set and forget setup fork. It would be nice if it were a bit more adjustable, but the price/performance ratio is hard to beat. I can always upgrade to the HLR damper when I rebuild it if I decide. If you look around you can easily score one for well under MSRP, I paid just over $400.00 new/shipped. I would recommend this fork to anyone looking to save a little money, the HLR version or MRP Stage could be a great alternative to RS and Fox as well.
  • + 6
 Great fork.. But it seems like XFusion has dropped off.. Not very much press or promotion going on .
  • + 6
 NEG props? I SUPPORT XFUSION!
  • + 1
 I gotcha.
  • + 0
 I dunno bout dropped off, they have been getting more into the OEM game it seems.
  • + 3
 @vernonfelton Thanks for the write-up Man! Any Yaris in PBs hands (bikes) that might be seeing the review treatment? There really hasn't been much info out on that fork yet...
  • + 2
 Yup - I've been searching for Yari reviews too, to no avail...
  • + 1
 Unless I'm miss-remembering, go look up reviews of the old Lyrik RC: it's the exact same motion control, open bath damper.

I rode one for a while. Liked it quite a bit. the simple compression adjuster at the top was actually easier to firm up for pedaling than the RC2DH damper I eventually upgraded to.
  • + 3
 I haven't been riding it extensively. I'll ask the other PB editors if they've got a longterm review of the Yari in the works.
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton: My friends own a shop and let me take out a very highly regarded (by you in fact over at your old salt mine) bike to demo that they had built up with a base level kit. The base kit from this company is pretty trick stuff (GX 11 speed, Race Face dropper/wheels/cockpit, etc.). I assumed looking at the fork that it was a Pike as it looked the same and did not say "Yari" on it. I rode the bike all over the place and it was second 29'er that I actually liked, the Honzo being the first. It was not until I put a review up, that my friends told me that the front end was in fact a Yari that they simply had peeled the decal off of. The fork really was pretty amazing and I would have never know the difference b/t it and a Pike despite having been on a Pike for the last two plus years. I plan to build up a hardtail trail (beater) bike at some point and the Yari will grace it without any concern that I am missing out anywhere.
  • + 2
 @hellbelly: it's also useful to hear anecdotal reviews from people that have had some trail time on it - so thanks for that!
  • + 2
 I have these, they are decent for the coin. I did blow a damper in the Alps though. They are also less stiff than Pike's, you can feel them flexing more in tight corners, I only weigh 65kg's so if your a porker then they would feel quite bendy i imagine
  • + 2
 I wanted faster rebound and a more progressive action on my Sweep so I 1. Swapped out the xfusion neg spring for a Fox negative spring, making the initial travel softer while still not diving.It does shorten the travle so you will need to more the pin to increase to what you had. 2. Went to 3.5 weight in the damper 3. Reduced the volume in the air chamber Nice fork and far better then the CTD fit of the last two years and better then the 32 fit of the past. On my metric I glued in an pike puck to the air cap, and run 3 pucks totalfor more ramp up. The negative spring was different from the sweep so the older fox one was too hard to convert. The cartridge on the Metric R is better then the Sweep as it has a pressure adjustable ramp up or bottom out feature.
  • + 6
 Where is the Xfusion Revel?!?!?

What a joke!
  • + 2
 It's in one of Brian Lopes bike.
  • + 2
 Can't forget that vengeance hlr 36mm forks can be found brand new for under $500. I'd bet money it is stiffer and better damped than this fork with only a small weight penalty. x-fusion has unmatched performance for the price.
  • + 1
 The vengeance HLR is a great fork,replaced my Slant with it,very similar until it gets a bit serious then the vengeance comes into its own.
  • + 1
 This fork came stock on my Rocky Mtn Altitude. I would have happily kept running it but I got an offer I couldn't refuse for a Pike upgrade. For full-suspension bikes in the +/- $3k range, this fork is a fairly common stock offering along with the non-Kashima 34s or Pike RCs, and so I'd say the reviews comparison to those models is fair, but if you wan't all the bells and whistles of adjustment and whatnot, the top of the line from any of these manufactures are hard to beat. Having got my Pike dialed in now, I'd say I feel a little more comfortable at my top speeds and on rough terrain than I did with the Sweep but the differences are subtle as the review says
  • + 1
 Love this fork!!it came on my ns snabb as stock and I'm very happy with it.it is a plug and play fork and takes all the abuse I can throw at it and more.I've ridden everything on it from full on d. it could do with more adjustments blah blah but I'm happy with it and more concerned with my underperforming rear shock that is the monarch r and will be swapping that out to a monarch rc3
  • + 4
 The HLR Roughcut would be a true comparison, I rode it last season and it was incredible.
  • + 2
 Also a very interesting point is, that this fork works also for 50kg riders (my gf), something a Pike does not really like. And the Sweep defo trumps the Revelation, which is considered the better RS alternative for 50kg.
  • + 1
 I got a 29er version on a used bike I bought last year. I had planned to just ride it for a little until I could afford and upgrade but as of now I have no plans to do so. I have to agree with everything the article said. It's bare bones in terms of adjustments and features but the thing just works well.
  • + 1
 Even the 140mm velvet Rl2 i had was impressive and stif and plush but had to lower psi quite a bit in the end to get it plusher than recommended air pressure chart. Massive long a-c height so check before buying. I then changed to a Bos Deville in the end and wow night and day but that's to be expected!
  • + 1
 Mah, sorry for ruining the party, had a Slant RL2, found the mid valve harsh and the damper crapped out after 6 months and had to be fixed. Some seal blew and Oil leaked into somewhere so travel got reduced to 100mm travel. On the other hand it was well supported travel and stiff enough for me. The whole discussion of subtle difference is a bit inconsequential: either you putter along and then it does not matter, or you want to go fast and the every little bit helps, so no, the damping was not up to par but that what he said.
  • + 1
 I've been happy with this fork so far, but I can't seem to get it adjusted to my liking. No matter what I do it won't go past 2/3 of its travel. Am I missing something? I run recommended PSI, and if I go lower it gets sluggish. I like the fork, but I would rather have something that used all 160mm of travel.
  • + 5
 Try this: let all of the air out of the fork and stick a small cable tie down the wiper seal, now compress the fork, trapped air will come out. Remove the cable tie pump your fork up and go ride and enjoy full travel
  • + 1
 I've run a sweep for the last 2 years, simply because it is a no fuss, easy to set up fork. For the more nurdy type that likes to set up or build bikes they may not be the nuts, and for more DH riders there may be a better option, but for me - they don't break or give hassle. I'm 6'4" and 245lbs, I'm no slouch either and while not the fastest, I'm up in the pack nr the front. I ride three times a week minimum, each about 2 hours up in the Surrey Hills, throwing gap jumps and some gnarly trails. For what I do, I've not found a better fork for the money that just gets on with it. My X sweeps have been utterly abused and I'm the kind of cocksickle that gets shit looked at when broke. Gone for the X-fusion shock too. Each to their own I guess, but I love em.
  • + 3
 I pulled a fox ctd 34 off and put on x fusion and love it. Mid travel support is way better and doesn't brake drive like the fox did.
  • + 4
 Changing the travel is not rocket science, in short, its not rocket science.
  • + 1
 pink bike needs to do a serious test of similar forks over the course of a year. Pike, fox 34, this fork, map stage and such. only then will we be able to tell the real stand out.
  • + 1
 Agreed. We are working on more group tests, though in many cases you will see individual reviews come out first since if we waited till the end of the season to roll out long term tests of entire groups of products, you wouldn't see those products into very late in the riding season. In short, we are starting to do more of those group reviews, which I agree, are the most interesting. Levy's seat post comparison, is a good example. You can expect more of the same going forward.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Cool. Long term reviews on preformance and durability are good....also what is missing from alot of suspension tests is a thrash test. Basically you ride a 10-15km loops with a few sections that literally push the product to the edge. You can write off issues as a singular situation, sure, but when done right you can basically find the flaws and observe and report. We need more hardcore reviews that stop short of breaking products.
  • + 1
 Paid $350 Australian for mine brand new.Rides alot better than the fox34 talas that came on my Trek Slash.Been riding it at thredbo lately and loving it.Set the sag right and it soaks up big hits very well
  • + 0
 I really hope this site doesn't ultimately shut down the comments section due to people arguing amongst themselves rather than simply leaving a comment.
Here's a comment-
I ride a carbon Tallboy (29'er) and was talked into a Pike fork. I didn't think it mattered much since 120mm of travel isn't, well, much.
Long story short, it's the best upgrade I did since I downhill with MX style (why avoid it when you can smash over it?).
X-Fusion has come a long way. And when they catch up, it will probably the best deal out there. Maybe for my next bike..
  • + 0
 I don't get that 'Lock-Out' lever.. The photo clearly shows a compression adjuster. It even says 'compression' and has '+' and '-' icons right on it. A lockout would(should) simply either do what SRAM does, and show a lock icon, or say 'lock out'.
Having '+' and '-' icons tell you that turning one way adds compression, and turning the other takes compression away.
If that's not what's going on there, then it's a total bait and switch.
I wish the writer of this article would've explained what the heck was going on there.
  • + 6
 It's a lockout. All does is open or close the port that bypasses the main shim stack. There are no clicks or anything and I think the hole is too small to try running the lever in the middle position. When closed it is a very firm lockout. Only way to adjust is to reduce preload on the main shim stack.
  • + 2
 i gave xfusion a try, a few times. never could get the forks feeling that great, and creaky crowns relentlessly. Their shocks turned out to be decent for me.
  • + 3
 Stanchions kinda look like PVC pipes.
  • + 2
 Rided X-Fusion suspension and they are great! Wish i had chance to try DVO.
  • - 1
 @vernonfelton Hi Vernon, just wanted to drop a little info on you. I cut an old ID card with a 35 degree point specifically for cleaning the tops of the seals. I've also used a toothpick at times. Just make sure whatever material you are using to scrap around the top of the seals is soft, like wood or ABS. Getting whatever is sitting at the top of the seal wet first makes almost all of the wahtever come off in one pass.
  • + 1
 I've always been a cue tip guy myself, but I hear you. Yeah, I wasn't particularly kind to this fork.
  • + 1
 Like the mention about the mid valve. I had a Slide RL2 29 and I always loved the mid stroke support and lack of diveyness which were annoyances on other forks.
  • + 1
 I've been running slant forks for a couple of years and I happy with them. No one pays list price, I mainly bought them for the price but I think they're pretty damn good
  • + 1
 He said shit lol

Also the Sweep rl2 version was being sold for £170 on CRC a few weeks back..
  • + 1
 I picked up 3! 2 160mm (ITA to 140, 120, 100, 80) and 1 150mm (ITA 160, 140, 120, came with a spacer to get it to 150). Can't get more bang for the buch than that.
  • + 1
 @Jivi: I thought the 150mm was internally adjustable to 130, and 110mm but that's good anyway..


Not digging the look of the crown though..I nearly bought one but decided not too bother in the end..still a great bargain though..
  • + 1
 @silverfish1974: Yeah, it kind of is. The installed spacer makes the 160, 140, 120 -> 150, 130, 110. Remove it and you get 10mm more travel to play around with. I was surprised as well since it's basically the same air shaft, just with 2 less holes in it, and with a spacer.
  • + 1
 So what happened to the sexy and seducing Xfusion Revel fork???
  • + 1
 There is a closeout deal on eBay that is under $400 for this fork
  • + 1
 Im pretty happy with my Mattoc Expert I got brand new for $400
  • + 1
 Poor Elves of Santa Clause
  • - 1
 The sweep aces the parking lot test, but as soon as you get up go speed the damper can't keep up
  • + 0
 True
  • + 0
 Looks way to much lIke an 09 pike, that's kind of funny

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