DT Swiss EXC 150 Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet

I have been using the DT Swiss EXC 150 fork for 6 months now, and the fork has stayed on my bike longer than any other test fork, which really says a lot. It is not only gorgeous looking, it’s an incredible all around, and enjoyable fork that just does most everything right.

DT Swiss History
DT Swiss AG was formed in 1994 by Marco Zingg, Maurizio d’Alberto and Frank Böckmann, and they are headquartered in the outskirts of Biel Switzerland. They manufactured spokes, which is still their bread and butter business, and is their main claim to fame. They have added hubs, rims, wheels, and shocks to their product line in the years since then, and they really got the suspension business rolling when they acquired Pace Cycles Ltd in 2006. They continue to make incredibly great products that meet that typical Swiss build quality, and they have evolved into being one of the premier carbon suspension and rim builders in the world. Mini quiz: what is the country code for Switzerland?

The ISO country code for Switzerland is CH, which comes from the Latin Confoederatio Helvetica (Swiss Confederation). The word Helvetica refers to the Helvetians, one of the Celtic tribes that lived in what is now Switzerland around the 1st Century BC.

DT Swiss EXC 150
The DT Swiss EXC 150 (i.e. 150mm of travel), is DT Swiss’s premier long travel All Mountain fork. The EXC 150 has some interesting features such as hollow carbon fiber reverse arch, carbon fiber legs, a proprietary 15mm thru axle, and an intriguing locked lowering system. EXC stands for Enduro X-Cross Carbon. The forks actual full name is the EXC 150 Air RTLC 15 (Rebound Threshold Launch Control)!

It is available with either a standard axle or their 15mm thru axle, which is what I tested. It has 32mm aluminum stanchions, an aluminum crown, 1 1/8″ aluminum steerer tube, post mount brake tabs, and is tuned using rebound, air, compression and platform adjustments.

The only change from previous year’s model is that the thru axle is now their proprietary 15mm axle instead of a 20mm pinch clamp axle. They have jumped full force into the 15mm axle bandwagon, and you can get many of their wheels and hubs with that axle variant.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • derek says:

    Very nice review. I’m glad you were able to compare the EXC 150 against other all-mountain forks. It really helps put the review into perspective. Now if only the DT Swiss components were more accessible. They have high quality parts, but it always seems to be out of my price reach.

  • graves says:

    Excellent review. I’ve a TALAS 32 RLC on an Epiphany and have been pretty happy. Always curious about the DT forks – always seem to get get great ratings. This one will definitely make the short list when I’m set to upgrade. Thx.

  • rompemonster says:

    you made me buy it! and i’m very happy with that choice -thanks for a great review! (have you done an equally good job / write-up of a shock lately -cane creek or dt swiss??)

  • frijolemoreno says:

    Question: I know this review is a few months old now and maybe not fresh in your memory, but I’m wondering how this fork compares to the Talas RLC 150? Even better if you can compare it to the 2010 or 2011 w/ the FIT cartridge. The Talas seems to the this forks main competitor. thanks!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I haven’t gotten any in depth time on the new Fox 150 (only short rides at Interbike outdoor demo), and only around the block time on the new DT Swiss, I think the DT Swiss is still stiffer than the Fox (fork legs and arch), I still like the DT Swiss a tad better, but again I need more saddle time with them to have a better conclusion.

  • Jesus says:

    Hi, i read the review few moths ago, when i found an offer in internet, this fork with 15mm axe cost 400 euros….

    Watching photos and video, i copy the idea of how put the brake cable (cord)…. But i notice, this is a bad idea… When the fork is comprissed, it can break the cable, like a guillotine… If it happens to me, i think will happen to you….. In new fork (2010 or 2011), the manual tells you how put tha brake cord (cable)….

    At the momnet, i have just the way the brake is in me bike, to solve this little problem….

    P.D: Excuse my bad english, Hi from spain!

  • Marko1480 says:

    Hi – any issues re. downtube clearance or are the stanchions longer to accommodate the reverse arch? Want to fit to a 714 Zesty



  • Brian Mullin says:

    Never had any issues with interference

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