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.