DT Swiss EXC 150 Review

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Launch Control
The Launch Control functions as a fixed lowering utility, meaning it lowers the height of fork to a set position, and places it into a locked platform mode. To engage it, you just press down on the small red wishbone lever on top of the right fork leg, and give a good push down on the fork, and it becomes a 110-120mm locked fork.

To disengage the lockout, either pull up on the lever or push down hard on the fork, and it will return to its normal full travel. It has a threshold adjustment, which senses the amount of force required for the Launch Controls disengagement, and it works either when you are manually causing the disengagement or when you hit a large bump while it is locked. There is a small black wheel underneath the red wishbone lever that you use to adjust the threshold. I used it on several smoother trails, and it works like a charm. In fact, I had to change my body English slightly, as I was putting too much weight on the front end of the bike, which is usually needed to keep the front end down on steep climbs. I can see this being a very useful function on long steep climbs.

Rebound
The rebound is on the same lever as the Launch Control. It is extremely easy to set, you just swing the un-notched red wishbone through around 90 degrees of adjustment. It can also can get accidentally adjusted since the lever just sits up on top of the fork, and bushes or yourself can hit the wishbone, and move it out of place. Not the most carefully thought out system, but fortunately it only gets out of whack by a small amount. Perhaps if the lever was notched it might prevent this?

Reverse Arch
The DT Swiss uses a carbon hollowed out reverse arch, which is stiff, light and very pretty. Much like Manitou forks, the reverse arch provides the greatest torsional stiffness possible for a given weight, and allows for an arch that is shorter and stiffer than traditional designs.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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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!
    david

  • 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

    Thanks

    ,arl

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Never had any issues with interference

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