DT Swiss EXC 150 Review

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15mm Thru Axle
The thru axle is based on the DT Swiss proprietary RWS (Ratchet Wheel-mounting System). The RWS thru axle is comprised of an axle with threads at one end, and a ratcheting handle on the other, which can be engaged or disengaged with a button to rotate freely on the axle. I really like the RWS as the thru axle on this fork, it is the simplest, quickest and the fullest proof system I have ever used. Simply insert the RWS and it slides easily through the hub, then twirl the ratcheting handle clockwise to engage its threads until it’s finger tight. Reverse it to take it off. With most thru axle systems, getting the axle engaged is a task, you need to align the axle, fork and hub just right for it to all mesh together. The DT Swiss RWS thru axle is smooth as silk to engage. If the ratcheting handle gets in the way of the fork, or it isn’t in the proper orientation you want, just push the button on the levers’ end, and the ratcheting handle pulls out slightly and is free to move anywhere by holding it out. To re-engage just let it pop back in.

Carbon Fiber
The carbon fiber legs along with the carbon hollow arch is a sight to behold, and certainly make them one of the most bling forks on the market. The carbon fiber gives the fork impressive stiffness, svelte legs and delicate lightness. Since my main test steed (Ibis Mojo) is all carbon, the fork really blends well with the bike.

Low Speed Compression
The adjuster for the low speed compression is located at the bottom of the right fork leg. By adjusting the low speed compression the deflection speed changes. Low speed compression damping regulates low damper shaft speeds.

Measured Specifications
Uncut steerer:1808 grams with RWS or 1740.1 grams without
Thru bolt (15mm RWS): 67.9 grams
Cut steerer: 1768.9 grams with RWS or 1701 grams without
Crown to Axle: 525 mm

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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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