DT Swiss EXC 150 Review

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Bottom Line
The DT Swiss EXC150 is a great fork that has exceptional mid travel, firm deep travel, nice plushness, decent small bump compliance, and a lockout feature for steep climbing. It’s an excellent climber and a great downhiller, although it had a tad of fork dive on occasion, and it showed a hint of flex when pushed to its extreme limits on some terrain. This fork does like to fly down terrain, and the extra 10mm travel over its competition really adds a nice touch. I do wish it had an adjustable platform, even though the launch control is a nice feature, I just never really used it very much. The RWS thru axle is a very ingenious system, and is one the best that I have ever used.

Did I forget to say this fork is damn beautiful?

Strengths:
-Stiff
-Lightweight
-Drop dead gorgeous
-Plush
-RWS thru axle

Weaknesses:
-Pricey
-Occasional fork dive


DT Swiss Fodder
Travel: 150mm
Weight: 1750 grams
Steerer tube: 1 1/8″ anodized aluminum
Crown: aluminum forged, CNC machined, painted
Stanchion tube: 32 mm aluminum, black anodized
Outerleg unit: Hollow carbon arch. Carbon tubes, Dropouts aluminum forged
Spring: Linear air spring with negative spring
Damping system: Open bath with Launch Control
Adjustments: Air-Pressure, Compression, Rebound, Threshold, Launch Control System
Disc brakes: Post Mount 6 inch, max. 210 mm
Color: red, anthrazit, gloss carbon
Axle to crown length: 530mm
Fork offset: 40mm
Dropouts: 15mm
Maximum tyre width: 26″ x 2.55″
MSRP $1563

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

DT Swiss EXC 150 url: http://www.dtswiss.com/Products/Suspension/DT-Swiss-Forks-(1)/EXC-Forks.aspx
DT Swiss EXC Fork manual: http://www.dtswiss.com/getdoc/f8bf1e32-2dac-488a-9b3d-9aed6d2c63cc/Datasheet.aspx
DT Swiss Fork Technical Specifications: http://www.dtswiss.com/getdoc/00588306-1aa9-46e2-a187-b70d9e25bea2/TechnicalDatasheet.aspx

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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