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Singletrack RECOMMENDED

HERE AT SINGLETRACK TOWERS, WE PUT A LOT OF PRODUCTS THROUGH THE GRINDER. SINGLETRACK RECOMMENDED IS THE ABSOLUTE CREAM OF THE CROP OF THE GEAR WE’VE BEEN TESTING. IT’S THE KIT THAT WE USE LONG AFTER TESTING HAS FINISHED. THE PRODUCTS THAT WE WOULD GO OUT AND PURCHASE WITH OUR OWN MONEY. GEAR THAT’S SO GOOD IT EARNS OUR RECOMMENDED SEAL OF APPROVAL.

X-FUSION

MCQUEEN ROUGHCUT HLR FORK

Here is an air-sprung suspension fork from Californian suspension people X-Fusion that offers all the good stuff and nothing extraneous for a very good price.

It’ll cost you less than the competition while ticking all the ‘want’ boxes. It’s Boost spaced and boasts 27.5+ and 29in wheel compatibility with plenty of muck room ‘twixt legs and ‘tween crown for up to 27.5 x 3.25in tyres. The steerer is tapered and stanchions are hard anodised 34mm diameter aluminium.

Claimed weight is 2,100g (uncut steerer) and ours weighed in a little less at 2,030g. It’s built right with enough material to resist twist, keep things on track, and able to handle disc brake rotors up to 203mm diameter.

The legs are fastened together with a simple 15mm thruaxle. There’s a slight irritation here with the lever though. While it feels good in the hand, when open and rotating the axle to remove the front wheel it collides with the fork leg and has to be repositioned as it’s turned. Not ideal and something to improve on. This is the only fly in the ointment that I have experienced.

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