The fork on the XC-W is the all new XPLOR, and it really shines when the going gets tough. On hacked up tight trails, and in rock gardens, the new spring fork works wonders. It has a slightly springy feel, but that results in a supple front end feel that doesn’t deflect and bounce off of rocks, instead, it rolls right over them. The PDS rear suspension also has a springy feel, but like the front end, that springy feel is welcomed in the rocks, as it keeps driving straight and over the obstacles instead of bouncing around and making the rider off balance. Both the front and rear of the bike are a bit on the soft side when the speed picks up, having a wallowy feeling in deep whoops and g-outs. That’s not to say it can’t be ridden fast, just that it has a tendency to bottom out somewhat easily and has a slight buck in the back after repeated hard hits.