The 250 XC-F’s suspension lean more toward comfort rather than performance, and the softer settings in the WP AER 48 fork and WP shock in comparison to the 250 SX-F model are noticeable right away. With the stock 9.6-bar air pressure setting, the fork has good bump absorption, gobbling up small trail irregularities and braking bumps with ease. It also maintains a plush feel on larger impacts such as drop-offs and slap-down landings. The fork’s softer setting is most noticeable on the motocross track when overshooting or coming up short on a jump. In which case, the fork can occasionally bottom out. To combat this, we found good results with going two to three clicks stiffer on the compression. In the rear, the shock absorbs trail obstacles, acceleration chop, and braking bumps well. When riding over obstacles, the shock helps the rear of the bike stay planted and driving up the obstacle.