Velvet R owner`s manual
Velvet R
owner's manual
Table of Contents
Velvet R explained.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
welcome to x-fusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
important safety information. . . . . . . . . . . 4
Suspension terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Initial Setup (quickstart). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Setting Sag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Setting Rebound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
warranty information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Warranty Q and A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
disclaimer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Velvet R explained...
Aluminum Steerer
Rebound Knob
Forged Aluminum Crown
Air Pressure Adjust
Upper Tubes
Magnesium Lowers
Low-Pressure Air Spring System
welcome to x-fusion
In your possession is the culmination of hard work, dedication and a promise to provide you
with the best suspension fork in the world.
As a manufacturer and designer of innovative, high-end mountain biking products, X-Fusion’s
reputation for quality and performance is built upon thorough testing of every product
to ensure its function and durability. We can’t guarantee trips to the podium, but we’ll
guarantee that we’ll hold up our end of the suspension fork part of the formula. You ride
hard and our VELVET R will work hard for you. Deal?
Please read this manual thoroughly and carefully as it contains important information about
the proper installation, use, care and maintenance of your VELVET R fork. Don’t be that
one person on the mountain bike forums who didn’t the manual; do your part and learn how
to use our product. It’ll save you time and frustration, not to mention a few bucks.
important safety information
Before riding, please read INITIAL SETUP (QUICKSTART) proper setup and use of your new
X-Fusion fork. If you are unsure of the proper use or function of your new fork, please call
your nearest X-Fusion Service Center for further information.
Should your fork show signs of air and/or oil leakage, or make any unusual noises during
use, please stop using the product immediately and return it to your dealer or authorized
X-Fusion Service Center for inspection. Riding with an incorrectly installed, malfunctioning
or damaged fork can be dangerous and could cause serious rider injury or damage to the
Also, please keep in mind the following important safety points:
‹‹ Verify that the brakes are installed and adjusted properly before riding your bicycle.
‹‹ If your fork tops or bottoms out excessively or makes unusual noises, immediately stop
riding and contact an X-Fusion Service Center for inspection.
‹‹ Use only X-Fusion replacement parts. Using aftermarket parts on X-Fusion products will
void its warranty.
‹‹ If mounting the bicycle in a carrier designed to hold a fork by its dropouts, use caution
not to tilt the bicycle to either side. Tilting the bike with the dropouts in the carrier can
cause structural damage to the fork. Ensure that the fork is fastened securely with the
quick-release and that the rear wheel is properly held. If the bicycle ever tilts or falls
from a bicycle carrier, do not ride it until it is examined by X-Fusion or an Authorized
X-Fusion Service Center. A fork leg or dropout failure can cause loss of control and
serious or fatal injuries.
‹‹ X-Fusion forks do not include reflectors for on-road use. Proper reflectors meeting the
Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) requirements should be installed if the
fork will be used on public roads.
‹‹ Do not attempt to modify the components of an X-Fusion fork. Altering the components
can seriously sacrifice the reliability and strength of the fork, which can lead to serious
injury or death.
‹‹ Adhere to the maintenance interval specified in the Maintenance section of this owner’s
manual. Not only will you lengthen the life of your fork, it will enable you call the
podium your home away from home.
‹‹ Your VELVET R fork contains are that are filled to high pressures. Make sure all air
chambers are empty before attempting to take apart the fork. Better yet, have all
service and maintenance performed by an X-Fusion Service Center.
X-Fusion recommends the following to ensure your safety and make you a popular figurehead
on the trails:
‹‹ Keep your bicycle and suspension in supreme working condition.
‹‹ Wear protective clothing, eye protection and helmet every time you ride.
‹‹ Know and ride within your limits.
‹‹ Follow IMBA’s Rules of the Trail. For more information, go to
1. Ride on open trails only
2. Leave no trace.
3. Control your bicycle.
4. Always yield trail.
5. Never scare animals.
6. Plan ahead.
Suspension terminology
Shock Sag The amount by which the shock compresses with the rider seated in the normal
riding position. The recommended amount of sag is generally 20-30% of the total shock
Compression Damping The damping force generated by the shock as it is being compressed.
Generally, compression damping is speed sensitive, meaning the faster the shock travels the
higher the force of compression damping it produces.
Rebound Damping The damping force generated by the shock as it returns to full
Spring Rate Defined as the amount of force required to compress the spring a given amount.
Generally it is referred to in pounds per inch (lbs./in.).
It is extremely important that your VELVET R is installed correctly by a qualified bicycle
mechanic. Improperly installed forks are extremely dangerous and can result in severe and/
or fatal injuries. Please support your local bike shop and have them properly install your
fork. If you must do it yourself:
1. Remove the existing fork from the bicycle and the crown race from the fork.
2. Measure the length of the fork steerer tube against the length of the steerer
tube. The steerer tube may need cutting to the proper length. Make sure there is
sufficient length to clamp the stem.
3. Install the headset crown race firmly against the top of the fork crown.
4. Install the fork assembly on the bike. Adjust the headset until no play or drag is felt.
5. Install disc brakes according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
6. When changing tires, always make sure there is at least 5 mm between the tire
and the bottom of the fork brace with the air in the fork completely discharged
and the fork completely compressed.
Initial Setup (quickstart)
Your VELVET R is simple to use and setup. X-Fusion recommends that you consult the AIR
PRESSURE SETTINGS TABLE on the next page and fill the air chamber with the air pressure
corresponding to your body weight, and set the REBOUND knob to 6 clicks IN from FULL
Ride your bike around a little bit and let the VELVET R take in a few bumps and hits before
commencing adjustment. This allows the oil, seals and other systems to get primed, get
adjusted, and prepare for world-dominating performance.
Air Pressure Settings Table
Rider Weight in lbs. (kg)
Pressure Setting in psi (bar)
< 155 lbs. (< 70)
70 (4,83)
155 - 170 (70 - 77)
170 - 185 (77 - 84)
185 - 200 (84 - 91)
200 - 215 (91 - 97)
215 - 230 (97 - 104)
230 - 245 (104 - 111)
245 - 260 (111 - 118)
260 > (118 >)
For every 15 lbs. (7 kg)...
Add 5 psi (0,34 bar) up to a maximum of 300
psi (20,68 bar)
To add or remove air from the air chamber:
1. Remove the aircap from the top of the left fork leg.
2. Attach an X-Fusion High Pressure Pump the Schrader Valve on the aircap.
3. Pump the air chamber to the desired setting. If you need to bleed air from the air
chamber, use the bleed button on the Pump.
4. Remove the Pump, and replace the aircap.
Setting Sag
Sag is the compression of the fork caused by the rider’s weight. A proper sag setting is
crucial for the performance of your fork. If sag is not properly set, your fork is not able to
follow the contours of the trail.
In the INITIAL SETUP (QUICKSTART) section, you ensured your VELVET R is pumped up to
70 psi. Now, this setting is perfect for most riders. However, after checking your sag setting
as instructed below, you might find that the fork is not set for your body weight. Using the
AIR PRESSURE SETTINGS TABLE on the previous page, you can more accurately dial in the
correct amount of pressure your VELVET R needs for maximum performance, given your
body weight.
To set sag:
1. If your fork is travel adjustable, set it to maximum travel.
2. Throw on your normal riding gear and carefully mount your bike. Wait about 10
seconds to allow the suspension to settle.
3. Carefully dismount the bike, and measure the distance between the dust wiper and
the zip tie. This is sag. The sag should be about 25% of maximum travel. So, for a
130mm VELVET R, the distance between the zip tie and dust wiper should be about
4. If you have more than 30mm of sag, you might need to ADD air to the air chamber;
if you have less than 30mm of sag, you might need to REMOVE air from the air
Sag is determined by rider weight, and is adjusted by setting the pressure in the air chamber
on the left leg of the VELVET R. Using an X-Fusion High Pressure Pump, you either add or
remove air to obtain the correct pressure setting, and thus sag.
Setting Rebound
Rebound damping controls the speed at which a fork returns after being compressed.
Located at the top of the right fork leg is the rebound knob. Turning the knob clockwise
(OUT) decreases rebound damping, causing the fork to return to full extension faster.
Turning the knob counterclockwise (IN) increases rebound damping, slowing the return of
the fork to full extension.
The VELVET R has 16 to 20 clicks of adjustment from full OUT to full IN.
X-Fusion cannot tell you what the “correct” rebound setting is. Rebound is a personal
preference. X-Fusion recommends that you play around with your rebound settings to find
a setting you like.
Remember that if your rebound is too slow, your VELVET R will have a tendency to “pack
up,” as it cannot extend fast enough before encountering the next bump. Your VELVET R
will eventually run out of travel to do its job. On the other hand, if your rebound is too fast
what you will have on your bike is a glorified pogo stick, providing you nothing more than
an out-of-control spring. You definitely don’t want to be “kicked off” the bike by your chaotic
rebound setting.
So, try to find a rebound setting that is in between. As stated in INITIAL SETUP (QUICKSTART),
X-Fusion recommends that you set your rebound to 6 clicks IN from full OUT. Or put another
way, turn your rebound knob fully counterclockwise until it stops; now turn it clockwise 6
clicks. That’s the baseline setting.
Now go out and ride around a bit. Since you know your baseline setting, experiment going
2 clicks out (or in). If you don’t like the new setting, come back in (or out) 1 click. This
procedure is called “bracketing,” and will help you find the ride that’s right. You might even
change your rebound depending on the type of conditions you’re riding in. Stutter bumps,
for example, might necessitate that your fork quickly prepares for the next hit; therefore,
you might want a faster rebound.
X-Fusion forks are high performance products. The hydraulic dampers are not designed to
be serviceable by the end user. DO NOT PUNCTURE, EXPOSE TO HIGH TEMPERATURES or
Always keep your fork clean. Use warm water, mild soap and a soft scrub brush to clean your
X-Fusion has Authorized Service Centers located in various countries around the world.
Please consult the list of our Service Centers located on the back cover of this Manual or for
the most up to date list, please visit us on the web at
Service Intervals Table
Wipe down externals
Every ride
Oil Change
Every 200 hours or 18 months
Replace dust wipers
Every 200 hours or 18 months
Replace air seals
Every 200 hours or 18 months
Replace piston O-ring
Every 200 hours or 18 months
warranty information
The warranty period for all X-Fusion forks is 24 months starting from the original date of
purchase and is valid for all countries of the European Community. A copy of the original
purchase receipt must accompany each fork that is sent for repair under these warranty
The acceptance of a warranty claim during the 24 month warranty period is up to the
discretion of X-Fusion or any Authorized Service Center acting on its behalf. X-Fusion or its
agents will determine if the failure is due to workmanship or product abuse. The warranty
will be void if the buyer does not inform the seller of the damage after its discovery within
60 days.
X-Fusion applies only the terms of warranty mentioned in this contract and in the legal bill
and reserves the right to judge if the product is subject of the following terms:
X-Fusion and its agents reserve the right to all final warranty or non-warranty decisions.
To maintain valid the general guarantee conditions for all X-Fusion forks, it is absolutely
necessary that the buyer executes the periodical maintenance and that cleaning and
maintenance are carried out according to the following time table:
Before each ride: clean the fork off with water and mild soap. Do not use a high-pressure
Each 15 hours: maintenance and cleaning of the fork if used in mud and/or rain.
All 50 hours: maintenance and cleaning of the fork if used in dry and dusty conditions.
To maintain valid the general warranty conditions, it is also necessary for all products to be
set up and used in accordance with the X-Fusion user manual and the Bicycle Manufacturer’s
user manual.
At 200 hours or 12 months from original purchase date:
Send fork to an Authorized Service Center for general inspection of the replacement parts To
keep your fork performing at its best we strongly recommend using only X-Fusion Authorized
Service Centers.
General exclusions from this warranty shall include but are not limited to any failures caused
‹‹ Installation of parts or accessories that are not qualitatively equivalent to genuine
X-Fusion parts.
‹‹ Abnormal strain, neglect, abuse and/or misuse.
‹‹ Accident or collision damage.
‹‹ Modification of original parts.
‹‹ Lack of proper maintenance. (See the MAINTENANCE section.)
‹‹ Any attempt to disassemble damper assembly.
‹‹ Shipping damages or loss (purchase of full value insurance is recommended).
‹‹ Damage to interior or exterior caused by improper cable routing, seatpost, rocks,
crashes or improper installation.
‹‹ Oil changes or service not performed by X-Fusion or an Authorized Service Center.
Specific exclusions from this warranty shall include:
‹‹ Parts replaced due to normal wear and tear and/or routine maintenance.
‹‹ Parts subject to normal wear and tear and/or routine maintenance, such as bushings
and reducers, seals, and suspension fluids.
X-Fusion makes no other warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. All implied warranties
of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose which exceed the obligations and
time limits stated in this warranty are hereby disclaimed by X-Fusion and excluded from
this warranty.
Warranty Q and A
Q. What costs are my responsibility during the warranty period?
A. The customer is responsible for all costs of maintenance services, non-warranty repairs,
accident and collision damages, oil, seals, bushings and reducers, and mounting hardware.
Q. What are some examples of “abnormal” strain, neglect or abuse?
A. These terms are general and overlap each other in areas. Specific examples are: Hucking,
ghost riding, big drop, stunt/daredevil riding, riding with broken parts, riding without oil in
fork, too much preload, wrong spring rate, etc.
Q. Does the warranty cover incidental costs, such as shipping or transportation?
A. No. The warranty is limited to repair of materials and/or workmanship.
X-Fusion is not responsible for any damages to you or others arising from riding, transporting,
or other use of your fork or bicycle. In the event that your fork breaks or malfunctions,
X-Fusion shall have no liability or obligation beyond repair or replacement of your fork,
pursuant to the terms outlined in the warranty provisions of this manual.
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Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
E-mail: [email protected]
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Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
E-mail: [email protected]
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475 W. Sunnyoaks Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
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475 W. Sunnyoaks Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
E-mail: [email protected]
475 W. Sunnyoaks Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
E-mail: [email protected]
475 W. Sunnyoaks Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008 USA
Phone: 408-866-0188
Fax: 408-866-0100
Toll-free: 866-319-SHOX (7469)
E-mail: [email protected]
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