When Excelsior agreed to supply a bike for this test, we were asked if we would like the telescopic-forked American X. Though the leading-link fork Super X appears to be functionally superior, we suspect the telescopic version will be more popular because of its appearance. Using a conventional front suspension also permits the firm to lower the price by more than $1000—which will make this model even more appealing, though still pricey. The company expects a retail price between $15,000 and $16,000. With that in mind, plus the fact that the American X has not been previously tested, we opted to include the telescopic-fork version. Although the rest of the bike is off the production line (but may see some changes by the time production resumes), the fork and other front end components were prototypical and will probably change. Excelsior expects to use a longer fork for production. The American X (the model name may also change) uses a slimmer fender than the leading-linked Super X. It wraps around a 16.0 x 3.0 chromed wire-spoked wheel with an MT90B16 tube-type tire. The fork has shapely, curved-profile chromed sliders topped with chromed seal covers sliding on stout 45mm stanchions. Like the leading-link item, this fork distinguishes itself in the crowd for both its appearance (which in this case we think will be more appealing than the leading-link design with its external springs) and functional edge.