For the greater part of the past year, we’ve been closely following the progression of the new DVO downhill and coil rear shock. While we’ve covered the inception and technology in depth over the course of the past few months, Sea Otter was the first time we had the opportunity to see the goods in person.
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DVO is working with several top level athletes, including Cedric Gracia, to develop the next generation of suspension products. They’ve been working extensively with partners Gravity and Novatec to build several high end show bikes to product test and demo product.
Different crowns will be available for both 26 and 650B wheels.
The Carbon Torsion Arc (CTA) is the not-so-secret ingredient DVO utilizes to compensate for the lack of stiffness inherent in inverted forks. In the future, we wouldn’t be surprised to see several arches available with different tunes to increase or decrease chassis stiffness based on rider weight and desired feel.
This Carbon Torsion Arc is one of the first DVO received from its overseas partners for testing. It’s been ravaged on countless shuttle laps across the jagged rocks of Mordor Southern Californias downhill trails and amazingly, it’s still in one piece.
Peek under the fork to adjust the high and low speed compression or pull out the whole assembly to fiddle with the user serviceable damper. DVO plans on offering several tuning kits and a variety of educational videos on their website, so everyone from home mechanics to racers can fiddle to their hearts content.
Target Weight for the Emerald Fork is 2900 grams. Look for retail around $1,600 to $1,800 and availability towards the latter part of the year.