First Look: New DVO Diamond AM Fork Nears Final Production – Plus Actual Weights
Teasing. It’s a universally derided tactic whether you’re trying to date or market a new product, but that’s just what DVO has done to gravity junkies since it’s inception.
From their inverted downhill fork, to this latest creation, the company has teased and shared it’s progress via social media and trade shows. Every time we visit, they’re one step closer to completing a project, and ready to tease us with the next thing they’re masterminding.
After sharing prototypes of their new Enduro fork at several trade shows over the past few months, they have finally have several preproduction models mounted to bikes and ready to rock.
The Diamond will be available with either DVO green or Black lowers/uppers, although the production models will have black stanchions.
At the top, there are adjustments for low and high speed adjustments, plus air pressure adjustments.
Due to the unreliability of most externally travel adjustable forks, the Diamond will only be internally adjustable (between 140/150/ & 160mm) via a step ladder system.
They plan on offering models for all three of the common mountain bike wheel size standards, and retail retail is expected to be $1,100, which is comparable with other high end options.
On the rear of the crown, DVO has worked to create an easy to install and remove mud guard. Their fender will come with all aftermarket forks but will be available aftermarket if not included as OE (which will be dependent on the manufacturer).
It mounts via two plugs in the lower arches, and is held firmly in place by an allen.
Towards the bottom are two additional adjustments. The OTT dial allows you to tune the negative air spring. If you’re interested in learning more about how it works, check out our previous coverage of the tech here.
The other adjustment is the Trail Loader System. This is a adjustment system that obsessives can tune with various shims, or even buy an additional Loader, so you can swap between different setups fairly quickly.
The Diamond utilizes a fairly standard QR style axle, but the retaining nut is held on by an O-ring and can be pushed out and repositioned, in order to set the preferred position of the QR lever.
We’ve weighed the carbon torsion arch (CTA) seperatly before, but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to the put the Emerald on our scale. At 7 lbs 10 oz (or 3.43 KG) it’s a touch on the heavy side, but they claim the performance more than makes up for it. Without the CTA, which is not necessary for lighter riders, the total weight is comparable to that of a Dorado.
In other news, the Jade Coil shock is now moving into production and will soon be available as an OEM option on Intense DH Bikes. Bryson Martin also confirmed they’re moving forward with their inverted single crown project. It’s currently being designed for the 160mm market and they’re targeting two different price points by creating versions with either aluminum or carbon uppers.