Ohlins Shocks

Ohlins is a name known world over in the realm of suspension, even in the mountain bike world with their co-developed Double Barrel shock with Cane Creek. Now, in an exclusive partnership, Specialized is bringing more Ohlins technology to the gravity word with their all new TTX rear shock. Spotted a number of times under Specialized’ team riders, the new shock will be available on Demo 8s and the Enduro Evo for 2014. Thanks to the twin tube design, Ohlins promises to bring more control, performance, and adjustability to downhill riders.

Dial it in, next.

SBC GPL Copper Mtn 2013 Ohlins Shocks 2

With the bright yellow spring as a dead giveaway, the Ohlins shock is also characterized by the horizontal reservoirs on the shock body. Built with Ohlins’ patented twin tube design, the system separates compression and rebound damping with an internal Nitrile Bladder that keeps the system running cooler. The bladder also helps to reduce system pressure and cavitation which is the formation of bubbles in the damping oil.

The shock offers a number of adjustments with 16 Low speed compression, 3 high speed compression, and 7 low speed rebound adjustments. In order to keep everything running smoothly the shock features a spherical bearing mount at the front shock mount to allow the shock to rotate slightly when under side load which improves handling through choppy corners.

SBC GPL Copper Mtn 2013
Photo c. Wil Matthews

As of now, you will only find the Ohlins TTX22M on specialized bikes, and only on the Enduro Expert Evo and Demo 8 Series. Still featuring 26″ wheels, the new Enduro Evo jumps up to 180mm of travel front and rear with the Ohlins TTX22M and Fox 36 Vanilla RC2 Kashima. Drivetrain duties are taken care of with an X01 group propelled by a SRAM s-2200 carbon crank with a 34t “XX1 style ring.” The Enduro Evo will also be equipped with the all new Command Post IR dropper post with internally routed remote line. The rest of the Enduro line stays at 165mm travel for the 26″ models and 155mm for the 29ers.

The Enduro Expert Evo will retail for $5,800.

SBC GPL Copper Mtn 2013
Photo c. Wil Matthews

On the Demo side, the S-Works carbon Demo 8 and the alloy Demo 8 II will also be sporting the Ohlins TTX22m. Both bikes (a first for the alloy version) continue the use of a 135mm rear end with a custom 7 speed 9-20 micro cassette with SRAM X0 drivetrain.

SBC GPL Copper Mtn 2013
Photo c. Wil Matthews


Really, the Demo 8 II is almost a carbon copy of the carbon S-Works Demo, only with an aluminum frame. There is a difference in price as well, with the S-Works Demo retailing for $8,500 and the alloy version a slightly more attainable $6,600.

Demo 8 Frame S works Demo Frame

Of course the TTX22M will also be available through the purchase of a Demo frame – in your choice of carbon or aluminum. Both frames include a SRAM PF30-BSA83mm adapter if you dont have a PF30 DH 83mm BB at your disposal, along with a Thomson alloy straight post, seat post clamp, headset, derailleur protector, and the carbon frame including Fox 40 fork bumpers in the box. It is not mentioned if these frames are 135 or 150mm spacing for the rear – we’re looking into it.

The S-Works Demo 8 carbon frame will retail for $3,500 with the alloy $700 less at $2,800.

All images ©Wil Matthews / Specialized, used with permission.


  1. It’s great to see a Euro company bringing their technology to the bicycle business!

    They should be welcomed with open arms like Magura… er like DT Swiss… er like Marzocchi!

  2. @captain derp “so it’s basically a proprietary CCDB with less external adjustability”

    Haha, that’s funny. You obviously don’t know Öhlins (I know because I used the O-diaeresis) from their motorcycle experience. You just seriously insulted them by saying that.

  3. @patrik, capt derp is actually correct. the range of adjustability is smaller with this unit and it is proprietary to specialized. no insult to any one, Ohlins found a narrower more useful range excluding un beneficial tuning… knowing folks at Ohlins and Cane Creek both had the exact same to say about this project.

  4. patrik – its a twin tube shock for a mountain bike. i’m sure the optimized aspects of it to cater to the spesh bikes, but they can only make so many adjustments to it without changing the fundamental design. at the end of the day its either twin tube or it isn’t. sure, they optimized the porting, shim stacks, oil cSt (maybe), etc – basically just refinements to the existing design – and a lot of it tied to the fact that it was designed to fit two bikes from the same manufacturer (vs cane creek having to design to fit many bikes across most manufacturers) – not that this is necessarily a bad thing. but at the end of the day its still a twin tube shock, same as the double barrel. if there was something that drastically differentiated it from a CCDB don’t you think that would have made its way into the marketing lit?

    i’m waiting to see a side by side dyno test of this against a ccdb.

  5. OK so i found some more info over @ pinkbike – from what i can gather the 2 biggest differences (design wise, aside from being able to custom tune the shock to two individual bikes) concern the reservoir. in changing the orientation and re-proportioning the chambers they are claiming improved heat dissipation, and also revised the bladder configuration to further reduce cavitation.

What do you think?