DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork – Review

May 31, 2017
by Vernon Felton  
DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review

For years, mountain bikers faced a choice when it came time to pick a truly top-notch fork—Fox or RockShox. As far as choices go, those weren’t bad options. At all. There’s a reason those two suspension manufacturers survived the Great Suspension Winnowing of the early and mid-2000s: They were consistent at the high end. But who wouldn’t want more options? We’re in a decidedly more competitive place today. BOS, Cane Creek, Fox, Magura, Manitou, MRP, RockShox, Suntour… The fact that I'm undoubtedly leaving important companies out of that list sort of makes my point—if you want choices today, you've got `em.

DVO Diamond 110 Boost Details
• Intended use: all-mountain/enduro
• 27.5" (tested) and 29er options
• Travel adjust (via internal spacers) from (140 to 170-mm/27.5) and (130 to 160-mm/29er)
• Weight (27.5): 2,104 grams (4.6 pounds)
• MSRP: $999 USD
www.dvosuspension.com

DVO, for its part, emerged in 2012 (shiny, green Emerald DH fork in hand) from the ashes of Marzocchi’s doomed-and-wandering-in-the-desert days. The company’s key players were the driving force behind Marzocchi’s USA operations—the guys responsible for the bulk of Marzocchi’s innovative designs during the company’s peak years.

In 2014, DVO rolled out the Diamond; a beefy, all-mountain/enduro fork that aimed to play with the big boys. This past summer, DVO followed that up with this Boost 110 version, which gets wider lowers (no, duh) and a modest bump in travel. Does the Diamond 110 Boost match up to the best? You’re probably thinking Fox 36 and RockShox Pike/Lyrik, as you should be… the Big Two still wield a big stick in this world. The Diamond looks to shake that up a bit.

DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
Fairly standard here--the Diamond features an air-spring main chamber, accessed at the top of the left fork leg.
DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
The Diamond features both low and high-speed compression damping adjusters, within arm's reach atop the right fork leg.


Features and Build

The Diamond 110 Boost is available in both 27.5 and 29er trim (the 29er version will also accept 27.5x2.8 to 3.0, “plus’ size” wheel and tire combos). We opted for the 27.5 version, which offers between 140 and 170 millimeters of travel. You can adjust the travel on offer by installing or removing spacers to the fork's left leg.

Speaking of that left leg, that's where the Diamond’s removable (for easy servicing) air cartridge unit resides. Damping duties are handled by a hydraulic cartridge in the right fork leg. Taking a nod from DVO’s Jade shock, the Diamond utilizes a closed-cartridge bladder system. Unlike the bladders in their competitors’ forks, the Diamond’s bladder compresses instead of expanding. DVO claims this improves long-term durability.

DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
Plenty of room here. While Boost-anything always makes people want to draw blood, in this case, widening those lowers did open up more breathing room beneath that arch. Those are Maxxis Minion 2.5 WTs, looking all alone and skinny in there.
DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
The Diamond also sports a sleek, integrated fender mount. You may not give a damn if you live in the desert, but if you reside somewhere wet and squelchy it makes you wish every other fork manufacturer did the same.

You inflate the main spring via a Schrader valve under the left top cap. The damping (both low and high-speed) are within easy reach, on your right. The rebound-damping adjuster is in its usual place, at the bottom of the fork’s right leg. So far, so standard. On the bottom of the left leg, however, is a novel feature—DVO’s OTT (Off The Top) adjuster.

The OTT adjuster increases the fork’s sensitivity to bumps in the first stages of its travel. Turning the dial clockwise (something you’ll need a 5-millimeter hex wrench to accomplish) preloads the fork’s coil negative spring, which helps ease the fork into its travel, even when bigger riders are running ungodly-high air pressures.

The Diamond boasts a burly chassis—beefy crown and lowers--into which slide 35-millimeter, butted aluminum stanchions. A 15-millimeter thru-axle ties things together. If you’ve operated a quick-release before, there’s nothing here that will surprise you. Finally, the Boost versions of the Diamond are available in green, black and this fetching brown color. If you aren't into the whole Boost thing, DVO still offers 27.5 and 29er Diamonds with non-Boost chassis (with max travel of 160 and 150 millimeters, respectively).

Set Up
You have options when it comes to tuning the Diamond. Lots of options. Once you’ve looked up your baseline air pressure (DVO has a very complete set-up guide on their site) and dialed in your sag, it’s time to fiddle with the OTT settings. Again, you’ll need a hex wrench to do that. There are 14 full rotations worth of adjustment (six clicks per turn) on hand here.

For reference sake, I weigh 180 pounds, wound up running 125 PSI in the air spring and settled on eight full rotations of the OTT dial. Compressing the negative spring that much gave the fork a very smooth and supple initial stroke. Who would actually need another six full rotations of the OTT adjuster? I guess someone who weighs a hell of a lot more than me. The heavier you are, the more OTT you’ll need to combat the higher air pressures you’ll likely run.

DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
The rebound-damping adjuster is located at the bottom of the right leg. It's not the easiest knob to turn when you are wearing gloves, but the 20 clicks of adjustment are clearly defined.
DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
DVO's OTT (Off The Top) adjuster increases the fork's sensitivity in the first few inches of its travel--to get a more supple feel, crank the sucker clockwise.

When it comes to high-speed compression, you have 29 clicks of adjustment to play with. I wound up dialing in four clicks of high-speed compression damping and never budging from there. As for the six clicks of low-speed compression damping, I fiddled with them throughout my rides. Slap it on “6” for climbs and open it up to “2” on descents. I set the rebound at 8 clicks and never bothered with it again.


DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review


Performance
Why haven’t we tested the Diamond before? Well, Mike Kazimer wrote a first impressions piece when the fork debuted in late 2014, but, yes, we haven’t published a long-term test to date. We intended to. Back in 2015, we got ahold of a Diamond test fork. Things went well until that particular fork suddenly lost air pressure (while sitting in one of our apartments, no less). We sent the fork back and reached out to DVO about the failure of that first fork.

DVO president and founder, Bryson Martin Sr. explained it this way, "We jumped the gun on sending out a test fork to you guys and it had an undersized air piston," says DVO's president. "Fortunately, it was only a $2 part. Once we got it back in the shop and figured out what was amiss, we swapped out the piston. That fork is actually still going strong on the front of Ronnie's bike."

So… in late 2016, DVO dropped off this Boost version and we took our sweet time with the thing. We wanted to know how the Diamond fared long-term. Which brings us all to the next sentence.

It didn’t blow up.

No, wait, more than that, it proved decidedly awesome throughout a season of riding and not being maintained.


DVO Diamond 110 Boost Fork Review
Thanks to that OTT adjuster, you can easily tweak the fork’s character—running as much air pressure and high-speed compression damping as you want, without sacrificing the fork’s feel on all the hits that don’t threaten to knock a filling loose. Admittedly, it’d be nice to not have to use a 5-millimeter hex wrench to get the job done. You also need to pay close attention to those rotations (there are a lot of clicks at play here). The OTT adjuster, however, works a treat and, to be fair, it’s also one of those settings that you play with for a week or two and then never budge from again, so the whole allen wrench thing isn't any kind of actual failing.

The low-speed compression damper works well. It’s not as aggressive (i.e., firm) a “lockout” switch as some riders might be accustomed to, but it firms up the fork nicely for those climbs when you are pedaling out of the saddle, your body English has gone to hell and the last thing you want to feel is your fork diving and bobbing with every turn of the cranks. In short, it gets the job done.

When I initially set up the fork, I was leery of how few high-speed compression damping clicks I was using. There were still a hell of a lot of clicks to play with there. Was I missing something? But with that much high-speed compression damping dialed in, I didn't bottom the fork out excessively and when I did, it wasn’t the harsh, wrist-snapping kind of impact of a fork with too little ramp up in its stroke. Turns out DVO's baseline high-speed compression settings are pretty close to spot on or, at the very least, a smart place to start.

There are people who will likely be bummed that you can’t simply install volume spacers in this fork to add some progressivity to the mix, but the high-speed compression damping does the heavy lifting for the Diamond and it does it well. If you’re an absolute man-giant or the King of Huckers, and you find yourself still needing a bit more end-of-stroke ramp up, you can remove the valve core and add about 5ccs of oil. DVO says that they have only rarely suggested doing that and given how controlled the fork is on big hits with just four of the 29 clicks of high-speed damping in play, I’m amazed that anyone would feel the need to actually add oil. So, the inability to fiddle around with volume spacers? I wouldn’t sweat it in the case of the Diamond.

The Diamond takes some time to dial in (more so, at least than a Pike or Fox 36), but the dials on this fork truly offer you the potential to customize the fork to your riding style. Once you find that happy place, it’s largely a set-it-and-forget-it proposition. On the trail, the Diamond 110 Boost offers up steering precision and control on par with the best of the breed as well as a great mix of beginning-stroke smooth and deep-stroke controlled. Given our first test fork, we were, frankly, concerned about the Diamond’s reliability, but the fork has shrugged off a season of use with zilch in the way of maintenance. What’s not so awesome? The Diamond is 100 to 150 grams (a quarter to a third of a pound) heavier than many of its rivals. Me? I couldn't give a crap. The Diamond is still miles away from being an anchor and, after all, this is a fork boasting 170-millimeters of travel…it’s not like I’m strapping it to a 20-pound hardtail. I can deal with the extra quarter pound if it means that big, fast and non-stop hits don’t send me yardsaling down the mountain.


Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesThe Diamond 110 Boost is a legitimate contender for the front of any good all-mountain or enduro bike. DVO has created a fork that's easily tuned to accommodate a wide range of riders and riding styles. The Diamond 110 Boost weighs more than a comparable RockShox Pike, Lyrik or Fox 36, true. Folks who obsess over grams will care about that. People looking for a bomber, bump-eating monster of a fork, however, should ignore the extra quarter pound and give the Diamond a serious look. Vernon Felton



156 Comments

  • 88 5
 DVO forks never give in no matter how hard you push them. They are super plush And responsive. The customer service is the best I have ever experienced....Jedi forks
  • 42 4
 And they have the best looking brown in the world
  • 14 70
flag pepelider (May 31, 2017 at 10:51) (Below Threshold)
 @Lookinforit: U serious? It looks old since day 1.
  • 11 0
 Great folks to deal with on the phone, it's a small crew and they're all really knowledgeable. The new Topaz shock is rad!!
  • 14 0
 You saw the fork never gives in, but their customer service is the best you have ever experienced - are you talking pre sale support, or assistance setting up, or have you broken stuff?
  • 6 1
 Agreed. Between my DH bike, trail bike and hardtail, plus my wife's trail bike we have 4 DVO forks and 3 shocks and they are nothing short of stellar. Never seen a drop of oil out of any of it.
  • 9 0
 @onemind123: they helped me set up the forks and even advised to send them off to be checked and received a free service....
  • 11 1
 Just ordered one.
  • 10 0
 @greasecheese7: Is Ronny still working tech like for DVO like he was for Marzocchi. Dude was best CS rep in the industry.
  • 5 0
 @alpenglow45:
He is still there and still the best! And he's a true character.
  • 2 1
 @kram: and he rides in Squamish so he has tested these on some real riding
  • 2 0
 @klerric So right dude. The two issues I had with my Diamond and Topaz were resolved quickly. I even chatted with them on the phone about an upcoming race and got their take on what shock to use (had an option to ride a Jade with a Ti-Spring) The Sensitivity knob MAKES the fork - no tokens - pump it up, set the sensitivity and have that chatter killing small bump performance that makes this fork stand out.
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: both, any questions you have they're super knowledgeable and if you do have a problem they're super quick with the help. They're service/tech/and set up guides are amazing easy to follow as well. Super easy service too if you're into doing your own stuff.
  • 5 0
 Crazy to think that my next fork might very likely be Boost AND Brown.
  • 4 3
 I have this exact fork. It's amazing. Check out suspensionwerx if you need them serviced.
  • 1 0
 DVO suspension is simply awesome. There forks have none of that initial resistance to being compressed which other do. Their forks and rear shocks are just buttery smooth through their entire stroke, but yes, they do take a little while to bed in, but man they are worth it!
  • 1 0
 Awesome! Happy to have you rockin' DVO!
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: Seeing someone happy with our products is what we strive for. It really does hit home if someone isn't stoked. MTB is a sport to make you smile and be happy, our products are supposed to make it easier to achieve that.
  • 1 0
 @alpenglow45: Of course! He'll always be part of the crew!
  • 2 0
 @orastreet1: Glad you're enjoying your DVO! Always here if you need anything!
  • 1 0
 @Lookinforit: they should do root beer, nothing beats root beer!
  • 35 1
 I like Vernon's writing style.
  • 30 3
 Me too.
  • 1 0
 Thirded
  • 3 0
 I can usually tell one of Vernon's stories within the first 2 sentences... He brings a different style.. I like it ...
  • 1 0
 Admitt it you like Vernon!
  • 20 0
 i bought the 29" diamond for my new Evil The Wreckoning and it's the best fork if ever ridden hands down. I put the fork through hell in Finale and even in Lenzerheide and i didn't let me down a bit. Could only recommend it
  • 2 0
 Right on buddy!
  • 18 0
 I've ridden or owned/still own a Lyrik, 36, Pike, and a Deville and my Diamond is on a par if not better than all of them. Add to that superb tech support by Ronnie, and I can safely say I don't see myself riding suspension products from another company any time soon.
  • 2 0
 Glad to have you on DVO, we'll be here if you need anything! Just let us know
  • 13 0
 As a rider that weighs more than the typical biker, I'm excited by forks such as the Diamond that have a wide range of adjustability to make it work perfectly for me. Most Rockshox & Fox forks I've tried seem to me only suit a narrow range of rider weights (~140-180lbs).
  • 10 3
 I'm pushing 240 without gear (layoff the chips bruh) and I ride a Pike without any issues (don't tell my lungs).
  • 6 1
 I weigh 200 lbs and at the air pressures I need to prevent bottom out, Fox and Rockshox forks are too stiff off the top
  • 6 1
 @MikeyMierk: Same here at 230 - I don't even have the full complement of volume spacers in my Pike. Plus the Pike is dead-simple to set up right. I'm glad to see more competition out there, that's always a good thing - but if I needed a new fork tomorrow for some reason, I wouldn't hesitate going with another Pike for its reliability, feel, and simple-to-set-up all-around goodness.
  • 19 0
 Just to be clear, I wasn't being critical of erik or DVO or whatever. Simply stating that i'm fat and like my Pike and chips. #nachodoritosforlife #clydesdaleforpike
  • 2 9
flag probi (May 31, 2017 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 @MikeyMierk: Ride faster? I know 160 lb guys running max tokens on pikes, maybe expert level racers. I'm 185 / 200 kitted, and not even a fast sport racer and use 3 tokens up front. Still bottom the damn thing out with 20% sag.
  • 1 0
 @erik2k10: I agree with you, 225lbs here, I do drops 10-15 feet pretty much on all rides I go on, my rockshox is really stiff on all the smaller stuff to be able to handle that, my old marzzoch is pretty good though, all though that one is a boat anchor
  • 13 0
 @probi: I can't go faster until I upgrade my 26 to 27.5 boost. #26aintdead
  • 1 0
 @erik2k10: Out of curiosity, how many tokens are you running?
  • 2 0
 @erik2k10: So add spacers and drop the pressure. Im 205 and 4 tokens@82psi is perfect.
  • 1 0
 @erik2k10: Same here, I'm at 215 and have spent a substantial amount of money to have Fox tune my suspension to my weight and style. Tune helped but still not great and I think I'm still pushing the 34 beyond it's intended boundaries. The dam thing is constantly in for service due to blown dampers. I will be trying DVO in the near future for this very reason.
  • 2 0
 That's the goal behind the OTT system. Try to make one fork work for any style/weight rider. You really can get the Diamond working perfectly no matter what weight you are.
  • 3 0
 @jtucker0407: The Diamond sounds like it's the right fork for you. You set your air pressure for how you want the end stroke to feel, then fine tune the OTT for your small bump sensitivity. Mix that up with some High/Low Speed compression and you really can get it dialed in perfectly for you. We will also always take care of you if you have any issues!
  • 10 0
 I wonder how this compares with the latest SR Suntour Durolux and the Ohlins fork.
  • 7 22
flag seraph (May 31, 2017 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 Better than the SR Suntour but not as nice as the Ohlins.
  • 7 4
 oh, you want a shoot-out...they don't seem to happen here. I would love a good shootout, but too risky perhaps?
  • 43 0
 @conv3rt: We've done multiple Ridden & Rated articles recently - trail bikes, dropper posts, tires, helmets, etc... Keep your eyes open for one on suspension forks this summer.
  • 15 0
 @mikekazimer: Yesssss!
It'll probably be one of those "none of these forks is a loser" type affairs because they're all legitimately great products, but I think the 'who is this fork best for' could pay dividends
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: I love these. Definitly excited for the summer
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: cool thanks Mike. I am a pinkbike junkie but apparently need to prioritize my life better so as not to miss the shoot-outs. I hope you include a Yari...
  • 9 0
 @conv3rt: I guess when you run a subscription free service you can't afford to alienate advertisers. It's okay to judge each fork on it's merits but once you start comparing them directly you've either got to give out a participation trophy to everyone or burn some folks.
  • 2 0
 What I'd really like to see is a production version of Curtis Keene's All Mountain coil.
  • 2 0
 @inter71: It comes on the 29 Enduro Coil.
  • 2 0
 @seraph: There's nothing that says it's not as nice as the Ohlins. I've spent lots of time on RS, Ohlins, and the DVO and they're all just different. Ohlin's isn't a poppy feeling fork but it tracks amazingly. RS has always had that super poppy playful feel and I find that the DVO is a good mix of the RS and the Ohlin's. On a quality stand point I'd bet the DVO trumps all of them, second to Fox if not equal to.
  • 1 1
 @seraph: There's nothing that says it's not as nice as the Ohlins. I've spent lots of time on RS, Ohlins, and the DVO and they're all just different. Ohlin's isn't a poppy feeling fork but it tracks amazingly. RS has always had that super poppy playful feel and I find that the DVO is a good mix of the RS and the Ohlin's. On a quality stand point I'd bet the DVO trumps all of them, second to Fox if not equal to.
  • 2 0
 @willfox747: Edit: I'd really like to see a 650b production version of Curtis' fork.
  • 1 0
 @conv3rt: Good Call. I too would love to see how a Yari compares...
  • 1 0
 @conv3rt: Its almost a year later and still no shootout. It will never happen.
  • 7 0
 Had a diamond DVO on my 29er and switched to fox 36 2018. Honestly like my DVO more so far because of the OTT feature. Not saying DVO is better but saying they make a great product. To be fair I'm still getting used to the RC2 fox.
  • 7 0
 I'm on my second Diamond. Hands down the best performing fork I've ever ridden. The guys at DVO take great pride in what they do and offer industry leading customer service/support. Buy one, you will not be disappointed!
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the love buddy!
  • 6 0
 I just built up my FOES MIXER with it and I LOVE it. I also have a pike on my camber and I ride them both all the time to compare them and I must say I feel the DVO is much better to me and I am a big guy. 6ft 250 lbs It just feels alot better throught the travel and I like the OTT! Just my 2cents.
  • 2 1
 I just wish they offered a 20mm option. I would have considered it versus the 2018 Fox36 29er I just ordered.
  • 2 1
 @chasejj: I have a 20mm front wheel too, so I get you, but couldn't you just get 15mm end caps for your front hub?
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: You could but it would be as stiff a setup as a 20mm 4 bolt clamp on Fox 36 setup. 15mm QR aren't really clamped tight and twist up a little under heavy breaking with a 203 rotor and 4 piston brakes I run.
Boost in the front is a joke if you actualy do the math.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: That is wouldn't (not would)
  • 1 1
 @chasejj: Damn, if you can sense that, they should have you working in a nuclear sub tracking the Red October!
  • 2 0
 @chasejj: I feel ya dude! Been saying that for years, but the 15mm brigade think they know better, of course MTB is like butt holes, everyone has one, but few have tried both!
  • 6 0
 I went to a DVO Diamond/Topaz setup on my Nomad a little over a year ago after riding Fox 36, Pike and MRP previously. This is the best suspension I've ridden to date--super plush at the beginning of travel with correct amount of OTT, yet responsive and playful at the same time. It feels stiff and predictable in the corners and is just plain fast! To be honest, I didn't care for the green at first either. But after riding DVO, the green has grown on me as it's now synonymous with quality, fun and speed and I'd ride it in any color.
  • 1 0
 Right on buddy!
  • 9 0
 Mud guard integration! Awesome idea guys
  • 1 0
 Love this too - being a Utah resident who spends shoulder season in the desert, I actually hugely prefer a mud guard that keeps stray rocks from being flung into the face / downtube when my tire snags em. Plus it shoots out like a lil cannon and makes me laugh
  • 1 0
 More manufacturers need to consider this front and back. I have Bronson V2 and the rear linkage is a total mud trap I'm fashioning a discreet guard from a Mudhugger front guard but it should really be built into the frame. It would save so much hassle.
  • 6 1
 "DVO still offers 27.5 and 29er Diamonds with non-Boost chassis (with max travel of 160 and 150 millimeters, respectively)."

Just wanted to point out this is incorrect, the 29er goes to 160mm just like the 27.5. I know this because i'm currently running a non-boost Diamond 29 at 160mm on the front of my Enduro. The 29er forks ship with one travel shim installed, so they are set at 150mm when you get the fork, but you can pop out that spacer to go to 160mm.

Also, the non-boost diamond is a clearance nightmare...but once you get the thing installed and all the clearance issues worked out, it might be the best fork you can buy. It's certainly the best i've ridden, and I don't even have mine fully dialed in yet.
  • 2 0
 The Diamond has been a seriously great fork for the last year. I bought mine from DVO when they were selling em for $600 (non-boost). At that price, my only weight concern is the extra cash in my wallet!

Clearance is pretty bad though. Arc30 with Magic Mary is pushing it and buzzes the arch... Hoping that an SE4 opens up a little space.
  • 1 0
 @cbrannin: I have no issues running Maxxis on my Arc30 rims with a non-boost Diamond. I never run Schwalble tires anymore so not sure about those.
  • 1 1
 @cbrannin: I've no clearance issues running my non-boost Diamond with a 2.6" Rocket Ron on the American Classic Wide Lightning wheels
  • 1 1
 @cbrannin: I can definitely see a Magic Mary being an issue. The Conti Trail King 2.4 absolutely does not fit (completely jammed, can't even turn) even on a 23mm ID rim. I didn't even bother to try on my Arc30 Wheelset. Even the Baron 2.4 is REEEEAAAAALLLLLLY close on the Arcs.

I don't think Maxxis is going to be an issue as their 2.5's are smaller than Conti's 2.4's.

That's not all though...brake rotors and ISO mounting bolts are both issues too. I just installed a 27.5 non-boost Diamond on a friend's bike and I had to really dig through my collection of rotor mounting bolts to find the lowest profile bolts I had. The standard bolts were catching on the fork's post mounts. That's something i've NEVER seen in my 18 years of riding and wrenching. I can't imagine that floating rotors would even be possible on that fork...the spider clearance is just too tight.
  • 1 0
 @cbrannin: I've got a DHF WT 2.5 on mine, a 29er, with no clearance issues. Can't get the integral mud guard on though, but I could just barely if I'd bothered to set the bead properly on my tire.
  • 2 0
 @TheRaven: I run Hope floating 203mm rotor on with E3 calipers on my Non-Boost Diamond with zero issue. As far as bolts, I've been riding and wrenching since the early 90's Nothing is abnormal about the bolts in the fork. I have standard mounting bolts in mine. Again, zero issue
  • 1 0
 @bman33: Glad to hear it worked for you. I didn't say there was anything "abnormal" about the bolts. Just that I had to use lower profile (head) bolts.
  • 1 0
 @TheRaven: you know what, I totally mis read your comment. I was thinking the caliper mounting bolts. My rotor mounting bolts are the rounded torx bolts. Straight forward though
  • 1 0
 @bman33: Yeah you just have to make sure you don't have the "big head" ones. There are lots of lower-profile bolts out there, even on OEM spec bikes. I happened to use the bigger head version (cause it's never been an issue before) and once everything was mounted up and snugged, I heard "click click click click" while spinning the wheel. Lots of confusion and sound-tracing later, I found that the bolt heads were clipping the caliper post on the fork.
  • 1 0
 @TheRaven: Yeah, I am showing my age here. But I had a first generation RockShox DHO back in like 1996. They had both V-Brake and disc mounts. To use the first gen Hayes brakes I had to machine/grind off the very bottom of the lower. No bolts would fit. A Rockshox tech saw it at a NORBA national and he said they had to do the same same thing. Ha!
  • 1 0
 @cbrannin: The original Diamond was definitely a bit tight on clearance. (not going to try and hide that one) but the Boost version of the Diamond has more than you'd know what to do with!
  • 23 15
 I'd buy one if they stop that green anodizing
  • 6 4
 Agreed.
  • 19 3
 Agreend.
  • 3 0
 It sure would be matchy-matchy on my '17 Trance2 Alloy tho.....lol
https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/14543829/
  • 14 0
 Un-agreed
  • 1 7
flag stumpymidget (May 31, 2017 at 12:39) (Below Threshold)
 Yup, green is awful.
  • 7 0
 The green isn't all that hard to get rid of, just takes a little oven cleaner and some elbow grease!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/14784567
  • 3 0
 @mbarosko: Well done, that looks really good.
  • 2 0
 I was happy to buy because of green (performance first, but...). Color is a subjective. I hate red, even the little knobs on RS.
  • 5 1
 Cmon guys, are you kidding me, why the fuck are you still shitting on Marzocchi, not even listing them in the list of top manufacturers, I own the marzocchi 350 cr and a 380 c2r2 ti, and they both are far superior to half, if not most of the forks named. The DBC cartridge is easy to service and tune, and also has an automatic bleed pickup. I have tested the charger damper, some manitopu dampers, and the fit 4, and nothing even comes close to Marzocchi, when will we open our eyes and realize that it is no longer 2012, and the 888 is now the 380, the 55 is the 350. They have progressed immensely while keeping their stuff cost effective. If people looked at fact rather than mere advertisement, boxxers with their noodle like chassis and lack of adjustment would be getting shit on hard!
  • 4 0
 Loving my DVO Diamond ... she is fitted to a Banshee Spitfire and together they leave me with a huge smile after and during every ride! Great fork if you take the time to understand and set it up properly.
  • 3 0
 "For years, mountain bikers faced a choice when it came time to pick a truly top-notch fork—Fox or RockShox."

Marzocchi or RS surely? Which would lead on nicely to introducing DVO Smile
  • 2 1
 If I recall correctly the DVO boys were big players in the engineering of the earlier Marzocchi forks.
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 @HairyLegs: Yes, hence why I said that would be a better intro to DVO, whereas the article kind of suggests they are an entirely new player in a crowded market
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 If nothing else we can all hope the amount of companies to choose a quality fork from will help the consumer. It's a refreshing change to not want to puke a little when you see the msrp.
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 I bought and installed a Topaz on my new Nomad this spring and I just have to say that not only is it an amazing shock (I'm a brawler and love to smash the gnar! at 190 lbs) the service is unparalleled. They email you back, text me when I have questions. You can't put a price on that and man is is sooooo supportive and smooth. Great price too. This will be my new fork soon
  • 3 0
 been waiting for this review, as this fork as been at the top of my list next to a 36 performance elite, for my rocketmax build.
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 Been riding Diamond for two years and I'm super happy with it. Stiff chassis, good adjustments, quality damping, plush and best of all, the bushings haven't developed any play despite of frequent visits to bike parks and enduro races.
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 Really impressed with my '15 diamond. Took a few days to dial in the settings but I haven't had to touch it since. just had to figure right air pressure, compression, OTT balance. Now it feels like a coil with good support and doesn't bottom out. Climbs thru roots like a dream and eats up washboard on the downs. I'd like to try their rear shocks now and the new onyx dh fork. Hopefully we'll see a review and release date for the onyx
  • 3 0
 Love my Diamond. The weight is noticeable if you're coming from a Pike but the performance is worth it. I've tried a Jade and a Topaz and both were top notch as well.
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 The owner and his company is enough to be brand loyal to DVO. Really unparalleled with their CS, but they don't need to be (cough, cane creek, cough) bc their stuff is bullet proof, super adjustable and perfect, if not a bit heavy. Reminds me of the OG Z1 and how much it changed the suspension game at that time. I will only run DVO on my bikes. Just wish they'd make an inline shock for my Ripley... come on Mar. Martin, get that thing on my bike!
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 Own both non-boost and boost diamonds.. setup takes a bit of getting used to but once you learn how to balance OTT with your air pressure everything is golden... what i like about it is the ability to increase air pressure and set sag to as little as 12% for support and still make it feel super plush and stichion-free by turning the OTT dial...
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 Just to throw in my 2 cents, I've ridden a Fox 32, Rockshox Yari / Monarch + on the park sled, and now have a DVO Diamond / Topaz set up on my Canfield Riot. What stands out immediately is how much mid-stroke support the Diamond has in comparison to the other forks I've ridden. It will still bottom out if you want it to, you just won't know it's happening. Very nice fork so far.
  • 1 0
 Love my diamond, emerald and jade! DVO has the best suspension on the market hands down. Wish I hadn't done my ankle two weeks ago. Was looking forward to a summer full of riding and really getting to show off their product to others this summer. I always have people interested in how their stuff rides so figure no better way for them to see but to try it out themselves. Sorry DVO you guys hooked me up and I'm letting you down!
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 Good job with the fender (Suntour too), unlike Fox that made the mounting holes in the arch and stopped there -.-
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 And i'm still baffled why all forks don't have fender mounting hardware built in. It is ludicrous that we still zip-tie or velcro stuff to thousand dollar forks. We'll look back at this era and laugh at the shitty, jury-rigged fenders. Seriously, WTF.
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 @dfiler: it's actually really difficult to pull off. You have to take in consideration that the crown (in some cases) will go passed the arch under full bottom out. Therefore will break the fender. Really big tires and down tube clearance also makes it difficult. There's many factors to it, but worth it!
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 Certainly a few factors to consider. But seriously, it's about as hard as water bottle mounting points and water bottle cage. Tires that fit through the arch will fit through the fender. If the down tube is in the way, don't buy the fender. Yep, just like water bottle cages.
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 When you can personally talk to the tech who works on your fork and help with setup you are dealing with a winner. Try that with the larger companies. This is what sets DVO apart.
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 Pike= 1850grams
Diamond=2100 grams
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250 grams
1 lb=450 grams

How do you figure this fork is "a quarter to a third" pound heavier than its competitors when its actually OVER 1/2 pound heavier?

What im getting at is... i have a kona and its already heavy enough, no thanks!
  • 5 0
 Take a shit before you ride then.
  • 1 0
 Is there anyone that doesnt? @finalgear:
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 Honestly it's more comparable to a lyrik, so subtract 100g. Don't forget the new trend is 30+pound carbon enduro sleds, so you are all good!
  • 1 0
 You should compare Diamond to Lyrik instead of Pike. Pike is a lighter fork for trail/xc bikes and the some hard charging guys are destroying the bushings in few months, necessating buying new lowers for 300€.
  • 1 0
 @mehukatti: You have to replace the lowers to get new bushings? At least with Fox you can send it back to the service center for like $150 or so and they'll press in new bushings as needed, as well as rebuild your damper.
  • 1 0
 Been running a boost diamond for the last 6 months. Best fork I've ridden. Plush at the bottom and supportive where you need it. Even handles bike park beatings without flinching.
  • 1 1
 After one solid year on this fork - tons of adjustments, pretty cool if you know how to deal with it. - very plush, and the OTT adds bump sensitivity which is almost 2nd to none - Rebound is slow - even fastest rebound is noticeably slower than most common forks. Usable, but if you like fast pogo-ish rebound, you'll need to play with the shim stack. - Not free of issues unfortunately - somewhat understandable from a small, growing, company with such a techy fork, but still, you might find yourself visiting your mechanic... - on the plus side- DVO's customer service was awesome every time and with every question, and stood behind any issue which came up. Very much not taken for granted these days, and i personally think they must continue with this attitude even as they grow.
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 Why is boost 110 even happening? If they needed more stiffness, why not go to a 20mm axle?
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 The clamping interfaces are sht these days anyways because people are too lazy to fiddle with clamping bolts or the system Fox had in place with 36 up to 2016. A pinch bolted 15mm axle offers better stiffness than 20mm quick release like maxle. So you may as well keep 15mm if interface is sht.
  • 3 0
 @AZRyder Because Boost is about wheel build stiffness not fork stiffness?

(Whether you agree the concept or not, the goal is different.)
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 @wingguy: Thank you for the clarification.
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 I thought DVO were going to 20x110. There was an article about it and all.....
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 @wingguy: Just here to second wingguy. These articles throw around the word 'stiffness' quite a lot and it could legitimately be confusing what part's stiffness they are talking about.
  • 1 0
 Has anyone seen that Yeti SB5.5 on BallerBikes instagram with the blue decalled and anodized DVO? Anyone know how you could get that?
  • 1 0
 Yep, these dudes continue to figure out what works. Solid product, stellar service, with advancements that seem to always be in tandem with durability.
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 @brysonmartinjr when will you come out with a DH oriented air shock with independent LSC, HSC, HSR, LSR, and a climb switch? hehehehe...
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 Did I miss something - does the LSC switch act as a pedal platform or is there no 'lock out' being a Enduro categorized fork?
  • 2 1
 Awesome customer service from dvo, however why only 170mm? My bike requires 180mm!
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 We're coming out with a 180mm single crown version of the ONYX before the end of the year. Working on it!
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 @brysonmartinjr: wow, I'm first to order
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 My only complaint with the Diamond is the quality. I've gotten rock chips on the stanchions, and lowers with just a handful of rides. Lowers...no biggie, but stanchions? Come on seriously. Going back to Fox. Shame too love their damper, bloody awesome.
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 Sorry to hear you're having a hard time with your Diamond, sounds like a warranty issue. Please shoot me an email with some pictures and we can help you out. brysonjr@dvosuspension.com
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 just lovin my dvo diamond !!
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 Can you please make a 180 mil travel free ride fork with non boost 20 mil thrue axel. Free ride aint dead .
  • 2 1
 no through axle with allen key bolt. really?%$#@
  • 1 0
 I for one, appreciate the alphabetic ordering of the suspension brands
  • 1 1
 Wonk.. no 26" 20 mm thru axle option
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 Sensitivity adjustment...
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 I'd prefer a "Performance dial"
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 If you want less sensitivity, just snip off the end of the fork. It's not reversible, though.
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 @IllestT: Mine would always say... not fast enough!
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 Looks like a Session
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