EXT Announces New E-Storia Coil Shock

May 25, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  


EXT have unveiled their new e-Storia, a coil shock that's designed to handle the increased suspension stress that eMTBs can generate. The Italian suspension manufacturer produces suspension components that have been used in Formula 1 and WRC, so they're no strangers to adapting shocks to suit different chassis weights.

The demands put on a shock that's mounted to a 50+ pound bike with a motor are obviously greater than what's generated by a standard bike that's 20 pounds lighter, so it made sense to come up with a shock designed specifically for the eMTB market. The latest eMTBs are getting lighter, but there are also more longer travel option hitting the market, another factor that can push a regular shock to its limits.
E-Storia Details
• Chromoly shaft
• Adjustable low- and high-speed compression, rebound
• Adjustable hydraulic bottom-out control, lock out lever
• Springs available up to 800 lb/in
• Metric standard and trunnion mount options
• Weight: 460 grams (210 x 55mm without spring)
• MSRP: 879 Euro
• Available July 2
extremeshox.com / USA: extusa.bike

The e-Storia uses a chromoly shaft and a more robust body construction to allow it to withstand those higher forces. It also has its own range of springs, which runs all the way up to an 800 lb/in option.

As with EXT's other shocks, spherical bearings are an option.
The orientation of the reservoir is designed to help avoid frame clearance issues.

Along with the beefed up externals, EXT also made changes to the e-Storia's internals. The range of the rebound and compression adjustments has been increased to allow for more tuning options, and the range of the externally adjustable hydraulic bottom out feature has also been increased.

Other details include new seals designed to reduce friction, a higher viscosity oil to keep the shock operating consistently at all temperatures, and a new main piston design that EXT says improves the shock's sensitivity and adjustability.

The e-Storia will be available on July 2, and will be priced at 879 Euro + VAT. There will be trunnion and standard mount sizes in 185, 205, 210, and 210mm eye-to-eye lengths. Claimed weight is 460 grams for a 210 x 55mm version without a spring.


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125 Comments

  • 231 3
 Nobody in the industry cares if the rider is a short 40kg woman or 120kg hulk of a man. They all should ride a 38 with maxxis quadruple down tires, but then you have 5-10kg more on your bike, that suddenly makes all the difference...
  • 24 0
 My thoughts exactly. Falling into the very heavy rider bracket, I'm actually happy to see the e-parts being released. Similar goes for the lighter riders and kids bikes, though the willingness to develop mid-high-end long travel suspension products for sub 60kg riders has been lacking.
  • 4 77
flag zyoungson (May 25, 2021 at 1:28) (Below Threshold)
 This is a very German comment.
  • 7 4
 It certainly does, even in the 10Kg range. Some heavier and more aggressive riders just destroy gear, especially drivetrains and rims. Now imagine those on an already heavier bike.
  • 24 1
 It is interesting, i've always built my bike lighter as im on the lighter end of the spectrum, stuff like super gravity tryes instead of DH tyres on my downhill bike and xc or trail rated products on my enduro bike or lighter rims as i can get away with it but nobody ever markets products for different weight riders, as you say stuff is designed for riders from 40kg to 120kg and yet an extra 5 or so kg on your e-bike and suddenly we need a whole new range of stronger products, maybe it's to allow for a higher upper limit than normal as it's probaly likely overweight riders can get into riding on an e-bike.
  • 11 7
 @maglor: Ebikes put an enormous strain on transmission and wheels. A modern ebike motor can easily spit out torque exceeding what even a very fit athlete can do, in addition to the rider's own input.
  • 61 25
 Your comment completely forgets the argument that E-bike riders are, by nature, much heavier than non-assisted bikers. So its not only the added 5-10kg on the bike but the additional weight on the riders aswell. Please see your local easy trails for further reference.
  • 7 1
 What have you done... You've given the bike industry an excuse for a whole new diversification of bike:
27.5 or 29er
Mountainbike or Motorbike
Gravel / XC / Downcountry / Trail / Enduro / DH / Park / Jump
Now add 40kg / 60kg / 80kg / 100kg weight brackets

The number of combinations is now infinite!

(though i do agree about sticking 38s and 29s on a bike for someone who weighs 50kg!)
  • 11 22
flag SintraFreeride (May 25, 2021 at 3:35) (Below Threshold)
 I used to respect EXT but this new product really is utter BS! Stronger freewheels, chains, cassettes make sense for ebikes but the rest is just marketing BS.
  • 10 0
 It's a shame this is marketed as e-bike specific, but it is a product that makes sense - think of all those bikes that put a lot of side load through the shock, this will probably allow the use of a coil. EXT already addressed linear curves with their bottom out feature, now this addresses the one other reason certain frames can't run a coil.
  • 7 0
 @bash80: I agree.

Marketing stuff as eeb is just another way of saying heavy duty. Nothing wrong with it.
  • 5 2
 @SintraFreeride: well you might want to talk to your local suspension shop...
At least 50% of the defect coil shocks we are getting are from ebikes.
And by defect I mean crack in the housing not a defective seal.

Lot of frame manufacturers are evaluating to forbid the use of coil shox in their ebikes.
That happens for a reason...

So there definitely is a market and need for this kind of Shock
  • 2 0
 Absolutely, designs are always anthropocentric and bicyclecentric, but never there is a product development that takes into account the metrics of those who are in either side of the 80kg standard male ride used as measure by default. Perhaps thinking more about products for lighter and smaller riders instead of burly e-bikes?
  • 1 1
 sorry if I missed something but if you're 40kg woman can't you just use air suspension and single ply/kevlar superlight tyres?
  • 2 1
 @ukli: sorry I don't get your point, can you elaborate? Why forbidding coil schocks? What is the difference between a coil schock or an air schock on an ebike in terms of reliability? The loads, wherever they come from, are exactly the same in my humble opinion...
  • 2 0
 @pads: Maybe stock coil shocks are under-sprung and bottoming out harshly?

One of the major benefits of air shocks is the ability to configure for (pretty much) ant rider regardless of weight - not every manufacturer will bother offering free spring swaps.
  • 1 0
 @yeti85: My GF is 50kg/110lb and getting suspension to work for her is a royal pain unless you send it off to be retuned. I would love factory tunes for lighter riders as an option for her.
  • 2 0
 You have a great point here. Lighter riders are in need of options too without having to go to a 3rd party suspension vendor to retrofit dampers...

It seems that a lot of companies are into pushing out eProducts because the can charge 10-20 ePercent more eMoney for the same (or very similar) rebranded thing.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: I agree with the whole "you don't need a special part for an extra 10 lbs of weight", however, I do think shocks blow up internals pretty quick... where it's not a full blow with oil coming out, but the inside looks like a milk shake and we just keep riding it because it happens slow enough not to notice.
  • 1 0
 is that the rebound valve control on the end opposite the main exposed dampers? if so that's a hard one to reach with all these bikes with shock tunnels... anyone find a way around that?
  • 6 1
 @pads: It has to do with the size of the shaft. Think of it like a fork stanchion, air shocks have a much much larger shaft making them much stronger when dealing with any sort of torsional/transversal load. The smaller shaft makes coil shocks much more likely to break if there's any flex in the frame while the suspension is compressing, they also wear the seals and other parts in contact with the shaft much quicker due to this.
  • 2 0
 @Muggsly: I'm 75kg and my Lyrik is set virtually fully open, so I dread to think what is like for a light rider. I wonder if that has a bearing on the small number of women in the sport? Bikes are potentially uncomfortably stiff and proportionally much heavier for (typically smaller) women, so they don't enjoy it so much and don't stick around
  • 1 1
 @endoplasmicreticulum

Thank you! I thought I was the only one seeing through this BS
  • 2 3
 Mung Beans
  • 3 0
 @nickjaco19: mung beans
  • 1 1
 @pads: exactly what @loganrichardson wrote Smile
  • 7 0
 @bash80: it’s a custom tuned shock to weight and bike. Just because something says ebike, doesn’t mean it has to actually go on an ebike. The world isn’t going to stop spinning, and people aren’t going to point and laugh at you all of a sudden if you requested this for a normal bike. This is a great shock for hard hitting bikes that still utilize yokes. ie, Ibis ripmo af, spez stumpy evo, commencal meta, yeti sb, the new yt crapra, the list goes on and on.

I’ve been super happy with the “ebike” product market lately personally. With dh and freeride bikes becoming less popular the last decade, the parts market for that genre died off a bit. We’re starting to see a resurgence in the popularity of these bikes though and Ebike parts are just beefed up enduro parts. They weigh less than what many brands used to call “dh” but are plenty burly, so perfect for freeride and dh use.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: And yours a very stupid remark… so it evens out, right?
  • 1 0
 @Heidesandnorth: there’s no need to make racist comments like that.
  • 8 3
 @mountainyj: Exactly, anything associated with e bikes creates a reaction like Homophobia here, except it's e bike phobia.

Also, e bikes have motors and therefore run at higher average speeds which is harder on the shock. So this makes sense for e bikes.

The current Kenevo design is famous for over-stressing and blowing up coil shocks, so this is a great upgrade for that bike.
  • 2 1
 @Civicowner: Mung beans
  • 2 0
 The bike industry has a long history of selling the same story to all riders.
Everyone should ride dual 29" wheels.
Everyone should be happy on 8'/4' sweep handlebars that are 800mm wide.
Everyone should ride 135mm width saddles.
Everyone should be happy on 435mm rear centers.
Everyone should be happy on the one product we offer in this single variant.
  • 2 0
 @mountainyj: Which is exactly what I said - it's a good and definitely needed product. My comment was simply why brand it as e-bike specific? Trust me, it will put some people off, not that I include myself in that (I recently got a Storia V3 for my 27.5 Firebird which is known to put side loads through the shock - my risk, and I would have got this instead if it had been available at the time)
  • 2 2
 @ukli: You are telling me that current shocks can't deal with an added 10kg when they already deal with over 50kg differences in rider weight alone? You can't possibly be serious!
If people are coming in with broken coil shocks on their ebikes then that probably has more to do with the rider doing something wrong than anything else. I have worked in a bike shop in the alps and the damage seen on the bikes is INSANE! It has nothing to do with the bikes (most are DH bikes) or the terrain but rather the inexperienced riders that rent them. E.g. People only using the rear brake destroy the rear pads and then the disc or bented seat posts because they are trying to pedal DH bikes like XC bikes and go over the minimum insertion and sometimes they bend the frame!!! I could go on and on...

I think there is a market for stronger more reliable and durable mtb products but that has nothing to do with ebikes being harder on stuff but rather because mtb is obsessed with weight!
  • 1 0
 @mark4444: If that happens it is due to poor quality and not whether or not it is attached to an ebike. And that is my point.
  • 1 0
 @alexsin: haha you forgot: Everyone should be happy with a 150mm dropper. To be fair, there were a lot of pinkbike idiots pushing that one.
  • 1 1
 @maglor: I'm the lighter sort of rider but i ride like a enduro racer so have to run dh spec gear such as fox 38 dhx2 dt swiss ex511 rims crush core dh casing tires hope v4 brakes 220 f n r 29 wheels 180 travel , so probaly e bike conponets would be good for riders like me
  • 4 2
 I don't understand all this ebike specific crap. When I'm riding my ebike the total weight of me and the bike is 115 kg on the regular bike its 105 kg. Yes it climbs faster but it's not faster on the descents and doesn't have a higher top speed. The only parts that need to be stronger are the drive train and rear hub. The rest is marketing BS.
  • 1 2
 @nigelh: EXACTLY!!!
  • 2 0
 @bash80: because if they didn’t brand it as “e-bike” people would ask “why do we need this instead? Are their other shocks not as good, so they made this instead?”

Business is still business, the ebike market is a large and quickly growing market compared to dh/fr. They would be left trying to sell it as “burlier, more durable, heavier” to a market who would end up rejecting it. Or they can just say “it’s an ebike shock” and the burlier, more durable, heavier argument is already made with that one word, to a market that will buy it. And people like myself who buy ebike parts for my regular bikes.
Why do coffee shops sell “Pumpkin Spice” every fall? Because there’s a market for it and people buy it. Even though there are plenty of haters, which is basically PB commenters to anything ebike related.
Capitalism and sales strategy still exists. Not sure why people get so mad about that. People act like they want small companies to do well and grow, but then get upset when they make business moves to do exactly that.
  • 1 0
 @suppehue: Who you calling fat ay hole!!
  • 4 0
 @mountainyj: right on.
I have been thinking for a while that bigger humans would be better off with the ebike derivative of the Fox 36, for example. Someone who is in that weight class on the heavier end of the spectrum could do with the extra heft. A mate of mine who is a stacked 96kg has been running a Totem for years because he thinks every other fork he’s tried has been too noodly. The totem coil is like, 2.8kg.
Function should always be seen as more important than weight, and yet here we are putting 1800g 170 mm travel 29er forks on our enduro bikes and wondering why they creak.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: no I am telling you that a lot of coils come defective from e-bikes and that e-bike manufacturers discuss about not allowing coil shocks in their e-bike line up.

I didn’t jump to any conclusion, you did.

FAT riders can also destroy shocks as it simply has to do with force applied on the shock.
As I am sure you know that force gets exponentially higher with speed.
So you could say a fat/slow Rider produces the Same force as a normal/fast Rider. (No scientific approach).

I ride and raced downhill and enduro for 12 years now and never destroyed a single shock until I put a coil in my ebike. Bad luck? Maybe... I am 190 with 96kg and ride pretty fast. Why didn’t I destroy one yet? Probably Specialized fsr + added weight of the Levo.

I personally think this shock is basically a soft launch of EXT new shock (v4 or whatever).
I would/will buy it for my enduro as finally you have the climb switch AND the HBC adjustment on one shock which is amazing.
Ebike specific marketing is just marketing and ext is not good at it, and never was.

And lastly - everyone here has to chill out. It’s just a bycicle part why are people getting so upset about it?
  • 2 0
 @mountainyj: Just replying to your first line - not true. Anyone wanting an aftermarket coil upgrade but can't because their frame manufacturer states 'not coil compatible', knows why this is needed.

Just look at the comments under this article and there's plenty along those lines from people with non-coil-compatible frames. I'd argue that's just a big of a niche as e-bikers looking to upgrade their shocks.

My point remains - no need to brand it e-bike specific, it's just BS. Market it as extra tough for large riders, poor frame designs (yokes) and e-bikes. Triple the market, job done.
  • 82 12
 Makes sense ebikes are heavier than normal bikes. And so are the riders.
  • 4 18
flag Matt115lamb (May 25, 2021 at 7:46) (Below Threshold)
 50% correct lol
  • 7 39
flag Heidesandnorth (May 25, 2021 at 9:59) (Below Threshold)
 And non-ebike riders are intellectually challenged since their remarks are often dumber.

See what using your line of „logic“ produces? If you don‘t, well, qed…
  • 17 3
 @Heidesandnorth: "non e-bike" lol, they're just called bikes m8
  • 24 0
 All shocks should come with spherical eyelets as standard. The difference it makes in highly loaded corners is unbelievable!
  • 6 0
 It also makes more frame designs viable, since side loads are cant be transfered into the shock.
  • 4 0
 @endoplasmicreticulum: well, with most frame designes the sideloads would still be transfered.
  • 4 2
 I don't believe it, unbelievable.
  • 6 1
 @watchtower: I don't believe that you don't believe it; it's unbelievable that you would find that unbelievable.
  • 13 0
 Higher viscosity doesn't imply that the viscosity will change less with temperature. A higher viscosity index will show more stable viscosity when the temperature changes. It is actually more common for oil with low viscosity to have a high viscosity index...
  • 2 0
 I thought this as well. I would be using a thin high VI oil with lots/all shim flow and minimum orifice flow
  • 4 0
 Considering that 95% or more of people reading this release have no idea what cst@40 or cst@100 means, and how it relates to VI, I doubt they cared to go into much detail in a press release. Haha
  • 13 1
 Oh, come on now. What about rider weight? t's a press release but "it made financial sense to promote a shock specifically to cash in on the eMTB market" would have been more accurate than the marketing lingo "it made sense to come up with a shock designed specifically for the eMTB market".
  • 9 0
 Why the hell do they make e-bike specific suspension but there are barely any parts that suit if you're above 100kg of bodyweight... Makes no sense to me!
Probably e-coli... Aehm e-coil sells better than "ow, your heavy, here is your more heavy suspension"
  • 12 0
 Damn, that shaft looks beefy! perfect for specialized bikes?
  • 9 0
 Seriously what’s the deal with Spesh?? Everybody I know on one has blown out their DHX2 within weeks.
  • 3 0
 Along with the spherical bearing it looks perfect.
  • 3 0
 @Blownoutrides:
More like cracked the housing...

Spec fsr has quite a lot torsion going on, that kills coil shox pretty fast...
  • 3 0
 @Blownoutrides: yoke designs don't work well with coil shocks. The dhx2 can't handle the forces going to it from the yoke mount. Spesh messed that up. Fox sometimes warranties these scenarios and gets a float x2/dpx2 as replacement for the coil failing.
  • 2 0
 @nubbs: Specialized shipped some SJ models with a DHX2 from the factory, so presumably that would be warrantied without question. And maybe they sorted out the sideloading issue on those models.
  • 10 0
 Hooray! We just needed e-bikes so the industry started caring about heavy riders! Good work bike industry, good work
  • 9 0
 Better idea, stop using Trunion. It's a stupid design and the amount of shocks it fucks up is insane. A shock shouldn't be a structural member of the frame.
  • 7 1
 I recently got a (non-e) Storia V3 on my enduro and can guarantee that it is indeed worth every penny and even more.
It is indeed boutique suspension, but EXT has got my back with every doubt and question I asked.
It requires a little more tinkering, but hat thing delivers tons of grip once correctly set up.
Now, I am so used to it that when I ride my air suspended trail bike I find myself overshooting corners or coming in too hot.
  • 15 0
 Its boutique but costs less than a Fox shox with 2 lightweight springs- who would even buy a Fox shox in Europe at this point?

And I can second it- I ride the Storia on my Stumpjumper- feels bottomless for 140mm of travel
  • 7 0
 I have one as well, and it just kicks as&... I would have loved this reservoir orientation for one of my bikes that cannot fit the regular V3 in normal position ..
  • 2 0
 @Lagr1980: buy a fast Fenix !
  • 6 0
 I would love to get an EXT coil shock one day. The first time I saw them in the flesh I was shocked at the quality of finish. They make Fox shocks look like crappy kids’ toys.
  • 8 0
 @jaame: I have the Ext Storia on my Nukeproof mega and it’s a Night and day difference to the Fox X2 I had before.

It’s so much better in every aspect! Small hits, big hits, climbing, jumping, just everything!
You wouldn’t believe that a coil shock is at the same time more poppy and uphill friendly than a Air shock, but also eats up the smallest bumps so well and gives you traction you never believed was possible before!

Get the Storia, it’s so worth it!

I would love to also get it for my Santa Cruz Heckler, but unfortunately Santa Cruz forbids the use of a coil shock in that frame..
  • 2 0
 @Pukeproof: I really need to stop reading about these things.
Your username made me laugh BTW.
  • 1 0
 @Pukeproof: I have just broken the bank on a new frame which I am building up. I won’t be in the market for an EXT any time soon, but one day hopefully!
  • 8 1
 I closed my eyes and thought it was the new trailer of Transformers.
  • 3 0
 "The demands put on a shock that's mounted to a 50+ pound bike with a motor are obviously greater than what's generated by a standard bike that's 20 pounds lighter, so it made sense to come up with a shock designed specifically for the eMTB market."

Utter bullshit. And not obvious at all, since we already have riders (way more than) 30+ pounds heavier than other riders.

Sure they're good with adapting shocks to different chassis weights, but bike weight is just a small part of the total weight of a bike + rider system. 30 lbs extra is only 10-20% of the system weight. System weight that ranges from 120ish to 250ish on average, so a 100+% difference. If they really cared about the weight they would have made this from the beginning to match that upper range rider weights regardless of motors.
  • 5 0
 Good news peeps. Im getting the first one in the UK fitted along with the EXT ERA on the new Gen 3 Levo S works frame.
  • 6 0
 Hooray for money
  • 2 0
 The "eMTB-specific" bit is mostly a marketing gimmick. Unsprung weight is pretty much the same, sprung weight of eMTB + rider is still in the typical operating range of most standard MTB suspension components.
  • 1 0
 I would hardly call this a gimmick. I can see that sentiment but at the same time it is kind of conforming to the way the industry has decided to just say "Heavy duty" and since they primarily speak Italian I don't think they really care about the semantics that much and focused on building a really robust shock. Also it should be noted a lot of the e-bikes coming out do have fairly high leverage ratios and do tend to attract riders at the heavier end of the spectrum. So instead of just offering springs up to 800 lbs and slapping them on they have designed a damper to match. The funny thing is though that the Storia and Arma V3 are already one of the most robust shocks on the market with a 14mm shaft diameter so this thing must be an absolute beast.
  • 3 0
 As a Push Elevensix user, that is one gorgeous shock. From an appearance standpoint alone I'd love to have that. I've not heard bad things about EXT performance, so...yeah!
  • 2 1
 Good news for the tall and heavy folk too!

Additionally;

As a “work in progress” (fatty) on my trail bike, I would weigh significantly more than a smaller person on a heavy ebike.
(Also when I was thin, I’d still weigh more than a normal person on an ebike due to my height).
So there’s an alternative scenario for all the folks moaning about ebikes weighing more and destroying trails.
Will there be complaints that talk people weigh more and are destroying trails or is it just easier to moan about ebikes?
  • 4 0
 It's not the weight. It's the higher average speeds and more usage that kill both parts and trails. We know rider weight ranges are much much bigger than the e-bike weight penalty, but not every heavy rider breaks parts constantly. and we also know that way faster (ie: DH pros) riders of all weights can be harder on parts, and hundreds of runs on a race weekend tears up a track. E-bike plus rider being slightly heavier is nothing compared to faster average speeds and being able to bang out 2-4x the number of runs without putting in extra work
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil:
Totally agree.
My point was against the same response that gets rolled out at every ebike debate around weight.
  • 1 0
 One problem with e -bikes is that can take a lot of abuse, but are they getting broken?
but I am sure that they have as have noticed new bikes are heavier due to fact that are getting so much abuse & manufacturers do not want them broken
Yes I am getting old so know I am never going to need such a strong bike
So yes would like better suspension, but do not really need it?
  • 3 1
 Ooh! Look ma, a thread full of people talking with confidence about knowing very little. Don't worry son, that's Pinkbike, they're the most knowledgeable nobodies on the planet.
  • 1 0
 People are taking the marketing terminology too seriously...this shock basically came about because PUSH brought out their HD model...presumably because that shitty specialized Ebike with the stupid yoke design was snapping FOX DHX2 shafts left, right and centre. It's not so much it's the fact it's for an e bike, it's that some bikes have designs that put a lot of stress on the shock shaft and the main culprit happening to be an e bike.
  • 5 1
 Oooooh superfaster. Finally.
  • 4 0
 relevant user name
  • 4 0
 Also has a negative coil which is an important detail left out here.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that seems like it could be the biggest difference maker if I understand it’s function correctly. The only “complaint” on my storia v3 was that it isn’t the plushest on small chatter. Its handles anything I can throw at it, very composed, supportive , great at high speed , etc. but I run it wide open on hsc and probably a bit undersprung (sprindex coil so I tinker depending on trail). I bet a lighter compression tune would accomplish what I am looking for as well, but this might be best if both worlds if I was buying a new storia
  • 3 0
 No need for a pointless lockout lever on an ebike. Apart from that, this is my next shock for the kenevo.
  • 3 0
 Awesome to see that the spring range goes past the stock 550lb. It’s nice as a bigger guy to be able to have options.
  • 4 1
 Weight listed without the spring? That's how I ride my bike. With no spring.
  • 3 0
 Can this also be used on a non assisted bike with a + sized rider?
  • 3 0
 IIRC, Specialized did a bunch of testing and found that their race riders (at presumably 70-80kg) put far more load through their bikes than even the most "powerfully built" amateurs, so if they don't break things, hopefully you won't. However, this "ebike specific" stuff has to be a bonus for people who run out of adjustment dial or just destroy kit...
  • 11 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I'd be reasonably confident that racers do break things waaay more than us. They just don't talk about it publicly.
  • 4 0
 @chakaping: Can confirm that pros routinely break almost everything. Twelve Monarch Plus shocks, lots of Pike CSUs and Charger dampers, monthly brake bleeds and an ungodly number of wheel rebuilds was my record in two years, and I wasn't anything at all special. It becomes a case of not if, but when.
  • 2 0
 @getonyourbike: oh no, the Monarch plus! What a POS that was! I had three rebuilds in six months on mine, from just riding a couple of hours at weekends.
  • 3 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Somewhere I've read that forces imposed on a bike grow roughly linearly with weight and square with the speed (so if you double the weight you double the force, but if you double the speed you quadruple the force), thats why many professionals run really high pressures and custom dampers, such bikes would feel like hardtails to us mortals...
  • 2 0
 @winko: Yup. E=mv^2
  • 2 0
 @getonyourbike: yikes! I guess we don't hear about it if it made it to the finish line without the rider picking up the bike and tossing it broken into the scenery. I guess pros get pretty fed up if parts breaking spoils their results, as that affects their value, regardless of upsetting a sponsor. Tricky...
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Pretty much sums it up. Also, constantly having to rebuild a bike and packaging up parts to send back is frustrating. I've had two EWS races ended by mechanicals. One, a rear maxle snapping and the other a carbon front wheel folding mid corner, for the brand to deny there could possibly be a problem with their product.
  • 4 0
 Looks like a Pushion
  • 3 0
 Get ready for e-steria in the comments
  • 1 0
 I have a Storia and love it but still not clear why all the features on the e-Storia are e-bike specific? If it's just a toughened up Storia doesn't that make it an Arma?
  • 2 0
 There a re a few things to note regarding this design that make it more heavy duty the main thing I think though is using a Chromoly shaft instead of the Aluminum one found on the Arma and Storia. Also the Spring collars are more robust to accommodate heavier springs. To you second statement the Storia is Every bit as tough as the Arma. They are pretty much identical except for that the Storia has a fixed HBC setting and a lok lever where the Arma has no Lok but the ability to adjust the HBC.
  • 1 0
 Two questions.

1: Will it work on a Stumpy Evo?
2: Does the Ti check valve in the rebound circuit still make the god awful clicking?
  • 3 0
 Now if other companies could start making 800lb springs, that'd be great.
  • 2 0
 What if you do not have a 15 k e bike?
  • 9 1
 Don't buy it? I think buying it is not enforced, so not buying it is a realistic option. It is the option I am going to take as I don't have a 15k e-bike (or a non 15k e-bike).

I do, however, have an EXT Storia shock on my non-e-bike (bike) and it is a very good bit of kit indeed.
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 @sargey2003: Wish buying it (or the normal Storia) was enforced, then at least I'd have an excuse for spending all my money on a lovely bike shock.
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 @chakaping: EXT actually same $ as a DHX2 and a couple of orange springs. If you’re buying a new coil shock EXT is pretty dang hard to argue against.
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 @Blownoutrides: That's more of an indictment of Fox than an endorsement of EXT, to be honest.
Easy decision if you have the money though, I agree.
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 "Smoother Safer Superfaster" Haha
That claim is so rough that you can hope this coil shock smooths it out at the end.
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 Going off memory on my own 210 x 55 EXT Arma this is a really minor weight penalty, I think only about 60-70 grams.
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 I nearly bought one but the Australian support is non-existent. They must make enough money that they aren’t really fussed whether they sell these or not.
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 As a Forbes, Times reader, I find this Shock Ubber Fantastic! Now, I can finally have a shock, specific for my Ebike!
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 Rated E... for Everyone is going to find a way to complain
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 so now the rider weight is a no issue its all about the bike weight?
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 Just buy a Motocross bike and stop messing about pretending one day you'll ride up a hill without battery power.
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 What a load of bollox
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