EXT Releases Era Fork Version 2.0

Nov 25, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  

The Era, EXT's first mountain bike fork, made its debut a little over a year ago, receiving praise for its very impressive level of small bump sensitivity, especially for an air fork. Now, version 2.0 has arrived, which addresses some of issues that arose during long term testing, along with adding a few new features.

The latest version of the era receives new DU bushings that have small dimples on the portion that slides against the fork's stanchions. Those small depressions are intended to improve the flow of lubricating oil even when the fork is being compressed under a heavy load, the type of scenario that can occur during heavy braking on a steep trail, or when the fork is subjected to multiple hard hits in a row.
EXT Era V2 Details
• Travel: 130, 140, 150, 160, or 170mm
• Wheel size: 29"
• Stanchions: 36 mm
• Offset: 44 mm
• New lowers w/ floating thru-axle
• Updated HS3 hybrid air spring system
• Adjustments: HSC, LSC, rebound, two positive air chambers
• MSRP: €1480
• More info: extremeshox.com

The Era 2.0 now has a floating thru-axle design that uses a pinch bolt and a sleeve to ensure that the hub is centered in the dropouts, and that the lowers are aligned properly. Along with the floating axle addition, the new magnesium lowers are also lighter than the previous version, which keen-eyed observers noticed were identical to what's uses on X-Fusions Trace36 forks.

Dimpled bushings are designed to improve the flow of lubricating oil.
The magnesium lowers are lighter and now use a floating thru-axle.

A top-out bumper has been added to the ++ chamber to help reduce noise.

EXT have also added a new top-out bumper that sits on a titanium plate, which is designed to reduce to keep the fork quiet when it returns to full extension. In addition, the HS3's end-stroke device has been revised with the addition of two small rubber bumpers, which EXT says, "increases reliability and smoothness even in harsh conditions."

The fork also has new DU backup channels, a video explaining them is below:


The ERA V2 will be replacing the inaugural version, but all of the upgrades the fork has undergone are backwards compatible with version 1.0. According to EXT, they will be offering an kit that can be used to upgrade a version 1.0 fork to the latest edition.


110 Comments

  • 179 0
 Of course it's lighter! They cut it in half
  • 30 0
 Yes but only the back half is lighter; the front half is still just as heavy.
  • 16 0
 @jammf: marketing guys hate this fact!
  • 5 2
 @jammf: Mullet forks. Gotta keep up with the trends!
  • 4 2
 I always wondered how they cut it in half so perfectly. I want that tool. A sawzall just doesn't cut it.
  • 5 6
 @tacklingdummy: pretty sure its a render
  • 7 2
 Straight from the Cannondale play book, the "fronty"
  • 1 2
 @pipm1: That wouldn't be a mullet. A mullet is light/short in the front and long/heavy in the back.
  • 4 0
 @nickfranko: mullet in the MTB multiverse is the opposite though; big at the front, small at the rear.
  • 1 3
 @hamncheez: Not a rendering. I have seen many of those in person on display. Next time I'm gonna ask.
  • 5 0
 @tacklingdummy: it can be done, but this particular image is a render
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: Usually they use a water jet or CNC for real cutaways. That is a render though @hamncheez got it right.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: EDM (electro-discharge machining) would work. Or a diamond saw.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez Yeah, on second look. That is a rendering.
  • 1 0
 @jammf: Open bath river crossings!!
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: With Solidworks (other packages available).
  • 26 1
 I guess you could call it the (N)EXT Era...
  • 16 0
 Regarding weight savings, there is an approx 30grams saved from the lower casting, yep its not much but it all helps. Although not stated in the article it was mentioned to myself that the main piston is going to be re-shimable by service centres to customer requirements, but please dont quote me on this.
  • 150 0
 "Regarding weight savings, there is an approx 30grams saved from the lower casting, yep its not much but it all helps. Although not stated in the article it was mentioned to myself that the main piston is going to be re-shimable by service centres to customer requirements, but please dont quote me on this." by Campagnolo123.
  • 5 4
 @pipm1: I see what you did there.
  • 5 0
 @pipm1: that was a pretty campy response
  • 7 0
 @pipm1: lol...legend
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: Campag ! ;-)
  • 1 0
 @pipm1: I've just had to up vote you for that, although I can to read it twice to get it ;-)
  • 1 0
 @pipm1: outstanding
  • 10 0
 Didn't they have some super slippery bushings in the first place? It's always interesting seeing what changes get made after the first model.
Haven't seen one in the flesh but we are at the bottom of the world so that's not unusual.
  • 1 0
 Tons of improvement can be made with bushings on OE fork, always interseting to see what is done here.
  • 2 0
 @fracasnoxteam: as a hobby mechanic this interests me. Fork bushings are rarely mentioned yet they are fundamental in any telescopic fork. The moment wear and play begin is usually when I consider selling on and replacing.
  • 2 0
 @tremeer023: Yep, I had an MRP Ribbon Air a few years ago... and while it was a great fork under the right conditions, the bushings were total shit and that fork was let down by a ton of stiction. MRP updated the bushings at some point, but I think they're still behind the 8 ball in that regard.

Too bad because, with the adjustable negative chamber, easy travel adjust in 5mm increments and ramp control... I really wanted to like that fork. Hopefully they can sort it out in newer versions.
  • 8 1
 I bought an EXT Era gen one this summer, and I absolutely love it. Just in time for it to be obsolete....
  • 9 1
 @tremeer023: Small amounts of bushing play are actually desired by most top level racers. Most techs will oversize the bushings a slight touch. This also correlates to bath oil viscosity, as forks bushings work similarly to the connecting rods and crank shaft on an reciprocating engine.

Usually on a stock fork when. You star to feel slight amount of play or knock it's just the bath oil suffering from viscosity breakdown and not creating the film layer required to hold everything nice and tight. Technically speaking a forks bushings should long out last most other components on a suspension fork.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: same……..
  • 2 0
 @z-man: thanks, I'll keep that in mind with my current fork. Pretty sure it was the bushings in my last fork though as I did a full service and oil change but the same bit of play there. Thought it was the headset for quite a while.
  • 1 1
 I had 2 sets of the v1 forks that developed bush play in 1-2 months riding to the point where they would feel harsh and bind. Funny to see a v2 so soon
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: newer MRP forks are better. I had the same issues with mine. Recently rode one of the new ones and it was honestly really good.
  • 1 0
 @Ososmash: That's great to hear... loved that fork when it wasn't suffering from stiction. If they solved that, it's probably an awesome fork!
  • 11 0
 Seems like EXT just shared a yt video where they show how the new DUs with backup channels work: youtu.be/O2YIhO8k038
  • 2 0
 
  • 2 0
 juicy piston action
  • 1 0
 @kyytaM: Ah. No wonder I found the video a bit too interesting....
  • 12 4
 Waiting for the owner of EXT to arrive and go potato in the comments section with multiple accounts because people aren’t setting their forks up as he wants them to.
  • 4 0
 Wait, is that what was going on with the Bright review? Holy shit.
  • 4 2
 I love mine, but it demands you spend time getting it set up.
  • 8 1
 Lighter casting to save weight and no weight given so no weight ?
  • 11 1
 when asked they will probably answer that weight is not important.
  • 1 0
 @HenkkaK: that's true , they said it for the first release that they didn't care about weight for designing it.
  • 1 0
 Good though, V1 weighed in the fox 38/Zeb region.
  • 1 0
 their website states "2275 g (29” 170 mm with uncut steer tube, axle and lube)"
  • 3 0
 Good on them! It's really good to see that there are still companies around that give a damn and will fix their products if they have issues. Everybody else seems either too lazy to do something or too full of themselves to even admit their product might have a design flaw.
  • 10 5
 So the most expensive fork you can get uses the same lowers as one of the cheapest?
  • 32 0
 May say more about the cheapest than about the most expensive
  • 5 0
 does that even matter?
  • 4 1
 There are even more expensive forks out there.. Intend comes to mind.
  • 1 0
 The previous version was x-fusion, not sure where the new one is from
  • 14 6
 @Mr-Gilsch: Sorry, I meant most expensive fork for normal people, not some shed built, side project for space cadets.
  • 3 2
 @TommyNunchuck: Hahahaa nice one!
  • 2 0
 well, what is happening in lowers? It only makes a clean space for cartridge etc, or have you ever ugpraded your lowers?
  • 4 0
 @ukli: Lowers are now made in Italy.
  • 5 0
 Hopefully these are being used for warranties too, I’ve been really disappointed with my ERA.
  • 4 0
 That is a painfully expensive fork to be disappointed with. The good news is you can sell it used for more than any new replacement from the other brands.
  • 1 0
 @heinous Why are you disappointed with your fork?
  • 4 0
 @carym: Not now he can't.
  • 2 1
 I've loved mine. What issues have you had?
  • 2 1
 @hamncheez: Top out so bad I've had to stop and check my headset isn't loose, sticky AF, a loud cracking noise when it's cycled after sitting for a few days (even with the supplied lube), and the axle material and design is cheap and nasty compared to every other thru axle fork on market.
  • 3 1
 i've been riding the Ext Era fork since beginning,as a heavy rider that already rode rs and fox, i can tell you that theres a fork for everyone, but the level of the suport and the comfort in the mid section is umbeatable... there isn;t..this si the best fork ever, it's just better for me
  • 1 0
 The EXT’s magic is the dual air chamber. But you can add that to Fox and RS with the DSD Runt. Best of both worlds.
  • 3 0
 @kc358: or just buy a Mezzer and be done with it.
  • 8 3
 One could say they extended their fork range
  • 4 2
 What an Era to be alive
  • 4 0
 Upgrade kit available for just 749.99!
  • 1 1
 I love that more upgrade options on different parts are entering the market.

Are you serious about the price?
  • 1 1
 Fitting new bushings isn't going to be easy, especially if they're the ones at the bottom of the tube!
  • 7 1
 @larsch:
I think upgrade is going to consist of new lowers and other parts such as bumpstop etc. I wouldn't be surprised to see that kit cost half as much as the fork.

Can't believe people support such companies (Ohlins, Fox, Era) that put out what's basically beta versions of their products and customers are the testers. Then, year after they release actually working product and pretend like it's okay.
  • 7 0
 @msusic: Good thing SRAM never puts out beta versions for their customers to suffer with!
  • 6 0
 @baulz: yeah, they spew just alpha versions an then make it even worse
  • 7 4
 The quality of is proofing professional as always...
  • 3 0
 Its 1.480€ without tax, if ou were wondering why it is so cheap.
  • 1 0
 The dimples look like some angry kid stabbed the crap out of them with a screwdriver or something. Great to see all these improvements though.
  • 2 0
 Nice to see them trying to fix the issues from the v1.
  • 5 0
 @surfab I had some issues with stiction and harshness with my V1 Era but Chris from EXT Australia rectified the issues with a speedy turnaround and they're the best forks I've ever ridden.
  • 3 0
 @bikeflog: I got a complete replacement fork that did the same, the guys at proflow were great and ended up giving me my money back. I’d love to share the email that the owner of ext sent me. Safe to say I won’t be buying anything ext again.
  • 1 0
 @Surfab: any chance you can share that privately?
  • 3 2
 As an engineer, I won't be getting any work done today and will just admire that x-section.
  • 2 0
 Agreed. It's like forking porn!
  • 5 0
 how can you tell that @richard01 is an engineer?
  • 4 0
 @jaydawg69: he’ll tell you
  • 2 1
 @jaydawg69: sorry, did I not tell you I'm an engineer? Apologies if it wasn't clear.
  • 5 5
 You know, i want to love the fork, but it just lacks aesthetics. Give it a piano black crown and lowers, work on those decals. Make it LOOK the price as well !!
  • 1 0
 @Simann: Slik Graphics do custom decals for the ERA. I have some on the way
  • 2 1
 now its just stupid to pay same amount for sloppy made in china fox with mismatched ca$ima and cracked airshaft as feature
  • 1 0
 If it does not come with Airtime Steward I am not buying.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the fork will also accept hub torque caps.
  • 2 0
 @TheBearDen: the V1 did also
  • 4 5
 Checked user manual... Max 2.5" tire size. I'm out.

Why is it that Manitou seems to be the only one making forks that accommodate up to 29x3.25"?
  • 3 1
 I think you’re definitely an anomaly, so
WADR, your opinions I don’t think matter when it comes to a high end racing fork designed around EWS racers who don’t normally run wider than 2.5. It’s not a Fatbike fork
  • 1 0
 When are we getting 20 axles again???
  • 1 0
 Good effort like their coil shocks.....but meh
  • 1 0
 When is PUSH coming out with a fork?
  • 1 3
 Wish they bring out a coil version. Also won't the dimples increase risking air bubbles in the oil effectively acting like a whisk?
  • 1 0
 it could but that would be advantageous. Its lower oil so if you could foam it up it would expand to fill the space ensuring that you got a good coating of oil all over. Also the foamed oil wouldnt settle back through the bushes so easy. You should patent that one.
  • 2 2
 Clearasil treats Dimples
  • 1 1
 Is it rechargeable ?
  • 1 0
 Even better, it's wireless!
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