First Look: Intend's Hover Shock - Garda Trentino 2019

May 13, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  

Intend Suspension is a one man show run by Cornelius Kapfinger, who previously worked with Trickstuff, the German company best known for their powerful, high-end brakes. Kapfinger has been doing his own thing for a couple of years now, with a product line that includes stems, cranks, several USD forks, and the Hover, the new air sprung shock that we first saw on a bike at Sea Otter. Here's a little bit deeper look at what's going on inside.

You can access the negative chamber and really tune the beginning of the stroke to be ultra soft. The weight of the bike alone can actually engage the suspension, and it's claimed to have much less friction than a typical air shock.

Kapfinger has been working on developing the Hover for some time now and is finishing up the testing phase. According to Kapfinger, the design has a couple of advantages, including the fact that there's one less dynamic, or moving seal, and the existing seals are always in contact with oil. The other advantage is that the complete damper surface is able to radiate and dissipate heat. It doesn't insulate the shock as a standard air shock does, which keeps temperatures lower.


The aluminum piston rod may look diminutive, but it's 14mm thick and with a 3mm hole in the middle, and Kapfinger is confident that it's strong enough for everything from trail riding to downhill usage.

There is a fine tune dial on the shock that allows you to inflate the positive and negative chambers with one valve, then you close it and further inflate the negative chamber to tune the spring curve. The progressivity of the shock can be tuned via volume reducing tokens.

The shock can be bled to get air out of the oil chamber with a 2.5mm hex key. You simply open the valve, compress, and close. Air goes from the oil back to the negative side.



The damper doesn't have a lockout function or dedicated pedaling platform lever, but riders can just close off the LSC if they want to firm things up. Kapfinger says that the damper is suitable for whatever applications riders desire, from trail riding to World Cup DH.

The shock is still in development at this point, but if Kapfinger is happy with the next prototypes he has finished in a couple of weeks then he will start production.

The shock will be available in a variety metric and non-metric lengths, and it weighs a claimed 410g for the 205mm trunnion. The shock will sell for around €1,000 EUR.




95 Comments

  • + 138
 Cornelius Kapfinger sounds like a vilain from a Bond movie. I can see 007 trying to recover the plans to develop a world-changing rear shock stolen from the Milliard Industries.
  • + 69
 COrnelius KApfinger INdustries = COKAIN must be definately a villain
  • + 16
 @funkzander: how on Earth did you come up with that?
  • + 2
 Really liking the concept and would love to take one for a rip in some chunky terrain.
  • + 3
 @goroncy: Germany.
  • + 52
 SAMSONITE! I was way off.
  • - 1
 A slew of one liners just flooded my brain.
  • + 1
 It's OK! I'm a limo driver!
  • + 31
 Pretty darn impressive company.
  • + 22
 Nice work!

On a side note, what happened with the oleo Brew Nitro shock?!
  • + 3
 The shock that you were supposed to run with 0 sag and a nearly fixed spring rate? Can’t imagine why that project never took off
  • + 12
 still in development, it appears. looking fairly refined now though: www.instagram.com/nitroshox
  • + 1
 I saw the blue ano and immediately wondered the same thing.
  • + 4
 Would love to see one of these in motion. Oleo dampers are meant to be the bees knees
  • + 1
 @kleinblake: why do you say that?
  • + 1
 @Gackt: I went back through all the PB articles on it and it appears I’m misremembering them saying the shock should be run without any sag. But what I did notice is that twice they said they were going to the the shock, but nothing ever came of it.
  • + 5
 @kleinblake: Yeah oleo struts are actually great design, but it's hard on seals. Maybe Brew is struggling with durability?

@mikelevy: Can you use your magic to get updates on the Nitro development?
  • + 4
 @Loche: still here guys, just taking a bit longer than hoped to carry out mods etc due to small numbers of prototypes. Working with an established suspension service company to work after after care then hope have some for sale towards the end of the year!
  • + 4
 That’s not how it works at all bud @kleinblake:
  • + 3
 @saxokev: Exciting! Thanks for the update!
  • + 17
 It is the most perfect example of a solidworks/cad drawing coming to life. not a bad thing, just looks like it materialized off of the screen. engineers dream.
  • + 1
 Also probably, what's most easy/accurate/quick/efficient to machine. People are now used to seeing the five axis machine work from Hope, but what you see here is on par with something like a Hope C2. Not necessarily a bad thing. You can try to make organic shapes on a more simple machine too, but it will be at the expensive of accuracy and efficiency.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Exactly or a lot of cast/forged parts then post machined as needed... Quick and simple are often all that's 'needed'.
  • + 5
 @vinay: This is all 2D machining right here.No need for 5 axis.
  • + 18
 it looks like it's missing a coil
  • + 3
 That was exactly my first thought. Then I read air....what? Nice shock btw
  • + 17
 Did he intend on this looking so trick?
  • + 1
 One for those who know.
  • + 12
 Looks down country capable to me
  • + 11
 Approved for UPDuro as well. Wink
  • + 0
 @vikb: It does smell a lot like Upduro in here.
  • + 0
 I think most people will be looking to use it on end-hill
  • + 7
 @number44: hello there
  • + 6
 Wait am I supposed to get excited about a new product that has neither carbon nor a new standard attached to it?

This would look rad on one of those UK handmade steel single pivot bikes, nothing would look big enough.
  • + 4
 As an MRP Ribbon owner... I would love to be able to tune the negative chamber on my shock like I can on my fork. All the benefits of an air shock with the bonus of coil-like small bump feel.
  • + 8
 People without tunable positive and negative chambers won't understand
  • + 0
 In the meanwhile you can get a DVO topaz, they are cheap and have what you wanted. For a air shock it almost feels like a coil because it really require almost no force to move.
+ and - chaimber tuning ofc..
  • + 3
 Its coil like until you convert it to coil.
  • + 2
 @reverend27: I love riding on both coil and air springs. Sure, I could tune a more lively feel into my coil shocks, but it's def easier with an air shock
  • + 6
 Looks absolutely stunning - Im a massive fan of all of intends products!
  • + 3
 I have the Intend Stiff Master headset on my Spartan and love it. I would definitely buy other products from this innovative company.
  • - 1
 THIS IS HOTT
  • + 4
 It looks like a Scott Equaliser 3 shock. ????
  • + 4
 Yes and they are based on the same technology which is called OTS (same goes for Fox Dyad shock). I never heard of that tchnology before but google was a great help.
  • + 4
 I can't imagine being creative/intelligent enough to design a shock.
  • + 3
 Formal training, serious drive, and some mfg support and it's not that difficult to make something that works. The challenge is ultimate / fatigue strength, consistent mfg within an production environment and creating something that performs as well (if not better) than the Big 2 manufacturers.
  • - 5
flag TheSlayer99 (May 14, 2019 at 4:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Loamhuck: its not too difficult to build a shock better than rockshox, but fox on the other hand make some really good stuff.
  • + 1
 It's hard to say. I would say, "I could never build a house". But in school, 30 class members, and me put together a house with pretty much not even trying. Like I didn't even feel strained. I guess, everything just has to come together. I would still tell you, "I could never build a house", and I guess I have.
  • + 2
 @Kramz: no, you built 1/31 of a house
  • + 1
 It would be an awesome bonus if this shock is 100% user-serviceable, making rebuilds cheaper and less time-consuming than sending sealed chamber shocks in every year or so for service.
  • + 4
 I think on mtb news it was claimed that you don’t really have to service the shock, as you can just bleed it from the outside. On the other hand Cornelius uses standard seals you can buy in every specialized seal shop and service it at home, in case it really needs a proper service.
  • + 1
 @jmjr: is it the same bleeding procedure as with the bikeyoke revive?
  • + 1
 @funkzander: No, if you look at the third image from the bottom you can see a hole in the eyelet for a 2,5mm allen key
  • + 1
 Looks awesome! Looking forward to real world reviews of how it holds up. I’m curious as to how it will perform on different suspension designs
  • + 3
 Needs some Kashima coating for that bad boy.
  • + 3
 P-r-o-g-r-e-s-s-i-o-n... The word is progression, not progressivity!
  • + 1
 probably lost in translation, Progressivität ist the german word for it.
  • + 3
 Yes was about time to get this on pinkbike!
  • + 2
 How could you not show whole the incredible bike with clean cockpit
  • + 2
 It's lovely and I look forward to reading the reviews.
  • + 1
 Why should the "thin" shaft be a problem? All coil shocks in the universe have about the same diameter shaft.
  • + 0
 Bc shafts on coil shocks only see damping loads and dont carry the full weight of the bike like this one
  • - 2
 @zyoungson: Yeah, the Intend shock has a special switch that lets you use it as a kickstand...
  • + 1
 @zyoungson: The axial loads are not quite the problem. It's the lateral forces from bike torsion and deformation that kill shocks. And coils in coil shocks, as @NoriDori mentioned, do not take those loads as well, letting it solely on their thin shaft.
Anyway, that shock won't probably be the best choice for frame designs that rely on shock stiffness.
  • + 2
 i like the continuing chambers, looks to make sense here
  • + 1
 I'd still love to know what happened to that milliyard bike?
  • + 2
 Alan abandoned making DH bikes as his sons moved on from the sport. He still makes the most WILD motorcycle engines the world has ever seen though. Give him a follow on Instagram!
  • + 1
 looks like a king offroad shock, i dig it
  • + 1
 This shock HAS TO come in anodized purple!
  • - 3
 Whoa...mind blown. Look-out, someone is about to get hired to design shocks for airplanes, desert racing trucks or tanks. see ya later dude. The money is def gonna pull him and his shock away from bikes.
  • - 3
 A pogo stick?!
C'mon..
  • - 3
 How the hell is it assambled???
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