Dusty Dynamics, a small Australian company focused on suspension tuning, have a new product poised to hit the market that's aimed at bringing suspension data acquisition to the masses. Rather than requiring the installation of telescoping rods and complicated wiring, the Shock Wiz is a small device designed specifically for air sprung suspension that mounts onto a fork or shock's Shrader valve.
Once it's calibrated, the device works by monitoring the changing pressure inside the fork or shock's air chamber, which is an indication of how much travel is being used. With this data, the device can tell how often the suspension bottoms out, how quickly it's rebounding, and whether or not it's exhibiting any undesirable behavior, such as packing up.
At the end of a ride the data is transmitted via Bluetooth to either a phone or tablet, where an app displays the information that was gathered, along with tuning suggestions based on which mode (XC, AM, or DH) the rider selects. The ShockWiz also features a jump timer that lets riders know how much time they spent airborne. Dusty Dynamics' goal was to make the device as user friendly as possible, and according to the company's director, Nigel Wade, “This device will enable riders of all levels and disciplines to obtain the most from their bikes, regardless of whether they have any suspension tuning knowledge or not.”
For many riders, glancing at the rubber o-ring on their fork stanchion is the only data acquisition they're interested in, but it's easy to see how this device could be useful for riders curious about the specifics of their suspension's behavior, another tool to help eke out even more performance from a fork or shock.
The final price is expected to be $239 USD for a single unit or $449 for two, but lower pricing will initially be offered as part of the company's upcoming Kickstarter campaign, with the units expected to ship by early 2016.Kickstarter pagedustydynamics.com.au