Inside Öhlins Racing - Swedish Suspension Specialists

Nov 8, 2017
by Ross Bell  




Standing in the heart of Öhlins’ production lines on the fringes of Stockholm there is an almost serene calmness, an environment with clinical cleanliness more akin to an operating theater than a suspension manufacturer. It’s hard to imagine all this stemmed from Kenth Öhlin turning the lathes in his father’s workshop some forty years ago in pursuit of personal on-track performance to boost his own racing, dissatisfied at the market’s offerings at the time.

It didn’t take long for friends and other competitors to take interest in Kenth’s shocks. Öhlins Racing was founded in 1976, and just two years later their shock was ridden to World Championship success in the hands of Russian MX star Guennady Moiseev. Take a scan through the ‘Hall of Fame’ on the website and you’ll get a taste of the somewhat bewildering racing success they’ve had, and they can now add two Downhill World Championships to their portfolio… The racetrack is seen as the development area, where new ideas and products can be tested and fettled before being brought to the market, where they have generated prosperity to match their racing accomplishments.

Underneath the global presence of all the commercial and championship success the company still retains its roots with Kenth Öhlin taking back the reigns having repurchased shares sold to Yamaha back in 1986. You’ll also find without too much difficulty, a recurring loyalty from several individuals of varying backgrounds that have devoted their career to Öhlins, be it family ties or in one case having worked in Kenth’s father’s machine shop even before the company came to fruition - still working on some of the same lathes all these years later!

Mountain biking is a pretty small slice of Öhlins’ revenue, around 10%. Even so, it is expanding all the time with their Specialized ‘exclusivity’ agreement and aftermarket sales more than enough to keep their current production lines flat out. The fact that their OEM supply is for the most part to a sole company may seem massively limiting in revenue, but Öhlins believe their close relationship with Specialized has helped fast track their products and learning process, and with a contract for many more years in place don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Using a somewhat different approach and background to their mountain bike competitors it’ll be interesting to see what they bring to the table as they look to expand into things like the XC market, continue to develop their DH fork, get excited about the new technology they can bring to the more spacious metric shocks, and flirt with electronically controlled suspension.

We had the opportunity to head out to Sweden and saunter round the factory floor while shocks were put to work in the dyno and MotoGP forks were prepped for the likes of Valentino Rossi.

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The Ohlins HQ is located in Upplands Vasby, north of the Swedish capital.
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The company has further subsidiaries in Sweden, Germany, USA, and Thailand.

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The first thing you are greeted by upon arrival to the factory is a walk through of the product history, including one of Kenth's early prototypes.

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The racing heritage is proudly on display throughout the factory, including Nigel Mansell's CART success.
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The newest additions? Miranda Miller and Loic Bruni's World Champ success in Cairns.

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The very first Ohlins Racing Team...

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...And the very first foray into mountain bike suspension by Ohlins.

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This man has been at Ohlins since before it even officially began, having worked in Kenth Ohlin's father's machine shop.

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Checking the request and measuring the bar before machining.

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As a youngster, Kenth Ohlin received a lathe as gift from his father and it still sits in the factory today.

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Preparing forks for another round of testing.

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The internal makings of a TTX 22 shock.

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The Ohlins team is some 320 employee strong and make use of 200 external suppliers.

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Putting a TTX through its paces on the dyno, but the engineers say there is only so much that can be learned through this type of testing - the real learning is done out on the trails.

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There are a number of different test rigs lurking around; just because they have an OEM exclusivity with Specialized doesn't mean they are cornered into solely testing their shocks on Specialized bikes.

bigquotesThe racetrack for us is the development area. That's where we can test new ideas and where we can fine tune new products. Where we can tune the vehicles together with the customers. Then when we get fantastic new technology we can move into aftermarket and later to OEM, but also we have new ideas that never develop into anything. We see the race track as development ground for us. Then of course when we win world championships people read about it and we make a stronger and stronger brand, then it also becomes a part of our marketing.Henrik Johansson

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Take from that what you will...
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One of the test mules, this Demo has the same custom linkage the Specialized Gravity Team have been using this season.

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There are plenty of two-wheeled toys around.
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Studded tires prepped for winter, this ATV sees some serious action on the frozen lakes.

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Catering to much more than just mountain bikes means there are plenty of other products to snoop and drool over.
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The shock off a trophy truck with MTB Team Leader TJ Hansen for scale.

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The oil stores before being fed out to the various production lines.

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Pre-assembly is all about bringing together all the small pieces of the puzzle to make the main body parts of the shock.
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Tubes awaiting the shock heads during the general assembly.

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At the HQ in Sweden there are 14 staff members dedicated to mountain biking, along with the productions line staff who work in shifts of 4.

bigquotesThe mountain bike production line starts off with pre-assembly. Compression adjusters, valve seats, valve holders, putting all the shim packages together before it moves on to the general assembly. Then the heads are put onto the tubes and tightened, before putting the heads on they’ve already put in the bladder, the gas cap, and the compression adjusters. Basically, the head is almost ready before getting tightened in this machine; we can track every single shock that is being built because each and every shock has an individual number, so we can always track it down to see if something was wrong when it was torqued or whatever. That’s a good safety thing to have for quality. Then you’re assembling the shaft, piston holder, end eye, and bump rubbers go on before it’s time to fill the shock.Terje Hansen

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Heads being assembled with the compression adjusters, valve holders, valve seats, shim packages, bladder, and gas cap.

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Next up the tubes are tightened into the heads, every measurement is tracked and stored to track down any potential problems that may arise further down the line.

bigquotesSame thing with the filling, we can track down each and every filling that has been made, keep track of the information and we have stored that since day 1. There’s a lot of information there in our systems. We then weigh the shocks to check they’ve been filled alright, before it goes into the gas station where we put the nitrogen in. Depending on which shock platform it is depends how much pressure goes in but it is usually between 12 and 16 bar.

After that it is time for the dyno, so we dyno the shock and it needs to be within certain measurements in terms of compression damping, rebound damping, and gas force. If it passes all of them it gets a laser engraving at the same time, a part number, batch number and an individual number. After that it’s pretty much done on this specific model which is the TTX22 M, if it would have been as STX then it would have been time for the air spring. Once the the TTX shock has passed the dyno it’s put on trolleys, this is an OE shock so they have to sit for 24 hours before being boxed up and shipped out.
Terje Hansen


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After being filled with oil the shocks are weighed to check they've received the correct amount before the information is entered into the system.

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The last step before the shocks gets a work out in the dyno is the nitrogen gas filling which is between 12 and 16 BAR depending on the shock model.

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Again, all this data is kept as a current and future parameter.

bigquotesOur mountain bike production has two shift rotations, one working 6am until 2:45pm. Then another shift from 2:30pm until 11pm. So there are 15 minutes when they are checking everything. In total, working on the mountain bike production is 8, but they go in shifts of 4 and 4. Later this year, in December, it’s going to be a lot heavier as far as more shocks need to be produced, so we’ll take personnel over from another line and make it 6 and 6. As long as we have a team leader on board that has the responsibility and a lot of experience it’s fairly smooth to make that happen. Out in Taiwan we produce the forks and STX shocks; it’s our own plant, our own factory floor, our own personnel, our engineers, and our own quality control, we have great staff over there.Terje Hansen


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The shocks are left to sit for varying periods of time as a final check for things like leaks before being boxed up and shipped out.
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Springs patiently awaiting their partner.


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With a thirsty demand there isn't a whole lot of stock sitting around gathering dust.




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  • + 317
 here is an Ö so you can copy paste it for all comments. Varsågod
  • + 11
 Tack tack
  • + 4
 I have it over number 6: Ö (made, not copied lol )
  • + 74
 @Caiokv: somehow reminds me of a soccer game between Brazil and Germany ..don`t know why
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 @howsyourdad Took you some time to figure that one out for yourself, ey? Wink
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 I got my own Ö and also a set of Ü,Õ and Ä Big Grin
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 @Glisseur: 5 years and counting
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 wish I could give 2 likes for this comment Big Grin
  • + 12
 @howsyourdad: Does your wife approve of you dishing out the big Ö like that to complete strangers?!
  • + 9
 @optimumnotmaximum: SHOT FIRED
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 @font style="vertical-align: inherit;">font style="vertical-align: inherit;">optimumnotmaximum /font>/font>:

we have 5 world championships ha ha ha Don´t cry
  • + 14
 Thank yÖu. Swedes are sÖ kind.
  • + 1
 Weird that they only show the Specialized Ohlins shock and not the one with the other damper head
  • + 4
 Thanks but Im a "å" kind of guy. Love that one. Lågom...
Tack så mycket.
  • + 2
 @b-wicked: áóőéúüű!
  • + 4
 Øhlins
  • + 1
 Look up ascii characters... You have any of those letters regardless of keyboard layout. And other weird shit too.
  • + 2
 @riish: Tusen tack
  • + 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: never forget my friend in 2002 in the finals?
  • + 95
 I want one for my V10. I believe owning an Ohlins will not only make me faster, but it will also make me more attractive to the girls, yes.
  • + 36
 Before you get that setup ensure you have storage space available for all the crusty panties that are going to be thrown at you.
  • + 5
 @Fifty50Grip I think you got it backwards. It'll make you more attractive to other men. Well most mtbikers anyway.
  • + 59
 I'm such a fanboi that I feel disgusted with myself! One day... I shall own their coil fork and their coil shock... even if I will have to mount them to a trolley
  • + 2
 Best suspension there is on the market period
  • + 3
 Totally owning the competition to the retirement home buffet line on your all Öhlins everything Zimmer frame
  • + 32
 Do they make an "Ikea-level" product for non-dentists?
  • - 3
 @bekahn:
cough..... Push 11/6..... cough.....
  • + 18
 Don´t do it, there are a lot of reliability problems with all their bike products. I have the coil enduro, and after 3 months my stanchions loose their cover, the shock loose oil. My girlfriend has the air version and both suspension broke after 2 months.... New products.... new headaches
  • + 1
 @P3N54: a.k.a "walker"
  • + 5
 Had coil stumpy and coildnt get along.

The rear shock was near perfect.

The coil fork is incomplete.

Damper has no mid support (which can be covered up when you have the progressive air spring).

Fine for trails you know, but not for blind racing because it dives severely when you break hard from overcooking a corner (you know, so you can still make the corner)

Ended up running closed LSC and from full closed to 2 out on HSC - and that much HSC negates any suppleness and traction gained by the coil.

Reached out to Ohlins a few times but they werent helpful. Said it probably just needed to be warrantied - eh,,

When coils have better dampers they’ll be worth it - flat corner traction is amazing.
  • + 5
 @PaulLehr: Ok, the best suspension on the market that isn't made by a guy named Darren.
  • + 3
 @PinkyScar: ...that you have to assemble yourself with a supplied 4mm allen key, and one sheet of instructions with stick figures.
  • + 5
 @ReformedRoadie: Uses a box-shaped coil spring with square wire for linear performance.
  • + 1
 Do it WAKI!! haha best products ever man!
  • + 2
 @bekahn: you heard it from this random guy folks!
  • + 3
 @poozank: as commented on by some other random guy
  • + 21
 Replaced the Öhlins shock of my Specialized Enduro Expert after it lost air pressure and had to be serviced for the third time within a six months period. However, during the short intervals when the air stayed inside the shock, it worked fantastic.
  • + 5
 Same problem here... my stx 22 is still in the waiting line for a service at specialized. Waiting for 10 weeks now :-(
  • + 6
 @simda: you guys may consider its not the shock fault...but the frame design? i'll just leave it here Wink
  • + 8
 @makaron: I've had two teammates have the same issue with the stx22 on enduros. You would figure if it comes OEM they would have it designed to work. None of them have had the same issue with the x2
  • - 1
 shoulda got the coil
  • + 6
 Same issue. I blew out 3 different Ohlins stx 22s on my Enduro with their old and new seal kits. Ended up going with a fox x2 and haven’t had any problems. It’s honestly a shame as I really liked the Ohlins when it worked, just the lack of being able to service it in a quick manner and short usage period disappointed me.
  • + 1
 Had an STX22 on my hightower for a year now. Zero issues.
  • + 6
 I had the same problem. Replaced it with a Fox Float x2.
  • + 17
 @MountainMatt: Strut mount design issue. It's not the shock, it's the frame. X2 has bearing and bushing overlap which inadvertently resolves moment. Funny how this issue has persisted from Rockshox spec to Cane Creek to Ohlins.
  • - 1
 The shock is garbage, I've gone through 3 this summer.
  • + 1
 @MountainMatt: how did you get the x2 to fit with specialized special yoke?
  • + 3
 My friend was having the exact same issue on his s works enduro, switched it out after 2 months. Fork works fantastic, though.
  • + 3
 @Loamhuck: thats what I meant. got a friend working with CC service and told stories of what a disaster was putting double barrels and inlines in spec frames...then the same shock worked perfectly with giant trance and ibis...so it had to be frame
  • + 11
 Everyone I’ve met with an STX has had numerous issues. My STX leaked twice. On the third time I asked the rep to swap for a Monarch Plus. He said yes. I then thought about it for a day. ‘This is supposedly a $600 shock! Why ask for a $400 shock?’

I had the shop mechanic go back to the rep: ’I REALLY appreciate the offer of a Monarch, but might I pretty please have a shock with a similar $ amount? Could I have a Fox Float X2?’

Yes, they said. Knock Specialized all you want, but they came through on that one for me.
  • + 2
 Enduro should be equipped with a proper DH shock such as the X2 or CC DBAir (both have proper specialized mounts). All other shocks seem to fail. It's really lame that Specialized hasn't learned from the CC DB inline disaster and continues to put lighter options on the Enduro.

Also, Bikeyoke should help mitigate the side loading concerns and allow you to run some different options.
  • + 1
 @makaron: Öhlins didn't take into consideration mountain biking, when compared to motorcycle racing on smooth circuits, experiences a lot more side load. Their seals weren't prepared for it. They've since figured it out with updated seals/o-rings, but that is the main reason the STXs sucked out the gate.
  • + 1
 @singletrackslayer: nevertheless I hope to try it out by myslef someday Smile what a times we have with such a shock-option-extravaganza
  • + 1
 @stumper21: LBS ordered me on that had the same weird set up. I think fox and olhins are the only options you have without having to get a third part adapter of some sort
  • + 1
 @singletrackslayer: Surely their motocross products would get a fair bit of being bashed about, or do mtb frames transmit more of the side load to the shock because of their lighter construction?
  • + 18
 Been working with Oehlins products in the Formula Student race series - has always been a pleasure! Sverige!!
  • + 1
 Which shocks did you use there?
  • + 1
 @Mountainbob: ohlins TTX25
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 @Chris97a: The TTX25 is actually just a solid piston CC DB-coil with a few different internals to tune it for use on those types of vehicles. Its designed and build by Cane Creek and just gets an Ohlins sticker slapped on it before they're shipped out.
  • + 6
 @Satanslittlehelper: *leans into microphone* WRONG. Öhlins designed, CC made.
  • + 1
 @tomonda: You did, cool! I did Nuna3 and we just ran DT Swiss air shocks for weight saving. Which was massive compared to the 2.5kg WP shocks Nuna2 used. Formula Student used Fox DHX5.0 at the time though I recall they were a bit of a hassle.
  • + 15
 The manufacturing nerd in me is impressed with the QA procedures and component traceability, while the mtb nerd in me is drooling over the shiny shiny Swedish beauties...
  • + 38
 I have drooled over Swedish beauties as well
  • + 2
 Öhlins=Swedish gold (the other gold from Sweden is snuff)
  • + 16
 Swedish porn. And holy moly that Ibis...
  • + 1
 I bet you that's a new color-way for the HD4.
  • + 11
 I've been fortunate enough to have the RXF34, then the RXF36 and the RXF36 coil, along with a TTX22. My own opinion is that the RXF range is better than anything else I have tried from other manufacturers, Fox included (and I have nothing but good words to say about Fox products)

The ramp up chamber being adjusted via pressure rather than plastic tokens makes a massive difference to the ease of use - Yes MRP do this aftermarket for other shocks before anyone reminds me, damping is out of this world - I would say that BOS dampers are equivalent, but I can get Ohlins to fix things if they ever break (so far one issue with a compression dial on the 34 fork, turned around in 48 hours and the fork came back better than it started!) and even though BOS have some supporters and a great product, personal experience has not been so positive on after sales. Oh, and the Ohlins chassis, especially on a long travel 29er fork is rock solid!

Top work by Swedish magicians! Waki, I'm also a fanboi, hell, I even got the logo as a tattoo!
  • + 20
 You are a bloody dentist after all!
  • + 9
 @BenPea: That's just my alter ego and his account has now been blocked - Hope you enjoyed the show yesterday though :-)

I'm not actually a dentist, just a regular guy who works hard to pay for his toys!
  • + 1
 @rjwspeedjunkie: I know mate. I did enjoy it, especially the bit when you pulled off the mask. Top drawer meta trolling.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Cheers, good to be appreciated!
  • + 4
 Tattoo? Seriously?

Pics or it didn't happen.
  • + 5
 @PinkyScar: www.pinkbike.com/photo/15350682 Only small, but will form part of the much bigger work that is in progress!
  • + 1
 @BenPea: ++ that was some genius writing, RJ.
  • + 1
 I do agree their dampers are out of this world compared to anything else on the market! I myself run the TTX22M on my session and am lucky enough to have one of their 12 in the world Boxxer dampers, because I love their products so much! the damper in fork is miles ahead of the charger dampe when it comes to mid support and overall smoothness/plushness. How ever being that there is only 12 of the boxxer dampers in the world, it makes a weird chirping noise that they have no idea how to get rid of because not enough of them have been produced haha, but works great otherwise!
  • + 8
 Hey Öhlins, please bring us that downhill fork already will ya! We, the untied gear geeks of the bike world, "need" it desperately.

And for those who have spent many a sleepless night wondering. Yes, Upplands Väsby is also the home of Europe, the 80's hair metal geniuses who blessed our earlobes with The Final Countdown.
  • + 1
 I FINALLY KNOW!!
  • + 1
 I couldn't wait any longer this year and managed to find 1 of the 12 ohlins boxxer dampers in the world, and decided to purchase that haha, yes it was expensive, but totally worth it.... feels sooooooooo good.
  • + 8
 Those first forays in MTB shocks (Pic just below their first MX team). Is it just me, it sure looks like a Noleen shock there? Did Ohlins make Noleen's shocks???
  • + 6
 From what i remember Noleen was an Öhlins owned subsidy way back when the GT LTS-1 came around. Judging from the way they display the shocks as their own Öhlins history there should be more to it than company ownership.
  • + 5
 @feeblesmith: Not just the LTS but the RTS before it too.
  • + 8
 Believe the Hype. The STX22 Air is so good I think i've had a slow rear puncture sometimes. Pluuuuusshh
  • + 1
 It's also very well controlled. I never really notice mine. The sign of a good shock.
  • + 3
 Loved my stx22 but after 6 months of waiting for a larger can, incorrect stroke length problems and really shoddy quality issues with dents in the shaft etc... I gave up and went to a pushed float X I really really wanted to use my ohlins but man was I disappointed. On the plus side my custom tuned float X is a better trail shock compared to the numerous stx 22 shocks I had. I think if I upgrade again it will be a push 11-6 or something custom tuned by tf. Ohlins dreams shattered
  • + 3
 i owned both of their first mtb shocks without realizing till now. i did not know that they built the "noleen" shock (awesome but prone to failing after 1000 meters of descent) and the "racetech" shock (not so great but reliable).
  • + 1
 they're the ones behind CCDB too
  • + 1
 The Race Tech shock was from this company: www.hh-racetech.de
It has nothing to do with Öhlins.
  • + 2
 @iRiderPB: strange, it looked exactly the same as the one in the picture and i got it for the blown up noleen, but makes sense : why should the followup shock be so much worse performance wise.
  • + 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: Exactly...had one on my cube dh from 98...looks identical!
  • + 4
 The STX22 works great in my E29. But unfortunately this spring they had lots of air leckage issues. I know four other customers. All of us had to wait about 7-9 week in summer for the sealing update.
  • + 1
 Go to the Specialized Rep through your shop. They gave me a Fox Float X2. F-R-E-E. It’s obviously a big issue.
  • + 2
 They might make a reliable product one day. Down under these products are the most unreliable on the market, way worse than any Rockshox product. I will also say that most specialized suspension components that have autosag are horribly unreliable in Australia, to the point where we swap out the shocks for Fox units for their reliability and superior performance. I, like many was extremely excited to see Öhlins enter the MTB market but their quality and performance in Australia so far has been lacklustre.
  • + 4
 I have the TTX. I bought it aftermarket and it's my favourite mountainbike component. Oh for a coil 650B fork (as it may just work with my 26" wheels).
  • + 2
 Specialized ‘exclusivity’ agreement
Eff those guys. Seriously. First Horst now this? Not that there aren't other options out there, but working with more than one manufacturer would certainly open up other possibilities in function and design. I will never give them a dime.
  • + 5
 Poulsbojohn. . . . You can buy an Ohlins shock for pretty much any bike, they will even valve it for whichever suspension design it's going on too. But if you want to hate that's OK too! Your loss! ! !
  • + 2
 @MX298: It isn't hate, it is annoyance. How long did the mtn bike industry suffer while they held rights to horst link? Not that there is a similar cross over for suspension technology, but its that hoardy attitude that is a real turn off.
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 @Poulsbojohnny: To say the mountain bike industry suffered because of the specialized horst link patent is a bit of a stretch, as they only held it in the US. Plenty of european bikes made with horst link in that period. But I agree with the sentiment on specialized's exclusive deals etc. , they are ranging from bad to pretty shitty.
  • + 6
 Will that trophy truck shock fit on my 2013 Altitude?
  • + 1
 Its a foes fab only
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 Oh my gosh I love that photo of the guy standing next to the Trophy Truck suspension. Lest we think we (MTBs) are important and expensive...
  • + 1
 TRAVELLLLLLLLLL
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 Good article, always interesting to see the inner workings of the factories.

Any info on the move away from the uni-crown design, they seem to be only available with a traditional 2 part CSU at the moment with the info I received being it was for compatibility reasons? I was really keen on the design with the integrated bearing race and hopefully less chance of creaks developing, had to send them back when it came as a traditional style unit.
  • + 2
 Öh man, what a beautiful photo shoot and article. Rad to see my man Mansell -The Red 5- "Our Nige" on PB. I watched him race F1 and CART for many years, the grumpy old golfer. I saw him race Senna and Proust in Phoenix.
  • + 1
 It's a mixed bag with Ohlins.. obviously they have issues. But it's new gear. Companies like RockShox and Fox went through their own growing pains, even still from time to time. And anyone knows that working a warranty with Fox can be a pain in the ass too. With Fox, the problem will persist and maybe you'll get a new fork out of it. With RockShox, they mark it as a dud and send a new one after 3 tries.
  • + 1
 It was so exciting when out first appeared on the Enduro. What a shame they have not been able to work the bugs out of the leaky shock. Also its a shame that only an incompetent specialized service center is allowed to perform even basic service. This winter I will be posting some brand new Ohlins products for sale and purchasing some trick new DVO suspension that I can actually work on and tune at our local shop.
  • + 5
 Need more gold stanchions!
  • + 1
 My STX22 fortunately didn't break down but ended up selling it. I own an Specialized Enduro 29,shock worked great going downhill but on flat terrain and going uphill the 3 positions (climb,trail and descend)weren't noticeable and pedal Bob was an issue
The problem is the tune isn't proper for that bike,confirmed for Andreani (Ohlins tech support in Europe). To solve it,you have to spend 200€ and Specialized didn't want to assume responsibility.
Now running a Fox X2 and really happy with it,but think is better on this bike CCDB CS,I tried it too.
  • + 2
 What is Ohlins doing about all of the defective air shocks spec’d on the specialized enduro? Seems like cane creek all over again.

Ill stick with my “boring” mainstream brands
  • + 4
 Do the workers eat Ohlins meatballs to boost productivity?
  • + 1
 They are cool, very good and boosting new stuff into the market, waiting for them to expand so i`ll have a proper workshop for service and not so expensive, more than a fox. And not so sensitive.
  • + 2
 I loved my STX22 to start with until it started to go wrong after 40 hours of use. Great shock but far to fragile for muddy uk riding in my opinion.
  • + 1
 Ask your specialized rep to swap you for something different through your shop. Mine did.
  • + 4
 Waiting for DH fork. I can't hold my breath any more.
  • + 5
 Good article Ross
  • + 1
 Great process flow, process planning, and organization. This is how manufacturing and assembly should take place for high end product.
  • + 1
 Got a TTX22 for my Evil Insurgent and it's been incredible. My bank account is grateful that the RXF36 Coil isn't available for non-boost 27.5. Haha.
  • + 1
 Honestly, such a fan of there's, have them on wr250 and on 350z, if I can get some for my bike they will the suspension I run exclusively.
  • + 1
 Nope! Everybody pays....even Andretti Racing. STX is not ideal for anything outside of trail riding, if you ride hard....it's TTX22 period!
  • + 1
 Wow..Iam stunned...Photo 9 the two first bicycle protos...I actually had one (right) on my 99 Lambda and asked myself always who did that thing...now I know. :O
  • + 0
 The picture "...And the very first foray into mountain bike suspension by Ohlins." shows parts of Noleen shocks and the remote reservoir shock is a Race-Tech shock from a tiny German company. Nothing Öhlins here.
  • + 3
 got a ttx22 coil on my carbine, it is an amazing shock.
  • + 1
 Can you compare it to a DHX2. What is so great about it?
  • + 2
 People say that Ohlins TTX22 M is the best coil rear shock today. Is it true?
  • + 1
 Can you actually buy Ohiln's shocks for non-Specialized bikes? I thought they were going to start selling them, but I can't find them anywhere in the US.
  • + 0
 Black Rock Bicycles in Reno NV are Ohlin's dealers
  • + 1
 I ordered straight from ohlins usa. Call them up, guys are great to work with over the phone
  • + 1
 Well you can order one through a shop or something, that's what I did and I've been waiting for about 3 months right now and was just told it won't be here till January for the ttx coil for my enduro.????
  • + 1
 @Chayce: yes you can order through the shop, give a call today we can E-mail them for you and see what we can make happen.
  • + 1
 Email us at mtb@ohlinsusa.com or check our website for a dealer near you. www.ohlinsusa.com/ohlins-dealers
  • + 3
 Kenth Ohlin, will remember that name.
  • + 1
 Love their products, but being a capra owner, i find their 222x70 range so limited Frown
  • + 1
 In a not so shocking development, it looks like they have their design and manufacturing dialed in.
  • + 1
 His dad gave him a lathe when he was a kid...damn I better step up my fathering game. My kids get bikes and Legos...
  • + 1
 All that design space and machining capability and Öhlins 36 29 still has a 51mm offset... Frown
  • + 2
 It's a chicken and egg thing. Once all manufacturers switch there 29er geo, they'll come along with a reduced offset
  • + 1
 15mm boost axles. I wish you just ordered things to spec from companies, but I guess that's a huge can of worms.
  • + 2
 Not a topless calendar in sight.
  • + 2
 What what? Their forks and STX are made in Taïwan? Schocking...
  • + 3
 Funny that. It's mtn bike, I guess we should have it made in Taiwan. Actually, it makes sense. If Specialized is made in Taiwan, it would follow that the components that go on them would be available locally vs having to install them on complete bikes at a later date.
  • + 1
 When will we get progressive coil springs for mtb? supple low rate at eh top 2/3, high rate at the bottom.
  • + 2
 Spotted: double-crown fork on the Canyon Sender 8-O
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 What??? Noleen shock was made by Öhlins?
Didn’t know that. It was rad on my hot chilli rage bike back in the day
  • + 1
 It's really hard to clean drool off my keyboard. Those work spaces and parts bins are the stuff my dreams are made of.
  • + 1
 More shocks need remote reservoirs. It would mean I could fit a proper shock into my Commencal!
  • + 1
 If your bike is a Meta V3, they sell chain stays that is compatible with piggyback shocks.
  • + 2
 This article made me put on my Ö face.
  • + 1
 Is their coil shock easily serviceable without sending it to the manufacturer?
  • + 1
 Depends on who you are and who you ask. About the same as canecreek I would say.
  • + 1
 @feeblesmith: well, I meant is it serviceable without sending it to the manufacturer - I guess your answer means "yes, it is if you've serviced other shocks before".

Thanks!
  • + 1
 When will the Öhlins downhill fork which the Specialized team is riding finally come out? It's about time!!!
  • + 1
 Thank you Mr. Öhlins and his gift of a turning center!
  • + 1
 Trophy trucks with ohlins shocks!
  • - 3
 ran the ttx22 this season and that thing is so sick! OHLINS puhleassseeeeeee make a trunion mount ttx22 so I can put one on my new bike! trunion ttx22 pleaseeee trunion ttx22 pleaseeee trunion ttx22 pleaseeee trunion ttx22 pleaseeee trunion ttx22 pleaseeee trunion ttx22 pleaseeee!!!
  • + 1
 What an outstanding place
  • + 1
 My 1987 Honda cr80 had better suspension than all my DH bikes hahaha!
  • + 1
 So much damping - sooooo much dammmpingggggg.....mmmmm
  • + 1
 Is user serviceability ever going to be a thing with Öhlins?
  • + 1
 Hey Ohlins make us a RXF 36 Coil for 650b pleeeeeaassse!!!!
  • + 1
 Question? when will the DH fork be released???
  • + 1
 Good work spot
  • + 1
 Unicorn does exists
  • + 1
 Awesome article.
  • + 1
 Drool
  • - 2
 Shame they went for Demo, with such dull feeling suspension system compared to a Mondraker Summum.
  • - 3
 That is awesome! Ohlins sponsor me so I can have all that gold on my bikes and cars!!!
  • + 30
 from ohlins website:

'Kenth Öhlin made a clear decision many years ago, that we would never give any product away free to teams in sponsorship. Not one thing. So, every team that you see winning on Öhlins is doing so through choice, not obligation.'

ohlins dont sponsor, they support, but still, everyone yoiuve seen racing on ohlins (in motorsport, guessing specialized buy them for the team) has had to spend cold hard cash to get it.
  • + 3
 @inked-up-metalhead: False. Pinkbike even made an article about it, saying Öhlins like to let us think that they are more honest than the avarage made-in-Taiwan company, but business is business.
  • + 1
 @joni0001984: maybe for the mtb stuff, but having known people in mx and tt racing circles, in motorsport it certainly is the case.
  • + 1
 I think this is more of an urban legend than actual fact nowadays, even if it says so on their website.. I don't think it would be viable to do it like this in the MTB world. (I don't really know much about the motorsports world)

I don't think Nico Vink or Lluis Lacondeguy run big Öhlins-logos on their gear because they paid full price for their components.
  • + 1
 @Painhawk: No one said that they paid full price, they just didn't get it for free. Definitely not an urban legend. This has been a well known fact from the very beginning.
  • + 1
 I think they might get them for free, but the riders has to return the favor in form of testing and evaluating.
  • + 1
 @Painhawk: haha this is amusing.

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