New Suspension Goodies from DVO, ND Tuned and MRC Trading - Eurobike 2017

Sep 1, 2017
by Paul Aston  
Eurobike 2017


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017

ND Tuned is a brand that takes the initials of Portuguese suspension tuner, Nuno Duarte. As well as aftermarket tuning for other brands, Nuno has started to build his own line of products.

The OVR cartridge damping system is designed as a drop in replacement for 32mm forks from Fox or RockShox. The patented, 100% pneumatic system, is said to offer similar performance as a Specialized Brain system, without the need for a lockout or remote. OVR stands for Opening Valve Resistance and prevents bobbing under load from pedaling. The 74g unit should offer around a 200g weight saving compared to a conventional oil-filled cartridge. It is also meant to be more eco-friendly as there is no oil involved and should lower maintenance intervals by nearly half.


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017
The OVR cartridge is only available for XC use but offers a big weight saving for the lightweight addicts.


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


On the opposite end of the spectrum, the 2XRC3 DH shock is 100% machined and built to order to suit each rider and their bike. A coil spring is used with a plastic shim on the shock body to avoid rubbing. Low and high-speed compression can be adjusted externally as well as rebound.


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017
New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017



Scratch a stanchion and don't want to fork out for an entire new CSU? The ND Tuned 32mm tubes can fit either RockShox or Fox, they are hard anodized and can be pressed in at ND in Portugal or their German distributors MRC Trading. They also offer replacement steerer tubes in case you change frames and don't have enough length, or if you are a measure once, cut once kinda guy.

New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017

New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


DVO has a new shock to add to their expanding suspension line. The Opal T2 takes the air can tech from its bigger brother, the piggy-backed Topaz T3, and uses the same air volume reducers to tune the ride. The compression lever flicks the shock between open and pedal mode and rebound is also externally adjustable.

The Opal is aimed at shorter travel trail and even XC bikes, coming in standard and metric sizing. Prices should be around $400 USD when it lands this fall.


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017
New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


MRC Trading is a German distributor of various parts, but with a soft spot for suspension parts, tuning, and servicing. They have also started to create some of their own products. Firstly, this cooling fin, designed by Mathis Reichmann, fits Fox X2 shocks. During testing at a 27º ambient, the fins were found to reduce the shock's temperature by 13%. Whether or not this will be noticeable to the rider or not is unclear, but they look rad. They are made in Germany and are priced at €49,90.


New Suspension Goodies from DVO ND Tuned and MRC Trading Eurobike 2017


MRC's second product is this 12mm thick direct-mount stem spacer that keeps the handlebar in the same position on a horizontal plane. With an average downhill bike's head angle of 63º, raising the handlebar can have a significant impact on the bike's reach, by making it feel shorter. The 12mm spacer is used with a standard 8mm spacer to give a total 20mm rise and is bolted to the existing fork crown holes, then the stem is bolted on to the extra set of threaded holes on the spacer. The spacer weighs 43 grams and costs €52,90.


38 Comments

  • + 139
 I have zero need for those cooling fins on my X2.

Are they available? Easy to install?
  • + 5
 "The fins fit on all Fox Float X2 and Fox DHX2 dampers and are simply attached by cable ties. For optimization, optionally commercially available thermal grease can be applied to the contact surfaces.
Probably the easiest way to do this is to dodge your damper!”
  • + 1
 www.mrc-trading.de/Fahrwerk/Tuning/MRC-Shock-Cooling-Fins.html
If you can operate cable ties then installation should be E Z P Z. It's interesting to see that they mention putting a thermal compound between the heatsink and shock. Of course that's just another grease to get contaminated and/or washed out, but it's pretty neat-o! Something like Arctic MX-4 should work fine.
  • + 8
 what does need have anything to do with it?
  • + 2
 Cooling fins that are supposed to dissipate heat yet held on by thin plastic? I'm thinking people will find them on the trails of Whistler or Val Di Sole...
  • + 6
 @ChubzyWubzy: Use the spare MX-4 you might have lying around from aftermarket heatsinks to cool your overclocked CPU Smile
  • + 3
 @ChubzyWubzy: TBH i'd use a thermal pad... If i was feeling adventurous, then i'd use thermal glue. But i think it's obvious what that entails Smile
  • + 1
 @chrisingrassia: I think you miss the point of my comment maybe.
  • + 3
 My mud guard and hoses are all holding together with sip ties and I ride Whistler ... never had a problem, why would this be a problem? Shocks can get hot but never plastic melting hot !!? @chezotron:
  • + 2
 @jeremiahwas: I got it =Wink
It was sarcastic humor.
As was mine
  • - 4
flag Boardlife69 (Sep 2, 2017 at 0:37) (Below Threshold)
 Just get a coil. Problem solved, and the dogs continue to chase their tails.
  • + 4
 This industry is getting absurd.
It's becoming like the "audiophile" nonsense with bs snake oil products being peddled on insecure people, promising endless improvements that no one in real life can quantitively measure.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: A coil battles a completely different issue of heat in shock absorbers. Granted, an air shock doesn't help to cool down the oil, quite the opposite, but still, completely different.
  • + 6
 It's pretty rad that ND Tunes is making upgrades not just for Enduro or DH, but for the XC guys as well. I wish more tuners would do custom CSUs, as I could use black stanchion on one of my forks that never came with them. Also, I wonder how much travel the ND Tune Damper cartridge will work with. Can I run one on a 140mm 32mm Fox?
  • + 7
 Not mentioned in the article,the ND 2XRC3 DH rear shock is the lightest coil shock on the market at just 344g.
  • - 1
 What's that with a coil? 750g? I believe fix x2 float is around 680g
  • + 7
 I don't need that ND shock but I also REALLY DAMN NEED that ND shock
  • + 10
 YOU ND THAT SHOCK!
  • + 3
 The engineer who designed the cooling fin is called Matthias Reichmann btw. Big Grin
  • + 3
 I'm going after that heat sink in my VCR
  • + 1
 I put Xeon heat sinks on my Hope DH06s -No fade
  • + 1
 The Opal looks neat. I really like the Topaz so far (although it has developed a bit of squish noises earlier than I would expect it to)
  • + 1
 Bleed air from the reservoir around the bladder, it might be broken..hope you dont see oil come out
  • + 1
 The ND replacement stanchions are wicked. I have an old Fox 32 with scratched stanchions sitting unused because I can't find a replacement CSU.
  • - 1
 If you send the fork into fox they will sell you a crash replacement fork. If I remember correctly I sent in an old 32 and only pad about $500 for a new 36 fork at the crash replacement price
  • + 1
 Didn't know rain was in the forecast at the ND booth. Or maybe they just spritzed it to make it look more appealing, like a tomato at the grocery store.
  • + 1
 It actually was raining pretty hard today at the Eurobike.
  • + 2
 I just assumed it was splooge
  • + 1
 @Dvo
Come on, we Do not need anther trail shock....where is the DH Air shock? Cannot wait much longer : -)
  • + 2
 Want that ND copper color on the stanchions... like meow
  • + 1
 ND Tuned replacement fork cartridges. Damn good idea. @Pinkbike, when are you testing them?
  • + 2
 I m ok with my 2009 fox rp23. But I appreciate, thanks.
  • + 2
 Any dvo onyx single crown sightings ?
  • + 1
 You don't need a zip tie or thermal paste. YOU NEED THERMAL ADHESIVE
  • + 2
 I want that DVO Beryl!
  • + 1
 I want one of everything from DVO. Got 3 models so far!
  • + 0
 shocking!

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