The Swedes Lose The Coil
Specialized Development Rider Brad Benedict has been testing with Öhlins over the past few years as the suspension brand works its way into the mountain bike arena. Benedict's bikes have served as rolling testbeds for all sorts of Swedish goodies, and the American rider just uploaded a photo of an air-sprung version of the TTX shock to his Instagram account
. Some digging revealed that Specialized will be spec'ing the shock on their 2016 Enduro models, at least according to their German website
, and that the air-sprung TTX is obviously well into production at this point.
What's most obvious is that it clearly employs the same stubby, dual piggyback layout as the standard TTX, which means that it likely uses a similar set of nitrogen-filled bladders in each one. And while the blurry photo does make it difficult to be sure, there looks to be a similar two-way, concentric dial layout to adjust low- and high-speed compression, although it wouldn't be far fetched to assume that the low-speed range could be adjusted on the go by way of a larger and easier to reach lever on the shock body.
It's not a exactly a big surprise that Öhlins are working on an air-sprung version of their much lauded TTX shock, especially given that we've seen Robin Wallner (pictured above) racing on what looks to be a single crown Öhlins fork earlier this year at the European Enduro Series in Punta Ala, Italy, and that there's surely a larger market for mid-travel suspension than there is for downhill forks and shocks. In fact, there's a pretty good chance that the fork on the front of Benedict's Enduro, which is just out of view in his Instagram photo, is a single crown Öhlins as well.