SPOTTED: Öhlins Air Shock

Jul 8, 2015
by Mike Levy  
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.
Ohlins air shock


Robin WALLNER races down the prologue during the first stop of the European Enduro Series in Punta Ala Itali on April 25 2015. Free image for editorial usage only Photo by Antonio Lopez Ordonez


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.


128 Comments

  • + 24
 It'll be interesting to see what the maintenance costs will be on Ohlins units. People complain about Fox's routine maintenance, having dealt with some Ohlins Motorsports units and seen the annual repair prices I will wait a while before I jump on that bandwagon.
  • + 4
 It will be high and probably a pain in the ass to get done stateside, at least for awhile until they get service centers or something established. I wouldn't be surprised if sales and service were exclusive to Spec and they didn't even sell an aftermarket version. But I don't get everyone pissing and moaning about service all the time. If you want a piece of performance equipment, you have to not only pay for it initially but maintain it too, if you want it to keep performing. I can tell you for sure, this new crop of shocks coming to market like the new twin tube Fox will never be declared user serviceable by the manufactures. If you want the best and want it to keep working at its best, have regular service done! I think everyone complaining about having to send shocks away for service is in for a rude awakening, cause everything high end coming out now is going to have to go to specialty shops for service.
  • + 5
 Öhlins USA is a service center for the MTB products. The cost for a coil shock service is $140 including parts and labor with a three day turnaround. Cannot guarantee that the air shock service will be the same price, but it's unlikely that it will vary too much.
  • + 3
 That's pretty much on par with everything else. Pay to play people!
  • + 52
 I put nine volume reducers in my rear shock and my Strava times are still way off the back. What should I do? I tried lubing the seals with coconut oil, I got a floral Dakine shirt and I'm out of hashtags. Please help.
  • + 12
 @ShreddieMercury at this point a pair of leopard print Troy Lee shorts and taller socks might be your only hope!
  • + 2
 The problem with the Fox maintenance routine is that if you are an active rider it means getting your shock or fork serviced every 3-4 weeks! That is crazy. Especially when you can run a Marzocchi which performs on par or better and only have to service it once or twice a season. And before you tell me how heavy Marzocchis are, The 2014 1/2 CR350 that I put on a few months ago was 60 grams lighter than the 2015 Talas 34 that I took off. But maybe you could get more life out of a Fox by adding 50 cc of lubricating oil to each leg?
Seeing as we may not get the chance to enjoy Marzocchi much longer, It is good to see more options are appearing out there.
  • - 1
 Rear suspension technology isn't really lacking at this point in time and there are plenty of high performing options at reasonable prices especially in air shocks. I don't think this is a game changer, and assuming a high retail and maintenance costs it's probably not worth it. I'm sure it's a Nice shock though.
  • + 14
 From Specialized's website:

"Der custom Öhlins Öl-Luft-Dämpfer mit 165mm Federweg lässt sich einfach über High- und Lowspeed-Druckstufe sowie Low-Speed-Zugstufe auf deine Bedürfnisse abstimmen; das spezielle Reservoir erlaubt optimierten Ölfluss unter starken Beanspruchungen, was Kontrolle und Dämpfung auf hohem Niveau hält."

Can anyone translate?
  • + 45
 The custom Öhlins oil air damper with 165mm suspension travel is easily tune to your needs High and Low speed compression and low-speed rebound damping; the special reservoir allows optimized oil flow under high stresses, which keeps control and damping at a high level. "

Smile
  • + 0
 Gott mos!
  • + 48
 shocking News LOL all Suspension makers write the same about their stuff
  • - 5
flag nicolai12 (Jul 8, 2015 at 16:20) (Below Threshold)
 Graphics have a very IBIS like flavor....
  • + 3
 Why is @WAKIdesigns so neg proped? lol
  • + 4
 Spechatande Utförsfittor!
  • + 4
 Just to clarify @WAKIdesigns comment..."Gott mos" is swedish slang for "awesome", "outstanding" etc. :-)
  • + 4
 Göött mos, enna!
  • + 9
 The main piece of news I can see from the link is that for the 2016 models Specialized still seem to think that tall riders don't want to ride a 650b Enduro. Utterly bonkers decision, as 6ft4in rider I can definitely say I do want to ride an xl 650b. As fast as the Enduro 29 was when I demo'd it (twice), I just don't want a big wheeler as my main ride as it's not involving enough to ride. Staggered that Specialized don't appreciate this, especially as all other models have xl (and now even xxl)
  • + 1
 That's the only reason I got a trek. They lost a customer because the dumbasses can't make fun bikes for tall people.
  • + 1
 Really? I'm 6'6" and ride an XL E29. I love it. I've been shopping for an eventual replacement and I don't see anything else out there that might do better. For now I'm going to wait and see what the E29 redesign looks like.

For most brands the XL is kind of an afterthought, really a longer option for the L rider and don't do much for anyone over 6'5". The new push towards long and low means most companies are doing even their XLs with tiny head tubes, as if tall riders are having trouble getting their bars low enough. Specialized has always been really good about scaling up the head tubes.

For the record though, the Yeti SB6C is absolutely massive in XL. Can't wait to see if they do a replacement for the SB95.
  • + 6
 Part of the reason why i ride a Trek with a "One Less Specialized" sticker on the chainstay.
  • + 4
 It was by far the fastest trail bike I've ridden, just felt a step too far removed from my current bike (20 in Orange Five, 2011). The Enduro frame with the 29 wheels pretty much ate up anything rough (almost too easily for me) and felt more about pure speed, and I kind of missed the challenge of having to really 'ride' the techy stuff. Just my thoughts, still deciding what to purchase and very tempted by yt Capra now it's in XL.

Ps I didn't mean to neg prop you, I just need to order a fat finger phone!
  • + 1
 I was looking at the Capra last night as well, if i upgrade from the 2015 Remedy 9 that im on now it will either be to a Trek Slash or the YT Capra. Would like to ride both of them before making a decision though.
  • + 1
 @alexsin I have an XL E29, looking at getting the sb6c. Both the reach and stack (yeti is a bit shorter) are almost the same, what makes the yeti bigger? the yeti (In XL) does have 10mm longer stays and ~30-40m longer wheelbase
  • + 0
 @hoolydooly Where did you get that sticker mentioned? I'd like one on my SB66
  • + 1
 Intense has an xl size, would fit you nicely
  • + 2
 Except the XL YT Capra isn't any bigger than a Large enduro... BUT Also French bike website is saying they changed out the front triangles on the new Enduro's, make them longer. So you may get closer to an XL fit
  • + 1
 Good detective skills stiingya, I'll keep an out then - maybe all is not lost after all.
  • + 2
 Ebay, although the guy i bought it off has changed it to "Sue me, Speclialized" Should still be able to find them somewhere @MTBCAM
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 11
 We have seen the Ohlins double barrel coil, now here is the groundbreaking new Ohlins double barrel air! I wonder if it has climb switch...
  • + 2
 I can't imagine it doesn't. If not, gotta buy a Öhlins coil for cool factor.
  • + 4
 Now that bike suspension tech has caught up with the best of the rest of the world, why would you expect to see a new product that has something dramatically different? From here on out it's gonna be incremental improvements, and that's a good thing.
  • + 11
 Too bad for Cane Creek but after blowing up my Inline for the 2nd time in a short time I totally get them loosing Spesh.
  • + 2
 @Dustfarter
I have a friend that has replaced his cane creek 3 times.
Absolute crapp
  • + 2
 It apparently is a run of shocks that have the bladder in sideways. The guys at SuspensionWerx in North Vancouver got me all sorted out after I blew my shock really quick. Flawless ever since.
  • + 2
 On my 3rd!!!! I been trying to get the coil version that mMitch runs. But this is even better!!!!
  • + 5
 I had one blow out as well. They treated me like royalty and sent a new shock to exchange with a shipping tag...meaning 1 week of downtime. CC said it was a bad production run that took place on the very early ones. The replacement has held up so far. I chalk it up to being an early adapter and I suspect those that buy this bike/shock run a similar risk.
  • + 1
 Zero problems with my cane creek in 2015 enduro
  • + 5
 After warrantying 10 of them through my shop I can tell you they're pretty much all a problem but only on specialized. The yoke puts too much lateral stress on the stanchion and smashes it all up on the inside. Also the head gasket as the guy told me have all blown. When they work, they work amazing but I think it's more just a compatibility issue. I see the air can is mounted to the yoke with the ohlins and the oil reservoirs are on the stanchion side where there is the least amount of flex. This should help a lot.
  • + 2
 Sounds like someone should have performed a proper FEA before putting the thing in production.
  • + 2
 maybe if specialized could use normal sized shocks without a stupid yolk. mine has been totally perfect so far touch wood
  • - 1
 The purpose of the yoke is to maintain a linear axel path, all be it at the sacrifice of a funky leverage ratio. Push down on ur seat and come off it slowly while ur hand is still on it. U'll feel a weird notchyness in it towards the end of the stroke I'm sure! Granted it's the shock just cycling it's negative air chamber but over time they develope 2 or more really quick notches. Basically the low speed rebound becomes untunable and depending on how you jump that can be an issue.
  • + 1
 Specialized will give you a Monarch plus rc3 I'm pretty sure if you don't want to deal with cane creek.
  • + 7
 I want to know more about those new 2FO's
  • - 6
flag mtbfraser (Jul 8, 2015 at 14:07) (Below Threshold)
 they're the s-works trail shoes - clipless only
  • + 12
 Nope. They're the new 2FO Cliplite.
  • + 3
 Robin Wallner was riding a fork with Öhlins internals last year so that there will be a Öhlins single crown fork doesn't come as a surprise. Or at least a cartridge to shove down a Pike or a Fox 36. That's what they did with the Fox 40 right?
  • + 3
 Yeah but that is not a pike chassis (might be a heavily modified one) it has a pinch bolt where the pike has the qr and the bridge and lower legs are a bit different I can upload a pic if anyone wants to see
  • + 4
 No, it's the real deal. Saw it in Åre where Öhlins had two white unmarked vans stacked with gear. A black/black fork with undetstated gold Öhlins logos.
  • + 1
 Google can (me too but I'm too lazy):

The custom Öhlins oil air damper with 165mm suspension travel is easily tune to your needs High and Low speed compression and low-speed rebound damping ; the special reservoir allows optimized oil flow under high stresses , which keeps control and damping at a high level .
  • + 1
 google translate is your friend: " The custom Öhlins oil air damper with 165mm suspension travel can be easily High and Low speed compression and low-speed rebound vote on your needs ; the special reservoir allows optimized oil flow under high stresses , which control and damping at a high level holds . "
  • + 1
 Wasn't there some comments on here regarding colors? Where did those comments go? I was going to reply and point out that if you compare the 2016 Stumpjumper FSR colors between the German and US websites, there are a few differences. Maybe the US S-works won't be the Red/Green/Black one shown on the German site. I really have no idea, I just wanted to point out that it may be different, there are some differences in the Stumpjumper line.
  • + 1
 It is interesting that it looks more like the new FOX shocks than the CCDBAir Inline, since the cane creeks are supposed to be very closely related to the TTX
  • + 3
 I believe Cane Creek uses older Ohlins technology. The CC DB CS are pretty darn good.
  • + 1
 No high speed rebound adjuster on the Ohlins. I'm not saying it's needed though.
  • + 1
 Didn't Cane Creek sprout from Ohlins?
  • + 3
 Öhlins licenced the tech to CC. There is an Öhlins "Ö" on some Ccdb coil shocks but not on my CCDBACS.
  • + 7
 CC originally payed a royalty to Ohlins to use twin tube technology. Other than the fact that they are twin tube design, CC shocks don't take anything else from Ohlins. They were all designed in house by CC. I love how people constantly say CC "stole" their design from Ohlins. Can anyone name the Ohlins mtb shock that CC stole their design from, NO. Because it didn't exist when the DB-coil was designed and released. CC was the first to put an air spring on a twin tube damper. Then they were the first to take that twin tube tech and pack it into an even smaller system without an external reservoir. Yes it seems the Inline has had a few early production snags, but what new product doesn't? Not only that but the majority of those issues are on the Spec Enduro as devo88 pointed out above. Which uses a proprietary mounting system with a fixed point at one end of the shock, which we all know creates stress on the shock. My local Spec dealer has seen failures on ALL the Enduro shocks, including Fox and RS. Maybe I'm a bit bias because CC is a local company, but they've always been super cool and I don't ride anything else!
  • + 1
 I wouldnt mind a DB air for my Yeti, my dad has one on his Blackmarket Roam and its been good to him. I dont know a lot about CC so I was curious. I have heard all those stories of CC stealing Ohlins designs as well @Satanslittlehelper
  • - 1
 Interesting, high speed rebound not available as adjuster... Isn't HSR the thing to tune for jump take off?

And maybe the second air port is for the negative spring? Instead of self-adjusting, they let you tune it separately? If so, it could be super helpful on other bikes like the SC Bronson (where the CCDBACS needed an extra mechanical negative spring).

Still... Specialized should stop with this custom BS. Special shock attachment, PF30, 142+... If they would be standard, I'd buy frame and move all my components from by Bronson to the Enduro 2016. But I'll never go back to PF30, threaded bottom bracket means my cranks are on the bike from 2013 with no maintenance and no problem:-)!

And also their stupid proprietary cranks... My shape and my mountains mean I need a 28T ring. But on the 104BCD the minimum is 30T right? Well if I'd bring my standard XX1 cranks on the Enduro it'll be OK but wait... No because I need them different for PF30.

This said... The Enduro is a wonderful bike in its 2015-2016 iterations.
  • + 1
 what about the ohlins dumper for boxxers? Lluis Lacondeguy and Adam Braytons are running them on their demos, we can buy them yet or is just for factory guys?
  • + 2
 I know you can get the new damper for 40's. Not sure about boxxers. But I'm sure they will be available soon. The charger damper is awesome though.
  • + 1
 Thanks a lot @Gr8day4ridin
  • + 1
 I'm surprised they didn't put the ohlins coil on the new enduros. I just put one on mine and it rides better than any air shock I've ever had.
  • + 1
 This or CC DB inline? Coming from Motorsports, no contest, give me the Ohlins.
  • + 1
 i hope i can buy this shock for my 2014 enduro..damn,ill take a ohlins cartridge for my pike while were at it too
  • + 3
 Avalanche cartridge and a spring Ohlins TTX. The kid runs it.
  • + 2
 +100 Get the Ava cartridge. You won't regret it.
  • + 1
 I like this news a lot Smile going to give the big names a run for their money and performance now!!!!
  • + 1
 I've actually seen the bike and here it its. The new Öhlins damper is very real and I believe it's called STX22
  • - 1
 I would like to see a lightweight dual crown (170mm) fork for Enduro bikes. Single crowns eventually all creak and are not as stiff. I would sacrifice a lb of weight for this.
  • + 2
 Freeride lives!
  • + 3
 25MM axle on the 2007 Model spec. too!
  • + 1
 Enduro Evo is nice (I had one) but a little heavy. I was thinking more like a 5 lb fork or under. Fox40 and Boxxer are pretty close to 6 lbs. A Fox36 Dual crown would be perfect.
  • + 0
 www.xfusionshox.com/product/forks/rv1-series/hlr.html#specifications
36mm stanchion, 180mm travel but 6.1 lbs
  • + 2
 Get Boxxer WC, fit spacers into neg chamber. Done
  • + 2
 One of my buddies has the 07 S works enduro, it is an awesome bike and the fork is really pretty nice. It does piss oil like an alcoholic robot though.
  • - 1
 I'm very interested- With their reputation on the demo's, This might be the big one. What I would love to see next is a shock devoted and designed for a slope or sx That would get my attention.
  • + 11
 Slope Specific sounds worse than Enduro Specific, no hard feelings
  • - 1
 None taken. Sx specific was more my thought... possibly a revamp of the big hit or a fr dedicated bike would benefit from an air as well...
  • + 4
 What is SX?
  • + 2
 Slope Xtreme
  • + 1
 It has to be better than the Inline.... WANT
  • + 1
 Is it just me or does that single crown look a lot like a pike
  • + 1
 Never mind I worked it out my self
  • + 1
 prepare kinda 3745$ for this
  • + 1
 The Specialized Sworks and Expert will be built up with this shock!
  • + 0
 the 2nd blue air thing is most likely Specialized stupid auto sag garbage
  • + 1
 Or its the Low speed compression dial....
  • + 2
 He means the blue cap on the air can, not on the piggyback. It does look like auto sag, they appear to have it on the Monarch+ that the lower spec'd bike is equipped with too.
  • + 2
 its the BRAIN bro
  • + 2
 oye vey. Someone at Specialized is colorblind. That's horrible
  • + 0
 Good luck.... The Pike can't be beat!
  • + 1
 few days old this news
  • + 0
 Save your hard earned money. New Enduro for next year.
  • + 2
 Is this a rumor or can you back up that claim?
  • + 1
 0o0o0o0o a CCDB Air
  • + 0
 CC licenses the tech from Ohlins, that's why the CCDB air looks like this shock
  • + 1
 Wrong. CC - payed a royalty to use twin tube tech. They designed every one of their shocks in house. Not to mention CC designed and built shocks specifically for mountain bike use years before Ohlins, who was only in the motorsport market when the DB-Coil was released. CC was also the first to use an air spring over a twin tube damper, which they designed completely on their own. That is why you see the Ohlins logo on some of the very early DB-coils but not on any CC shock since the first generation or two of the coil.
  • + 1
 my point was simply that ohlins isn't "copying" the CC shock. twin tube shocks with LSC LSR HSC HSR adjustments are going to look similar
  • + 1
 No, it isn't copying it, but it ain't gonna be very different.
  • + 1
 take my monies now.
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