First Look: Öhlins DH Race Fork

Jun 20, 2018
by Paul Aston  

Swedish gold; there is no other brand in suspension that garners attention like Öhlins, and after two years of teasing on the front on Specialized Gravity Team bikes, Öhlins finally present their complete downhill fork, the DH Race.

There are two lower options for 27.5" or 29" wheels, four different offsets options, and the latest TTX18 damper and three chamber air spring. The crowns are purchased separately which gives riders the option to choose their preferred offset. There is also a kit to retro-fit the TTX damper and three chamber air spring to BoXXer and Fox 40 chassis. As we know, gold isn't cheap, and the fork will retail at $1950USD / €1697, with the Cartridge Kit coming in at $749USD / €651.




Öhlins DH Race Fork Details:

Intended use: Downhill
Travel: 150/160/170/200mm
Wheel size: 27.5" / 29"
Offset: 46/50/54/58mm
Seals: Custom SKF wiper seals
Hub/axle: Boost 20x110 thru-axle, clamps
Tire clearance: 27.5" = 3.2" / 29" = 2.6"
Disc rotor:200mm
Stancions: 38mm
Spring: Triple chamber air
Adjusment: Independent HSC, LSC and LSR
Axle to crown: 27.5" = 590-604 / 29" = 608-620mm
Weight: 2825g (27.5" with full uncut steerer tube and all hardware claimed.)
Pricing
Fork: $1600USD / €1392
Crowns: $350USD / €305
Cartridge Kit for Boxxer/40: $749USD / €651
Availability: August 2018.
More info: ohlins.com

Chassis and Offsets

Why go for 38mm diameter stanchions when the two main players use 35mm and 40mm? Öhlins say they tested various different stanchion diameters, crowns, and axle clamping options to in order find the right balance between stiffness and flex to give the best feedback to the rider from the trail. The 110mm (Boost) x 20mm bolt-thru axle is a 'floating dual clamp system' which is clamped on both sides of the axle, Öhlins say this allows the lower legs to remain parallel under load.


There has been lots of talk recently about fork offsets for different wheel sizes and bike geometries, and there are also a couple of adjustable aftermarket options from Outsider Bikes and (coming soon) MojoRisin. Öhlins kindly offer four different crown options in 46/50/54/58mm sizes. As mentioned above, the crowns are available separately so riders can choose between all four sizes for either wheel size.







TTX 18 Cartridge


Öhlins invented the twin-tube damper system and had sole use of it for years thanks to their patent. This patent is now expired but they stick with their tried and trusted system. The TTX18 cartridge features a 'downhill-optimized 18mm piston' which the Swedes say improves small bump sensitivity and increases the damping pressure bandwidth which improves valve response and sensitivity. The adjustment range is designed specifically for downhill use whether you're a racer or park rat. There are 15 clicks of low-speed compression and low-speed rebound, plus five clicks of high-speed compression.




Don't want to shell out for an entirely new fork but want to try out the Öhlins feel? Well, the latest edition of the TTX Cartridge Kit is available as an aftermarket option to fit in existing RockShox BoXXer and Fox 40 chassis. Aftermarket dampers for Fox 40 forks have been available for a number of years from Öhlins, but now you can replace the damping side and the air spring chamber.



Air Spring

The twin piston, three-chamber air spring is isolated from the upper tubes to reduce heat buildup and features the 'Total Tune Spring Curve System' (TTSC) allowing riders to tune the air spring from the start to the end of the stroke. The main chamber and ramp up chamber can be tuned with air pressure as well as tokens. The negative chamber automatically pressurizes itself using an equalizing chamber that should give the ideal balance between the chambers regardless of rider weight, including those at the extremes of the spectrum.






Total Tuning Spring Curve

Öhlins have also created a Total Tuning Spring Curve program which will be an interactive app to help tune your fork, ideal for anybody who thinks setting up all of the above sounds complicated, that's me included. The first step is to input all of your settings, including air pressures and tokens, then the app creates a virtual graph of your spring curve. From there you can troubleshoot different issues and advice will be given on what to change, or you can see what a change will make before doing it physically. For example, if you think you might want to try an extra volume spacer in the ramp-up chamber, it will show you what your imagined change will look like on a graph. If you're not a serial suspension fettler, you can simply set your fork to the recommended settings and just go and send it.

Ohlins DH38



We will be riding the DH Race this weekend, so expect a First Ride report next week. Forks and Cartridge Kits should be in stores this August, until then, find more information on ohlins.com


183 Comments

  • + 76
 Is the left stanchion really longer than the right hand stanchion or have these just been clamped at different heights? It doesn't really bother me but I can imagine someone with OCD can't resist the urge to take out a hammer and smash the stanchion back down.
  • - 37
flag fracasnoxteam (Jun 20, 2018 at 0:40) (Below Threshold)
 Look at the last one, same size
  • + 9
 i think someones just clamped them differently, look at the A2C drawings, shows them level.
  • + 20
 @fracasnoxteam: Time to get your eyes checked. The compression side is easily 3-5mm taller in the last photo.
  • + 19
 @fracasnoxteam: you obviously don't suffer with OCD
  • + 5
 Defo taller in ALL the photos.
  • + 2
 I think its just an oversight for the pics, it looks ok over on the other website aka VITALMTB here there is also a ride report.
  • + 10
 @heavyp: Oh yeah, they probably didn't fully inflate the air chamber when they clamped the crowns for the picture. The fork is probably as symmetric as any other dual crown fork.

Now please downvote my initial post. I didn't mean for it to come out on top of the comment section and distract from from a discussion about what is probably a very good fork. Then again, the second thread is about 26" being dead so maybe we just don't have much sensible to say anyway Wink .
  • + 7
 Attention to detail and Quality Control now in doubt...
  • + 7
 That would be funny if someone paid $750 for a retro fit and overlooked Avalanche, the ultimate cartridge.
  • + 0
 Idk man. This is supposed to be one of the best dampers out there. I'd have to try big 1st@fecalmaster:
  • + 2
 it bothers me
  • + 0
 @Shimanosaint0097: I am jealous of him.
  • + 7
 It's the FAKENEWS and FAILINGNYTIMES/MEDIA trying to convince you the left is BIGLYER!!.. Well covfefe to that we all know MY damper is the biglyest. #FoxForksAndFriends
  • - 1
 @fecalmaster: have you even seen a 40 with a Ohlins cartridge?
  • - 12
flag ttttttttttttt (Jun 20, 2018 at 19:21) (Below Threshold)
 Omg. Its obviously the angle of the photo taken that creates an obscurity. Morons.
  • + 0
 @number44: too much effort. No laughs.
  • + 1
 @MX298: No, they aren't the brightest of the bunch. Usually see them at the shop or post office mailing it back for mega frequent service intervals.
  • + 35
 Who in their right mind would run this at 150mm?!
  • + 79
 They're planning ahead for the 30.5" wheel size... Chess, not checkers
  • + 22
 Groms, it's a fork for life.
  • + 30
 29er enduro bros looking for maximum gnar points
  • + 9
 Wasn't there another company that also recently released a DC mid travel fork for enduro use? I think it makes sense. I think it is quite impressive that the relatively low crown of a single crown fork can reliably transfer the bending moment from stanchions to steerer tube. 30mm more travel adds 30mm more length (more or less) hence higher bending moments, but the axle to crown distance increases relatively little (in terms of percentages). So really if a dual crown fork make sense for a 200mm fork, it isn't too odd to consider for a 150mm travel fork too. A decade ago there used to be quite a few of those around. And can't you still drop the travel on a Fox 40 too?
  • + 8
 @vinay: mrp bartlett iirc
  • + 2
 They have Gravesy in mind
  • + 5
 I know its a bit late-90's style (anyone remember the Rock Shox SID triple clamp?), but shorter travel triple clamps could make sense for some of the bigger travel Enduro bikes/races. A 180mm travel Fox 36 has the same axle to crown length as a 200mm travel RS Boxxer for example (at the lowest crown setting), so if they could get the weight to be similar (which is probably possible as the crowns don't need to be anything like as beefy) then yeah, I reckon 170-ish travel triple clamps could be on the cards
  • + 2
 Enduro ?
  • + 3
 @vinay: Take a looksee at our MRP Bartlett
  • + 2
 Ohlins's website says that travel is from 160-200 so that must be a mistake.
  • + 3
 @vinay: Specialized E150?
  • + 8
 Well, dual crown forks ride better than single crown forks, and I would absolutely run one on an Enduro race bike as long as me knees aren’t hitting the stanchions on the climbs. And thanks to long bikes coming into fashion, I don’t think that will happen
  • + 2
 @HsawAknow: Yeah, that was the most prominent probably. The WP/Rond Mid Ego was another mid travel dual crown (USD) fork. Maybe a bit older though. When Magura acquired Rond suspension back in 2003, they only continued the longer travel Big Ego and developed their own single crown Thor fork for the mid travel market. That Thor never really made it to the market though. I don't think Specialized would have gotten away with the E150 nowadays though. People would have gone all mad about the 25mm axle. Another axle standard!
  • + 4
 @vinay: i liked that generation of the enduro. Sure it was a trail bike by modern standards, but it was really light for a 150 bike in 2008 and steering was super precise because of that fork and crown/stem thing. It was a favorite demo to snatch and ride.
  • - 20
flag dualsuspensiondave (Jun 20, 2018 at 10:05) (Below Threshold)
 @IllestT: They are called dual crowns, not triple clamps.
  • + 12
 @dualsuspensiondave: dual crowns = triple clamps = same thing.
I don't think that's disputed
  • + 0
 @kleinblake: yeah now there's room for the stanchions of triple clamps on modern enduro bikes I reckon I'd be up for some kind of Fox 34 triple clamp 180mm fork if they could get it down to (or close to) 2kg
  • + 4
 Hack it into a 150mm Pike?
  • + 3
 Air dh machine
  • + 2
 @vinay: @vinay: LT SC forks have crazy AC lengths. DC is the way to go. Even as a person of average weight the place where I want stiffness and precision is the front end.

I like this fork. Enquiring about cost and availability now. Should be able to run this on an über-enduro 29er and bin the V10C for good.
  • + 0
 @IllestT: No thanks, I thought we left this in 2007.
  • + 1
 @IllestT: FOX 36 makes the most sense as the offset is in the CSU. But their QR15 system is just awful. I had a 34, then went 36 29er 5 bolt once that came out. Now looking at a new 29er fork and the only thing keeping myself from a GRIP2 36 is the QR15/Kabolt system. Although it would likely make the 40 redundant. Unless they went inverted. But FOX is stupid so that won't happen. Ever. @foxracingshox
  • + 1
 @gonecoastal: pretty difficult to understand what you're talking about really. Sorry
  • + 0
 @gonecoastal: bahahaha a 36 making the 40 redundant, that's great. Whew, I needed that laugh.
  • + 24
 and it won the 2018 uci worldchamps already two times -its magic
  • + 0
 i think you meant 2017 Wink
  • + 8
 @striveCF15: they say 2018 though
  • + 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: correct me if i‘m wrong, but where did they claim to have won it in 2018? couldn‘t find it in the text.
  • + 1
 @striveCF15: any loic bruni podium position I guess
  • + 1
 @striveCF15: Look at the first cross section picture of the fork showing the cartridge. it says it there.
  • + 2
 Can you tell the future cause ur right?
  • + 12
 Looks like a 40 with ohlins stickers... i want to see those sexy gold stancions ohlins were using alittle while ago
  • + 13
 Looks Møre Like a new 888, while the new 888 is a 40
  • + 8
 Ahahahahahhaha £1500.

For that sort of money it should make a cup of tea for you every morning and you should get a complimentary happy ending from Ohlins.

Hats off to these component manufacturers though, they tease and tease and every year prices go up way above inflation we all whinge on here but nothing changes. We still lap it all up so they realise they can get away with it and the cycle (arf!) continues and we get rodgered.

I remember buying a top of the line (for then anyway) 1999 Bomber Z1 BAM with a whopping 5" of buttery travel. It was considered at the time fairly top of the line and set me back about £425. So by extension lets say at 3% annual inflation, that's around £725 in today's money.

I saw a thing on my Facebook feed from MBR or somesuch bike website, "£1000 single crown fork round up". Sorry, what the ACTUAL F?! A single crown fork for around a grand? Have these companies learned nothing of making these forks over the years that thay can get away charging 30 over the odds?
  • + 12
 Singlecrown: buy a manitou mattoc -streetprice around 580 € (500 and a bit pounds) -brilliant fork double chamber hydraulic bottom out. all good
  • + 3
 Prices haven't changed much at all really. Don't forget that in 1998 Marzocchi were selling the Super T Team for £2000. In 1999 Monster T's, Boxxers, X-Vert Ti's, Stratos Superstars were all around the £1k mark, or more. Based on your inflation estimate these forks are a bargain!
  • + 1
 double post
  • + 3
 @lacuna: Wow - haven't thought of Santa Barbara's Stratos in years! I had an FR-5 HAHAHAHA
  • + 3
 @lacuna: Don't forget though those forks were all some of the first dual crowns avaliable. I'm sure boxxers were much much cheaper in the following years (would have to dig out old MBUKs to validate) but Monster Ts and Superstars were quirky low volume affairs, much different from todays Boxxer.

Prices have certainly been creeping up when the technology and performance hasn't really matched it, despite all the previous advances in manufacturing and experience of the builders.

The two just aren't proportional.
  • + 2
 @lacuna: You missed the X-Lite Wompa off the list.
  • + 1
 I think this is driven by us as consumers. An expensive shinny product is desirable (it is like a cat and mouse game), marketing and sales people know this. They also have this 'trend' nowadays in business to put prices up by a certain percentage as people would buy them anyway and this drives their profits up without actually adding any significant value. (The typical example is the same cup of coffee costing £1.50 in the corner shop and £3.00 in Starbucks - 'everyone' goes to Starbucks because it is trendy and fashionable, even being the same product at 2x the price)

Are the advances in technology and the shinny yellow stickers actually worth the spend in comparison with cheaper forks? I think that depends on how much value we put in them, and how easy it is for someone to open their pockets to the objects of their desire, and how resistant we are to marketing tricks!

No double the forks are good, but €1600 better than my current ones? I doubt it.
  • + 3
 I don't know, I paid 2500 CDN for a Look Fornales suspension fork around 99/2000. This doesn't seem that crazy and seems to be right on track with ultra high end inflation.
  • - 1
 I think you are missing the point (or you are retarded) if you want to buy a fork with the same performance of your 90s marzocchis im sure there are a lot of options that cost next to nothing. High end mtb gear has always been expensive. Only difference is now you can get basic or mid level parts that work like high end parts from only a few years ago all for not a lot of $$
  • + 0
 Go out and buy a £425 5" travel fork today and compare it with that 1999 bomber. It will be leagues better. You just won't have a prestige name on there to brag about to your friends.

Just because a £1500 fork exists doesn't mean you need it.
  • + 1
 Double post...
  • + 2
 1500£ for a DH fork burns you in your bottom, really. Did you check prices of at least 2 forks in that segment? Because let me tell you that 1500 is average price for a high end fork. Check out MSRPs of DVO Emerald, almost mass produced Fox 40 and Boxxer WC, and come back to me to tell me that 1500 for boutique Öhlins is outrageous
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You missed my point entirely, but that's what you seem do to be provocative. I had written a long drawn out elaboration for the condescending kiwi why £1500 is a ridiculous sum for a double crown DH fork, boutique or otherwise, but it double posted and I seem to have edited the wrong one now the duplicate is gone.

So f!ck it, if you chumps think that's a fair price to pay them go ahead, the marketeers have already won, so go spunk your hard earned on less and less each year.
  • + 2
 @veero: When I got into downhill bikes in 2001 a cherry red boxxer at the time was about or just over £1000, from memory. There was a period then in 2003 onwards when Rockshox released the race (£300?), team (£600?) and World Cup (£900?).

So it does seem to have got a bit more expensive than inflation for the top end kit, but then again you could argue that with the advent of mail order bikes it's never been more affordable to get into dh.

What I do think is ridiculous is the RRP on a boxxer race now being £900.
  • + 1
 @GrandMasterOrge: Yes I agree, it's all ludicrously priced. It should have all got in relative terms cheaper since fundamentally the manufacturing tech has remained unchanged since pre-2001 and we should be basking in the cost savings because they've been making it the same way for 20+ years and are now so good they do it with their eyes shut, yet every we year we get our pants pulled down and thank these companies for it.
  • + 1
 Have you guys ever priced out moto suspension? It's much more costly, yet heavier.
  • + 1
 2k for a fork. I wanted to laugh and cry and the same time. I'll treat this like the Bugatti Chiron. Drool, but never have. Please, anyone thinking of buying stuff like this, consider sending me a little, if enough people do I'll have a bike worthy of the trails I dream of. The 2k of this fork could get me that bike and a vacation to ride it. Or just spend the money on vastly worthier causes. lol Wink
  • + 2
 @mtbikeaddict: Don’t be so proud of your life or financial choices, there are no medals for not affording something, how hard can it be to understand? And no you won’t get a tap on your shoulder for saying you won’t buy it. I bought a used XT crankset today instead of buying a new one, I honestly do not expext nobel peace prize any soon. I also didn’t buy golf clubs, ticket for a match in Russia, didn’t pay a prostitute for a hand job, you get my drill.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Oh please. Proud? Not even. I do wish I had a "superbike" or even just about any bike from the last few years; same difference. I don't care. I don't want accolades. I'm not sure where you were going with this one, other than staying ahead of @RedBurn in the all time post count. So I had a little self-pity party... so sue me. I'm sure you've never commented anything similar. Nope, nothing negative, controversial, sarcastic, slightly self-centered, or trollish from @WAKIdesigns . Ever. I thought that was a main feature about PB: typical humans complaining... New standards, outdated standards, too expensive "dentist" stuff, too cheap "Wal-Mart" stuff, wheel size, tires, frame material, travel, hub width/spacing/construction/noise, looks like a Session, Specialized will sue you, SRAM vs Shimano, front derailleur/chainring, crank length, dropper posts, pie plate cassettes, internal vs external routing, pressfit vs threaded, water bottles, flat pedals vs clipless, etc etc etc. So I admitted that I (really) want something that I can't currently attain. So I'm a little self centered. Maybe I was a bit whiny. Possibly I was a bit, human. Sorry. Smile
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Oh wait, just scrolled down... A six day old below threshold comment from @WAKIdesigns saying the same thing you're going on against. Yay, I'm poor, I won't buy this. Give me a medal, I need attention:
" For once I am happy to be poor. Not a tiniest desire to buy it when it's way out of my league"
Or was this not you? Did the Russians hack your account? Wink Your move, Wacek.
  • + 7
 This reminds too much about that horrible Showa triple air chamber motocross fork that was miserable with its complicated tunability. Once set up right it was okey. But it leaked oil and air bethween chambers and required 5 hour service intervals. Curious to see how this one works in real life.
  • + 6
 so, Öhlins are swedish, right? So purely in theory it would not cost too much to send the fork to them for service once a year or so from both Finland and Estonia. I service all my X-Fusions in Finland. Pretty sure there are certified dealers of Öhlins near You too. Wonder what their service interval will be? I like the idea of running an Öhlins
  • + 17
 Manitou dorado air spring with IRT upgrade is basically same thing and has been available for years with no serious issues. I think it all comes down to quality control in the manufacturing process.
  • + 8
 Boss: Hey, we must make a DH Fork different from the other!
Engineer: I have an idea, let´s use the left side for the damper cartridge and the right for the air chamber!
Boss: Awesome!
  • + 6
 Maybe ohlins should stick to Moto.... there reputation is not holding up with mountain bikes....hell there rear shocks where not any better than cane Creek.... actually possibly worse than CC.
  • + 1
 Pmrmusic@ I agree their air stuff sucks compared to fox. Their dampers are great though! I bet they figure the air stuff out, remember fox has been at it for awhile!
  • + 2
 They dont really dominate in motocross either.
  • + 2
 @mm732: Need KYB to make mtb forks! I'm sure people have their preferences but I find KYB to be way more plush than anything else for trail riding.
  • + 3
 Give it a few years, thier single crown forks are pretty special, aside from some annoying flaws. If they decide to stay making mtb products they will be unbeatable.
  • + 2
 @finnrambo: Yep! Yamaha best forks out of the box!
  • + 2
 @finnrambo: the KYB SSS forks are amazing. If you want a speed sensitive damper like it call Craig at avalanche downhill racing. He basically puts the same technology into whatever fork you have. It is the best mtb suspension I've ever ridden.
  • + 1
 @finnrambo: Don't forget SHOWA
  • + 6
 I don't know man, that spring curve doesn't work for me. I need the Force to be around 566 lbs. at 127mm of travel for it to be effective for my style of riding. Regards, Armchair Suspension Engineer
  • + 4
 Sorry, but nothing really special. Just another fairly good fork in a line. Everyone should ask few questions before buy: Is there any GOOD service center for Öhlins in country? Parts avaiability to public? Cost of service? Cost of parts? How long it takes to order parts? I can have almost every part for Fox 40 or Boxxer within few days, how it is with Öhlins? ...
  • + 3
 The people that will likely buy a fork of this level either have one of the two mindsets:
1) I know all of the things and ride hard, race all over the place and will service the things myself
2) I’m a dentist, I won’t need to service them as I actually do sweet FA on the bike, but they’ll look nice.
  • + 8
 Offsets are too big. 37mm is the future!
  • + 3
 According to my calculations, with my SAG settings I'd prefer 28.99 - I'll show myself out...
  • + 5
 How are people supposed to decide which offset to go with? Random guess or go with what your favorite pro runs?
  • + 8
 So does that mean 26" is dead??
  • + 25
 No. Just slide the crown down
  • + 19
 26" fits in 27,5" lowers
  • + 1
 It has 150mm. Curtis Keene will be running one soon.
  • + 15
 @fantaman: 26" even fits in 29" lowers!
  • + 3
 Just choose the short offset crowns and you’ll be fine
  • + 2
 @Foes2001: I think just slide one stanchion down. Wink
  • + 2
 No, now you can run 26x3” tyres just like the early 2000s. Rock n roll !
  • + 3
 Sweden! I remember everyone wanted a JOFA helmet when I played hockey. I was talking with my nephew, and his friends over sushi, and they were like, "that's all just Swedes running code"
  • + 5
 I always felt bad for the kids with Jofa helmets.
  • + 1
 @Adamrideshisbike: Jagr felt bad for your mom too when he saw you
  • + 3
 I used to hate everyone on ice with a Jofa. Those were fo the little piece of sh&t! I'm sure Brad Marchand had one of those!
  • + 2
 One of biggest trolls on Swedish biggest biking forum is called Jofahjalm which means Jofa helmet. Even I rarely dare to go to those caverns full of total Jerrys and savage trolls. You can see people on bike paths here commuting in Jofa hockey helmets.
  • + 4
 Or just drop an Avalanche cartridge in your Boxxer and have a better fork and a more money in your pocket.
  • + 1
 I am sorry did I just read in the tech drawings that the damper has 2x world championship winning performance? Hahaha f*ck off....

In the future can we make sure that when we see tech drawings of the Boxxer and the Fox 40 we include this as the type of performance their dampers have... Id like to know how many digits their dampers have... so far Ohlins has 2....
  • + 3
 i think the "2x world championship winning performance" is a part maybe the c clip.
  • + 5
 26 for life!!
  • + 3
 Needs a coil version. All air springs suck after a week or two of downhill riding without lowers service.
  • + 10
 Lower leg services do essentially nothing to lubricate the air spring in any fork built in the last 10 years. You're lubricating the bushings and external dust wiper (that wiper being the cause of most of your stiction). This chassis that you are lubricating, to fix the stiction caused by the wiper, is the same regardless if you're on an air or coil fork. We need to bring back open bath forks if we really want to fix this issue, my old open bath first generation 888 I didn't service once in the 3 years I rode it and it ran as butter smooth the day I sold it as the day I bought it (probably completely wrecked otherwise, but still smooth!).
  • - 2
 @jefe: heh, please no, it brings back nice memories because at this time very few heard of brake dive. Then riding up a mountain on my 66 SL was like shagging a girl lying on shopping cart while wearing roller skates. I was taking shock pump with me to pump it up for the climb and then release for descent.
  • + 1
 @jefe: you need to have someone show you how to do an air side service if your not servicing the air piston! There is a reason why motorcycles don’t use open bath damping!
cavitation
  • + 1
 @MX298: There are still multiple open bath single chamber motorcycle forks. I run an open bath Avalanche cartridge in my Pike and it’s flawless.
  • + 1
 @Gills: yes there are motorcycles with open bath dampers which is a decades old design and I have used (and liked) avalanche open bath dampers but air mixing with the oil is a problem with that design.
  • + 0
 How so ? This uses an air cartridge .
  • + 1
 @jefe: lowers service meaning lowers and air spring side. I forgot to specify cause all my forks are coils now so dont have to pull the spring side anymore during service.
  • + 2
 I'm still wondering who drops $2K on a DH fork and says "You know what this fork needs... to have its travel reduced to 5.8in for those tech sections."
  • + 3
 I want one even though I'd have no clue on which offsets to get, probably couldn't set it up right, and I'm still on 26...
  • + 3
 Oh boy.... my wallet is going to hate me..
  • + 18
 But your bike is going to take all it's clothes off for you
  • - 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 20, 2018 at 2:10) (Below Threshold)
 For once I am happy to be poor. Not a tiniest desire to buy it when it's way out of my league.
  • + 1
 Lol you can not be poor and not buy this. @WAKIdesigns:
  • + 2
 Fool me once Öhlins , shame on you. Fool me twice... No, I don’t think so.

Sincerely, Sworks E29 rider.
  • + 2
 Well, that answers the question of which cartridge upgrade I'm getting for my Boxxer WC.
  • + 1
 Still find it insane how they use a single pinch bolt on the lowers. Have already had issues with it on the single crown forks, the space is there for 2, why not just do it ?
  • + 3
 You can choose travel at 150/160/170 and 200 or is this a mistake.
  • + 1
 150mm option? Great bit of kit for the coil shock enduro bros wearing full face helmets on the local XC trails. Can't wait to see that
  • + 2
 Not even that exspensive compared to a 40
  • + 0
 No tinit coating on the legs... leave me out. That gold one that Bruni had last year was just unreal. All black is a bit too generic these days.
  • - 3
 Yeah Tinit is pure balls, I remember seeing for tge first time on Boxxer around 2003-04 I was standing at the mountain pass and two dudes on DH bikes rode by. One of the had it, it’s been freaking shining. Then those blue Sids with this coating, mmmmm.
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 @WAKIdesigns: for the ohlins motogp look.
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 @jaame: exactly. I love it how you look at a motorcycle and Öhlins suspension stands out so much, you identify it directly if you know what it is, yet it is still relatively discreet in general, hidden behind all the stuff around. And I'd love the yellow spring for my bike. Damn. I just love how iconic those things are, not for show off, but just for myself because quite frankly their stuff isn't that much better than Cane Creek, Fox or RS and air sprung Öhlins MTB stuff sucks for the money.
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 @WAKIdesigns: concur. The image of performance and quality, cost no object is very appealing. In all black, it just looks like an x fusion rv1 to me. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because it's a lovely fork. But it's not oh my gosh, look at the arse on that kind of sexy.
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 @jaame: let's be honest, this thing looks like damn lazy graphic design work. If they did the Ti nitride or something similar and laser etched blue Ö on them people would be peeing themselves. Then release it as limited edition coil version with near-chrome lowers and crowns - that would be fkng demolishing. Look at those Cane Creek Helms, that speaks fkng premium:

www.mountainbikesdirect.com.au/assets/alt_2/CCHELMCLFORK.jpg

and then on top of that they make the ltd edition ones:
reviews.mtbr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_9524-682x1024.jpg

This is what öhlins should stand for.
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 @WAKIdesigns: ohlins is thinking they can half ass their way into mtb....it's sad...wonder why specialized dropped them now LOL
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 @Pmrmusic26: emmm it’s only their air units that are questionable, coils are great.
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 @jaame I remembered something which may explain why they went for such modest look. MTBers are idiots and they whine a lot on colors on their bikes. Like Orange Fox stuff, or Mavic Yellow or Renthal gun metal. Öhlins too got flak for gold and yellow. Then too many rich folks go for murdered out black on their super custom builds. They are too ignorant to appreciate the legacy those things carry with themselves
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 @WAKIdesigns: you could be right about that. The cane creek forks are pure sex. Fox orange and rockshox red? Not done in a classy way. It's just paint. They could have chosen any colour paint. It's not classy in any way. Quite the opposite. I think you're right about what they should have done. High polish, gold bits, titanium coil, €2500 limited run.
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 @jaame: Those CC forks are nice looking. Same with the Formula Selva and Nero forks. Made in Italy. Purple lowers. Yum.
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 ive owned a couple ohlins forks and im not impressed, ill stick with fox or rockshox
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 I wonder how it compares with the 3 air chamber Formula Nero (you can tune even the negative chamber on Nero) .
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 Let the offset wars begin
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 Misinformation: Ohlin's only has ONE LOWER LEG option that fits both 650b and 29
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 Today upside-down fork or nothing...
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 that USD BOS fork seems to be the one so far
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 They had prototypes but went to a regular setup.
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 Air spring looks interesting. Saul pinch bolts for the axel is smart. Looks promising.
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 ayyy 20mm axles
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 The Marzocchi C2R2 is hands down, the best designed fork on the market...... Hands down!
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 Who even makes a boost 110x20mm hub?
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 Is this made in Taiwan?
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 The Up side down prototype is much nicer
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 They stole that name from Rocky Mountain.
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 So damn nice Drool but so damn expensive Frown
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 ÖÖÖÖ..'' No , thanks!
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 It will be awesome to see dual crown forks on enduro bike. It says the travel is anywhere from 150-200mm
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 No. go back to 2007
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 really good price at 1600 i'd say
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 but it's not superboost...
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 too scared to read is this 15mm axle?
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 And somehow all I can think of is the Zenvo ST1
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 Dual pinch bolts
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 Real DH 29er forks Cool
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 Loris vergie (sorry for spelling) is going to drop a few places
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 Whys that? Loic has already been running this all season
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 Kenth Ohlins.
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 id take that O off thO
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 Hallston inversion
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 No 26??
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 Like anyone still on 26 would be dropping $$ for this ?
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 Sick this thing on the front of an ebike and holy dooly!
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 It's here! Fellow Swedes, mount up!
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flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 20, 2018 at 4:18) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry, Skatteverket wasn’t generous this year.
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