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Review: EXT's New Storia V4 Coil Shock

Jun 21, 2024
by Mike Kazimer  
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EXT released the Aria air shock last year, but the Italian company hasn't forgotten their coil-sprung roots. The fourth iteration of the Storia shock launches today, with multiple changes implemented to improve its performance and user-friendliness.

The new Storia was designed to be quieter, stronger, and have a wider range of adjustments compared to the previous version. It's also easier to adjust out on the trail, with a new design for the low- and high-speed compression adjusters that uses a 4 and 5mm Allen key rather than the 12mm socket or wrench that was required before.
EXT Storia V4 Details
• Adjustments: low speed compression, high speed compression, rebound, hydraulic bottom out
• Lok 2.0 climb switch
• 14mm DLC coated steel shaft
• Weight: 440g (without spring, 205 x 65mm) / 769 g with 475 lb/in spring
• MSRP: $1069 USD without spring, $130 for spring
extremeshox.com

Every Storia is custom built based on the bike it's going on, and the tune factors in rider weight and riding style. That customization does come at a price, to the tune of $1,069 USD for the shock, and $130 USD for the spring. The shock is covered by a five year warranty, as long as it's maintained yearly.


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4 and 5mm Allen keys are used to adjusted the low and high speed compression. The Lok climb lever can be seen to the left, and the hydraulic bottom out adjustment is located above it.

Features

While many of the changes to the Storia are refinements, there is one entirely new feature – PSR. That stands for position sensitive rebound, and it's intended to keep the shock from having any noticeable topout. It works via a one way valve that kicks in during the last 2 millimeters of extension, preventing any annoying knocks when the shock returns to its starting position.

Hyraulic bottom out designs are becoming more common in coil shocks (RockShox and Push have shocks with this feature), but EXT beat them both to the punch years ago. For this iteration, it starts in the last 15% of the stroke, and the amount of resistance can be increased to a higher level than before. The Storia does have a bottom out bumper, but it's about as small as you can get; it's there to avoid any metal on metal contact rather than actually absorbing any impacts – that's what the HBC feature is for.

While some bikes can get away with running a coil shock without a climb switch, on others it's a very handy feature to have. The Storia's Lok 2.0 climb switch is shim based, which means the level of firmness that the lever provides when it's flipped into the closed position is customizable. Some customers may want a nearly rigid feeling bike, while others might want a little more traction. If you do forget to flip the lever to open before descending, there's a blow off valve that prevents any of the internals from being damaged.

The Storia now uses a bladder in the reservoir instead of an internal floating piston to handle the oil that's displaced as the shock compresses. This allows for a slightly smaller reservoir size than the previous version. That bladder is pressurized to just 55 psi in order to keep the shock nice and supple on small bumps. There's also a new oil with a high viscosity index inside the shock that's meant to be highly resistant to foaming and remain stable at a wide range of temperatures.

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Setup

The Storia V4 was installed on a Raaw Madonna, which has been serving as my test sled for several different coil shocks this season. I started with a 450 lb spring, which put me at 30% sag, but later switched to a 475 in order to get a little more support – that did the trick, reducing the sag slightly, and I stuck with that spring rate for the remainder of the test.

My final settings for my 160 lb weight ended up being 9 clicks of LSC, 9 clicks of HSC, and 9 clicks of rebound, all counted from closed. Those are within a click or two of EXT's recommended starting point, and I still had plenty of range to go in either direction. For the hydraulic bottom out, I set that at 5 clicks from closed (out of a total of 10).

Testing took place in the Whistler Bike Park, and on the trails around Bellingham, Washington, which meant I was able to ride the shock on everything from high speed brake bumps to softer, steeper trails.

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Performance

The Storia has more of an energetic nature, as opposed to feeling super-plush and glued to the ground. At least, that's the case with the tune that I was running and my setup. It's very sensitive off the top without feeling too mushy, and then deeper in the travel it does a great job of absorbing hits and returning to full travel. It felt good at slower speeds, but it was on those faster sections of trail where it really started to shine – at times it was as if there was a little voice in my head encouraging me to stay off the brakes and let it take the edge off the brake bumps and chattery bits of trail in the bike park as quickly as possible.

One sensation that I wasn't able to totally eliminate was a slight bit of harshness when landing larger jumps or drops. That initial impact, when the rear wheel first hits the ground after being airborne, was more noticeable than I'd expected. I experimented with different compression and hydraulic bottom out settings, but nothing seemed to completely remove it. The rest of the stroke felt well damped, and I never felt like I was getting deflected off line after landing, but I'd say the Ohlins TTX22 and RockShox Vivid Coil both do a better job of taking the sting out of that initial touchdown.

The hydraulic bottom out works as advertised, and there’s enough range to really ramp things up if you’re consistently hitting extra-large features and want all of the bottom out prevention. For me, a little less than halfway through the range was the sweet spot - I could still make use of the shock’s travel, without feeling like I was hitting a wall towards the end of the stroke.

The Storia is noticeably quieter than the previous version – that bottom of a milkshake slurping sound is much, much less apparent. The shock isn't totally silent (the new RockShox Vivid is the quietest coil shock I've been on recently), but I don't have any complaints about the noise level, and I'm pretty sensitive to bike sounds.

That new anti-topout feature is an excellent addition – I hate feeling the 'clunk' of a fork or shock topping out, and that never occurred with the Storia V4.

The climb switch works great too. It is a little harder to activate on the Raaw, since it's tucked behind the rocker link in the open position, but it firms things up nicely for those logging road slogs. I did forget to open in up before dropping into a jump line, so I was able to give that emergency blowoff feature a good test (it works), but it was definitely too firm for me to want to continue my run in that setting.

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The Storia and Arma V4 will have a slightly more nickel-colored coating than the shock I tested - EXT recently altered their coating process. Photo: EXT.





Pros

+ Good range of adjustments, including hydraulic bottom out
+ Light weight for a coil shock
+ Much quieter than before, new anti-topout feature works very well

Cons

- Solid performer, but it's not head and shoulders above much less expensive competitors



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesThe new Storia V4 has all of the features you'd hope to find on a high end coil shock, providing riders with a wide range of possible setup options. In addition, EXT's lightweight springs help make it one of the lightest coil shocks out there, reducing the inevitable weight penalty that comes when switching from an air shock.

It's the price tag that'll be the biggest stumbling block for most riders – we've reached a point where there are shocks on the market with a nearly identical feature list (and performance) at half the price. The fact the the Storia is made in Italy and custom tuned for each rider shouldn't be overlooked, but $1,100 is still a very substantial sum. 
Mike Kazimer






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147 Comments
  • 29 3
 I have Storias on 2 different bikes set up by Mojo, they’ve been awesome. I recently demoed a RS SDU Coil with the WPS piston upgrade and it was just as good as my Storias at a way better price point. If you’re considering a Storia I’d highly recommend taking a look at the RS coil with the WPS upgrade.
  • 27 6
 That's what I don't get about EXT or Push. There are such fantastic coil options in the $600-800 range that can be serviced at your favorite suspension shop. I honestly think custom suspension is like the snake oil of the cycling industry. I love my ttx22 but would also be fine with a dhx2 or RS coil.
  • 6 0
 Never heard of them before, but here's a link:
wps-mtb.com/collections/piston-kits
  • 2 0
 I’ve been on the new Vivid Coil for the past few days and it’s absolutely fantastic. I’m brand agnostic when it comes to suspension, but seems like RockShox did a very good job with this one.

Only gripe is that the larger body diameter limits coil spring options.
  • 5 0
 @foggnm: that's how outsourcing works. The good part is you get to have nice things for less money. I think the less good part is a bit much for the Comments section.
  • 13 0
 WPS makes great stuff. It's worth mentioning that the new Vivid / SuperDeluxe Coil has a new higher flow piston, and that piston is available as an upgrade kit for the previous gen model for $40.
  • 1 0
 @Loche: Does anyone know if EXT springs will fit on the new Vivid coil?
  • 11 0
 @foggnm: You should see the off road motorcycle industry. I know some people who don't even try the OEM forks on their motos. They go straight to their preferred suspension specialist. Some magic on the inside, a sticker on the outside, and they still ride like a basic jerry. It's hilarious.
  • 2 0
 @ridingsteeps: Yes I believe EXT springs fit the Vivid Coil. Haven't tested it however.
  • 2 0
 @ridingsteeps: EXT springs should fit, assuming the Vivid runs the same Rockshox spring ID as the previous SDU, but you’ll need to get a plastic adapter from Super Alloy Racing (the SAR & EXT springs have the same ID). The only question mark would be if the larger EXT spring hits the Vivid reservoir. I doubt it but it’s possible.
  • 3 1
 I feel the same way.

That EXT used to offer something both boutique/fancy, but also something very different (HBO), and also had good damping.

Now HBO is showing up in more shocks, I feel like more shocks have more/better damping... which I feel like leaves EXT in a somewhat weird spot.

Not that its bad, but it seems harder to justify the higher price tag atm given the competitive landscape we have now.
  • 4 0
 @Sycip69er: this is the rule not the exception in so-cal anyway.
  • 8 0
 At least part of the value of the Storia (or Arma) is the weight vs other coil options. Depending on the spring, it comes in about the same weight as a Vivid Air. A SD Coil is going to be around 300g heavier. Not a lot of other places on a bike to save that much weight without compromising performance.
  • 2 0
 The WPS stuff is great, Really like what those guys are doing. If you already own a vivid then it's for sure a great way to get the most out of that damper. Compairing a modified RS product that has bad part support and no warranty is not the same as a polished product with a 5 year transferable warranty though. The G1 version of the storia leave a bit lacking in mid body support and energy return as well as the custom WPS tuned vivid compared to a stock V3 in our experience. All are great options that most people will be happy with.
  • 3 0
 @foggnm: EXT is serviceable at my local suspension shop. They have many approved service centers around the U.S. and they're the small local shops.
  • 3 0
 @ohio: Isn't a lot of that extra weight from the Rockshox spring tho? So if you run an EXT spring on the Vivid coil it wouldn't be such a huge weight penalty?
  • 3 0
 @Sycip69er: C’mon, everyone knows you’re supposed to spend your money on an aftermarket exhaust first.
  • 3 0
 I think you’d be pretty close to the price of the Storia (or other boutique products) after buying a SPDLX, having a shop build the tune for the new piston (and rebleed it), and buying a coil. But don’t get me wrong, the WPS podium is good too.
  • 2 0
 @ridingsteeps: with an adapter set.
  • 1 0
 @burt-reynolds: what shop?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: I didn't see anywhere that the RS SDU coil had a new upgrade piston kit.

Only saw it for the forks. Which I'm definitely gonna get. Been pretty unhappy with my Zeb Ultimate 3.0
  • 4 0
 @ridingsteeps: Fair point...
Blister measured an 8.5"x2.5" (215x63.5mm) Storia at 400g w/o spring
and measured a 230x65mm SDCU at 507g w/o spring

So yeah, something like only 100g savings from the shock body. Agreed that's not worth much if there's no performance delta. Eager to try the new SDCU, but very happy with my Storia V3 for now.
  • 2 0
 @Kango, I don't think many shops have it in stock yet, but here's a photo of the kit: www.pinkbike.com/photo/26790504.
  • 8 2
 The EXT shock comes pre-tuned to your bike and riding style plus it comes with 2 coil springs. If you buy a cheaper shock, add 2 light weight coils and get it tuned, it’s basically the same price…
  • 6 0
 @SonofBovril:

The article says they no longer come with two free springs. At least in the US. Says $1070 with no spring, and springs are $130 each.
  • 3 0
 @ridingsteeps: Yes but you will need the SAR reducers, the body is slightly different on the new RS coil shocks so can use the older ones.

superalloyracing.com/products/copy-of-enduro-light-metric-compatible-65mm-stroke?variant=46458695254306
  • 1 0
 @vesania: Butter Suspension. Rad dude!
  • 20 1
 I have an EXT E-storia and had to send it in multiple (4) times for leaking oil. The last time I sent it in they found two cracks on each side on top of the trunnion mount leaking oil. A month past the 2 year warranty and they wanted to charge me a lot to get it repaired. I declined and now have a very expensive paper weight as a reminder to never spend that much on a shock again. I must say it did work great when it wasn't spewing oil.
  • 14 0
 Now it's just an EXT Ex-storia.
  • 29 0
 @nickfranko: End of Storia
  • 9 0
 That sound like EXTortion to me.
  • 3 1
 All the Storias I’ve ridden with sound like they are full of air. Mate had his serviced recently and it cost $300 NZ to service the damper.
  • 2 1
 @Otago: yeah, if I want a shock full of air, I'll ride an air spring
  • 4 0
 I had the same issue with a Storia on one of my bikes. On some bikes the trunnion bolts go in too far and the housing cracks. Solution from they guy who services all of our shocks was to use some thin washers on the outside to limit how far the trunnion bolts screw in. Problem solved. Just bought an Arma for another bike but will check trunnion bolt depth first though
  • 3 1
 hm, weird that they wouldn't offer you a new shock considering the repeated issues - being outside of warrenty or not. The shock was clearly faulty from the off set given its history where they cannot exclude that follow on issues were linked to the initial issues. Wrt the warrenty periode - time should be added for the time you would have had to wait for the initial issues to be sorted out (sent in, repaired, sent back) - so "just" looking at the purchasing date seems like a very simplistic and short term approach ensuring that you will never support them in the future, nor recommend them to anybody else. Poor CS for sure and a lousy sales/marketing strategy for a premium product.
  • 4 0
 Update: Shortly after I posted about my E-Storia being broken and out of warranty EXT-USA reached out and made everything right. They replaced my broken E-Storia with a new Storia V.4. Could not be happier with the way this new shock rides! It is super smooth and took one ride to get it dialed. Thanks EXT!!!
  • 11 0
 Is it possible to retrofit the new 4/5mm LSC/HSC on the V3 instead of requiring the 12mm wrench or socket?
  • 3 1
 Great question...
  • 8 2
 My question is why do I need to use tools at all? I've never understood why some dials have knobs and others require a alen wrench (or worse an actuall wrench.) Most of the tweaks I make are while I'm riding and I hate having to dig out tools just to add or subtract a click or two. Just put some knobs on all of them and be done with it!
  • 3 0
 @gtill9000:

Canecreek builds an Allen wrench holder into their climb switch lever( they supply the wrench with shock purchase too). The Allen wrench design stream lines ( slims down)the size of the shock.
  • 1 0
 Seems very unlikely.
  • 2 0
 I have a Storia V3, I designed and 3D Printed a knob to put on it so that it can be manipulated manually. I can send the design if it helps.
  • 8 0
 I like my Storia V3, but having to send it in for a pricey service is a tough pill to swallow when the newer Rockshox stuff works so well and I can service it myself. Also, I could never get my Storia to stop making a clicking sound, which I think is coming from the check valve in the rebound circuit.
  • 1 0
 Mine did the same, clicking sound when pedaling. Just been serviced and clicking sound gone.
  • 2 0
 Yep, mine clicked when I bought it (used), sent it to for tune change and rebuild, still clicks. I will never buy a high end coil shock again, I doesn't feel any different than my old crane creek.
  • 7 0
 Absolutely love my Storia! Again the EXT Usa people are amazing -- running MRP coil fork now (No more EXT Era ). Dual coil setup, my Evil has never felt better. Weighs about the same as from factory
  • 6 0
 I've primarily ridden Push 11/6s, Float X2s and Storia (V3 and e-bike) the last five-six years, with a few rides on Fox' lighter air offerings as well. I have never been able to have the Fox stuff ride as well as I wanted it to, meaning anything close to the 11/6 wrt traction and suppleness. My favorite is the Storia though, that tracks for days but feels just magic. Controlled, predictable, supple and provides heaps of traction as well. Sure, it huffs and puffs like Thomas the Tank Engine, but I do not really mind. 11/6s ride very well as well, but mutes the trail a bit too much and they are not willing to tune the shock to be used with Cascade Links - which is just dumb. So in summary - the most notable thing with the Storia is not its list of features, but its ride feel - which is just superb if you are particular to that feel.
  • 3 0
 I installed an EXT on my Stumpjumper- combined with the Cascade Link- and damn: The Traction was phenonenal and i did not bottom out at all...Overall the bike felt way more than 140mm...
  • 6 0
 We have four EXT shocks on a combo of adult and teen (race) bikes. Never missed a race weekend or had a road trip hurt by reliability. They just work.

Service is locally available for us, but sending them in each fall IS pretty reasonable, $60…and they come back fresh. We’ve found over years of use, we’ve gotten the high end performance and saved on service, making the up front cost worth it.

It’s tough setting up suspension for lighter riders, but the 225# spring option and the factory tune the suspension works great. The weight of the coil setup works great on the enduro bikes.

Ask 50 riders and you’ll get 50 different opinions but our experience with EXT has been awesome.
  • 14 7
 "bladder-style internal floating piston"
You mean to say: A bladder, as opposed to / instead of an IFP...
  • 5 1
 also the bladder compresses as the shock compresses and moves through the travel, it doesn't "expand"
  • 7 0
 @mountainjew, yep, I could have worded that better. That line's been updated.
  • 12 3
 EXTremely expensive…
  • 5 1
 that's PUSHing the limits
  • 5 1
 The article says "...there is one entirely new feature – PSR. That stands for position sensitive rebound, and it's intended to keep the shock from having any noticeable topout. It works via a one way valve that adds compression during the last 2 millimeters of extension, preventing any annoying knocks when the shock returns to its starting position."

That phrasing is a little unclear. Does that actually mean that it adds additional rebound damping to the 2mm before topout?
  • 2 0
 Yes just like the fox vanilla coil and rs deluxe coil shocks did 30 years ago. It's amazing how much stuff gets forgotten and then reinvented and marketed back.
  • 1 0
 @Dougal-SC: Back in the day, I had both of those shocks that you mentioned, but didn't realize that they had the anti-topout damping feature. Thanks for the education!
  • 4 0
 Love my Storia v3, and despite everyone’s comments, it’s not that noisy. Something that’s not commonly mentioned in coil reviews is how good the pedalling platform is! Combined with the relatively light weight, it makes that coil shock a very good option for pedal-friendly enduro bikes.
  • 6 1
 Did you post a review of the vivid coil you compared it to, or are you going to?
  • 5 0
 It's in the works - there are some initial impressions from Dario in the launch article: www.pinkbike.com/news/rockshox-announces-2025-suspension-lineup.html. I've been enjoying it - it's super quiet, and does what I want to. It's on the heavy side of things, but so far that's my only small gripe.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: heavy with or without the spring? I replaced the 500lbs rockshox spring on my SDU with a 525lbs H&R spring which is 303 grams lighter per my kitchen scale.
  • 5 0
 @Mr-Gilsch, with the spring - those RockShox springs are chunky.
  • 3 0
 My B3 was great but started leaking due to shaft wear after about 6 months, shafts aren’t big money buy hope they have improved wear performance? Notice shady is now black!!
  • 3 1
 Shaft is steel now with DLC coating. So wear life should be really good now
  • 4 2
 Sadly I cant recommend ext if you buy directly from them in italy, they are unable to help you with a good setup, nor quality. Germanys shop schnurrtech does however a great job getting you where you want it. Not just my old arma v1 was not performing well on my darkmatter after the 2nd time i sent it to them, but ive had a few friends who eventually ended up ditching their armas and storias for cc, rs or fox.
  • 7 3
 Easily the best shock and I’ve tried them all.
Ext have unique magic in them that gives you the coil feel but still can feel poppy like air. Literally best of both worlds.
  • 5 0
 Totally agree about being poppy like an air shock but sensitive off the top like a coil. The HBO feels so good when push deep into the travel.
  • 5 0
 Had a V2 Storia on my SB6. Rear tire was like a trophy truck over high speed rock gardens.
  • 5 1
 doesn't anti topout come standard on any half decent and above suspension unit?
  • 3 0
 Yes and has for the last 30 years.
  • 3 2
 Having aftersales parts available for years after purchase is worth a mention. Unlike RS and Fox which have terrible parts availability, which can be really annoying when you get told your shock is basically obsolete, unserviceable and unrepairable
  • 1 0
 I had a SD coil on a bike qith veeery Bad nidstrole rear curve.the shock was even tuned noch able to Maintain the bike in shape. Then I exchanged it for a bos syors and the bike came alive.

Is the vivid coil a great Difference from the architecture from the sd or what did they change?
  • 2 0
 Shock is solid, but when you have to drop $300 for a service and you are limited where you can do it based on EXT limiting who can perform the service, there are better options out there.
  • 1 0
 Well beautiful people, the elephant in the room is BUILD quality…Push, Ohlins, EXT, Fox, Manitou, RockShox…SunTour/DVO…more or less in that order for the mainstream of components, of course there are others. The march toward USD forks with sliding bushings and matching shocks being the direction, which are even MORE expensive, but I digress, the point is after working on hundreds of suspension components, a RockShox Super Deluxe coil with HBO for example just doesn’t compare quality wise to an EXT or Ohlins rear shock, these are suspension components that are very durable and going to last longer. Not to sound like a broken record, but you get what you pay for.
  • 4 0
 My EXT Arma V2 250x75mm is liquid butter.
  • 7 2
 Cool Storia,bro.
  • 1 1
 I had a dhx2 on my nicolai, never really got on with it. Took a chance on a second hand elevensix and had it serviced and rebuilt for the frame, came in a spot cheaper even with the work than a new dhx2 and I can recommend it highly. Maybe worth investing in an ext or an elevensix second hand and factoring in the cost of the service and a new shaft if required to get a custom tuned shock for a roughly similar price as a new ohlins or fox coil.
  • 2 0
 I’ve had multiple Storia’s and only had great experiences with them. The service and after sales care that you get from Mojo in the UK, is second to none
  • 3 3
 That warranty policy is a genius business move... they rake in another $1k of revenue from you over the course of 5 years. So that's $2200+tax all in for 5 years of rear shock. And on year 5 you're paying them $200 to service an obsolete old shock that's probably worth $200.
  • 3 0
 That warranty policy is good cash flow for EXT
  • 3 1
 Fun fact, in the US it is not legal to require service to be done by anyone in particular unless that service is done for free.
  • 2 0
 The service is $60 and you don't send it in to EXT. It's done by local licensed service centers.
  • 1 0
 @burt-reynolds: while $60 is within reason, the rules are the rules “You don’t have to use the dealer for repairs or maintenance to keep your warranty in effect. In fact, it’s illegal for a dealer to deny your warranty coverage because you had routine maintenance or repairs done by someone else.” consumer.ftc.gov/articles/auto-warranties-and-auto-service-contracts. While this is about cars, that’s largely because cars are the biggest point of contention with warranties in this country. The auto industry doesn’t play by different rules though. This particular example is called tie-in sales. EXT is certainly treading in murky waters.
  • 1 0
 @burt-reynolds: That a fact? I got my numbers from the EXT USA website which says $185-200 for a full service. What on earth do they do for only $60?? That would cover about 30 minutes of labor and no materials... but if that's true and EXT offers some kind of subsidized service that is awesome.
  • 3 0
 Are the previous versions upgradable?
  • 2 0
 I wonder if the new PSR rebound compression feature is causing the jump initial touchdown harshness?
  • 2 3
 "hydraulic bottom out"
I wonder why compression only increases near bottom out.
It should be simple (compared to LSC/HSC) and efficient make the compression depending on the shaft position. i.e soft around sag and increasing as it gets further. Just like an air spring gets stiffer as it compresses.
  • 3 0
 Curnutt and 5th Element (and others I'm sure) have had shocks with progressive damping as you describe, starting around 25yrs ago. They were popular at the time, but it seems like that style of damping fell out of favor. Also, the DT or Magura suspension forks of a few years ago had progressive damping. I agree it sounds promising in theory, but it seems that theory and practice can be 2 different things.
  • 1 0
 I think they've drifted away from progressive damping because bikes are dialing more of that into the kinematics. Personally, I like it to feel pretty much the same through most of the travel with the ability to dial in bottom out resistance only in the last 10-15% of travel.
  • 3 0
 You say it should be simple... How exactly would you achieve that?
Further to that, repeated hits would feel awful. Unless you were somehow psychically aware of exactly where in the stroke your rear wheel was, you'd never know how much support/feedback to expect from the trail
  • 2 0
 @gtill9000: exactly this. Progressive suspension does best with linear springs and dampers. This has been the goal of suspension designers forever.
  • 1 0
 Loved the V3 on my Orange Alpine but not keen on Nuke Mega, feels much better with Float X2, just a better balance and much more active and poppy I’m finding
  • 3 0
 It is crazy that in 2023 topping out was still a thing
  • 1 0
 But I do bet it rides nice and have absolutely no problem with people spending money on fun toys... so good on 'em for putting out an interesting option.
  • 1 0
 I've been super happy with my V3. I'd love to try a V4 and see if the differences are noticeable to an average rider like me.
  • 1 1
 interesting that they made the shock quieter. i thought the loud sloshing noise was their selling point. "you know that it's working because you can hear it working"
  • 1 0
 i believe the main guy said they made it more quiet solely to assuage customers who complained about the noise.
  • 1 0
 your talking about turbulent flow damping, which the V4 still uses. It has just refined to be a bit quieter. still not silent.
  • 1 1
 Don't recommend if you service your own gear. EXT don't share service manuals and require all shocks be maintained at a registered service centre.
  • 1 0
 dont forget the independend switch circuit.. no damage if you forget to switch the climb support off
  • 3 5
 If you want to be pedantic about specific terminology and care that much about suspension performance why are you looking for a detailed, comprehensive and accurate review on Pinkbike and questioning it..go to MTBR suspension forums and argue with Dougal instead, this website is more for seeing what is being released, pretty pictures bla bla, you aren't going to find any 100% accurate totally unbiased information here, they are journalists and intermediate bike riders not suspension experts. In regards to starting sensitivity off the top on small bumps that can indeed be different to the sensitivity when landing because one is mostly down to LSC and the other is HSC so it's more than possible to have a shock that responds sensitivity during the start of its stroke over small bumps and still land harshly on bigger drops because of overdamped HSC, frame kinematics on full extension etc etc. My 11.6 is plush over small chatter but lands harshly off drops too, these high end shocks tend to have a lot more damping built in, especially at high speeds, they are for performance, not pottering about at 5-10mph over some roots and kerbs and soaking them up as if you have your tyres at 10 psi.
  • 2 0
 They may be great shocks, but are they $1200 great?
  • 1 0
 Fox has had this tech for 15 years in OffRoad and powersports applications and failed to implement it... Bums me out.
  • 2 1
 No more milkshake! I love to see it!
  • 1 0
 V3 on sale... just sayin
  • 1 0
 No comparison to a Push?
  • 8 10
 Avy Bomber CR crew checking in.
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 which is actually a 2006 fox dhx3 lol.
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 @nevertoofast: Vanilla innit?
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 @nevertoofast: Haven't run this current gen of shocks, but comparing to last gen, it's wild a cheap used Bomber and an Avy tune rides better than expensive new shocks but for half the price.
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 The worst part of an Avy Bomber is having to talk to Craig. The 2nd worse part is having to brag about it online.
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 @chakaping: OG vanilla didnt have the piggy back. The DHX series did
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 @GTscoob: No, the worst part in the website from 1998. No complaints with his work from me.
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