DVO Introduces New Diamond Fork

Apr 10, 2024 at 10:34
by DVO Suspension  


The next generation Diamond for the Rough is here.

The Diamond series has always been our most versatile, go-to fork for anyone to just mount up and ride. It has a forgiving feel that’s comfortable and compliant, but also has the response and control when pushed. Designed for those who have an aggressive trail bike or lightweight e-bike and looking for a little more oomph from the front-end. It’s the missing link if you’re lacking comfort, traction, or reaching the limit of your current setup.

A full gamut of upgrades make this generation Diamond shine brighter than ever before. Upgraded with a robust 36mm chassis to deliver exceptional control in rough sections, a redesigned crown with increased knob clearance, our industry leading SL air spring, remastered D1 damper, and an all new 3D machining process for incredible alignment and that buttery smooth feel, it is safe to say the Diamond got quite the facelift. Versatility, precision, and comfort to get you the most out of every kind of trail is what you can expect day in and day out.


Redesigned Crown
The crown has been completely redesigned, with a generous amount of material added that creates a noticeable increase in steering precision. The drop, as we know it, or the distance from the crown race seat(platform of which the lower bearings of headset sits) to the compression and air valve knobs has been increased by 24% for better downtube clearance and an improved turning radius.


D1 Damper
Our new and improved D1 system offers a 22% increase in bladder volume which gives you that small bump comfort you’re always after, while combating any cavitation(inconsistent damping) and spiking at high speeds. On the compression side, we’ve improved the feel on high speed hits by reducing progression in the damper system. Think of it as the wheel getting out of the way when you hit a square edge or rock instead of pushing back with resistance and causing harshness.

The updated rebound design reduces damping force at high-speeds, allowing the fork to recover quicker after being deep in the travel. Rough sections of the trail will feel easier and more controlled, especially in a corner entry where there is roughness, chop, or braking bumps. The “edge of tire” traction is improved and the front of your bike will have a more free feeling when pulling up on the bars.


SL Air Spring

These types of dual air-on-air springs have been around for a while it’s not anything new. We’ve designed prototypes of this kind of system in the past but never found the magic recipe that could go head to head with our OTT “Off the Top” system. Our engineering team really found something special on this new SL air system that offers an exceptional balance of comfort and support while still having a truly unique feel compared to other similar systems. The front to back pitching of your bike under braking is controlled while offering incredible small bump comfort and traction in corners and rough sections.


Friction Reduction

The feel of a fork effortlessly going through the stroke with the slightest hand pressure, is what all of us are after. It’s the showroom feel that instantly gets you stoked to ride. We’ve implemented a new 3D machining process that gets us constistently closer to that than we’ve ever been. This dependably tightens the tolerances in the bushing areas and dropouts making every fork buttery smooth. An all new design and material drastically reduces friction while maintaining durability.

It’s the smoothest Diamond we’ve ever made. Read more at www.dvosuspension.com

Travel Range: 140mm - 160mm
Wheel Size: 29”
Adjustments: High/Low Speed Compression |Rebound |Air volume Spacers
Stanchions: 36mm Tapered Alloy
Axle to Crown: 552mm (140mm) | 562mm (150mm) | 572mm (160mm)
Offset: 44mm
Axle Type: 15mm Bolted
Brake Mounting: Direct Mount 180mm
Color Options: Onyx Gloss Black | Apatite Grey | DVO Factory Green
Weight: 2200g
Price: $1049.00 USD
Availability: Mid April 2024

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  • 68 3
 "...an all new 3D machining process..."
So they finally bought a CNC machine or something? The hell were they using before?
  • 66 1
 manual jigsaw
  • 44 0
 Have you even heard of whittling?
  • 17 0
 @PtDiddy: that's one where you rub one out, yeah?
  • 4 0
 @PtDiddy: Widdle by Diddle!
  • 7 0
 a buddy of mine was actually a machinist for DVO....
  • 8 0
 @bigtim: Hence. "a redesigned crown with increased knob clearance"
  • 4 1
 But it’s not gold
  • 6 0
 @watchtower: low knob clearance is such a downer. lol
  • 2 0
 @bigtim: depends on how many orders you get.
  • 2 0
 Everything has already been thought of.

It’s a new process.

Now it’s true.
  • 5 1
 @mior: your buddy lives in tiwan and works at sr suntor?
  • 2 0
 @englertracing: back when some was machined here
  • 1 0
 that is indeed a little weird... you would think, that s the first thing they bought
  • 1 0
 @englertracing: good old Señor Suntour
  • 30 2
 From the video @ 1:57:
"So with the new D1 damper, the main thing that we tried to update was the compression feel and the rebound feel. What we did was tried to reduce some of the high speed firmness or harshness that can happen sometimes. What that's going to feel like is basically when you hit something hard the front wheel is going to feel like it just moves out of the way rather than pushes back with any sort of resistance."

I'm sorry but what? This doesn't explain anything that you did nor does it describe anything other than basic fork functions.
  • 35 2
 Thanks for the feedback, we could have elaborated more on that in the video. We wanted to eliminate high speed spiking and allow the wheel to move up and over terrain with less resistance. That obviously feels more comfortable but it also allows you to carry more forward momentum without disrupting you or your bike. It's a huge challenge to achieve that kind of performance without the fork loosing support and diving. It's not as progressive of a system compared to our previous generation D1 damper. Thanks!
  • 17 0
 @DVOSuspension: Thank you for the reply! That's a wonderful sounding goal. Can you elaborate on how you achieved that with this damper update? What did you DO?
  • 23 1
 @slovenian6474: Of course! We made changes to the porting on both compression and rebound that affects the flow. It's a big change in system pressure and tuning ranges. We increased the bladder size by 22% as stated above, that has a massive effect on the entire system. Port sizes, needle profiles, and volumes were all adjusted to get the desired performance. Thanks!
  • 5 0
 @DVOSuspension: Actually, when I feel that spike in my current Diamonds, I back the HSC out one or 2 "clicks" and it does the trick if I'm doing laps somewhere, add them back if it blows through the travel, of course. Just wish there was a trick to open the rebound up an extra click or two. It's not binding or hydrolocking, just doesn't have the pop I like sometimes, especially below an ambient of 60 degrees. Is fine above 72 or so.
  • 7 0
 @DVOSuspension: Thanks DVO! That's a bit more along the lines of what I was looking for to distinguish this damper from your previous and others out there.
  • 1 0
 @DVOSuspension: Is there a new Sapphire in the works?
  • 25 1
 I understand why it's 29" only, but it still makes me sad that's where we're at now.
  • 4 0
 Can you explain to my dumb friend why you can't put a 27.5 in a 29" fork? Would maybe have a little extra stack?
  • 11 0
 @Aeyogi: stack you don’t need and a fork offset you maybe don’t want
  • 24 0
 @kleinblake: but mud clearance you could fit a big mac through.
  • 5 0
 @Aeyogi: axle to crown height will be different if not also changing the travel. Offset is different between the two sizes which changes the bike's trail and subsequent handling. Do either of those things make the setup unusable? No, but it is a compromise from a dedicated product.
  • 7 0
 @bigtim: Thank you. The most real-world technical information I've encountered here yet!
  • 4 0
 @bigtim: not even from America. Wow.
  • 1 0
 @Aeyogi: because geometry
  • 26 15
 One day, they'll (hopefully) realize that awful yellowish-green anodizing is pretty polarizing. I wonder how many people have passed on DVO just for that...

Look at the anodized parts on one of the (actually) green forks and you quickly realize the color they picked is horrendous.
  • 7 4

Working in shops for years I can tell you that more then functionality people care about looks!
I am not saying people buy good looking components even though they are trash but I can guarantee they won’t buy the best components if they look…let’s say polarizing. Yes it’s sad and yes there is always the exception of people who don’t care. I am genuinely very curious and want to test things for myself and I can’t say anything bad about any product I had from Manitou, DVO, MRP or even SR-Suntour but damn they are hard to sell! In my opinion it comes down to looks because Öhlins, EXT or Marzocchi to also name one „budget“ brand are much easier to sell even if the finish isn’t as refined as with the brands mentioned before.
I have to say though that Manitou seems to be on a run and we will see the brand going steep soon. Just a little prediction side note.

What I am trying to say and why I agree to @PellyNH is that people are willing to pay a lot of money for components they often buy even though the part they had before is still working or did it’s job right until it gave up. So it’s sometimes a bit sad seeing these cool, well working parts not getting as much attention they deserve just because of their looks. So I think every Brand out there should offer one stealth option. Stealth knobs, levers, callipers, chains or what ever are fine. Let people have colorful decals or let them pay more for anodized stuff if they’re in to that.
  • 2 5
 About to sell a now previous gen Diamond and Jade X that came on a used bike because of the polarizing color scheme. The anodizing on even the small parts is a tough sell and clashes with the rest of the bike. The radioactive green lowers on the fork is next level eye searing. It's a shame, they rode pretty nicely for one ride while I made sure the bike would fit okay and then were promptly stripped off for Cane Creek analogues.
  • 11 0
 I disagree and it is more related to an Acid- Green color, that is only on the tiny dials atop and bottom of the forks, which imo is pretty cool along with their lowers colors options are sik! Much much better than Orange, Gold, White, I will say when coordinating your bikes scheme it could clash with other colors but way more neutral, than say, Fox -FUGLY.
  • 7 0
 Looks almost the same as the Ohlins yellow anno to me. I'm not a massive fan of the green lowers either so get black (still better than the hideous Fox new gold lowers) but small green adjust knob doesn't bother me. The new grey DVO offers is super nice though....
  • 19 1
 they offer every fork in black too. DVO is essentially aftermarket; no one who cares enough about suspension to buy specifically what DVO offers will be put back by green clickers.

People tolerates the hideous orange + kashima combo just fine, is a lot about brand image more than color matching
  • 3 0
 I just deanodized the green off my Diamond and Topaz. They are all black and chrome now. Made sense when I had a green frame but with a black frame it was bugging me. Also replaced the green travel indicators.
  • 2 0
 @likeittacky: Username checks out.
  • 1 2
 @pb-kg: Batman You went to great lengths to acquire such originality. Profound.
  • 2 0
 @DorianKane: Would be super interesting seeing what colours/components Hope sell the most of compared to the rest. Any guesses what No.1 would be? Black rear pro boost hubs??
  • 4 0
 Pretty psyched to check this out after running the Onyx 38 on my longer travel bike. The 38 is insanely intuitive and its been the smoothest fork I've ridden. Stoked to have that feeling on my short travel bike!
  • 6 2
 Did you guys fix all the quality control problems. I had so many warrantees and issues with my forks that I had to literally give away one of them
  • 4 1
 Me the same... DVO QC is less than stellar.
  • 2 0
 I am unclear about the new air spring. I have a DVO Diamond, leaps and bounds the best fork I ever owned, and of course it has the OTT: how is the new air spring going to work? Is there an independent chamber for the negative spring with its own adjustable air pressure?
  • 1 0
 The SL air system is self-equalizing, with a port. Everybody does that a little differently, with somewhat distinctive results, but it's a familiar system.
  • 11 8
 If this is anything like my new Onyx 38 it's going to be amazing. New DVO SL air springs are super plush/smooth. So much better than my last Fox....
  • 12 1
 What was your last Fox??
  • 3 0
 How do you think it would function for someone over 200lbs. I’ve heard that fox is better for bigger riders. But I sure do like that DVO green.
  • 7 3
 @Speedychad: I have a 2020 Diamond D1 and a 2022 Fox Factory 36. The Fox feels harsh compared to the DVO. There is no adjustment on the Grip 2 that can make it feel less harsh.
  • 3 0
 @blueH2Oj: The new SL air damper handles us heavier boys a bit better than the OTT spring did.
  • 1 0
 @noodlewitnosteeze: good to know thanks man
  • 5 2
 @Speedychad: Fox 38 Grip 2. Just couldn't ever get it dialled for small bump sensitivity (as mentioned in a bunch of other reviews) . Also had an annoying creaky crown after a few weeks....I've always had way better luck with RS, but this new DVO just works for me.
  • 2 0
 @Speedychad: probably the generation where they put too little oil in the fork and too much goo in the negative chamber. So basically could be any generation in the last decade.
  • 5 0
 @DVOSuspension @blueH2Oj: I'm 6ft, 245lbs; I have this newest diamond on my lightweight E-bike (~40lbs). It truly is one of the most responsive forks I've ever ridden. My favorite 140mm fork I've ever had. It blew me away, even compared to last gens Diamond D1 it's a massive improvement. It supports the weight of me and my E-bike very well, it not only does a great job at staying afloat, but its significantly less harsh/stiff feeling compared to Fox or Rockshox. It has a very responsive and playful feel.

I saw a comment from DVO about what they changed to help prevent high speed wheel spiking; and even before I saw that comment I can attest to that being noticeable. New damper is definitely a good fit for bigger riders. (Another plus is customer service is top notch, give them a call on the trail and they will happily give you some set up tips & tricks to get it dialed.)
  • 2 0
 @jcmarshall67: thanks for the info man I scratched up my Fox 36 in a crash and was thinking of making a change. The added weight being mentioned doesn’t bother me. I can make up for that by laying off the ice cream.
  • 2 0
 Any chance of the trickle down to older D1’s? I have a couple, would love to upgrade internals or other beneficial parts…??? Thx DVO!!!
  • 1 1
 "for better downtube clearance and an improved turning radius"

Don't need this. Just like the argument against double-crown enduro forks, it really won't hurt anything even "on tight trails". Try riding along and turning your fork far enough that the air caps or damper dials start to be hidden under the downtube. Then pick yourself up off the dirt. You just do not need that much steering for normal riding.
  • 3 0
 Wait, the stanchions are tapered?
  • 3 0
 internally?? just a guess
  • 2 0
 @DVOSuspension: Is the new Diamond the old Onyx SC chassis with new internals? Also No OTT version?
  • 3 0
 @justwan-naride: From my understanding yes; It uses lowers from the prior Onyx, the rest of the chassis and internals are new.

Source: bikerumor.com/dvo-diamond-shines-with-bigger-36mm-stanchions-lighter-air-spring
  • 3 1
 Is it just me or do those axle to crown numbers look really... tall?
  • 1 0
 They do, and I have a suspicion it is due to them dropping the crown a few mm for the downtube clearance.
  • 7 0
 Apologies on that, it was a typo. 572mm for 160mm travel
  • 1 0
 Def. My 140mm Lyrik has a 551mm ATC.
  • 2 0
 New damper back-compatible?
  • 1 0
 36mm stanchion and weighs more than the new marz super z? i guess DVO has always been on the heavier end
  • 1 0
 I love DVO fugly green; anyone riding Appalachia in hunting season gets it
  • 1 1
 Loved the way my DVO felt, but that thing was so damn noisy that ultimately I went back to Fox.
  • 1 0
 I've had last gens Diamond and now this new one. I can attest this one is significantly quieter. That being said the Topaz shock remains pretty loud lol.
  • 2 2
 Once the bushings are honed (all forks need this alignment check), nothing can outperform a DVO fork. Real talk
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