Öhlins Updates TTXAir Platform with New Single Can TTX1Air

Oct 27, 2020 at 9:47
by Daniel Sapp  


Öhlins today launched a new sibling to their highly successful TTXAir shock. The new TTX1Air is a high-performance compact, robust air-sprung shock with a single can design. This sits alongside their current double can design for the TTXAir, now renamed TTX2Air; allowing riders to optimize the air volume requirements to any stroke, linkage progressivity, or linkage rate.

TTX is Öhlins’ signature damping technology and both TTXAir shocks have this latest twin-tube design. The TTX system is famous for its well-balanced damping pressures; made to deliver control and flawless damping without cavitation in all riding conditions. Öhlins believe their Twin-tube technology ensures stable and predictable damping forces keeping the rider safe and in full control.

Now also featuring a new slimmer fit end-eye design on the TTX1Air to fit more frame designs, the TTX1Air 190x45 weighs in at a claimed 390g, and with its single air chamber design, it shaves 60-80g off a comparable TTX2Air. Öhlins have also increased the maximum air pressure to handle a wider range of riders and e-MTB requirements.

TTX1Air is a shock perfect for bikes with a linear shock curve and needing a progressive spring. Whereas the TTX2Air’s double can design delivers greater freedom to adjust the spring curve through a greater ability to adjust air volume spacing; more suited to bikes with progressive linkage ratios. Both feature three positions of adjustable high-speed compression.

The Öhlins Performance Setup Guide helps riders select which TTXAir version is the optimal fit and optimizes the pressure and air volume settings for your bike and riding style.

bigquotesThe expansion of our range to include the addition of the TTX1Air platform allows us to further build upon our solutions for our fast-growing list of OEM partners, offering a broader product portfolio to best suit the needs of the latest full-suspension platform designs.Torkel Sintorn, General Manager MTB Öhlins Racing AB

Key Features:
• TTX highly adjustable compression valve technology
• TTX2 Air - Double can design with larger air volume in both positive and negative chamber
• TTX1 Air - Single can design optimized for linear linkage designs and tighter fitment space
• TTX1 Air - Compact end eye design allows fitment to a broader range of frame designs
• Adjustable HSC (High-Speed Compression), LSC (Low-Speed Compression) and Rebound damping
• Climb mode
• Air spring volume spacers included as standard in the shock kit
• Available in Standard Metric 190/210/230 mm lengths
• Available Metric Trunnion format in 165/185/205 mm lengths
• TTX2 Air - Maximum air pressure up to 325 PSI. TTX1 Air - Maximum air pressure up to 300 PSI
• Suggested retail prices: TTX1Air - $720, € 676.80; TTX2Air - $780, € 733.20

This chart compares the travel/force curve of both TTX1Air and TTX2Air rear shocks with no volume spacers and the maximum volume spacers fitted.

With the compact air spring design of TTX1Air, each volume spacer will have a large effect. For TTX2Air there are more spacers available and each spacer has a smaller effect in the bigger air can, this increases the possibility to fine-tune shock performance. As they overlap in spring force both shocks will be possible to use on many bikes.

Both TTX1Air and TTX2Air are available now via Öhlins appointed distributors ohlins.com/find-distributor


  • 313 2
 Their logo looks like my face when I saw the price tag.
  • 63 0
 Thanks, now I'll never unsee that. haha
  • 17 4
 It's like the Miata of mtb logos
  • 8 0
 @livinfortheride: what has been seen cannot be unseen.

It's all I see now as well.
  • 3 2
 Might as well just sell my current shock and get a Push 11.6 or something
  • 4 0
 @DaFreerider44: I can't believe my brain has never pieced together the smiling Miata, after all these years. Wow.
  • 3 0
 Have your liver checked
  • 23 0
 Now you know how we feel with Fox prices in Europe !
  • 2 0
 thats why almost no one runs anything ohlins mtb related in the western hemisphere,same with elevensix
  • 2 1
 @mammal: I recall other cars designed to look like things: a face (Mazda 121 4D model), an eagle (2002 Subaru WRX), and a shark (Toyota Celica T200). I'm sure there are others.
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: comment gold material
  • 4 0
 comedians are born on this site
  • 1 0
 @jpwvy5: you're joking
  • 1 0
 @Dustfarter: I've seen these before and the one that sucks with me the most is the FedEx one.
  • 1 0
 @2pi: huh, and you are from Germany, what could we say in Slovakia Big Grin
  • 61 0
 Who ever limits themselves to a single can?
  • 1 0
 It makes room for an extra spare beer can!
  • 56 1
 I still have PTSD from my 2017 Enduro with Ohlins....
  • 17 0
 Wonder how many others are in treatment for that one. Funny how that bike was swept under the rug...
  • 2 0
 My brother has that bike, but he just bought it on clearance this year. Out of curiosity, what issues did you have with it?
  • 1 0
  • 5 5
 @GBeard: The construction of that bike puts way too much stress on the shock, regularly destroying it.
  • 5 1
 @FuzzyL: Well its really not that different from most bikes that use a shock extension. The 1st gen ohlins STX22 on that bike had issues that were only made worse by the frame design. Lots of people have swapped for different shocks that work well on it
  • 7 0
 @GBeard: THe linkage design put too much side loading stress on the shaft and cost shaft seal leakage. Ohlins figured it out, but I never paid attention to the fix as I have a coil Ohlins on mine and that problem doesn't exist.
  • 2 0
 Oh he has the coil version. This one : www.specialized.com/us/en/enduro-coil-29-6fattie/p/133842?color=240153-133842&searchText=93618-2002
Thanks everyone for the responses though.
  • 10 1
 What I can say is it has one of the worst dropper seat posts I’ve ever seen.
  • 4 2
 @GBeard @justttt-meh @JSTootell In my experience, the alleged 'side-loading' of the shock wasn't the issue. (I had a discussion with a top-level racer about this very thing and they said it was nonsense.) The issue was with the tolerances in Öhlins' shock, which they admitted needed to be much tighter than they were aware coming from auto/moto. I've had three 2017s and one 2018 Enduro (don't ask) and the only ones that had issues were those with the STX 22. I've never had a problem with any other shock including one Monarch and three X2s between those different bikes.

To their credit, Ölins was great about swapping out the STX for one that didn't leak.
  • 4 0
 I got the then new gen Enduro S Works at end of 16. Came with the Ohlins air. By that winter it kept losing air. Specialize was super great and swapped it for the Ohlins coil. I still absolutely love that bike and still see no reason to upgrade. Park, XC, big trips out west. Just an amazing bike.
  • 1 0
 I cracked the damper shaft on 2 monarch shocks and had endless problems with the ohlins fork on an '18 enduro including 2 replacement csu's with wrecked stanchions and a steerer turned in the crown. Not a good time.
  • 5 0
 @jeremiahwas: yeah, no... I had one rockshox and one dvo shock on stumpjumper 2017, which is basically the same design and both shocks got destroyed fast by sideloading, so its not just ohlins. When I talked to specialized mechanic he told me "yeah those frames do that, it is known".
  • 1 0
 @Plancktonne: Well, "in my experience" is still true.
  • 1 0
 I have the 2017 Enduro. Mine came with the RockShox, but I put the TTX Coil on it. Seems to be fine and thankfully don't have any issues with the dropper.
  • 1 0
seen two of those shocks on two different enduros ('16 and a 17) snap a shaft. Land straight is all I can say.
  • 1 1
 I had a 2015 carbon enduro. Blew the stock shock in less than 3 months, replaced with the Ohlins air. Blew that in a week. Went to a DVO Topaz after those. It held air for about 2 straight days of riding. But damn that bike felt great when it didn't eat the shocks. However, the stock coil Ohlins that came on the Carbon Demo (2016) had zero issues. Blame the X Wing, not ohlins
  • 1 0
 @justttt-meh: Yup. I blew up the STX a few times and they sent me a coil. Still running awesome along with the Cane Creek DB Air CS that I go back and forth between.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: my 18 Enduro Monarch Plus also developed a cracked dsmoet shaft. Mine was only detected after the warranty had expired. Got a second hand stx22 instead and it works great.
  • 2 0
 @GBeard: That bike is the same one I have. I picked it up on clearance right before the updated model came out. Still love this bike.
  • 1 0
 Did not realize this was a widespread issue. I snapped the shock on the lip of a jump in Whistler so that was cool.
  • 1 0
 Wow. I have been rocking my 2017 Enduro with the monarch for 3 years now. Rebuilt the monarch once with the upgraded debonair can, just because it was time. Never had any issues. Guess I'm just lucky?
  • 1 0
 @fraserw: I beat the shit out of my '17 aluminum Comp model with basic shock. I never had a problem either. I am pretty sure, though not 100% so, that the problem was limited to the Ohlins design.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: Right! I wonder if the issue was limited to carbon models, as I also have the aluminum frame.
  • 26 1
 That diagram was clearly made by marketing and not by engineers. Wrong unit Nm.
  • 6 0
 Introducing Öhlins Twist (TM)
  • 2 18
flag JohanG (Oct 27, 2020 at 18:08) (Below Threshold)
 Haha, you wrecked their marketing dept almost as bad as Bobulinski did Biden's presidential bid.
  • 10 0
 @JohanG: just like the downvotes gonna wreck you if you don't stop making it political

This is a bike website, people !!
  • 7 2
 @JohanG: Friggin tool. GTFO with your political troll bullshit. We don’t serve your kind here.
  • 17 0
 Please do a comparison between the top shocks from each company. The Ohlins TTX Air, Fox Float X2, Cane Creek Kitsuma, Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate, etc.
  • 6 0
 I'd like to see $720 shock vs. $360 shock of similar design. @JeffWeed (Jeff Kendell-Weed) did this with the Z1 vs. the 36 GRIP2. His conclusion was the adjustability of the 36 was necessary for light/heavy riders or heavy hitters but if you are a more average rider the price difference isn't necessarily worth it.

I know PB did the spend here/save here article. This would be an extension of that.
  • 3 0
 I read really good thing on SR Suntour triair...
  • 2 0
 @Clem-mk: Yeah - only the rebound setting can be unsuited for some bikes- but nothing you cant fix.

The insides are DVO green.

I have only good things to say about my Auron RC2 which works well with an EXT shock.
  • 1 0
 @vapidoscar: Can confirm, bomber z1 is a rad fork.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: more fork than I need. I took a chance on a good deal for a suntour suspension and it worked out but articles like I suggested would make that bet a little safer.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: z1 coil even more so
  • 1 0
 @vapidoscar: In my experiance, I believe the mid range suspention WILL compete with the top level stuff. There are a few factors to consider;
-Rider ability
-Advanced Comprehesion of suspention
If I had to guess, I'd say 99% of riders are set it and forget it.
At this point the rider is looking for a suitable setup that works well for their desired genre of riding.
In most cases this is totally acceptable, as most people won't be lapping a track and trying to dial in their suspension.
For the final 1% these are either "Shim cowboys" or riders racing the clock looking to squeeze every last millisecond out of their run. Yes they might be a few others in between, but I don't think they would even register concensus based percentile.
The other thing to note, is likely the mid raged stuff might weigh a fraction more, as manufacturers would rather focus on performance over shaving grams, and last but definitely not least, we have performance longevity.
This catatgory is highly overlooked, and one think to consider when purchasing your suspension.
Yes you can save money going mid range.
Yes you can get suspension that will perform (in most cases) equal to its higher end counterpart...
However; Will the suspention maintain its level of performance over an equal lifespan of the higher end products? Likely not, as this is another way manufacturers can save money in production.
Polishing and coating contact points, costs money. This money then needs to be covered in terms of overhead and profitability.
So that being said, is this bad? Not necisarily... But consider the mid ranged stuff to boarder on a consumable product.
In the long run, id say one way or another, your spending the same amount. It just depends how you wanna spend your money.
Just my perspective Smile
  • 12 0
 I’m still bitter about being bent over by the STX
  • 11 0
 Crouching tiger, hidden ebike
  • 8 0
 I have no idea if Ohlins suspension is good or not but damn do they look sexy.
  • 8 0
 To answer this question, it is very good. Just as every company, Öhlins has has their hurdles to overcome. That being said, I wouldn't say they are better than their competition. It really would come down to the personal attributes you prefer as a rider. While I would say, generally all top level suspension on the market is very good, and extremely competitive, each product has some unique attributes which may fair better to the bike its fitted to, and the riding style, rider weight, and personal preferences in terms of suspension behavior you prefer. Adding to this id say after sales rider support, and servicability/part availability should sit high on your list of priorities when choosing suspension.
  • 4 0
 It is good. But some of that good feeling for me is all those years I dreamed about Ohlins on my motorcycle.

@jomacba: I agree
  • 4 0
 Twice as good as a Manitou Mara Pro?
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: Twice? No, not in reality. Though I have never ridden the Manitou, so I am just assuming. I can say that the Ohlins isn't twice as good as the stock Monarch and Yari that came on the '17 Enduro I had (I bought the '18 carbon framed, Ohlins coil model to replace the '17 base model).

Do I regret the extra expense? No. Would I do it again? Yes.

To me, the value is twice as much. But that is for me, others might not feel the same.
  • 9 1
 At least Ohlins are keeping their prices similar between mountain bikes and motorcycle rear shocks LOL
  • 8 0
 The second photo should say: Before COVID (left), After COVID (right)
  • 4 1
 I had a ttx22 on my 2017 enduro and that thing really improved traction compared to the X2 it replaced (the downside is that the bike refused to leave the ground). I have read all the horror stories about the STX, and I believe them. However, I just tried it once and I was very impressed with the performance.

Ohlin’s dark cloud when it comes of reliability, and the overdamped tunes on some of their forks out the brand as a distant 3rd-4th option in my mind. Too bad because I love the way they look, and their moto stuff is top notch.

Hopefully their latest generation of shocks/forks helps them change the narrative.
  • 5 3
 "As they overlap in spring force both shocks will be possible to use on many bikes."

in other words: "As they overlap in spring force, you will only want the TTX1 for a very linear bike, and/or a need for lots and lots of spring progression and a massive 'wall of force' near the end."
  • 3 0
 I think high-end suspension manufacturers got it all wrong. Quote the price as a % of the Alutech E-mtb or the whole decked-out Spec E-mtb and voila!! it'll look really reasonable.
  • 5 0
 Nice! The more options, the better for the consumer.
  • 1 0
 Sounds great! Except for the custom hardware needed to mount the shock. Why not a normal size hole with spherical mount eyelet to compensate for side loading? That would be sweet. Non standard anything. No thanks. Keep it simple.
  • 1 0
 Both TTX Air have standard size mounting hardware and bushings as far as I know.
  • 1 0
 @marran: depends on what a compact eye design is.
  • 3 0
 Ohlins took a lot of flack in the past. Is that all dealt with now?
  • 14 0
 I've been running the 2019 TTX & RXF m.2 for a while...it's been flawless. Good to see them sort out the growing pains. More competition for big Red & Orange is great for us consumers!
  • 14 0
 I've used a TTX22 Air for two seasons now without even the slightest hickup, not even when riding tons of rough bike park laps. Super solid performance and reliability. Whatever problems their air shocks had in the past it's clearly been dealt with in the best possible way.
  • 8 0
 RFX evo fork is still going strong
  • 1 0
 @Glisseur: tell them about the fork Smile
  • 2 0
 My coil fork and shock have been just fine.
  • 2 0
 @howsyourdad: I'm all about squish in the rea... Oh, wait. Nevermind.
  • 7 7
 Nope no good for me....annoys me a tad that they sizes have changed....200 x 57 RIP with most brands....shame all sizes are not accounted for. Maybe i need to buy a new frame....booo
  • 4 1
 we'll see if they can stop these ones leaking
  • 1 1
 2 race seasons for me with no issues! TTX has been one of my favorite shocks plus the coil is hard to beat on current trail bikes.
  • 3 0
 @nicky-d: coils don't have an air spring... This is an air shock we are talking about.
  • 2 2
 "Climb mode" is just the last of 3 steps of "adjustable" HSC... does it really deserve its own bullet point?

And since when did 3 clicks count as "adjustable", and not just "3-position pedal platform" or "open/medium/pedal"
  • 2 1
 It's pretty surreal to see Ohlins get crapped on in MTB context, when their motorcycle stuff is considered top tier blingy bits. I'm sure they'll get it right soon enough.
  • 2 0
 They used to be back in the 80s/90s/2000’s, they are now just blingy bits. Showa and KYB have caught up. I’ve owned a bunch of Ohlins MC forks/shocks back in the day but now OEM stuff is so good it’s a lateral move.
  • 1 0
 My issue with them was always support. I had bought a Penske shock on my race motorcycle. I needed a different eylet hardware to mount it then what it came with, I called up Penske, they had the hardware looked up in 5 mins and shipped same day. With Ohlins, one of the guys needed a replacement part that broke after a crash, and the only way he could get it was from a shop that dealt with Ohlins.
  • 4 0
 Epic evo with ohlins?
  • 3 0
 downcountry af
  • 3 1
 Ebike worthy, I’m all in ... not so much
  • 1 0
 What ebike is that? The downtube doesn't look super big like on most Ebikes.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the Canyon Spectral:On to me.
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 Let's hope these don't require JB weld to keep the air in.
  • 3 1
 Can we please talk about the break lever setup.
  • 1 0
 I guess there is a full 90 degree region of acceptable brake lever angle now
  • 2 0
 Now we know what was under Brunis Carbon-cover on his DH bike :-)
  • 3 1
 Does it leak air?
  • 2 2
  • 1 0
 "Standard metric" got my hopes up for a second...
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 does it come in gold?
  • 1 2
 Looks like a Float X2

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