First Look: Vorsprung's New Telum Coil Shock

Apr 19, 2024 at 11:56
by Dario DiGiulio  
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Vorsprung Suspension has been tuning suspension and manufacturing aftermarket components for existing products for some time now, but as of today they have their first ground-up suspension product: the Telum Damper. This coil shock is manufactured in their Whistler, BC facility, and is meant to perform at the highest level and cater specifically to a given rider and bike.

In addition to being a custom-tuned damper, there are some unique details that set the Telum apart from the crowd. The shock isn't for sale quite yet, but preorders will be available on their website very soon.
Vorsprung Telum Details

• 2-position climb lever
• High-speed compression
• Low-speed compression
• Hydraulic bottom-out
• Low-speed rebound
• Metric sizing, 50-75mm stroke
• Price: $1200 USD, including Sprindex
vorsprungsuspension.com

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The Telum is available in Metric sizing, with stroke lengths from 50 to 75 millimeters. Trunnion mounts are available, and standard eyelet versions feature a spherical bearing mount.

Vorsprung's hydraulic bottom out system is adjustable, and kicks in at the last 15mm of travel. For shock builds with a 2.5mm reduced stroke, you'll see an equal reduction in HBO at the end of the stroke, but otherwise it remains unaffected.

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Climb lever and all the adjusters located at the top of the damper.
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Bleed port off to the side.

The Telum will be custom-tuned to your given bike and rider characteristics, with aftermarket adjustments available to fine-tune the experience. One of the more unique features of the Telum is the ability for people to re-valve the shock without having to even pull it off the bike.

Typically, the re-valving process requires a full rebuild, bleed, and expertise, but Vorsprung has developed a technology that allows for the process to happen on the bike in about 4 minutes. The tech is currently under patent protection, and can't be shared quite yet, but we'll be sure to fill in that curiosity when able.


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Prototypes aplenty.
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Testing equipment as well.
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Some color options in the works.
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I'm partial to this one.

Vorsprung will be opening a pre-order for the Telum in the coming days, so folks who want to get on the new damper will be able to reserve one for delivery this coming summer. The $1200 USD price tag puts it in line with many of the other boutique shocks on the market right now, so consider it another contender on the highest-end of the spectrum.

We'll be getting a Telum in for long-term review as soon as possible, so stay tuned for those test results.



More photos can be found here, and you can head to Vorsprung's website for additional information.

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137 Comments
  • 490 0
 1200? Ridiculous. I could get a new derailleur cage for that sort of money.
  • 4 3
 @andrewbmxmtb Kuds sir...well played. lol
  • 4 1
 @bman33: Kuds.
  • 3 13
flag amirh1 FL (Apr 19, 2024 at 16:50) (Below Threshold)
 Best comment of the year!
  • 76 1
 Marketing team - "OK guys, we need to get this new shock out there, what you guys calling it?"
Exec team - "I don't know, just tellum"
Marketing - "O.... K...."
  • 106 2
 Tellum is Mullet backwards... Party in the front, business in the back.
  • 31 0
 Also, Soulja boy . . .
  • 15 0
 it's definitely Aussie cult comedy the caste "Tellum he's dreaming"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL2DH-nKBeA
  • 3 0
 @Brasher: “ahh the serenity “
  • 1 0
 It should be Elum, you remember Abe's oddworld?
  • 54 0
 Sprindex coming stock is such a nice touch for a premium product such as this.
  • 31 2
 They're going to sell so many of these things.
  • 18 0
 Would be on par with PUSH selling suspension components I suppose. Started out tuning and modifying suspension components, eventually ended up releasing their own complete products. No question they are great but it is a lot of money for most people.
  • 17 0
 Their Tractive tuning is phenomenal, can’t wait to try a product that’s theirs top to bottom
  • 18 2
 @vinay: I'm going to wager it's better than Push, in every way. Pros vs Push already are cheaper and uses an aftermarket coil. Would want to test one vs my EXT.
  • 13 0
 I have their secus on all my bikes. It’s amazing and they are customer services is amazing. I love Vorsprung
  • 3 4
 Their*
  • 3 0
 @PHX77: whilst the internet is littered with examples of the incorrect there/their/they’re being used that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that ;-)
  • 1 0
 @bykeco: Autocorrect has mysterious ways.
  • 21 0
 vorsprungsuspension.com/products/telum for anybody interested, we are now accepting pre-orders.
  • 19 4
 After talking with Steve last summer, it sounds like this shock will be high performing and reliable. He had to relocate his whole company to Kamloops from Whistler just to manufacture this shock. Steve sweats the details, so I believe it will be worth the $1,200 for those with the budget for a Canadian made shock.
  • 1 0
 They are in Kamloops? Website still lists Whistler and I had them do a tractive tune in Whistler end of 2023 or early 2024 (can’t remember).
  • 6 0
 Didn’t know about the Kamloops news. Seems like it’ll be a neat little ecosystem there with them and WR1.
  • 24 0
 @Murphius: we will be in Kamloops very soon!
  • 1 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: I hope so! Then you'll be close and I'll definitely get some tuning done.
  • 4 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: will miss you here
  • 8 0
 @Murphius: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Vorsprung doesn't do customer tunes anymore. They have a bunch of shops they all license tractive tune from them now. The tuning business in Whistler was sold to S4 when they announced they were making a shock. I remember reading they wanted to avoid a bunch of legal and ethical issues.
I just purchased a super deluxe from S4 and had them tractive tune it. Buying from them was a great experience. Benoit and Myriam made it all a breeze. I think its in good hands.
  • 48 0
 @Vikingdude: you are correct on all counts. We didn’t want to be fixing broken stuff from other companies while simultaneously selling a competing product, as there would be a conflict of interest between our obligations to positively represent other brands that we’re servicing and our interest in selling our own shocks. That wouldn’t work well for the customer, the other brands in question or us.
  • 1 0
 @Vikingdude: exactly.. they couldn’t tune service Fox product (as an example) and also sell their own
  • 2 0
 @comatosegi
I don't care so much what companies charge, but I do wonder what real standout feature this would have over the very good sub $1000 options from fox, RS, and Ohlins. Perhaps people that are professionals can tell but I couldn't.
  • 2 0
 @foggnm: So reliability for sure, I just blew out the redesigned 2024 DHX2 after 50 days of hard use. The easy replaceable shim stack is novel, plus it comes with a custom tune. The additional cost of low volume North American production.
  • 6 0
 @foggnm: all those shocks are solid units in their own ways, but in short:
vs a DHX2: adjustable HBO, custom tuned, more robust wiper, custom valved rebound so no need for (or gremlins in) the HSR adjustment, stronger shaft. As well as a few other things we don’t need to say.
vs a SDLX: much lower friction, custom tuned, no orifice HSC adjustment, more robust HBO adjuster retention.
vs Ohlins: adjustable HBO, custom tuned.

vs literally everyone: computed custom tune via our online tuning hub that is specifically calculated for you, your frame’s kinematics, your preferences and a number of other parameters that makes it substantially more thorough than anything else… AND if we get it wrong and you still don’t like it, can be retuned quickly and easily (as in, sub 5 minutes) by any trained Vorsprung tuner. Training is online and will be provided to any competent shop or suspension workshop who wants it, free of charge, so if you ask your favourite local shop to become a dealer and take the training, then buy through them, you’re a trip to the LBS away from a shock retune in a worst case scenario.
  • 3 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: Thanks for the realistic in depth comparison. Hope that info actually makes it onto somewhere with a wider audience. Maybe a Tuesday Tune once your patents are in place?
  • 15 0
 100% guaranteed to make me go no faster than before, and I still won't know if those extra 2 clicks felt better, but damn will it look good.
  • 1 0
 THIS ^ 100% for me too. But oh so pretty!
  • 13 0
 Hopefully this means we have another round of Tuesday Tune videos coming our way to explain whats going on.
  • 24 0
 Already in progress!
  • 12 0
 Couple of corrections:

1) It's Telum not Tellum

2) It's available in 75mm stroke (250x75 and 225x75 trunnion)
  • 80 0
 You tellum dude.
  • 2 0
 Stroke range says up to 70 mm. Is the info above wrong?
  • 1 0
 @Murphius: Yes, info posted by Dario is wrong.
  • 1 0
 @tacubaya: I’m going to be very happy if you’re correct!
  • 21 0
 @Murphius: he is correct. Telum with one L and will be available up to 75mm.
  • 7 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: Kicks that whole mullet spelled backwards theory all to hell.
  • 1 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: will you have a uk supplier of this shock?
  • 3 0
 @mikelee: yes, TF Tuned will be distributing them in the UK.
  • 22 11
 finally a rear shock for rich people!
  • 62 4
 Settle down, it costs as much as an iPhone but isn't made by children in terrible working conditions.
  • 37 0
 @PhillipJ: I hope they come out with a higher end version that's assembled by Canadian children. Their little fingers are so good at assembling dampers!
  • 4 0
 @PhillipJ: this is actually about 600$ less than I paid for my current iPhone. I can see myself buying one of these in the next couple years.
  • 4 3
 Did we forget Push 11.6 exists?
  • 5 0
 Vorsprung is the best (I'm still crossing my fingers for Boxxer coil smashpot!)
Question: does anyone make increased non-standard stroke. Say your bike is 230x65 and you just want to sneak the rear travel up a little, would anyone make a 230x67 for example?
  • 1 1
 Probably not, since depending on frame, it could lead to serious issues at bottom-out.
  • 2 0
 222x67 imperial shocks exist, but if you don't have a flip chip you probably won't make up the 8mm length deficit with offset bushings.
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: This wouldn't be sanctioned by frame manufacturers and would be completely at the customer's risk to check clearances, but there are many people who have 230x62.5 or even 230x60 who have bumped their bikes up to 65 with good results. Examples include Trek Rail, Kenevo, Stumpy Evo.
I guess the chance that the customer would mess something up horribly is why nobody wants to officially touch this concept.
  • 2 0
 @rojo-1: I could've framed the wording differently, but that's exactly the most likely problem.
  • 2 0
 Avalanche will Frankenstein all sorts of stuff on Bomber CRs
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: Haha, could have summarised it better... Imagine how cool 230x70 with a kit of travel reducers would be for serial tweakers
  • 6 0
 Does it come with custom Tellumetry?
  • 2 0
 hard to ...
  • 2 0
 Curious to see, Steve makes amazing stuff...I'm sure he's out it through it's paces for design and trying to forsee issues... Didn't see this coming but nice to see a other top tier shock
  • 3 0
 Had a Sprindex, grey plastic piece wouldn’t
stay tight and the thing rattled like crazy. Good idea but poor execution on the design/materials.
  • 3 0
 Mine is so tight I can barely adjust it. Hopefully they've improved tolerances.
  • 4 0
 @PhillipJ: Same experience here, could barely turn the thing, required both hands and a firm grip.
  • 13 0
 @Maverick18T: Less twist and more stroke. Plus use lube. Wait... wrong forum.
  • 3 0
 @PhillipJ: I found that unweighting the back wheel/suspension (hang saddle from branch, work stand etc) made it easier to turn.
  • 1 0
 @shapethings: I haven't tried that, will give it a go next time
  • 2 0
 are the sprindex coil springs not progressive? why would I want a progressive spring if the shock has HBO or if my bike's suspension is sufficiently progressive? yes, I know i could swap to another spring manufacturer.
  • 5 0
 It's mildly progressive. If you have a very progressive frame you can always just dial the HBO to the minimum.
  • 8 1
 I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that Steve @VorsprungSuspension is smart enough to incorporate the slightly progressive spring rate of the Sprindex into his shock design, tunes, and matching to bikes. Perhaps that slightly progressive rate is why he picked Sprindex, and it's a desirable characteristic. Just spitballing here.
  • 2 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: It also makes it much easier for customers to select a coil without having to buy another one. Being able to fine tune your sag is great and most people can't tell exactly how much sag they want. With sprindex you most likely will be able to get the right spring rate first try.
  • 6 0
 @Ninety89: Another advantage of the Sprindex is that the spring rate tolerance that all shocks have becomes irrelevant due to the adjustability of the rate.

Lets say you purchase a 475 spring from Fox. It could be a 450 or a 500 (5% tolerance), whereas if you purchase a 450-500 sprindex, the rate you want will almost certainly be inside the range even accounting the tolerance of the spring iteself.
  • 1 0
 Great Question and so much going on here.would love to hear Steve’s take on it. In theory increased spring rate at end of stroke via progressive spring/linkage would require an increase in damping, yet dampers are speed not position sensitive. In contrast HBO circuits are position sensitive and increase damping at end of stroke dissipating bump energy by converting into it heat into the damper, so it’s seems like an ideal solution on paper. However look at KTM’s current PDS system on their Moto’s which is essentially a linear rate single pivot that relies on an HBO circuit in the damper for progressivity. It is not preferred over a progressive linkage for racing.
  • 2 0
 Have a SECUS on two bikes. Also, EXT Storia LOK V3 on one bike. Will likely have a Vorsprung Tellum Coil Shock when I get a new sled. Nothing wrong with a DVO coil shock either… So many choices! Smile
  • 1 0
 One thing that didn't get brought up, and what truly makes any performance suspension phenomenal is tight/close machining tolerances...it's literally what makes Fox/RS less desirable than EXT or PUSH. It nearly comes down to tolerances during production how reliable/consistent a shock performs.
Owner of EXT USA explained this to me. Cody, cool guy. Real deal.
  • 1 0
 @VorsprungSuspension
Will the climb switch be as firm as the DVO Jade X, meaning less/no sag, or "just" a very firm platform damping around sag level? Thank you!
If it is the first, pre order is almost done Smile
  • 1 0
 Can’t recall how firm the Jade X is but it’s reasonably firm (enough that the ride height is higher) and has a blowoff to prevent damage - doesn’t prevent sag altogether though, it’s acting on the damper not the spring.
  • 2 0
 Sure it's great, I've got a smashpot and it's a quality piece, but at that price I'm more than happy with my avalanche tuned bomber cr
  • 2 0
 Nothing negative can be said of this shock.
Decent price, made local, top performance, easy service, small company( for now ) who offer support. Win/win.
  • 2 0
 So basically a TTX2 with the equivalent of the Formula CTS system, aside from the price that pretty cool.
  • 3 0
 Telum in Latin means weapon. Cool name.
  • 3 0
 If it doesn t cost $300 to service like an ext does I am in!
  • 5 0
 Servicing should be pretty run of the mill. Nothing too crazy involved.
  • 3 0
 Tell um you can get a whole bike for that price.
  • 3 1
 No one knows bike suspension better than Vorsprung. Their tunes and Smashpot have been life changers for me.
  • 1 0
 Ive been waiting for this to be release with the hope to purchased a a 250mm x75mm shock, no!!!
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure it will come in that size, sounds like a mistake.
  • 4 0
 @Murphius it'll come in 75mm.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know which SC model they squeezed that into?
  • 5 0
 Santa Cruz Megatower V2.
  • 1 0
 @woodhams83: Thanking you squire!
  • 1 0
 Those pedals have seen plenty of rocks, as well as a file by the looks of them
  • 1 0
 Pedal siting against the bike rack frame and rubbing makes it look like file marks.
  • 2 0
 Can't wait to put mine on my Patrol!
  • 1 0
 I think it is spelled Telum, not Tellum….according to the hidden page on Vorsprung website….
  • 1 0
 All the features you could want on a coil shock. Can't wait to try it on my new ebike, great way to macth my smashpot!
  • 1 0
 Tellum is a Reverse mullet hairstyle. Interesting name for a shock?
  • 1 4
 Aka baldness?
  • 2 1
 Looks like a twin tube with actual shim stacks rather than poppets
  • 2 1
 "pre-order" is code for we need funding
  • 1 0
 Pretty pumped on this!
  • 1 1
 so will this reverse mullet shock only work on reverse mullet bikes?
  • 1 1
 Love the silver
  • 1 2
 Too small. Need 250x75mm. But nice try.
  • 3 0
 Yes there is, mistake on the original post. Steve also tested the shock on his commencal supreme that’s 250x75
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