So I did.
"The shock looks nice enough. I hope that Darren can move forward with something like this. Still, Avalanche has always remained on the side lines despite making incredible parts and most people are utterly confused by CCDB/TTX shocks that they run scared from them. The market is truly ignorant and they don’t seem to want to learn.
Here are a few of my thoughts.
- “Murphy discovered that a rounded, parabolic shaped needle would control rebound flow in more even increments than a tapered needle would. Who knew?”
This is a joke right? Ohlins has been doing this for a few years from my understanding. It’s something that I was proposing about 10 years ago.It’s always amazing the marketing horseshit that the bicycle industry is able to stomach.
- Hyperco is a great company. I got a lot of motorcycle springs from them. They were always rated within 2% as they claim. Still, Ohlins consistently made lighter springs that had a longer linear range. Obviously, the linearity is always within the rated stroke but it’s saying something when you get more. It would be nice to compare the weights of the Hyperco bike springs with the Ohlins bike springs. The fine 25 lb increments is a great thing.
- I like that they are showing dyno charts but they look a bit idealized. I’d like to see some independent tests. Still, nobody else is talking about dynos in the bicycle business so we can enjoy that.
- The large shaft is going to displace a lot of fluid. That may be a function of the design or a by product of thinking ‘bigger is better’ that comes and goes in shock shafts. Typically, shafts are small in diameter.
- The dual compression circuit and the parabolic needles are really the value here. Long travel bikes really like climb circuits for climbing. But this is a large coil shock. I don’t see why this is something even needed as the only real market is gravity.
- The lack of a bladder is underwhelming. I would expect that on a such a high end shock. The IFP is certainly not a selling point here.
- The lack of a negative spring is lame. Ohlins uses a negative spring. I belive that RockShocks has followed. It’s really the proper way of doing things.
- I would like to see a spring perch bearing of some sort. Even the delrin washers I use on my shocks would be nice to see here but they are lacking.
-Peter Verdone, 2015
There you have it people. Discuss.