Excellent words Brandon and I'm glad someone from the main stream media had the balls to say something about this. Your words and thoughts are spot on, Redbull is not truly at fault here but the issue I have is the amount of money that is made from the Redbull media machine and the riders barely see any financial reward for risking their lives. So is Redbull leveraging the willingness for these riders to risk it all in the hopes that they will be "granted" the honor to wear the coveted Redbull helmet or more? Many of these riders are friends of mine, I've sponsored most of them in their careers including Paul B, and I hate seeing anyone get hurt. You have my support!
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The installation of the bladder is fairly straight forward, simply insert bladder into the housing which will displace the excess oil and then use your finger to make sure the bladder is completely expanded into the reservoir.
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Primoz, setting the IFP depth will be determined by the stroke of the shock along with some other small variables, we will provide the numbers when we have the shock out in the market.
Its been a while since we have ridden the Xfusion stuff and our impression on most of their stuff is that its very well engineered. We will be offering a bunch of different models with various settings and technologies, stay tuned!
Primoz: we haven't tested a smooth reservoir Vs a finned one on the Topaz yet, we did however conduct those tests on the Jade and the results were impressive. We have found that in most rear shocks heat is generated through the main piston and the heated oil does degrade rebound damping performance if it gets hot enough. By having the fins/increased surface area, excess heat can be easily dissipated.
Groghunter: We can easily adjust your compression stack if its not within your liking/leverage curve on your bike, We are also considering having another l=compression loader that has a wider range compression adjuster, on this design its quite simple to develop it, if customers want it, we will make it!
kc385: all the DVO products are designed to be easily disassembled and tuned at home, you just need to have a moderate level of mechanical skills and its fairly straight forward. You can easily run and IFP or a bladder in the Jade or Topaz and it won't take you more than 5 minutes to sap them out. The bladder is easier because you don't need to preset the IFP depth, if you do want to run the IFP we can give you all the details on the correct depth.
We have quite a few things happening on the inside that will set us apart, we look at the max external envelope to design in and honestly it would be great to increase that envelope so we can put more suspension performance into the shock, but thats for a different discussion with frame manufacturers!
Its good to hear from everyone and its cool people take the time to comment about our products, we want to build high performance suspension that will enhance the ride and less on the marketing and gimmick items so everyones feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thanks Lev, its cool to hear peoples opinions and chat with them, we want to make products that people ride and appreciate, you have to listen to your customer base!
Yes the fins increase the surface area and act as a heat sink. We have also designed our valving to generate less heat that the other companies and overall we feel our shocks run very cool and consistent.
Adding the fins was a design first used on the Jade Coil DH shock, the fins act as a heat sink by increasing the surface area and they do work. The reservoir does heat up and on some shocks can get really hot during a 6-10 minute run.
Hi groghunter, the 3 position compression lever is a quick adjust performance feature needed by many of our enduro racers/riders including CG. They want an adjustment that they can easily access and adjust without spinning on low or high speed compression knob. I know CTD has left a bad taste in everyones mouth when it comes to 3 position compression systems! You can easily access the compression shims if your are outside the estimated 160-230lb range for a more personalized setting.
If you come from the moto industry you'll know that shocks take a serious amount of abuse and should be service more than once every two years. IFPS are under more pressure than bladders and the o-ring will wear quickly allowing air or nitro to pass. Nothing is full proof, having routine maintenance is the key to keeping all products working longer and performing at 100%. The bladder system in the Jade can be changed out in minutes and will cost around $8 bucks. Can't beat that for ease of service.
When we laid out the design features for this shock many months ago, it's hard not to kinda look like the rest of the shocks out there. The rebound adjuster needs to be located in a certain location as does the eye lets, the air can, the body, are all gonna be laid out in the same configuration. The side mounted climbing lever which chokes the low speed compression circuit is easy to access when riding. We also have a specific external envelope we have to work in which is quite tight, if it looks like a monarch? Maybe a little.