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Mitch Ropelato's Prototype Rear Shock at Val di Sole - Pit Bits: 2013 Val di Sole World Cup - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

Mitch Ropelato is running the same shock we saw previously at the Port Angeles Underworld Cup, although this appears to be a newer version given the color change. Could it be made by Öhlins? The distinctive yellow spring and gold body say yes, but aside from acting as a consultant on the Cane Creek Double Barrel, the company hasn't dabbled much in MTB, instead focusing their efforts on motorcycle and auto racing. More when we get it...

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5 comments
  • xc2dh99

    6/13/2013 10:28 PM

    Was Mitch even at Fort William ?

  • silvbullit

    6/13/2013 8:18 AM

    Hot damn! I have been rooting for Manitou to come out with something since I had good luck in the past but apparently Marzocchi is gonna try to come back and now Ohlins? Lets see; Fox, Marzocchi, Rock Shox, XFusion, Cane Creek, Bos, Magura, Formula, White Brothers, SR Suntour, DVO...there's probably more. Does MTB really have enough of a market for that many suspension brands?

  • davetrumpore

    6/13/2013 8:03 AM

    The one in Port A had the gold body spray painted black and a certain "O" logo that was etched into the body taped over.... hint, hint ;-)

  • Johan_Norberg

    6/13/2013 7:52 AM

    Yep, going to be interesting to see what they will bring to the table. Would be sweet if they could make a fork also, so one could have locally made suspension.

  • Bedlam

    6/13/2013 7:44 AM

    That is, indeed, a brand new Öhlins shock in the making. The whole bike scene in Sweden is buzzing with rumors about them, as they had ads with open positions for a mountain bike specific section of the company and have been seen testing stuff out.