SPY SHOT! Possible Inverted Öhlins Downhill Fork Spotted 12
Exciting times in the suspension world! What do we have here? Is Öhlins testing a downhill fork? The image below was taken by Tor Niklas Hilding at the Åre bikepark in Sweden, where a handful of "factory workers" were riding Specialized bikes equipped with the recently released TTX shock.
The fork looks very similar to the motocross RXF Racing Fork offered by the brand, shown below. Internally, the RXF uses the TTX22 damper. According to Öhlins, "TTX technology brings a positive pressure balance in the system, thanks to the twin tube technology. The gas pressurized dividing piston inside pushes the hydraulic fluid back into the low pressure side and the end result is better improved performance and no more cavitation."
What's perhaps more interesting is that Öhlins offers their motocross TTX technology as a standalone cartridge kit, allowing riders to insert Öhlins tech into any major motocross fork model. The spy photo snapper also indicated that the damper was being tested inside a RockShox BoXXer and FOX 40... Perhaps we'll see something similar being offered in MTB, but it's all speculation at this point.