The Good: This fork has it all! Highly adjustable, inverted design, smooth, air spring fork, 2 year warranty, carbon composite. Beautifully designed fork. Everywhere I go I get compliments on it.
The Bad: Nothing. I'm very pleased with its performance.
The Emerald is simply an amazing fork! Its has it all, does it all, and takes anything you throw at it. I really love how adjustable it is. I ride all different terrains; from drops and jumps, to rock gardens, to smooth and flowy trail. The fork is easy to adjust with just the turn of a knob. I used to run the 2012 WC Boxxer. It was a good fork, but the Emerald surpasses it's performance. It's gives a much smoother ride and the fork simply rides better. The Boxxer was also air sprung, but the adjustability of its high/low speed compression just doesn't compare to the Emerald. The fork doesn't stick like some others that I have ridden on do. It's always a smooth ride, over speed bumps, and through rock gardens.
It's also very easy to maintain. Releasing/adding air is simple and I also love how theCTA protects thestanchions. That was always one of my biggest fears; going over the bars and denting orscratching the stanchions. Now that is not a worry since the fork is well protected. It also keeps dirt out, allowing your seals to last longer.
As far as the cost goes.....hey, you get what you pay for! Incredible performance, easy maintenance, long enduring fork, and better riding is worth every penny! The guys at DVO are great. Their customer service is responsive, and I found the tech help and mechanics to be highly knowledgeable and helpful.
Overall I'm very pleased with the DVO Emerald! It's made me feel more confident in the saddle. With the fork set up for my style of riding, I feel that it's saved me from several "Oh no! I'm going down!" moments. Whatever I throw at it, it's ready to take on for me. I'm excited to check out DVO's rear shock! I can only imagine how great it will feel.