When Cedric Gracia isn't trying to bleed himself to death, he's singing the praises of the Vital's 2013 Product of the Year.
The well-executed, inverted design of our 2013 favorite is just the tip of the iceberg. The readily available adjustments on DVO's Emerald create a fork that is quickly tunable to perfectly-suit any rider or terrain. The fork is smooth, predictable, easy to service and offers a well-supported ability to take the edge off a hit in a way we had never experienced before.
The unique "Off the Top” negative spring adjustment and DVO’s clever stiffness solution to the inverted fork’s biggest shortcoming, all combine to make the Emerald one of the best-performing downhill forks we’ve ever tried.
In a time when others are dumb-ing things down, DVO’s push towards increased rider access to their product is a welcome breath of fresh air.
For all these reasons, we’re awarding the DVO Emerald with the coveted Vital MTB Product of the Year Shreddy award. Congrats, DVO, on a job well done.