Inside DVO Suspension's Engineering Lab: Emerald Fork Testing 9

It's not often that we get to see inside the testing facilities of the world's top suspension companies, so this comes as a real treat. In this video you can see some of the different testing processes DVO engineer Josh Baltaxe puts the Carbon Torsion Arch (CTA) and chassis of the Emerald fork though to ensure it's capable of performing at 110%.

Curious how it performs in the real world? Don't miss our exclusive First Ride on the Emerald fork and Jade rear shock.

Be sure to check out the DVO Suspension Facebook page for more glimpses behind the scene on a daily basis.

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  • Flitschbirne

    11/28/2013 12:38 AM


  • onenerdykid*

    11/27/2013 10:51 AM

    Thanks for letting us get an inside look to some of the testing. It's pretty interesting but all it shows is that the fork flexes and twists... Without knowing how great the force was, it doesn't prove that fork resists anything spectacular. You don't need to give a specific newton/meter since your competitors watch this too, but it would nice to know that "the force it took to twist the fork 5 degrees was equivalent to getting kicked in the balls by a donkey" or something to that effect.

  • Bryson Jr

    11/27/2013 2:52 PM

    Hey "onenerdykid*" thanks for the feedback! I understand what you mean and as cool as it would be to release all that kinda stuff we unfortunately have to keep that confidential. We work hard to develop our own tests and testing parameters so we gave you the biggest window we could.

  • brysonbryson

    11/27/2013 10:17 PM

    We have no idea how many NM the impact of getting kicked in balls by a donkey would be so we would only have to speculate. That would be categorized as an "impact" test which isn't shown in this video. What we showed is ultimate yield and cyclic fatigue which would equate to having a donkey slowly apply pressure to your midsection until you collapsed on the floor or having a donkey kick you repeatedly until you couldn't take it anymore. Hopefully that description helps.

  • onenerdykid*

    11/27/2013 11:47 PM

    hence my "or something to that effect"

  • shredder

    11/27/2013 8:11 AM

    Wow that was impressive

  • Matt_Cooper

    11/27/2013 4:23 PM

    Compared to what? Like onenerdykid said this does not necessarily prove anything, I understand they cannot give away their secrets but their is really nothing impressive about this video

  • DanH

    11/27/2013 9:11 PM

    I think he means the video in itself is impressive

  • brysonbryson

    11/27/2013 10:08 PM

    Matt, we cannot give all the data to everyone but I can tell you we test to double EN DH standards. Unlike many other companies, we just wanted to show everyone that this fork went through very stringent laboratory testing and passed with flying colors. We also wanted to show everyone that we invested the time and money to develop a product that will hold up to the rigors of DH riding. Its very expensive to destroy 40+ forks, employ engineers, analyze data, revise materials, etc.

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