2014 Rockshox Vivid Rear Shocks – Available only for Pro Riders

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3. Rapid Recovery
Who doesn’t want more available wheel travel for successive hits? Rapid Recovery allows the shock to recover faster between consecutive bumps, letting the wheel track the ground with greater precision. This more active suspension system doesn’t pack up and enables the bike to ride in a higher and softer part of the spring rate. Rapid Recovery gives the rider access to more available wheel travel, bump after bump, to achieve a smoother and more controlled ride. Rapid Recovery is more control with less work. Less energy for the rider to absorb over successive bumps means more energy to pedal or jump. More tire contact means better cornering and braking control.

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  • The-one1 says:

    So I take it they’ll sell like 10 shocks?

  • PWRide says:

    Brilliant marketing. Make a new product, then top if off with an arrogant release telling 97% of your customers that they suck at riding… Then chose to not sell it.

    Even if it’s all a joke to make people want to buy it. It’s stupid.

  • Suspman says:

    Uh yeah super lame! I just bought last years, and would be happy upgrading to the new dials if possible and so would the rest of the owners I bet. How many pro’s actually pay an amount for their parts that would net a profit on parts let alone pay for the NRE (non-recurring engineering) costs. I’m guessing it’s initial hype, Media attention is great whether positive or negative. I’ll still try to get piece parts when they are available to upgrade ahahaha.

  • Oliver says:

    Hmmm, horrible idea of a Pro only shock. I hope they make up the six years of R&D costs else where.

  • ndinh says:

    Awesome! I will continue to buy Fox or Cane Creek. Thanks Rock Shox for telling me I’m not worthy of your ‘pro’ level equipment. It’s like saying, even if I have the money, I can’t buy a Ferrari because I’m not an Indy race car driver. Dumb.

  • not important says:

    Lame. RS can keep there “pro” gear and Ill keep my money.

  • Cheech says:

    Does anyone really think these won’t be available to the masses through some channel that will make you feel ‘special’ that you were able to score one?

  • Mindless says:

    Apparently they are not able to mass produce a shock that can be used by a person without a spare and a mechanic to install it.

    And lame marketing buzzwords (OMG, a coil negative spring..) do not cover up the fact they are not as good as CCDB(A), or BOS, or XFusion Vector (Air) HLR, and I suspect DVO will be decent as well.

    Fox DH capable air shocks are not tremendous though.

  • SayWhat? says:

    Six years to add more adjustments and valve it correctly, wow! RS is at the top of yesterday’s game.

  • Patrick says:

    While it is true, that the majority of riders cannot take advantage of the high end components, the level of pretentiousness displayed by the company in this video almost cancels out the level of pretentiousness that the people who insist on buying all the high end cycling components and gear that the pro riders have.

    I am honestly at a loss who to hate more in this situation.

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