DT Swiss fork and shock revisions coming soon

Next generation suspension features air volume adjustment and more

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DT Swiss vice president/chief marketing officer Daniel Berger points a Scott Genius downwards, getting a feel of the prototype suspension himself. Photo by © Jeroen Tiggelman

DT Swiss VP of marketing Daniel Berger points his Scott Genius downwards, getting a feel of the prototype suspension himself (click to enlarge). Photo by Jeroen Tiggelman

Along with an expansive new batch of wheels, DT Swiss has also teased some new front and rear suspension. The O.D.L. (open, drive, lock) technology is being used on the new suspension, together with a very ergonomic remote control lever, which controls both fork and shock at the same time.

Not new, but worth mentioning: the ergonomic three position remote that controls both fork and shock. Photo by © Jeroen Tiggelman

Not new, but worth mentioning, is the ergonomic three position remote that controls both fork and shock (click to enlarge). Photo by Jeroen Tiggelman

DT Swiss O.D.L. Fork

The first news is the possibility to change the air volume of the O.D.L. fork. For some riders, the fork’s compression isn’t progressive enough. Others would like it to be more linear. With the added possibility to put spacers in the air spring, you can now adjust. The default setting has two spacers. You can add one or subtract one or two, so in total you will have a four-position system. The Swiss precision can be seen in the small details. There are four dust caps that reveal how many spacers you have inside the fork.

The reverse bridged 2017 DT Swiss O.D.L. fork (right) will have a changeable air volume. The 2017 R 414 O.D.L. rear shock (left) will amongst others get an improved small bump functionality. Photos by © Jeroen Tiggelman

The reverse bridged 2017 DT Swiss O.D.L. fork (right) will have a changeable air volume. The 2017 R 414 O.D.L. rear shock (left) gets improved small bump functionality (click to enlarge). Photos by Jeroen Tiggelman

DT Swiss R414 Shock

The R414 O.D.L. shock will also see some fundamental changes. The rebound and compression circuits will be separated from each other. The rebound will have improved high speed characteristics without affecting the first part of the shock’s travel. The shock will also have a separate positive and negative air chamber — hence the larger size. This will result in the first part of the travel being very supple and sensitive, and thus deliver improved functionality on small bumps.

Availability is set for summer 2016. Pricing has yet to be announced. For more info visit www.dtswiss.com.

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About the author: Jeroen Tiggelman

Jeroen is a contributor based in Belgium. He is expert in the field of photography and a fan of local beer.


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