If we asked you to name a few of the top suspension manufacturers, ‘DVO Suspension’ probably wouldn’t feature very high on your list. In fact, you may not even have heard of the fledgling company. But judging by details of their first product, the DVO Emerald downhill fork, we think they’re set for big things.
Made up predominantly from a group of ex-Marzocchi engineers, DVO have over 80 years of experience in the suspension business and are focussed on building high performance, high quality products with a top class customer service backup. Slated for release in May 2013, the DVO Emerald downhill race fork (in 26” and 27.5” options) has 203mm of travel and promises to be stiffer, lighter and more durable than its competitors with increased damping performance on both compression and rebound. DVO say that the ease of tuning is likely to appeal to many riders too on this air/oil fork.
Here's DVO founder Bryson Martin talking about his early fascination with suspension technology, and the path that led him to launch DVO:
One of the biggest differences between the DVO Emerald and the majority of other downhill forks out there is the inverted ‘upside-down’ design – as used on motocross bikes, for example. DVO say that an inverted fork is stronger, horizontally stiffer and has lower unsprung weight than conventional forks.
To facilitate the inverted design, DVO have also employed the use of a carbon torsion arch which links the two drop outs together and restricts the fork legs from moving independently from each other. An added bonus is that torsional stiffness is claimed to be increased by 50%! Target weight for the DVO Emerald is between 2900-3000 grams.
We’re expecting a downhill-specific rear shock to follow the release of the Emerald fork, as well as an enduro/all-mountain fork/shock combo in 2013. Time will tell whether the Emerald will be raced on the World Cup circuit, so keep your eyes out!
Taken during the testing process, these pictures show the fork in even more detail:
The 'Materials Testing Systems' (MTS) machine puts the fork through its paces.
The DVO Emerald undergoes bending fatigue testing to pass safety standards.
Custom CNC'd dropouts!
Let us know what you think of this new fork below.
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