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Old 01-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #15619
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Originally Posted by ~TABASCO~ View Post
The parameters of adjustability are way more broad with compression and rebound compared to anything like stock. Also the valving is set up for the Tenere (this type of bike and application) and each customer... Another feature is that these cartridges have the ability to have the quick change spring set up.. Same as there RR forks.. We dont really need it for this bike once the customer is 'set up' but, if someone need to change spring rates you can do it with out removing the forks, and Ive been told it can be done in about ten minutes.... That's nice !
The whole package is top notch, Going to blow the stock guts out of the water. In my case I ride this big bad boy hard off road. And typically I travel long distances across the country to ADV ride. I had my stock suspension set up as tight and stiff as it would go.. Im about 180 without gear and 200 with gear... With this being said I would feel sharp bumps like I had no suspension and very "ridged".. Aside from that it acts like a big fat cow, all soft and not firm, like I want it... Off road, I would bottom the front and rear out all day... High speed & low speed it will bottom out... I like my bike set up a bit firm on road, and I like it stiff off road. The faster you go the smoother it is and I can "feel" what the bike is doing all the time.. The stock suspension lost that a long time ago.. Like I said, mine now is a big ass marshmallow and sucks....
I will post pictures and report as soon as I get the hardware !!!!

No, its not the TTX air cartridge... Its a 30mm spring cartridge set up..

How do they get a more broad range of adjust-ability? Are they using a setup other than a shim stack over a piston?

Quick change spring sounds like a neat concept. Forget the ability to change the springs quickly, because as you said that won't be used much on a Tenere...BUT...that should make changing the oil for service a much easier and quicker process and THAT is cool.

Of course you felt harsh bumps like that on your stock forks. The springs are dual rate and completely wrong for you. The stock valving also has an abrupt high speed transition.

"30mm spring cartridge"? The TTX doesn't use Nitrogen to act as a spring, it uses nitrogen to pressurize the oil to reduce cavitation and maintain a consistent damping...just like a rear shock.

I'm confident you will like your setup, but don't go too crazy expecting miracles from a single cartridge setup. If Ohlins is giving you the setup I think they are, you will essentially have a very well made set of forks with the same basic function as your stockers. The oil cartridge damping system can be made to work quite well and is very reliable, so this isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, this certainly is not a motorcross setup.

Will the Ohlins setup have 1 cartridge per fork, or 2? If you look at true off road setups you will find they use a separate cartridge for high speed damping. Will the new setup be like the other 30mm cartridge kits they offer in that 1 fork leg will handle compression and the other handling rebound? This is nice as it allows you to tailor the fluid weight separately for rebound and compression individually.

I'm not trying to bust your chops, I have just been reading you tout these things up and down across multiple forums and I'm just trying to figure out what is so ground-breaking compared to the other options. I know you haven't posted prices, but the Ohlins 30mm cartridge for just about every other bike is ~$1500. That is significantly more expensive than all other options so I'm just trying to figure out if it is because they are truly different and revolutionary, or they are just "Ohlins" and we all know they are quite proud of their brand.


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