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  1. Chassis and Damper Design The crown is a forged and CNC machined hollow design, and features 44mm offset on our 27.5" test model and 51mm on the 29" fork. The uppers are made from 35mm tapered aluminium and the lowers are magnesium (casted by SR Suntour) with a visible external taper to help prevent excessive flex and binding. The QR15 axle is tapered in the centre to reduce weight and allows you to rotate the lock nut to get the perfect angle when the lever is closed. Our 160mm 27.5" model set at 160mm has an axle to crown height of 555mm compared to a Pike's 552mm and Fox 36's 549mm. Weighed wise it is on the heavier side thanks to its coil negative spring. Claimed weight for this model is 2100g. Compare that to the Pike which weighs in at 1861g, Fox 34 at 1780g, Fox 36 at 1923g - all of which use complete air spring systems. Only the MRP Stage at 2025g (actual weight with a cut steerer) comes close, but it too is air sprung.External adjustments include air pressure, independent high and low-speed compression damping, rebound, and Off The Top (OTT). OTT changes the initial feel of the fork by preloading the negative spring housed at the base of the air cartridge. Air is adjusted on top of the left leg with the top of the right leg hosting the Low Speed Compression (LSC) and High Speed Compression (HSC) adjustment. At the bottom of the left lower is where you will find OTT adjustment with Rebound adjust on the right hand side.A smart touch is an integrated fender mount, which supports a short fender that covers the latticework at the back of the arch and extends a few inches rearward. Installation is quick and easy and it does a great job of keeping the worst muck off your face and chest. The left leg houses the air cartridge unit which is a complete unit that can be removed and serviced. The right leg contains the damping unit which is a closed cartridge bladder system. Unlike other forks where the bladder is filled with oil and expands as the fork cycles, the Diamond has air inside the bladder and oil on the outside that compresses the bladder rather than expanding it. A design DVO first used on their Jade rear shock. They chose to go this route to combat a few negatives of cartridge bladder systems, including loss of elasticity of the bladder over time. DVO claim this improves initial sensitivity.The compression piston is quite large compared to other forks, according to DVO this allows more oil flow and less choke during big hits. In addition, the shim stack has a greater impact on the damping curve, and can be custom tuned by removing the top loader assembly. Set Up With a full range of external settings and several more tweaks possible internally, initial setup can seem a daunting task for those not familiar with all the settings and how they influence each other. For instance higher air pressure requires more rebound damping and lower air pressure will require less rebound damping, but this greatly depends on the trail you're riding and the overall feel you're after. Fortunately setup is made easy by a very useful booklet that comes with the fork or by having a look at DVO's online setup guides. I found the base settings ideal and it made for a perfect starting point to further fine tune to my liking.On a side note: I found DVO's website very helpful. Apart from the setup guide, they have service guides and tuning videos that cover everything from adjusting travel internally to adjusting rebound. What they do not cover with videos is explained in text. In fact, I think their website is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to up their understanding of suspension setup and fault finding. You will need a 5mm Allen Key to adjust the OTT. Increasing (rotate clockwise) the OTT will make the fork more sensitive (softer) at the beginning stroke. Decreasing (rotate counter-clockwise) the OTT will make the fork less sensitive (firmer). The OTT feature will not change the middle or ending stroke of your fork. OTT offers 14 full rotations total with 6 clicks per rotation. On The Trail My first couple of rides I summed up as "promising". Using the stock settings the correct feel was already there and I felt that with some tuning a beast will be unleashed. I was not wrong. After some riding the fork loosened up noticeably with a more supple and controlled feel, and with some further tinkering it really came alive.In an effort to get a feel for each adjustment I went extreme and found that each setting has a useful range with a notable change in feel. From the recommended stock settings for my weight I dropped 5 psi, dialled in a couple of OTT clicks, kept LSC more or less what was prescribed and tuned the HSC until I was happy with the feel. For those who like to hammer on the climbs LSC can be used to stiffen the pedaling platform reducing fork dive under load. On my Mercer Hungry Monkey the ability to tune the fork to a feel I like on the trail brought the bike and my riding to life. Compared to the dual position Pike I had fitted to the same bike, the DVO Diamond was not as smooth from the get-go but settled in and with the setup to my liking it was a step or two ahead without any signs of the additional weight. Everything from repeated hits to trail chatter melts away under the Diamond and the harder you push the better it gets. On several rides I used full travel without ever noticing it out on the trail. There is no discernible flex even in the worst conditions helping steering input and traction through rough corners. Much is made of small bump compliance, and rightly so, but to keep a bike playful it needs good mid-stroke support and the Diamond delivers, making the bike easy to move around as it feels alive underneath you. Thanks to the control the fork offers, the front tyre yields maximum grip further boosting confidence and speed. Arm pump and hand fatigue are not an issue after long days in the saddle, even with our extended summer that wreaked havoc to trails. The more I rode the DVO Diamond the more I pushed it and myself. The beauty of the full range of external settings means that once you have a feel for what each setting does and how they compliment each other, you can start custom tuning your fork for different rides and even specific trails. Verdict The DVO Diamond is not short of technology with a lot of thought clearly having gone into the design. It's not just another fork running the same solutions in the hope that the marketing will claw some market share from the big guns. At the same time DVO did not simply go a different route just to brag about clever design or for the sake of being different. All of the ideas, months of tuning and strict quality control have come together in a big hit capable single crown fork that, at its first attempt, not only took the fight to Rockshox and Fox, but left them circling the ring. It is an incredible feat considering how long the competition has been around and the amount of refinement they've made to their products.Fortunately for us the Diamond not only looks and rides the part, our test fork has also proven itself to be reliable over the 10 month review period. Throw in the wide range of tuning options and you have yourself a fork that should suit just about every rider who shreds his local trails week in and week out. When you're next shopping for a new fork or looking to do a custom build, the DVO Diamond should be on your list of fork options. Right at the top of the list will do just fine. ProsVery customizable Has proven itself to be reliable Setup guide gets you 90% there 90 to 170psi air spring makes it possible for even the biggest riders to set sag 100% Cons Heavier than the competition Specifications Travel130 -160mm adjustable travel via internal spacersWheel sizes27.5” and 29” options available (The 29"" model is 27.5"" Plus capable up to a 3.0"" tyre size)CrownForged CNC HollowOffset27.5 = 44mm / 29"" = 51mmAdjustmentsHigh-speed compression (29 clicks), low-speed compression (6 clicks), rebound (20 clicks), OTT coil negative spring (14 full turns with 6 clicks per 1 turn), and air spring (90 to 170psi)Axle to Crown29"": 160mm = 572mm / 150mm = 562mm / 140mm = 552mm 27.5"": 160mm = 555mm / 150mm = 545mm / 140mm = 535mmStanchions35mm Tapered AlloyAxle15mm Quick Release. Available in both 100mm and 110mm BoostWeight2100 gramsSteererTapered AlloyLowersMagnesium, Disc OnlyRotor size160mm-203mmColour optionsBlack, Green, Factory Brown (Available in Boost only)Retail priceR 18,500 Recommended service intervals:Stanchion Wipers and Chassis Lubrication: 65 hours, dependent on riding style and conditions. Air Spring: 100 hours, lubricant and piston Damper: 250 hours, but it’s easy to bleed and change the tune on the Top Loader system when desired.
  2. Aimed directly at All Mountain and Enduro riding, the DVO Diamond is an air sprung fork with 130-160mm of travel. The Diamond is available in 27.5" and 29" options. It features a plethora of external adjustments that includes DVO's OTT (Off The Top) negative spring adjust borrowed from its bigger brother the inverted Emerald downhill fork. We've been testing a 27.5" 160mm model for the past 10 months. Click here to view the article
  3. Hi all, i'm looking for a rigid lefty fork. Does anyone know where in SA I can buy one? (I'm hesitant looking abroad but will keep it open as option B). It's for a 29er hardtail MTB. I plan on building a rigid 29er hardtail for gravel grinding and just messing around. If not a lefty rigid fork then where can I look for normal rigid forks? Carbon or aluminium or steel. Tapered or straight steerer Thanks in advance.
  4. Hello hubbers Wonder if anyone has any idea on how to fix my not so big problem... I have a Rockshox Sid SE (2019) with a motion control damper that has a push-to-unlock remote on it. I ride mostly in the unlocked position but when I do decide to lock out the fork and shock, the fork cable doesn't want to release and gets 'sticky'. I give a little tug on the cable at the damper side and it releases but I can feel that there's quite a bit of friction which is obviously why it doesn't spring back. I took the cable out yesterday and removed the top cap and put a little bit of grease on the cap to try alleviate some friction but it didn't help much. Tried to search the web but can't seem to find any help there obviously because it's a new fork and I think it only comes out on the Trek Top Fuel 2019 models (could be wrong). I've attached a picture of the top cap and can load some more this evening. Any help/advice would be gladly appreciated
  5. Hey guys, So I just started pulling apart my 2013 Rockshox Reba off a second hand bike I bought recently. I figured it'd be safe to service it, since I don't know when last/if it was serviced. I opened it up to find whats in the pictures. So.. I know its not as bad as it could be.. but how bad is it? I presume there's nothing I can really do about it aside from ride it until it dies. How worried should I be though? Also, does that bushing look normal? I've never opened a fork so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was a bit surprised by the green dots. Is this how Rockshox bushings look or are they perhaps after market? Cheers
  6. Has anyone come across a situation where they want a more progressive feel to their fork for for aggressive trail riding and found that said for cannot accept tokens or spacers as with RS & FOX? I have fantastic Suntour Epixon TR (Trail) 15mm thru bolt with 130mm travel on my hardtrail which I am bumping to 140mm but, I want the fork to feel just bit more progressive. Instead of a top cap like RS where you can screw the tokens in to and then add more tokens these have a top cap that has a yellow sponge cylinder that you can cut down to make it less progressive but, you cannot make it longer to add progression. Any ideas on a what could work bearing in mind that this is NOT an open bath system and works with the air cartridge and has no oil in the air chamber as with other brands? The more entry level TK30 Gold and Silver RS forks suffer the same fate along with Suntour Raidon and XCR air forks
  7. Has anyone had any luck figuring out why fox forks aren't returning properly after being locked out?
  8. Unfortunately I get to see the worst of the worst! What is the worst you have ever seen. Thought I would share a couple of photos to illustrate the effect of not servicing your equipment on a regular basis! All that dirt, grit, grime and fine dust creates a very fantastic sanding paper effect!
  9. Hey everyone, I've recently been handed a relatively old Specialized Epic FSR frame, circa 2010. It was a demo frame, so it's in immaculate condition. I've currently got a hard tail Scott, and I getting all my kit moved onto the Epic frame. I'm quite keen on more aggressive riding than most XC frames, so I was curious about making the HT a tad slacker. I'm going to try a 50mm stem, definitely get wider bars. The question is, would putting a spacer between the fork and the bottom of the HT be a bad idea - or even necessary? If it's doable - what sorts of things should I consider? I don't think modifying the fork offset is possible with the Fox (can't remember the model) fork that comes with it...
  10. Hi there, Model Fork: Fox 32 Float Performance w/ 15thru-axle, overdrive steerer, 140mm travel. (I realize this is not a high grade fork and for a 32 at 140mm its not as good as say a 32 at 100mm) Wheels and Tyres: Onza Ibex 2.25 and Giant stock S XC-2 Tyre Pressure front 22/23psi and rear 26psi (up or down a few depending) Fork Pressure: recommended around 75 (set to sag) currently at 95 (reason why below) and shock around 155. Current weight 77.5kg 6 turns from the right (rebound) Running the stock 75mm stem with 760mm bars and one large spacer above. I have been riding for just over a year so Singletrack technique always needs improving. Problem i'm having is down a long section of ST the bike handles great with pro pedal on both fork and shock. Feeling firm but controlled in the front. Body position seems good, elbows bent, weight not too far back and keeping pressure on the front wheel. Switchbacks downhill and cornering good at a decent speed. Keep in mind I have upped the fork pressure to 95 (too high surely?) With that I end a ride with around 3cm or so of space above my spacer no big drops or anything. When I put the fork and shock into fully open here is the problem: I feel way less in control of the front end, the shock compresses pretty deep just leaning on it even at 95 psi and round switchbacks and corners it almost dives into its travel. Feeling sketchy compared to half locked (pro pedal) mode. I have come off the front a few times its dived so much into steep stuff. The bike is a 2016 model and pretty new only a few months 6/7 old. No service to the fork or shock yet. I thought of ordering a volume spacer or two and playing around with that? As I would like to setup the fork based on sag rather than over filling it to 95psi. Otherwise could it just be i'm putting to much weight on the front end around corners? or bad technique? Appreciate the feedback? Thought i'd ask here before taking it in and asking the shop. Sean Fox 32 Float Performance w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 140mm travel
  11. Hi, newbie here needing some advice. I want to purchase a 2017 silverback sola 3 mtb, but I can't figure out where the fork places in terms of performance/quality/etc. It just says "Rockshox TK30 29”, 100mm Travel, Tapered Alloy Steerer, Remote PopLoc, QR Dropout" on the specifications. How does this shock compare to other forks like the Recon Gold TK29 and Recon Silver RL 29? Also, I take it, that it is a coil fork? From what I understand air is better, or are the newer coil forks on par again? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.
  12. The only tool you will need to set the sag on an air fork and shock is a shock pump. Fox usually recommend 15-20% sag on their short travel 32 model forks for a plush feel. Steve, however, has found that more race-minded South African riders often prefer a firmer feel. This is why he suggests a 10 mm fork sag measurement in the instructional video.
  13. Hello all, Hope you guys are doing well. So, my first service for my fork is very near. I am not entirely sure when to service your fork, but I am going with the Fox video I watched which stated after 4 months. My fork will be turning 4 months old on 20 February. My fork: RockShox Reba RLT. Where do you guys service your forks? LBS which I dealt with are CWC, ThisWayOut (but the mechanic moved to EvoBikes) and Trek Bicycles. Asked for a quote today at Trek and it was R450. Is this the going rate? Thanks. Take care. ~ André
  14. Hello everyone, I am 'new' to taking Mtb biking seriously and I just purchased a Lapierre XL 729 Frame. I wish to build it up to a sweet well specified bike starting With the Cannondale Lefty. All advice is highly welcome. Thanks for reading.
  15. I am currently aquiring parts and components to build myself a Touring bike. Today a very good friend from my LBS donated a fairly bent fork to me as I requested believing someone should be able to mend it for me. (see photo) From what I can see, it seems only the one end of the steerer seemes to have bent. Any frame builder or some skilfull fellow in or arround the East Rand area of Gauteng that can get this fork sorted for me? Please kindly advice. ....Or am I on a lost course with this pugsley fork? I hope am not All advice will be seriously appreciated.
  16. Steve Bowman, Fox South Africa brand manager, takes us through a basic fork service. In this video, Steve shows us the process of removing the lower legs, cleaning and checking the fork, and how to reassemble the fork. Click here to view the article
  17. Please note that if your fork is still under warranty, all servicing should be done by Fox or your local bike shop. Performing this service yourself may impact on your warranty. As always, any problems that occur due to your own mechanical work will not be covered by the manufacturer or distributor. Other videos in the series:
  18. Anyone know of a kiff place to service my pike in Bloem? Tks!
  19. The air spring looks like this :- The oil looks like this:- The stanchions look like this:- I think it's time to go and watch the Rio cycling highlights!
  20. Two tips to keep your suspension fork running smoothly:It's recommended to turn your fork upside down for 10 minutes once a week. This will help keep your wiper seals and sponge ring lubricated and the fork running smoothly. Avoid pressure washers. Pressure washers force water and grime into the fork causing premature wearing. Instead use a bike wash product and a light hose to remove the dirt.
  21. A mountain bike suspension fork requires regular care. Steve Bowman has two simple tips to keep your fork sliding smoothly. Click here to view the article
  22. A mountain bike suspension fork needs regular cleaning and servicing to continue operating optimally without causing damage. If done correctly, your fork should last the life time of the bike. Here's a guide on when you should be servicing your fork and what signs of wear to look out for. Click here to view the article
  23. In South Africa, we ride for all 12 months of the year, where in Europe and America they tend to have a six month season. Our conditions are also very rough, dusty, and sometimes muddy. This means that regular service intervals are vital to avoid damaging your fork. If you ride your bike three times a week, Fox South Africa suggests that you have it serviced every four months (three times a year). The recommended service intervals for a new fork: A new fork will require it's first service after four months, this will be an on the quick bike service to clean the lowers. The second service after 8 months will see the wiper seals replaced. After the forks first year, the fork will be stripped down, with new oil and lube applied.
  24. I'd like to share with you all the simple installation of the : MRP Ramp Control Cartridge https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/gear/previews/first-look-friday-scott-spark-volvo-bike-rack-mrp-ramp-control-cartridge-r5683 Designed for: Current-gen Rock Shox Pike, Lyrik, Yari, and Boxxer World Cup forks (Solo-Air models only) Adds speed-sensitive ending-stroke control and bottom-out force adjustability to compatible Rock Shox forks.Just 55 g! Lighter than most air-spring assemblies with more than two tokens.Isolate and tune bottom-out with minimal changes to initial and mid-stroke.Bring your tuning to the trail and out of the workshop!Easy installation requires little time and few tools - no lower-leg removal required! Compatibility:Ramp Control Cartridge Model A ...will fit 2013 and newer Pike forks with 15x100 axle spacing and 2010 and newer Boxxer World Cup (air-sprung) forks. Ramp Control Cartridge Model B ...will fit 2015 and newer Pike forks with "Boost" 15x110 axle spacing, and all 2015 and newer Lyrik and Yari forks (regardless of axle spacing). CUSTOM TUNE ON THE TRAIL Inarguably, convenience is one of the biggest benefits of the Ramp Control cartridge versus internally-accessed volume adjustment components. Internally-accessed spacers aren’t friendly to on-trail experimentation and tuning - requiring bulky tools and a clean environment to utilize. With Ramp Control, experimentation is so simple it’s encouraged! The powerful range of Ramp Control is harnessed through a simple 16-position knob with clearly defined detents. That enables you to arrive at your base setting in just one ride on a familiar trail, whereas internally-accessed spacers would necessitate a trial and error approach - several rides followed by garage or shop sessions - to get to the same point. A BETTER WAY TO TUNE The volume adjustment spacers used by competing brands change the shape of the air-spring’s curve throughout the entire travel range, regardless of velocity. Aside from the slight change resulting from the volume of the cartridge itself, the Ramp Control upgrade effects only the ending stoke spring curve - as its damping effect is velocity-dependent. This portion of the curve represents intense, sharp hits and big events, like landing a sizable drop or plowing through a rock garden. Without Ramp Control, your fork’s behavior in these circumstances has been compromised by your desired feel elsewhere in the stroke. With Ramp Control, you can tune the general feel of your fork through its air-pressure and damper settings, and isolate big-hit performance and bottom-out with the Ramp Control adjustment. NO MORE COMPROMISES, TUNE TO THE TRAIL AT HAND Unless you ride just one trail, the air-spring volume you’ve so carefully tuned with internally-accessed volume spacers is probably not ideal for all your adventures. A trip to the bike park might reveal, for example, that more support would be welcomed when the features and drops get bigger and trails get steeper than those found on your local go-to. If you have extra spacers and the necessary tools on hand, and don’t mind burning time that could otherwise be spent riding the lift-accessed terrain you just paid for, you could get the needed support. Or, in just seconds, you could add more Ramp Control and keep the good times going. Whether it’s a new-school flow trail or near vertical DH course, Ramp Control gives you immediate control of the terrain at hand - of particular benefit to time-crunched enduro fans tasked with practicing and racing multiple, varying stages. "With Ramp Control, initial and mid-stroke feel is largely unaffected by your level of adjustment - unlike tuning with volume spacers. It enables you to isolate and greatly control required bottom-out force, and experiment with damper and air-pressure settings to achieve your desired performance in the rest of the stroke." Feel free to contact me for info Happy Trails
  25. Hey fellow hubbers, A question for the fork gurus: I was wondering if 26er RS fork components are interchangeable, I have a broken Revelation lower ( broken arch and dropout) and wanted to know if a Reba lower would work with the Revelation crown and stanchions? Thanks, Dale
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