Ibis Factory Rider Dillon Santos came down to Southern California to get his Onyx SC and Topaz T3AIR dialed in. By the looks of things, it’s working good and he’s ripping!
Located in Boulder City Nevada, All Mountain Cyclery is the premier cycling shop for the rough riding of Bootleg Canyon. Riders from all over the world come to the canyon to ride and passing through AMC is a must. AMC is a shop that sells products they believe in. They have been a huge supporter of DVO Suspension since the beginning.
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Learn from the best! Follow the advice of the legend Cedric Gracia and you’ll be able to ride flat corners faster than anyone.
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Does your ride need a suspension upgrade?
Welcome to the DVO Ultimate Upgrade Contest! Have your pick of any one suspension product we make and give your bike the suspension makeover it deserves.
What do I have to do?
We will pick a winner on Thursday, January 10th.
If you could do it all over again, would you? Bryson Martin Sr. (DVO founder) did. History may know him as the man behind all the great products and innovations at Marzocchi Suspension for over 25 years. After a great run, it was time to start fresh. When the creative flow stops, something new is needed and DVO Suspension was born.
In 2012 the brand with three letters and a green box was created. A rider propelled company driven by the passion for high performance suspension. This was not to be a brand with a shallow logo, this was going to be a strong brand full of the personality and presence of the employees and customers. We are proud to say we have an amazing crew here that genuinely care for the brand. That same care goes straight to the riders that utilize every product we make. We strive to offer you, the rider, 3 important things; amazing customer service, a high quality & well made product, and a feeling of connection to the brand. When you ride DVO, you’re in the family and we will always treat you that way. (Go ahead and call us, we’ll answer the phone!)
Six and a half years later, we’ve developed a full line of high performance and unique suspension products. Below we run you through all the new additions and updates to current models.
D1 is our premium line of suspension forks. Hand built with all the features and performance you’ve grown to expect from DVO. The D1 system is based off the proven diamond damping design featuring a compression bladder and full shim stack controlled dynamic damping.
High/low speed compression, rebound and externally adjustable OTT features all come standard with the D1 line. This is available on Sapphire 34, Diamond, and Onyx Series.
The new Sapphire D1 is bigger and better- simple as that. Our goal was to create a confidence inspiring trail fork that could provide control and stability in rough conditions. The fork received a complete chassis overhaul that utilizes 34mm stanchions to keep up with today’s demanding riding standards. A slightly modified air spring provides an extremely supple beginning stroke, improved mid-stroke support, and a progressive end for control on the big hits. Combine that with the proven damping features and characteristics of the Diamond, this is the new standard.
• Travel Range: 27.5 = 130-150mm 29 = 120-140
• Crown: 27.5 = 42mm offset 29= 44mm offset
• Stanchions: 34mm Tapered Alloy
• Wheel Size: 27.5, 29
• Color Options: Green, Blue, Black
• Retail Price USD: $899.00
The little brother to the Onyx DC, this is the Onyx SC D1. At 180mm of travel, this is our top of the line enduro race fork. Featuring the proven D1 damper, high/low speed compression, rebound, and externally adjustable OTT. With 36mm stanchions and our stiffest chassis yet, charge hard into the roughest sections with confidence.
•Travel Range: 27.5 = 160-180mm
•Crown: 27.5 = 42mm offset
•Stanchions: 36mm Tapered Alloy
•Wheel Size: 27.5
•Color Options: Green, Blue, Black
•Retail Price USD: $1,049.00
World Cup Born- Race Ready. Since day 1 of development phase, the Onyx DC went straight to the hands of Marcello Gutierrez and proven on the toughest tracks in the World Cup Circuit. We meshed the desires of elite racers with performance characteristics to suit the everyday shredder and long travel enthusiast. We retained the performance features known across our entire product line and made some additions necessary in a modern DH fork.
The Onyx DC D1 is fully loaded with high/low speed compression, rebound, OTT, and our new AVA system. Learn about AVA below-
• Travel Range: 203mm
• Crown: 48mm offset
• Stanchions: 36mm Tapered Alloy
• Wheel Size: 27.5
• Color Options: Green, Blue, Black
• Retail Price USD: $1,850.00
Using a 32mm socket or open end wrench, remove the AVA unit from the top of the stanchion, remove or insert the volume clips on either side of the piston. Put a clip on top, the fork becomes more progressive. Put a clip on the bottom to achieve more travel. AVA works together with the OTT (off the top) feature to give you complete control of the air spring.
The Topaz 2 is our newest shock collaborating on the partnership with Giant Bicycles. The shock features an optimized air spring suited to Maestro suspension kinematics. We also updated the reservoir to a transverse design to aid in oil flow.
The Topaz 2 is available in metric trunnion sizes as an upgrade to your Giant Bicycle.
• 3 Position Compression
• Dynamic Rebound Adjust
• Pos/Neg Volume Adjust
• Bladder Pressure Adjust
• Retail Price USD: $500.00
The Garnet Dropper has been a very successful post for us. Making sure the durability was at the forefront in design, this is the most reliable dropper on the market. For the updated version, we listened to our customers to create a better overall dropper post.
The updated Garnet features reduced weight, a shorter overall length, counter sunk seat head bolts, and a low profile easy access air valve.
• Actuation: Cable Remote
• Infinite Adjustment
• Diameters: 30.9 or 31.6
• Length: 445mm at 125mm Travel
• Travel: 100mm 125mm 150mm
• Retail Price USD: $399.00
One of the hardest things you can do is create a high performance brand from scratch. The competition in today’s market is not an easy oppenent by any means. Everyday we strive to set the bar as high as we can in the areas of performance, engineering, manufacturing, and customer service. Sometimes the goal of building a great brand seems impossible, but do we love what we do?
The Giant Factory Off-Road Team announced today that it is partnering with DVO Suspension this year in a joint effort to optimize the performance of the team’s full-suspension downhill, enduro and XC race bikes. All of the team’s Maestro Suspension equipped bikes will feature shock technology created by the California-based suspension company.
“This marks a new phase for the team,” said Giant Factory Off-Road Team manager Joe Staub. “DVO is bringing an entire suspension brand to support our team. That means we get unlimited access to their full scope of engineering, product development and attention to tuning, as well as race support.”
With the start of the 2018 race season approaching, team riders have begun testing their new bikes and gear, including new suspension setups. After achieving initial suspension setups early in the year, a team camp scheduled for March will give the DH, enduro and XC riders an opportunity to work closely with DVO engineers to fine-tune their suspension systems ahead of key events.
“The relationship we have this year with the Giant Factory Off-Road Team is special because we are really focused 100 percent with Giant and their off-road program,” said DVO founder Bryson Martin. “From XC to enduro to downhill, all we do is focus on the team—making the best suspension for the team guys and specifically for each bike model and segment”
Martin said DVO will be creating and tuning shock technologies for specific usages, and the unique demands of pro racing. “For enduro, we’ll have a rear shock and matching front fork,” he said. “In downhill, where you’re pushing things to the extreme, we have some really cool, outside-the-box product planned for those guys.”
Returning to lead the downhill unit this year is seven-time Colombian downhill national champion Marcelo Gutierrez. Competing at the top level in the World Cup and other elite DH events where bike performance is critical, and where results come down to fractions of a second, Gutierrez said he is looking forward to working with DVO.
“It’s great knowing they are going to be really focused on us,” said Gutierrez. “They have the engineering experience, and we have the riding and racing experience. Together, we should be able to create some amazing bikes.”
The downhill unit of the squad consists of Gutierrez, Irish national champion Jacob Dickson and American Eliot Jackson. Those three will focus on World Cups and other major DH events on their Glory Advanced race bikes. The downhill squad is coming off a strong season that saw Gutierrez land two World Cup podiums and win the Garbanzo DH event at Crankworx Whistler for the fifth year in a row.
The enduro squad also sees the return of some familiar faces. Australian Josh Carlson and Canadian Mckay Vezina will again focus on Enduro World Series events, competing on their Reign Advanced race bikes.
“The product they’re providing us already, straight out of the box, is phenomenal,” said Carlson. “The amount of adjustment, the feeling, it’s something that I’ve always been searching for since I’d come to mountain bikes from motocross a few years ago. I’m really excited to see the final outcome and it gives me more confidence heading into 2018.”
Joining Giant’s two global enduro athletes is Rae Morrison of New Zealand, who will once again represent the Liv women’s brand, racing her Liv Hail Advanced bike at EWS and other major enduro events.
In addition to the global riders, the 2018 Giant Factory Off-Road Team also includes a group of North American regional athletes led by veteran XC racer Carl Decker. Those racers will focus on a variety of major enduro, XC and gravel racing events in North America aboard their Anthem, XtCand TCX race bikes. Joining Decker on the regional squad are XC racers Stephan Davoust and Cole Paton, plus enduro racer and BMX Olympic medalist Mike Day.
“Each racer is different,” Martin said. “What they want from the suspension and how it relates to the bikes varies. There’s a lot of stuff going on with the bike design. You’ve got the kinematics and wheel base and then the individual aspect of the rider, how they ride, their position on the bike. So we’re going to be able to specifically dial in exactly the feel of the bike with regards to the suspension and make them go faster.”
Congratulations on the purchase of your new DVO Diamond! The Diamond is a high performance, tuner friendly fork, that will change the way you ride. The first thing to do is learn the fundamentals of your fork so you can get it set up perfectly for you. Below is a breakdown of the features, adjustments, and settings you can adjust on your fork. Hopefully this will give you a better understanding of your product and give you the best experience possible!
To start things off, here’s a run-down of all the adjustments of your fork.
-Off the Top “OTT”
-High/Low Speed Compression
These are the main tuning features of your fork. We’re going to breakdown each one individually to give you a perfect understanding of each adjustment.
Setting the air pressure in the DVO Diamond is setting the spring rate for your fork. This is what is going to make the fork firmer or softer. Below is a base setting chart for air pressure to get you started.
Air Pressure Range: 90-170psi
|Rider Weight||Air Pressure|
|120-139lbs | 54-63kg||90-100psi|
|140-159lbs | 64-72kg||100-110psi|
|160-179lbs | 73-81kg||110-125psi|
|180-199lbs | 82-90kg||125-130psi|
|200-219lbs | 91-100kg||130-135psi|
|220-239lbs | 100-108kg||135-140psi|
|240+lbs | 109kg+||140-170psi|
Off the Top “OTT”
The Off the Top feature is located at the bottom of the left fork leg. This is one of the coolest features of the fork. This feature allows you to fine tune the small bump sensitivity of your fork without affecting the mid or end stroke. For example, if you love the way your fork feels deep in the travel, but you can’t seem to get the small bump sensitivity and traction off the top, this allows you to properly fix that.
The most important thing to remember with OTT is the air pressure and OTT work hand in hand. The amount of OTT you will use depends greatly on the air pressure you use. The higher the air pressure, the MORE OTT you will need. The lower the air pressure, the LESS OTT you will need.
So how do I adjust the OTT? The OTT is a simple adjustment located at the bottom of the left fork leg. It uses a 5mm allen key and spins in clock-wise or counter-clockwise rotations. We recommend doing 2 full 360 degree rotations every time you make an adjustment. Remember, if you lower your air pressure, reduce your OTT (counter clockwise). If you raise your air pressure, increase the OTT (clockwise).
Rebound controls the speed at which the fork extends after compression. Rebound damping control is relative to the amount of air pressure used. Higher air pressure requires more rebound damping and lower air pressure will require less rebound damping so please adjust accordingly.
Slower = More Rebound Damping (clock-wise)
Faster = Less Rebound Damping (counter-clockwise)
The rebound adjustment is located at the bottom of the right fork leg.
Low Speed Compression
The Diamond comes with a “Quick Range” low speed compression adjuster that has 6 clicks of adjustment. Setting “1” is wide open and recommended when descending or riding on technical terrain. When you are climbing, you can switch the LSC to “6” to give you the firmest setting and best pedaling platform. Don’t forget to change this back when you start to descend!
Low speed compressions controls the slower vertical movements such as climbing or slower paced trails and bumpy whoop sections. A good example of low speed is rolling slowly over a large rock and riding to its downside, this is where the suspension will fully compress but at a slower rate and low speed compression circuit comes into play. LSC refers to the shaft speed of the suspension and not the actual riding speed. LS compression is best controlled through a low speed oil circuit and or shim stack.
Low Speed Compression (LSC) Range: 6 clicks total
HIGH SPEED COMPRESSION
High Speed Compression controls the damping force under faster suspension movements regardless of the rider’s speed. HSC comes into effect on fast, rough, technical trails, g-outs and hard landings. If you find yourself easily going through the travel then 1st make sure your sag is correct then adjust your HSC accordingly.
High Speed Compression (HSC) Range: 29 clicks total
Axle Adjustment and Installation
Axle Bolt Open
Hopefully this has left you with a better understanding of all the features and adjustments on your new DVO Diamond. For more information click HERE for the individual set-up pages.
Why do I need to equalize the pressure when airing up my shock?
When initially airing up your shock, you will need to equalize the positive & negative chambers. The air from the pump will flow into the positive chamber and you will need to compress the shock in order for the air to transfer to the negative chamber. This video will teach you the proper way to do this.
What do the positive and negative chambers do?
The negative chamber is responsible for counteracting the forces of the positive air pressure. This is your beginning stroke. The Positive pressure is your air spring. This controls your mid-stroke and bottom out. In the Topaz, the two chambers work together to create a seamless transition throughout the stroke.