Ohlins also debuted their air forks at the Milan show. While it's quite apparent that Ohlins knows what they're doing, I am left with two questions: how is the spring rate determined (air being near infinitely compressible), and how does one set the pre-load correctly for a given motorcycle and rider?
Somehow the thought of the seal sliding over a rock ding and evacuating the air cylinder leaves me a bit nonplussed at 80 mph while cranked over full-tilt. I'm sure they have figured this into the design, but breaking a spring is pretty hard to do under the worst of conditions, but would be catastrophic for the bike and rider if it ever happened.
Fox wouldn't even send me a prototype shock for my 929 because they thought the swingarm might touch the piggyback and vent the system. We're talking death benefits here, not just incidentals . . .
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