Finding the perfect balance of fork damping Q
Almost all suspension feels good on smooth surfaces, but only some carries on feeling good over bumps.
Designing damper pistons that flow fluid inside forks and shocks, and the shim stacks to control them, takes time and money. It also costs money to keep internal friction at bay. That’s why a set of Öhlins superbike forks will set you back thousands. You’re paying for the precision of the machining, the accuracy of the damper cartridge bore, and trick coatings on moving parts. That matters if you’re trying to outbrake Alex Lowes.
But sometimes you wonder if suspension feel is also about company philosophy. For many