Fresh off of yesterday’s news that Ellsworth will be unveiling a new Moment at this year’s Sea Otter, comes the announcement that Elka Suspension is jumping into the mountain bike suspension game. If you haven’t heard of Quebec-based Elka before, you’re probably not alone. Though they’ve been making suspension for motorcycles (both on and off road) and ATVs for some time, this will be their first foray into bicycle suspension.
Elka isn’t just dipping a toe into the pool, however, and has announced the launch of four new models of rear shocks, aimed at the gravity and all-mountain categories. It seems that what sets the models apart will be tuning options, and the list of options includes high and low-speed compression damping, reservoir volume and pressure, and rebound adjustments. Elka is also making both steel and titanium springs available, for shedding a few extra grams.
Check out the full press release after the jump, and credit goes to Sick Lines for bringing this press release to our attention.
NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOCK ABSORBERS TO BE LAUNCHED AT SEA OTTER CLASSIC
ELKA SUSPENSION TO LAUNCH NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOCK ABSORBERS AT SEA OTTER CLASSIC
BOUCHERVILLE, QC, CANADA – Elka Suspension Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of innovative high-performance suspension and steering products, announced today it will launch a bold new line of mountain bike shock absorbers at this year’s Sea Otter Classic.
Elka’s new mountain bike line-up has been specifically designed and engineered for downhill, free-ride and all-mountain riding, aiming to provide a balanced combination of plushness, pedaling performance and comfort for each application. To achieve this, all Elka shocks will feature custom-tuned damping based on each bike’s design and intended use. This gravity-oriented line-up will consist of 4 models with different adjustment options to address customer riding styles, bicycle categories and price point objectives. The shocks will feature Elka’s intuitive concentric dual high/low-speed compression adjuster, reservoir volume and pressure adjust to control the progressivity and also rebound and preload adjustments. Both hi-tensile alloy and titanium springs will be available for all models in a wide range of spring rates. All models will be offered in several length/stroke combinations – including the increasingly popular 10.5” x 3.5” size – so they can be fitted on the vast majority of bikes, past and present.
Although this will be Elka’s first products for the mountain bike market, the company has over a decade of experience engineering and custom-building championship-winning suspension and steering products for powersports applications such as Motorcycle, ATV and Side-By-Side Vehicles. This new mountain bike product line incorporates many of the same innovative suspension technologies that have been used to win multiple ATV World & National Championships, SCORE Baja Championships, Mini-Motocross Championships and Motorcycle Road Racing Championships.