May 31, 2011
BOS Suspension release their first air rear shock, as well as a newly revised fork line up. Marcus Farley and Tim Spickernell get the low down from UK importer Roger Estrada of R53 Engineering.
First up is the new air shock, the Vip’r. It is designed to compliment their Deville range of trail and enduro forks and comes in 190, 200, 216 and 222mm eye to eye lengths. Like most of their products, the shock has been a number of years in the making, with BOS only releasing it when they felt it had attained the perfect mix of performance and minimum maintenance.
Roger said that Oliver Bosard’s aim was to try to achieve the best characteristics of a steel sprung shock in an air can with adjustable compression/rebound damping and full lockout functions, no mean feat if they’ve pulled it off. Furthermore, Roger says that “Bos will factory set it to match exactly with your frame’s suspension characteristics and geometry”.
Weight is a fair 250g for the 190mm version broadly sitting between the eponymous Fox RP23 at around 208g and the Rock Shox Monarch RT3 at 215g and with an RRP for the Vip’r being £479.
The popular Deville fork range (designed in conjunction with Nico Vouilloz) now comes in 140, 160 and 170mm lengths, as well as a new tapered steerer version. There will be also be a cheaper non Twin Rate Curve version. Other updates include a simplified Tullio style axle fixing. Lowers now have redesigned stickers and are still only available with a 20mm through axle, no great disadvantage for a hard hitting fork. Prices range from £835 to £930.
Expect a full test of the Vip’r and Deville in a forthcoming Singletrack Magazine issue.
BOS’ big hit forks and coil shock range also get some revisions, with some weight savings and wider availability of the factory tuned downhill world cup forks and shocks.
For more details and to discuss specific suspension tunes, head over to: www.r53engineering.com
Or if you fancy becoming the next Peat, Atherton, or Moseley, BOS Mtb are looking for new downhill and enduro team riders and are holding ‘try-outs’ throughout the year – for more info head HERE.