While they’ve only been in mountain biking since 2014, Extreme Racing Shox have been around since the 1980’s with a history of working in motorsport, collaborating with companies such as Honda and Hyundai. Unusually, their mountain bike shocks are designed to work at low pressures – think 40PSI instead of 150. You won’t be tinkering with a shock pump though – they’re coil shocks that work with a sealed gas piston plus oil valves to control bottom out.
We went to see them at Eurobike and get the skinny. They’re offering two shocks, the Arma HBC for downhill, and the Storia LOK, aimed at enduro.
David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.
Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.