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First Journey: System’s New Mod Shock

Again in 1972, when the sports activities of motocross and enduro have been rising in Italy, a small firm by the title of AIM was based. This agency lasted fifteen years making off-road bikes utilizing proprietary two-stroke engines from the likes of Sachs, Minarelli and Franco Morini.

Quick ahead to the top of the eighties and a brand new sport, mountain biking, was rising. Imagined by the identical minds behind the AIM model, a brand new firm got here to life – System. System proceed to make brakes and suspension for the bike world, however most of us would possibly know them from their pioneering within the disc brake world and their newest vary of suspension forks.

Mod Particulars
• Coil shock absorber
• CTS adjustability
• Normal eyelet – 210 x 55 & 230 x 65
• Trunnion mount – 185 x 55 & 205 x 65
• 670g (210 x 55 with 300lb coil spring)
• £643 / €699 / $829 USD
• Accessible for pre order now, delivery beginning 2nd November

With the brand new Mod shock, they now cater to the rear finish of suspension bikes. This is not their first rodeo into dampers both – they’ve expertise in designing and manufacturing them for motorbikes since way back to 1993.

Operate, Particulars & Options

The Mod is a coil spring shock that makes use of a monotube design. That mono, or single, tube being the one we see on the skin with the threaded spring collar on. On the top of the shock shaft is the primary piston that strikes backwards and forwards contained in the outer tube, which is filled with oil, flowing by way of it to regulate the compression and rebound of the damper.

That monotube design signifies that the overwhelming majority of the damping power is generated from the primary piston and valving on it, and likewise why System will promote the shock tuned for the bike that will probably be going onto.

There is a 30mm diameter piston on the within that System claims permits them, together with an elevated variety of oil passages, to extend the oil move contained in the shock for higher warmth administration and consistency in efficiency.

Compression and low-speed rebound are externally adjustable with the pink rebound knob on the shock eyelet and the compression knob on the top of the reservoir. There may be additionally a lockout lever to up the general firmness of the shock for climbing.

Contained in the reservoir is an expandable bladder that separates the oil from the air contained in the reservoir quantity, since because the shock compresses some compensation for the quantity of shock shaft must occur. System say that the bladder design presents much less friction than a typical IFP, or inner floating piston, design as a result of discount in transferring elements.

Located on the top of the shock shaft is the underside out bumper, which has been rigorously designed in form and materials to help in managing the vitality within the final portion of journey. Typically ignored, the underside out bumper is fairly rattling vital to your shock’s efficiency and never simply to cease steel on steel contact. System acknowledged that whereas they might have gone for a much less seen backside out bumper colour, the engineers stated that in the event that they wished the suitable efficiency, the sandy colour, and its related materials, was the one choice to get it.

CTS Adjustability
Because the oil strikes from the primary shock physique to the reservoir throughout use the valving meeting on the neck additionally generates damping, and is the place the place we discover certainly one of System’s distinctive promoting factors – Compression Tuning System (CTS). First seen on their forks, it is an interchangeable meeting that may change the texture of the shock.

Maybe this can be a system impressed by true twin tube damper designs, the place all of the damping was generated by these externally accessible valves, giving the riders or engineers means to regulate the automobile efficiency shortly and simply in a racing scenario. However the essence is similar with the CTS system and permits the rider or mechanic to swap out the small meeting for certainly one of three choices.

Gold is the softest setting and is for gentle riders or these looking for a softer than traditional suspension setup. Orange is for extra aggressive riders in search of extra help, and inexperienced is for heavier riders or riders with a really aggressive driving fashion wanting elevated help all through the journey.

Whereas the considered opening your shock to swap the CTS may be daunting, we had some hands-on experience of the procedure, and top-of-the-line product shows of current reminiscence besides, on the Bike Connection Company occasion in Tuscany again in February. Merely put, it is a doddle to do for anybody with a primary mechanical concept of bikes, and it is even surprisingly merely for individuals who aren’t as assured within the workshop. That means for the consumer to vary the entire really feel of their shock, and fork too with the System forks, can provide fairly the benefit over the competitors when you prefer to chin scratch and experiment, and even for the store mechanics who may provide the service to System outfitted prospects.

Choices, Worth & Availability

The Mod is offered in 210 x 55mm and 230 x 65mm commonplace eyelet lengths and 185 x 55mm and 205 x 65mm Trunnion mount lengths.

Springs can be found from 300 to 600 in 50lbs increments in ultraviolet and titanium colors.

{Hardware} for the Mod is offered in 8mm diameter with 20, 22, 25, 30, 35 and 40mm widths and 10mm diameter in 22, 25 and 30mm widths.

It retails for €699, £643 or $829 which incorporates the Mod shock absorber, three CTS valves and a shock pump.

It is out there instantly for pre-order with delivery ranging from 2nd November.

Journey Impressions

Again in February on the winter version of the Bike Connection Company occasion we acquired to experience the Mod shock on the fantastic Tuscan trails round Massa Maritima. On our full System outfitted Geometron the efficiency of the Mod felt very promising. The paths have been a great mixture of filth and small embedded rocks interspersed with larger compressions and even some bigger rock rolls.

Over the excessive frequency hits of the small rocks the Mod felt prefer it fluttered alongside properly, absorbing all of the harshness of the hits whereas nonetheless transmitting simply the correct amount of knowledge to let you already know what was happening on the contact patch. That sensitivity then transitioned into some very nice management when hitting the bigger compressions, holes and hits at pace with out kicking your toes. It made the bike really feel very managed throughout each bump absorption and rider enter.

In between runs we had the luxurious of speaking to the chief suspension engineer Luca Rossi, who would then take our emotions and alter the bike to swimsuit. From the primary run the consolation and management of the suspension and entire bike have been already at a excessive degree, and whereas we did not alter the CTS within the shock, we did on the fork to attempt to obtain a bit extra steadiness entrance to rear. The easy and fast process did simply that, and led to the afternoon’s testing leaving me with a wholesome curiosity within the Mod, and System suspension as a complete. I am eager to get it again dwelling on the house trails of Champéry and Morgins.

Typically when a motorbike or part begins to vanish beneath you, permitting you to only give attention to driving, it is a good signal and that started to be the case with the Mod over solely a restricted afternoon of runs. In Tuscany we settled on the orange CTS meeting within the Mod shock and a 400lb spring, mixed with the orange CTS of their Selva C fork.

Hopefully within the coming months we’ll be capable to not solely give some extra long run impressions on the Mod, but in addition give a behind the scenes take a look at how a model like System goes about organising a base tune for a brand new bike.


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