Suspension components for modern XC racers
It is precisely for these demands that the Swiss high-tech manufacturer DT Swiss has now launched an extremely exciting trio of components with the brand new 232 ONE Platform: the perfectly harmonizing suspension fork, rear shock and a XC compatible dropper post. At our visit in Biel, Switzerland, we were allowed to test the new components at the local trails in the Jura Mountains which are in close proximity of the DT Swiss headquarters.
The fact that DT Swiss is a master at wheel construction should not be news to anyone. Perhaps for this reason their wheels seem to steal the show from the excellent suspension products. This occurs even thought the DT Swiss suspension forks and rear shocks – and now also the new dropper post – are made with the exact same demand for precision, performance and Swiss engineering standards. It is not without reason that, next to the roller test benches for wheels, DT Swiss also has the equivalent equipment to test the load-bearing capacity of suspension components at their testing laboratories.
And the trails just outside their door are the outdoor testing lab. Test drivers? Well, on the one hand, the DT Swiss staff consists of not only excellent engineers but also fantastic mountain bikers – or both in unison. On the other hand, the professionals from the Thömus team, such as Mathias Flückiger, who won the first XC World Cup of the 2019 season with a production-ready prototype of the F 232 ONE suspension fork, provide valuable expert feedback.