EXT Announces New E-Storia Coil Shock
Building off their success with the Storia V3, EXT look to make their mark the E-MTB aftermarket shock arena with the new E-Storia. Featuring beefed up internals and a revised valving system tuned around the heavier weight of E-bikes, EXT claim the E-Storia is "designed with an emphasis on toughness to drastically improve reliability over dampers without dedicated E-bike construction." Read on after the break for the rundown including pricing and availability.
The bikes we ride are changing fast and a lot of that speed is coming from the impressive advances in E-bike technology. Riders are pushing to new places and making the most of riding from their doorstep. With this a new generation of E-bike is appearing, they’re lighter and have longer travel, making their leverage ratios and suspension curves push beyond the boundaries of recent damper designs.
At EXT we have a simple goal: Make the best suspensions to improve performance and reliability while ensuring a safer riding on any bike. This isn’t without challenges, E-bikes generate more suspension stress but most run the same shock sizing as their analog counterparts. But Ext has decades of experience building the world’s most compact high performance dampers, some of which were used in Formula One and WRC. If anyone can maximize damper performance in challenging environments, it’s us.
That’s why we developed the e-Storia. An industry “first” an ultra-high performance suspension specifically designed for aggressive E-bike riding and super comfort level for professional riders and all enthusiasts.
The e-Storia features much of the same technology of the Storia V3 but in a more robust package built specifically for the stresses involved with the higher vehicle weight of E -bikes and tailored to provide ultimate control for all riders from the enthusiast to those at the elite level of E-bike enduro riding.
While the Storia V3 is built for best-in-class weight and performance the e-Storia is designed with an emphasis on toughness to drastically improve reliability over dampers without dedicated E-bike construction.
The stronger shock design can help increase the lifespan of bike chassis components as well, and increase range of tune-ability accommodating a wider range of bike and rider type
Improved grip and sensitivity on all types of terrain and a beautiful plush feel form the basis of any Storia shock. On top of these feature we have redeveloped specific areas in line with the demands of EMTB:
-Integrated reservoir head design to increase eyelet/trunnion mount fitment
-Stronger body construction
-Chromoly shaft with low friction coating
-Reservoir with large volume bladder design
-Dedicated spring platform for stiffer spring
-Negative spring to avoid harsh top-out and improve bike platform stability
-Lok 2.0 -New rebound adjustment to increase tuning range
-New compression valve to increase adjustability range and provide a smoother riding
-Low hysteresis to improve dynamic response
-Completely independent bump/rebound adjustment
-New check valve with low inertia to control damping even at really high frequency
-New externally adjustable HBC and more efficient design to increase bottom out protection
-New seals design to reduce friction
-New main piston design with high flow to improve sensitivity and tunability
-All valves with turbulent flow to assure consistent damping with different temperature and under extreme use/conditions
-A new high viscosity index oil for longer consistent riding in all different situations and seasons
-Springs available up to 800lb
Price, Weight, Size and Availability
-Price: 879€ +VAT -MSRP
-Delivery from July 2nd
-Weight: 460g (Metric 210/55 without spring)
- Metric/Trunnion sizing: 185 205 210 230
- Spherical bearings hardware available on demand depending on fitment space.
2 years ago
I’m not convinced there is a need for an e-shock. This should be good on the Stumpjumper Evo and other bikes which side load the shock a lot.
2 years ago
that reminds me of the poor dude on the mtbr Stumpjumper Evo forum whose frame misalignment (and accompanying side load) went through six DPX2s before Fox stopped warrantying them and Spesh sent a Cane Creek coil shock. Or some dude whom kept on blowing DVOs from the side load until DVO refused to warranty the shock..
side load is a real issue on some mtb frames, particularly on a yoke design. The result can be seriously catastrophic. Like the emtb user kirkrichards which snapped a dhx2 on his levo...
2 years ago
To me this sounds like an all-around improvement, with an eye on catering to the e-bikers given that's probably where they have seen the most growth plus being outside the original design intent. I have a Storia V3 on my Levo SL. It's a fantastic shock. It's a tad bit over-damped for my preference and terrain, but that makes it feel "sporty" rather than ultra plush. The faster I push it, the better it performs. To put it another way, It's never been magic carpet, but the bike never feels under-gunned in rocky, rutted out terrain.
Given the higher leverage ratios some bikes are pushing plus the heavier overall bike+rider weight which I bet is a trend with e-bikes, the increase in max spring rate, the wider damping range, and adjustable HBO all seem like plusses IMO. All of which could benefit MTB as well. Marketing jargon aside - "increase sensitivity", "negative spring", "reduced friction" all seem to be improvements to the suppleness as well. Like making a 9/10 shock a 10/10 shock.
Overall, EXT makes killer shocks if you have the $ and willness to upgrade. This just seems like an improvement all around regardless of bike type.
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