For the time being let’s call it Stoy Air, whilst waiting for another name should there be any. The prototype of this air shock that will come along with the new Deville forks are both being tested out. The production version of the shock could be slightly different from the prototype. Wait and see.
A close-up on the Minotaur's suspension. The main pivot sits above the bottom bracket and then behind that is a compound linkage that drives the shock. The big, Bos Void air shock is tucked inside.
BOS are sticking by their words from earlier in the year, air is where it’s at.
Their shorter travel Deville enduro fork was the French company’s first air fork offering, and a mighty fine one it was too. Then earlier this year we got to try out the new air sprung Idylle RaRe…nothing short of incredible. BOS themselves were so impressed with what they had achieved with this fork that in an interview earlier this year they told us that they wouldn’t be surprised if in the not too distant future coil springs became a thing of the past in their products. Well, just a few months later and they clearly seem to be heading down that route, with just one coil sprung fork remaining in their range. That fork is the standard Idylle (not pictured), and to be honest it sounded like they were only still offering this product because they were afraid that they might lose those customers who still believe that a coil spring is the only way to go.
On the air side though we now have two more forks that join the Idylle RaRe. First is an air version of the standard Idylle, and that’s the product that we’re most excited about as previously we’ve found the performance of the coil sprung Idylle to be very close to the coil RaRe version, despite a large price difference. The price of this new fork is still to be finalised but it’s likely that it will cost the same as the coil version, and if not the difference will be very small. The final new air fork is the 180mm travel Idylle SC (single crown). This directly replaces the coil sprung version.
So there you have it, BOS clearly feel that air is the way to go, even on a DH fork, and to be honest if these other forks are anything like the new Idylle RaRe that we’ve ridden then we think they could well be right.
by Mr Ed, Dirt mag., September 2, 2012
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