Bikes are getting more capable, so the forks keep growing with them to keep up. The new DVO Onyx SC is no exception, with travel bumping up to a max 180mm travel, and stanchions grow to 36mm (up from 170mm and 35mm on prior model). That SC descriptor is for Single Crown…because there’s a new Dual Crown model, too…and an all-new air spring design!

2019 DVO Onyx SC single crown and Onyx DC double crown enduro and bike park mountain bike forks

The Onyx DC (Dual Crown) stretches to 203mm and gets a bolt-on 20mm Boost thru axle, but will ship with a 10mm spacer adapter so you can keep running your non-Boost wheels. Both versions are for 27.5″ wheels only.

2019 DVO Onyx SC single crown and Onyx DC double crown enduro and bike park mountain bike forks

Damping and OTT air spring technology carries over, just modified to make it longer to match the new travel, but…the Onyx DC gets changes at the top of the air chamber to give you more tuning options. Called AVA (Air Volume Adjust), you can now change the position of the piston on the shaft, effectively changing the total air spring volume in macro amounts to change the overall feel of the fork. Then, using spacers, you can make micro-adjustments to tune the progression. It’s a clever way of giving you more control over how it feels and helping one fork really work for a multitude of rider sizes and weights.

Both get a new Air Release pressure-release valve on the lowers to relieve pressure from altitude changes (which is a thing).

2019 DVO Onyx SC single crown and Onyx DC double crown enduro and bike park mountain bike forks

The Onyx SC is aimed squarely at the hardcore enduro crowd and has their stiffest single-crown chassis ever. Both use their high/low speed compression damping with a low speed rebound adjustment knob on the bottom. The SC simply has a longer lever on it (right).

Available now, the SC will run $1,049 (weight TBA) and the DC is $1,850 (2,950g), both available in black, green and blue. Unofficially, you can probably look for an e-bike version of the SC to come soon, too.

 

2019 DVO Sapphire Trail Fork

2019 DVO Sapphire 29er trail fork with lightweight lowers and larger 34mm diameter stanchions

The new DVO Sapphire 29er gets stiffer with 34mm stanchions, up from 32mm, but they say it drops weight thanks to a little extra machining on the bottom of the lowers:

Compared to the Onyx (green), the Sapphire (black) has more machining and material removal on the lowers to drop grams. With 120-140mm travel and coming in at a claimed 1,900g, it’s about 200g heavier than the Fox 34 SC (but only 100g heavier than the standard Fox 34 29er), making it a beefier trail fork option, but not necessarily a flyweight “race” trail bike fork. Retail is $899.

If you do want to drop serious weight, though, look for the new lightweight steel coil spring upgrade option that drops somewhere around 150-200g, without breaking the bank. That’s because it’s using a new steel material developed by I CHU Tech that is supposedly the same weight as titanium, but at a fraction of the cost.

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7 COMMENTS

    • OK, real quick: we used to have 5x100mm QR and 20x110mm thru-axle. Both had the brake rotor in the same place relative to centerline. Then we got 15×100 TA, same brake position. Then 15×110 Boost, which moved the brake 5mm outboard. Now there’s 20×110 Boost, which also has the brake 5mm outboard relative to the original thru-axle standard. If you buy a fork with 20×110 Boost, you can install a 20×110 Boost wheel, or an old 20×110 wheel with a 5mm rotor spacer. You may also be able to swap endcaps on a 15×110 Boost wheel, or possibly retrofit a 15mm Boost axle on the fork.

  1. “Bikes are getting more capable, so the forks keep growing with them to keep up.”…I do not get that statement. Is the fork not part and parcel with the “bike”?

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