DT Swiss upgrades the bulk of their mountain bike suspension components for the new season with a couple of simple updates that improve the fit, compatibility & performance of their latest shocks and XC forks. Both the R 232 One & R 535 One shocks get upgraded to DU bushings for better mounting. And the matching F 232 One cross-country fork adds a new shorter offset to give more Trail options to suit the variety of modern long & slack XC bike geometries.
DT Swiss MTB shock DU bushing upgrade
The update to the DT Swiss rear shocks is simple. All of the new R 232 One & R 535 One shocks will now feature standard low-friction, self-lubricating DU bushings in the mounting eyelets for easier setup and smoother action. It’s a small switch from the previously coated steel & alloy mounting hardware of DT shocks, unique to each bike. The new Dry Unlubricated bushing with its easily-identifiable bronze layer impregnated with PTFE inside the eyelet should make for easier installation and increased compatibility with mounting hardware to fit more modern mountain bikes.
No word if the new DU bushings can be pressed into existing 232 & 535 shocks as a retrofit compatibility upgrade.
DT Swiss F 232 One fork new offsets
The other DT mountain bike suspension update is also simple – new offsets. From now on, buyers of the F 232 One 29er XC fork can pick from fork offsets of 44mm or 51mm. With more variability in the headtube angle of modern cross-country bikes, adding a second fork offset allows bike designers more flexibility to hit their desired Trail figure to balance stability & maneuverability.
The new shorter 44mm offset joins the original 55mm offset from the F232 forks launch. Both share the same lowers, with the difference made up in either 10 or 17mm offset in two different fork crowns.
DT currently offers their all-mountain F 535 One fork with 41mm offset for 27.5″ and 55mm for 29″ wheels only. No word if the 29er will get a 41mm offset option in the future, although presumably, the same crown swap could be possible.
DT Swiss MTB suspension updates – Available now
Both DT Swiss mountain bike suspension updates are available now, and are being spec’d on new MY22 bikes.