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Old 12-31-2014, 10:42 PM   #1
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Fork cartridge Ohlin FKA/Traxxion AK20/Touratech

They seems to have the same specs..
1. Adjustable compression damping (one fork)
2. Adjustable Rebound damping (one fork)
3. Adjustable spring pre-load (both fork)

If you have installed one of the above cartridge system, how you base you decision ?
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:10 AM   #2
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They seems to have the same specs..
1. Adjustable compression damping (one fork)
2. Adjustable Rebound damping (one fork)
3. Adjustable spring pre-load (both fork)

If you have installed one of the above cartridge system, how you base you decision ?
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Old 01-01-2015, 05:31 AM   #3
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+1 AK20

except I didn't need it shipped down under

When I was researching for my 2009, th options were a bit less but came down to

Bitubo.....they had some issues
Ohlins............$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
AK20.............$$$$$$$$

I went with the AK20's because I am not a motocross/hare scramble/enduro rider. I want to be able to ride down most "roads" with more comfort and control. I can do that now.

I would like to see smeone explain the many hundred dollar difference between the AK20 and the others.
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Old 01-01-2015, 07:04 AM   #4
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AK20 is a solid solution. Just pick from 3 cartridge valve settings when you order the kit:

Full Street
Adventure
Full Off Road

I recommend the full off road with 0.65kg to 0.75 kg fork spring rates ( depending on your load ) as it works well on the street as well.
These kits last and allow DIY service unlike gas cartridges.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #5
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Ohlins was the first major offering on the market. The others weren't there yet.



I've debated the cost vs benifit in my head many times, and while at the start I was a little down about the cost, pretty soon others that had done cheaper options were paying what I did to beef up their suspension. The benifit seems solid, as in it works pretty good for the riding I do. One thing to be aware of, I don't think the Ohlins has a bottoming circut. I would think you only need that for hard core riding, at least I haven't noted a problem with it.
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:54 AM   #6
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Touratech here because...

1. newer design than the AT20's
2. super easy install that even I could do by myself, unassisted.
3. matched to my rear shock (TT Extreme)


In the end it's the last two points that helped my decision.
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:31 PM   #7
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I think Current Ohlins FKA pricing is competitive/comparable.

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+1 AK20

except I didn't need it shipped down under

When I was researching for my 2009, th options were a bit less but came down to

Bitubo.....they had some issues
Ohlins............$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
AK20.............$$$$$$$$

I went with the AK20's because I am not a motocross/hare scramble/enduro rider. I want to be able to ride down most "roads" with more comfort and control. I can do that now.

I would like to see smeone explain the many hundred dollar difference between the AK20 and the others.
Indy, sorry for stupid question main difference between Traxxion and Ohlins is the cartridge type (oil vs gas)?
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AK20 is a solid solution. Just pick from 3 cartridge valve settings when you order the kit:

Full Street
Adventure
Full Off Road

I recommend the full off road with 0.65kg to 0.75 kg fork spring rates ( depending on your load ) as it works well on the street as well.
These kits last and allow DIY service unlike gas cartridges.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:54 PM   #8
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Main issue with other designs I have seen offered is that they are closed cartridge either gas or oil so you will need to send them back every few years for service from an authorized dealer.
AK-20s are a simple open cartridge design with more then enough performance for hard off road riding and at a better price point ($1,300 US) and you will never need to send them out for service.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:05 AM   #9
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Thanks Indy for the info.
AK-20 ordered. Wave your magic wand and say 'indy unlimited... advrider forum' for the magical 10% discount

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