Ohlins TTX Price: $1295.00 forks $995.00 Shock (includes springs)
The Bike: 2009 & 2010 KTM 250SX
The Rider: Expert
Around May or June of 2009, my dad offered to pay to have my suspension done on the KTM 250SX I had bought a couple months before (I really need to take advantage of offers like this ASAP, before a mind change is made). He said to do some research and find the best set-up I could. So I started looking around reading about different stuff that was available and pricing. In the end it came down to either MX-Tech or Ohlins. The Ohlins was about twice the price of the MX-Tech set-up, but had some advantages:
- Cool Factor. No one can deny that kit suspension is interesting and “cool”.
- I wouldn’t have a bike with no suspension on it for 2 weeks.
- The TTX clicker on the shock really seemed like it would be great for fine tuning.
So I decided to go with the Ohlins. I called a buddy who worked at a large Multi-Line dealer, ordered it, and actually got it for a really good price. When I got it (this actually took a little while) I called someone else I knew who used to work at a suspension shop and had him install the cartridges in the forks. This was super quick and probably took less than an hour. After watching him do it, it looked like anyone could install them.
Now to the part that actually matters – how did it work? In short, really, really well. The suspension felt great on the first lap around the track. It was a bit stiff, but never harsh. Once it was broken in it had a firm feel, was held up in the stroke well and was super plush. The suspension was really confidence inspiring. It worked well in almost all situations. You could over jump or come up short on jumps and the landing was never anywhere close to bad as anticipated. The suspension absorbed braking and acceleration bumps very well. The only problem I really ever had was that the shock would blow through the stroke in certain g-out situations. I assume this is why a lot of companies use progressive shock springs on non-linkage KTM’s. Other than that, the CSC clicker is very sensitive and important to the overall shock set-up. As you can tell, I really like this kit and would recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
- Forks are amazing. Never bottom hard yet work well on small chop.
- Shock works very well and amazingly worked for me right out of the box
- Overall fork and shock combo offered a huge improvement in handling
- Components look great and give the bike a trick look
- Obviously the price, but if money’s not an issue you can’t go wrong with this setup
- Shock sometimes blew through stroke – mainly in g-out situations
- In May of the second season of use the top part of shock that bolts into frame / hooks to reservoir began to unscrew from shock body