First Look: Jade Coil Shock

The Emerald is about to have a partner in crime with the new Jade Coil in the works! Our engineer Tom Rogers takes us through some of the cool features that set the shock apart from the rest. Check it out!



What sets the Jade Coil apart is the design of the hydraulic oil circuits. Its easy to have simple circuits with pistons & shims. The hard part is making it dynamic through the entire range of compression & rebound forces. The Jade Coil’s design mirrors the front fork delivering the perfect balance.



The inner workings of the Jade are developed around being extremely tunable to fit any rider’s personal preferences. The loader assembly (compression circuits) can easily be removed from the reservoir body to access the shims. From there, you can adjust the shim stack to fit any rider’s style or course layout. Another cool feature of the shock is our use of a bladder instead of an IFP commonly found in most shocks. An IFP or “Internal Floating Piston” is a piston with an O-ring used to separate the air from the oil in the reservoir body. When the shock is initially compressed, the IFP can cause a moment of stiction creating a notchy/sticky feel right off the top. With a bladder system that is completely eliminated and small bump sensitivity is enhanced. On the initial compression, the oil surrounds the bladder and compresses it similar to squeezing a balloon. You therefore have a smooth and seamless transition from compression to rebound.



DVO High Flow Emerald Piston:

The aluminum piston featured in our Emerald DH fork uses high flow compression ports to eliminate harshness while allowing the tapered shim stack to deliver the dynamic damping.  The bigger diameter ports also keep oil turbulence to a minimum allowing the shock to perform at a cooler temperature even in the harshest conditions. Balance between the front and rear end is key, that’s why both the Emerald and Jade rear shock are based off the same hydraulic design which is easy to tune and offers some amazing performance.

A cool shock = a happy shock!









  • on December 3rd, 2012

    To me it looks like a major overhaul on a Roco WC Shock.
    considering you are all former Marzocchi Guys, it makes sense.

    I am really looking forward to this.

    • Bryson on December 3rd, 2012

      Thanks Wildsautreiber, it will be coming out soon and really match the performance of the Emerald DH fork. The Jade Shock is in a class of its own and really different from any other shock out there!

      • on December 4th, 2012

        Cant wait for the day I get my hands on it but, whatever you may claim, for me it still looks like a massively reworked Roco 😉

        I dont think the lack of an externe highspeed-rebound-adjuster is a disadvantage. Most of my customers dont know how to use it properly anyway.

        • Bryson on December 5th, 2012

          Exactly, we don’t want to confuse the end user from the adjustment side and we aim to put as much technology inside the system so it can work dynamically. Thx DVO!

          • David on January 14th, 2013

            I have to ask/point out… by conservation of energy, surely irrespective of the turbulence in the oil/design of the piston, a damper with given damping properties will generate the same amount of heat regardless. The only thing you can change is the way it is dissipated.

      • Bran on March 2nd, 2013

        really really struggling to see what the jade does differently?

        de-carbon type damping circuit, same method of damping compression as fox RC4, standard rebound type adjuster. bladder rather then IFP like avalanche suspension.

        yes this could simply perform better then its competition, RC4, vivid or roco ect. but that’s just down to better shim stacks in reality, all other boast high flow pistons, some form of adjust ability.

        nothing here really sets me alight.

        this is coming from a very proud CCDB owner, which in fact is damped in a totally different way to every one else.

        • ronnie on March 11th, 2013

          It basically comes down to the bladder. It offers a feel that in not available with any other shock available on the market right now. We are not trying to make something new to the world of suspension, all we are doing is making a shock that is easy to tune and easy to work with. You have a CCBD that is damped in different ways then other users? Is this something you did on your own or did you have someone custom tune something in your shock for you. email me to explain your CCDB, I am just curious.

  • Jimbo on December 3rd, 2012

    Looks great was just wondering what adjustments their will be on the shock…….. any bottom out adjust?

    • Bryson on December 3rd, 2012

      Hello Jimbo, The Jade rear shock will offer externally adjustable high-low speed compression, external rebound, spring preload, and air pressure in the bladder. There is a mechanical bump stop on the piston shaft for bottom out as well as an excellent dynamic bottom out control through the mid-valve on the shaft as well as through the base valve located on the reservoir. All working together, there are excellent performance features to control everything without being overly complicated to tune.

  • Lars on December 3rd, 2012

    Looking smooooth..! Will rebound be adjustable on high and low speed as well, or at least internally?

    • Bryson on December 3rd, 2012

      Thanks Lars! The rebound was planned to have both independent high and low speed adjustments, but after early testing we got so much dynamic range from our piston/oil circuits that we decided not to add it. Our philosophy is to ONLY include features that actually work and we don’t want over complicate things for the rider. Our hydraulic design for the Jade is really dynamic or speed sensitive, that means the oil flowing through the piston and shims do an excellent job at controlling both the compression and rebound strokes. For those suspension savvy riders who want more tuning, the Jade can be internally fine tuned for both compression and rebound (high & low speed).

      Thanks, DVO!

  • Rey on December 4th, 2012

    I hope you guys will offer a smaller air or coil for those of us who have ’10-’12 enduros! A great bike that can be otherwise be made better with a great option that you guys may have! Curse of the clevis!

    • Bryson on December 4th, 2012

      Hey reyandsylvie,

      Thats something we can definitely look into and thanks for the heads up! There are enough Enduro’s out there with the clevis mount that may need some upgrading.

      Cheers, DVO!

  • Adam on December 7th, 2012

    I’m loving what I am seeing here. A fully adjustable shock for those who want it, yet the simplicity that we all need. DVO, welcome to the game. I look forward to testing your products in the future.

    • ronnie on December 7th, 2012

      Thank you Adam! Those were the goals we wanted to acheive with the design of our product. I have personally serviced every type of suspension, and through the years of tinkering and tweaking with everything, you start to realize that the most time consuming thing is to take your suspension all the way apart to do quick tune or tweak on your setup. I have been working on the valving with Tom Rogers for the past week now and I can honestly say that the Emerald is one of the most friendly forks that Ihavee ever had to take apart a couple of times a day! It takes the scary out of the end user getting into the grey areas suspension tuning.


  • BIG DAVE on December 9th, 2012

    Hey guys will you be working on ti spring designs too?
    i know you can get rcs ti springs quite easily but will you be working on a lighter weight ti spring, such as obtainium (or un-obtainium as they became known) did?

    • ronnie on December 11th, 2012

      Hello Dave,

      We will have a wide selection of Ti springs for the Jade series of shocks. I am not sure that we will be trying to work on a lighter Ti spring, spring technology is something that we will have to work on at a later date with the manufacture of the spring.


      • BIG DAVE on December 12th, 2012

        who do you use for your springs?

        Also will the jade and emerald be supplied with shims for tuning or atleast have them available for aftermarket purchase?

        Thanks Dave

        • Bryson on December 13th, 2012

          Hello Dave,

          Yes for sure, shim kits will be available along with detailed instructions on how to tune both the fork and shock. You can also contact us directly for one-on-one help if needed, we are here to help!

          Thanks again, DVO!

  • Luca on December 16th, 2012

    Will the spring be made out of steel or Ti?

    • ronnie on December 17th, 2012

      Hello Luca,

      We will have both options available with the Jade. It is usually easier to offer the Ti spring as an after market option to make it a little more affordable to riders that might already have a spring or just prefer to have a steel spring to stay in budget.


  • Lupo on January 2nd, 2013

    Hi Guys,
    I ride a Brooklyn Tmx, the travel is adjustable from 8,5-10,5 inches, with a Avi DHS 9×3 Shock. I am wondering, if your Jade at 9,5×3 still would work as well with the frame. Thanks for your input!
    Cheeers, Lupo

    • ronnie on January 3rd, 2013

      Hello Lupo,

      I am sure that we will be able to tunethe Jade to match your Tmx. We have some very useful tools here at DVO that will let us make the best use of every feature of our suspension on most of the frames out there.

  • Luanne Langdale on January 11th, 2013

    Changing your oil frequently does not save gasoline. Making sure your tires are in good shape saves a very small amount of gasoline.

  • Gabriel on January 27th, 2013

    Hi guys,
    I was wondering something with the Bladder. What material is use for it? I wonder if their might not be issues of elasticity.. and since it will be but under big unpredictable deformation it might not live extremely long…
    anything else seems spot on!

    • ronnie on January 28th, 2013

      Hello Gabriel,

      The bladder in the Jade will be made from polyurethane rubber. It is made exactly the same way that every high end suspension manufactutures in the Motor cycle suspension industry have been doing it for the past 2 decades. In this case slight deformation is a good thing for the suspension action and performance.


  • Jase on January 29th, 2013

    Loving what you are doing guys. I’ve been riding an RC4 for about 3 years now – I’m very interested to see if the Jade can rival the plushness.

    Keep up the good work!

    • ronnie on January 29th, 2013

      Thank you Jase! We are all really excited to get the forks in the building and out to customer also.


  • Stephan on February 4th, 2013


    are there plans for special friction free bushings or bearings, or will the Jade Shock get standart DU-Bushings?

    • ronnie on February 4th, 2013

      Hello Stephan,

      We have a couple of really good ideas for bushings with the Jade. Our protoytype version will have standard DU-Bushings for testing and we will also be testing several other styles to make sure that DVO is keeping up with the competition.


  • rob on March 1st, 2013

    Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to the availability of this shock!

    Two questions:

    (1) – When is the ETA on the availability?

    (2) – How easy is it to service? In other words I’m use to rebuilding and performing maintenance (and some tuning) on my Fox shocks and the parts are pretty easy to get. Will it be the same with this shock?




    • ronnie on March 11th, 2013

      It will be avaialble by late summer and it will be very easy to service! You will be able to order all service parts directly from us as well as have any help with servicing the product.

  • Charlie on March 15th, 2013

    Hey I’m really digging the look and ideas behind this shock, I just have some questions. Do you ever plan on making an air version, and is there any chance that it will be available as a 7.5×2 for those of us with slightly smaller enduro sleds?

  • Brett on March 16th, 2013

    So when will I be able to order one guys?

    • ronnie on March 18th, 2013

      Hello Brett,

      You will be able to order a Jade by late summer.

  • Edd on March 26th, 2013

    Hey guys, just wondering how often this shock would need to be serviced (I appreciate it depends on use) in comparison to other more general shocks out there like the dhx, etc.

    • ronnie on April 4th, 2013

      It should be pretty standard timing to maintainthe Jade. Every 100 hours or sooner depending on the conditions that it is being used for. If you are killing some very hard trails and mainly doing DH runs somewhere with life access you usually want to keep the oil changed to maintain consistant damping and performance for as long as possible.


  • Charlie on April 12th, 2013

    I’m really liking the way this looks and what you’re doing, I just have one question. Do you have any plans to make an air sprung version of this?

  • Blaine on October 2nd, 2013

    This shock looks so classy and probably an incredible ride! I have to ask though… how long till we start seeing shorter travel shocks and forks? I assume it’ll be quite some time yet, but I can’t wait to see some short and mid travel options!

    • ronnie on October 4th, 2013

      Hello Blaine,

      We are actually in the process of developing the Diamond fork for enduro use right now. It will most likely be a couple more months before anyone gets to see any test or write ups on the product
      in any of the mags or websites.


  • TrailTouch on December 30th, 2013


    hard question… but do you think it will beat the CaneCreek oder the RC4? I know there are different types of opinions and feelings while riding this coils.


  • daz on January 3rd, 2014

    will this shock fit on my saracen ariel 161?

  • Bryson on December 5th, 2012

    Gracias y nos va a hacer mucho más también!

  • ronnie on December 11th, 2012

    Thank you for sharing the information!