Engineering

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DVO ENGINEERING

DVO Suspension is 100% designed, engineered, tested, and proven in the USA for riders by riders. We base all our designs from an Intelligent Engineering perspective which means we build it with the consumer in mind in regards to tuning, ease of servicing, cost of spare parts, manufacturing, reliability, and ultimate performance.

To help us get our ideas into reality, all of the DVO products will be engineered using the most advanced design software and hardware available. Hardware requirements were so stringent that the company’s head engineer, Josh Baltaxe, had to personally spec and build out each workstation.

No expense was spared! With engineering at the heart of development and the ability to design, test, simulate, run FEA (finite element analysis) is paramount to designing and optimizing all our critical parts.

DVO Suspension | Engineering


The DVO DIFFERENCE

DVO is a high-level product, with proven performance – the focal point of its overall design.

-Advanced piston and shim stack designs
-Wide and smooth adjustability range for both compression and rebound
-Quality materials for every part
-Advanced cartridge designs with strong reliability and serviceability
-Hand-assembly with an elevated level of quality control
-Easy and intuitive product service that emphasizes customer support and spare parts availability
-Education including detailed videos and articles on set-up, tuning, and servicing
-Products engineered by riders for riders

We at DVO know first-hand that when you take the time to develop, test, manufacture and assemble products with quality as the driving force of our design mindset. If you get it right the first time, there is no need to make running production changes or to clean up mistakes in the market with costly warranty replacements and unhappy customers. We also understand the value in getting it right the first time.

We will offer a limited selection of high-end products, staying firmly focused on what we know best – premium, high performance suspension for both the forks and rear shocks delivering innovative ideas based on solid concepts. We plan to work closely with several leading DH and Enduro racers by hitting all of the races and offering one-on-one customer support. At DVO, you only find suspension-related products from a company that is firmly focused on mountain bike suspension without distractions.

With so many years of experience, we already know which seals and bushings work best, how castings need to be machined to produce to exact tolerance, and how dampers must be designed to provide the optimum performance and adjustability without blowing up. We also know where to reduce weight without compromising strength or durability, which materials to use, and which should be avoided. Since everyone at DVO also rides, we also know precisely what performance means without the gizmos and the importance of honest customer service.

Our dampers and internals are created by Tom Rogers who has over 20 years of MTB suspension design experience. Tom has always been at the forefront of innovative damper designs and has played a major role on how rear shocks are made today.


TESTING PROCESS

As shown on this example below of the Strain Analysis of the new DH leg & Drop Out, the computer simulates a very high bending load, the blue color represents a cooler area (less stress) and red-orange color spectrum represents (increase in stress) warmer or hotter areas of strain. This is just one of many types of computer analysis/simulations we perform on all the structural components.

The next step is to perform the mechanical aspect of the testing process: bench testing. We will utilize different “bench test” protocols to test to the highest standards for strength and durability to ensure our computer simulations are in line with our physical test results.

The most important and enjoyable part: we will have riders putting hours upon hours of ride time on our new products to verify the ultimate performance result, because as we have learned from our decades worth of experience, the ultimate proof of design and engineering is how the product performs on the trail.

Another cool tool we use here at DVO Suspension is a 3D Rapid Prototype Printer, ideal for verifying parts as you design them. We can even print various piston designs in the morning and be testing them on the trail in the afternoon. Having the ability to immediately verify a part right after designing it saves a lot of time and money. For example, after prototyping the axle and drop outs, we fitted them to a wheel and mounted a brake just to make sure we had the proper clearance and everything matched up. It’s a great tool to avoid making any small mistakes that can snowball into BIG problems.