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EXT Racing Shox Introduces ARMA V3 and STORIA V3 Coil Shocks 23

Italy's high-end, custom-tuned enduro and downhill shock brand makes several performance updates for 2019 and will offer shocks in more sizes.

EXT Racing Shox Introduces ARMA V3 and STORIA V3 Coil Shocks

EXT Racing Shox is proud to announce they are now offering a new line of rear shocks to meet the demand for performance coupled with a new layout for an easy fitment. Available beginning February, 2019, the STORIA V3 and ARMA V3 were built for and developed by mountain bikers and racers through racing and rider feedback.

EXT Racing Shox works closely with OEM partners and EXT athletes to deliver a custom build that will provide optimal suspension performance. The STORIA V3 and ARMA V3 have improved all of the capabilities that the award-winning EXT mountain bike products are known for.

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V3 Improvements

  • The damping technology on the ARMA V3 and STORIA V3 shocks is a mono-tube design that retains the key benefits of the previous models: no cavitation, more control, and damping consistency.
  • New V3 models feature a larger diameter reservoir in order to obtain the lowest working pressure possible; the result is even greater sensitivity than previous models. This translates on the field as even more traction and grip that will keep the back wheel glued to the trail.
  • The shaft internal design has been enhanced in order to improve stress resistance.
  • STORIA V3 and ARMA V3 feature a refined high-flow valve to allow a fine setting of low- and high-speed compression, in addition to a proprietary technology that automatically splits compression and rebound adjustments. Every adjustment remains completely separated.
  • The rebound knob has been redesigned for a fast and easy spring swap.
  • Every rider can choose a full custom tune based on bike suspension design, rider weight, and riding style.
  • EXT engineers have been able to shave about 25 grams from the already lightweight previous models (same length, same spring rate).

STORIA V3 Enduro Shock

The primary goal of the STORIA V3 is easy-fitment on most mountain bike frames; for this reason the shock has seen a complete redesign, and can be purchased in metric or imperial sizing featuring standard or trunnion mounts.

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The STORIA V3 adopts the same hydraulic and internals of the ARMA. As with the previous STORIA model, V3 offers revolutionary LOK Technology that allows a completely separate compression lock-out system, now totally renewed with a new design, more progressive opening, and totally silent operation.

In order to allow every rider to use a softer spring rate and increase bike traction and handling, EXT engineers have imported from ARMA the hydraulic bottom out system named HBC (hydraulic bottom-out control). It is capable of creating more than 50% of hydraulic force only on the last part of the stroke, allowing riders to avoid any kind of bottom-out issues. This technology allows the use of thinner bottom-out bumpers, increasing the amount of useful travel.

STORIA V3 is designed to serve those customers who want maximum performance of a pedal-platform equipped shock, with great support in the last millimeters of the bike's rear travel and the great performance of a coil shock.

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STORIA V3 Features

  • 4 way adjustable (LSC-HSC-LSR-Lok proprietary system)
  • High flow Ø29 mm main piston
  • Ø24 mm valve piston
  • Ø14 mm shaft
  • Engineered rebound circuit to separate bump and rebound oil flow
  • Ultra low-friction coating
  • Factory tuned HBC technology
  • Very low reservoir pressure for maximum sensitivity (55 PSI)
  • Full custom hydraulic setup available
  • No cavitation
  • Very low hysteresis for high dynamic response
  • High turbulent flow for very low temperature depending
  • Low friction Energize seal
  • Weight: 760 gr. – 205x62.5 mm. Trunnion mount – 400 lbs. spring
  • MSRP: Euro 799,00 + VAT

ARMA V3 Downhill Shock

Like its younger enduro brother, the ARMA V3 downhill shock has seen lot of refinements from the previous model.

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Engineered with downhill focus in mind, the shock structure has seen a redesign in order to be more frame friendly. Both metric and imperial sizing are available, as are both classic and trunnion mounts.

HBC has been enhanced with a wider range of adjustment. This was done in order to prevent bottom-out issues, while allowing riders to use softer spring rates and still have good support. Like in the STORIA V3, this technology allows the use of thinner bottom-out bumpers and increases the amount of useful travel.

ARMA V3 is designed to serve those riders who want a coil feel with very high bump sensitivity, and still are in need of strong bottom-out support.

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ARMA V3 Features

  • 4 way adjustable (LSC-HSC-LSR-HBC)
  • High flow Ø29 mm main piston
  • Ø24 mm valve piston
  • Ø14 mm shaft
  • Engineered rebound circuit to separate bump and rebound oil flow
  • Ultra low-friction coating
  • User adjustable HBC technology
  • Very low reservoir pressure for maximum sensitivity (55 PSI)
  • Full custom hydraulic setup available
  • No cavitation
  • Very low hysteresis for high dynamic response
  • High turbulent flow for very low temperature depending
  • Low friction Energize seal
  • Weight: 720 gr. – 241x76 mm. eye to eye mount – 400 lbs. spring
  • MSRP: Euro 799,00 + VAT

 

Every EXT shock comes with two (+/- 25 lbs) super light steel spring options. Every EXT shock is also tested on a dyno bench before being shipped. EXT guarantees the lifetime tracking of their shocks, from first assembly through all services and spec changes.

The EXT STORIA V3 and ARMA V3 are completely engineered, assembled, and tested in Italy.

Shocks will be available beginning February, 2019 through EXT Racing Shox distributors and dealer networks. For a complete list of bike dedicated models, please contact EXT Racing Shox or visit www.extremeshox.com.

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Photos by Keith Valentine, Yann Audax and Alex Luise // Video by We.Mind

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RideEXT RideEXT 12/3/2018 9:17 PM

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These shocks look sick, and I'm super interested now that the Arma has HBC. Do you guys make service documents available and can they be serviced in North America by a competent suspension shop like Vorsprung, or Dirt Labs? Or do they always need to go back to Italy for service?

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Hi Zak..official USA distributor/service is Brennan Autosport located in California http://www.brennanautosport.com/mountain-bike/ext-racing-shox/

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Looking for a coil for my new Patrol!

Is there any distributor and/or service center in Portugal?

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Thanks for the response!

I would love to buy it, but then I would have to be shipping the shock to Italy everytime it needs service...

I'm not in the mood to buy such an expensive shock and have to deal with those types of problems after the purchase...

Cheers

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Will the Storia V3 with with Bronson v3? HBC would be perfect for that bike.

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With a little delay, we can confirm that Storia V3 fits Bronson V3 with no problems; clearance with 600 lbs spring is quite tight but is still ok !

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What I can tell you is that they LOVE the ZA climate! Been running one on my Nomad for a little while and it is on a whole different level to anything else I've ever used.

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I dealt with the guys over the phone and on email. Super helpful bunch. Customer service, delivery and product all top notch. In fact, I will be on the waiting list for one of these new guys wink

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Hi Capricorn, ZA is yet not covered by any distributor, in the meantime you can buy directly from us contacting by email.
Thank you.

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