RockShox Vivid Ultimate mountain bike rear shock-6 Reviving the Vivid rear shock family name, RockShox’s latest release sees the beefy air-sprung model get position-sensitive damping, according to the brand.
Its latest tech, dubbed TouchDown, enables the rear shock to ‘bypass’ the compression damping generated by the main piston’s movement in the first 10 per cent of its travel.
This ‘undamped’ portion of travel is claimed to improve off-the-top sensitivity, helping the bike absorb and smooth out rough, stuttery sections of trail.
Its new DebonAir spring uses increased air volumes to give a ‘coil-like’ feel, while retaining bottom-out resistance adjustability thanks to volume-reducer spacers.
Like the current range of Super Deluxe shocks , the new Vivid has adjustable hydraulic bottom out (HBO) to improve end-travel performance.
True to form, the Vivid is offered in Ultimate, Select+, Select and basic models, but only the Vivid Ultimate and Ultimate DH are available to buy aftermarket. These retail for between £749/$699/€839 and £799/$729/€874. Five things you need to know about the new RockShox Vivid shock
> TouchDown technology is claimed to reduce the effect of compression-damping forces in the first 10 per cent of its travel, in a bid to improve smoothness. It shares the adjustable hydraulic bottom-out system and shim stack with the Super Deluxe Coil. A high-volume air spring is claimed to give ‘coil-like’ performance. Aftermarket upgrades include an Ultimate-level reservoir for Select+ and lower models to increase adjustability, and eyelet bearings to reduce friction during compression. The new Vivid can be bought with pre-installed tunes […]