My experiences so far, coming from a modified stocker to the mech.:
1.)Install is easy, basic hand tools, no permanent modifications to anything is required.
2.) Adjusting the preload is easier now with the remote adjuster. I Love that.
3.) The changes in the suspension are not noticeable. I guess it adjusts pretty smoothly, because once I was out on the track, I completely forgot about it. That's really the best compliment I can give a shock.
4.) There is a hint of not not enough rebound dampening in the shock at race pace. It wasn't noticeable at my old pace, but as I picked up speed, I did get a little wallowing feeling from the back exiting the turns like I did with the stock shock before I had it modified).
Overall, I would say this shock is perfect for the street/track rider who wants the best of both worlds. For racing, I love it because I don't have to tinker with settings, trying to find the right dampening. However, I suspect that eventually I will outgrow the dampening characteristics of the shock and I will be unable to adjust it as far as I can tell. That is at full-blown race pace on slicks though. I just love the plug-and-play of it though and can't stress that advantage enough.
The stock shock as it comes from the factory needs help. You can get it re-sprung and re-valved and it will work pretty good, but in stock form it is not up to the task of race track duty.
If you ride street and track regularly, get the Ohlins Mech.
If you want better street riding only, re-spring the stock shock
If you want improved street riding and occasional track, modify stock shock spring and dampening
If you ride mostly track/race and know what you're doing with a shock, get a regular Ohlins shock.
If you ride track only, but suck at adjusting suspension like me, get the Ohlins Mech.
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