Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Gone Riding.......
Elka was the first aftermarket shock I have tried on the 10 and it was a night and day differance. I had it ravalved and resprung for my weight and riding style etc. with very good results. Bike hooks up a lot better and is very compliant, had to relearn the bike as my overall rear grip increased (bike before with OEM shock was too stiff and would break traction a lot easier). The guy that did all the work on the suspension for me even preferred Elkas as they were easier to setup and get dialled in. He also thought that Elka and Ohlins were the only rear aftermarket shocks worth installing before you start spending really big money on serious race kit suspension. I would say almost any rear shock though would be a good improvement over stock, just depends how much money you want to spend. Me I picked up an Elka Triple on Ebay for $650 in Austrlalia, they retail here for $1895, so I was very happy with my money spent.