The 160mm-travel Diamond is packed with innovative features.

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Score 8

DVO Diamond

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DVO Diamond 160mm fork review

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£799.00
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The 160mm-travel Diamond is packed with innovative features.

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It’s available for 27.5in and 29in wheel sizes. Travel on the 27.5in version is adjustable in 10mm increments from 130-160mm using clip-in plastic spacers. Doing a travel swap only takes 10 minutes, but you’ll need specialist tools.

The air spring is a cartridge design to make servicing easier. So even though the Diamond has 35mm stanchions, the smaller spring volume of the cartridge meant that we were running pressure in excess of 100psi.

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Former Marzocchi engineers have put their skills to good use

Former Marzocchi engineers have put their skills to good use

With patents protecting Fox and RockShox’s self-equalising negative air springs, DVO uses a fixed negative coil spring. It’s not an ideal solution, but to help accommodate different rider weights, preload on the negative spring is adjustable using the Off The Top (OTT) dial at the base of the left leg.

It’s a neat feature that allows you to fine-tune the sensitivity of the beginning stroke, but we needed to run the OTT dial in almost the full-sensitive position just to eliminate the dead spot and top-out at the beginning of the travel. That doesn’t leave much scope for heavier riders.

The cartridge design, coil negative spring and OTT adjuster all add weight, but thanks to the hollow crown, tapered stanchions and a pared-down 15mm quick-release, the Diamond is only 170g heavier than the lightest fork on test, the Fox 36.

Off The Top dial helps with small bump sensitivity

Off The Top dial helps with small bump sensitivity

Damping-wise, the Diamond gets external rebound, high-speed compression and a quick adjust, five-position low-speed compression lever.

DVO recommends running the low speed in the lightest setting for descending, but this made the fork feel overly active, probably because we’d cranked up the OTT sensitivity.

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Increasing the low-speed threshold to the mid position helped stabilise the fork but it also introduces a slight compression knock. Nothing serious enough to degrade grip or comfort, but mildly annoying nonetheless.

As it stands, the Diamond is ultra-plush and can withstand a lot of abuse. If DVO really wants it to stand out in this ultra-competitive category, however, the Diamond needs a little polishing. Better signposting on the high-speed compression and OTT dials, and a range of negative spring rates for different weight riders would be a great place to start.

Details

Weight:2,159g
Stanchions:35mm

Axle:15mm QR
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