The ride possibilities and experiences are endless- the new X series will provide the means to explore them. Our most versatile platform yet features an all new T3 compression adjustment, a new rebound design, and a modern design aesthetic.
The real concept behind the Jade X was to offer a coil that still retained some of the best attributes of an air shock- pedaling efficiency and “on the fly” quick adjustments.
Since there were less external adjustments, we really had to nail the compression and rebound tune. For this we created a brand new high flow piston to allow for more shims to control precise points of the stroke. The rebound and compression damping get strong where you need it and back off in situations where the wheel needs to move quick. The high/low speed compression and rebound now work dynamically to provide great support, control, and zero packing on high speed chatter. The end result is the most versatile coil shock option on the market. Achieve amazing pedaling efficiency with trophy truck DH performance at the flip of a switch.
T3 Compression Revamped
Three settings to conquer any terrain? Damn right. We went through countless tunes to land on the most versatile “on the fly” compression adjustment ever. The “Open” setting provides incredible trophy truck like performance, a middle position or our “support” setting for unmatched stability to counter rider input, and a firm position which is damn firm! Amazing for those grueling fire-road type steep climbs.
New Rebound Design
Rebound has a tendency to get overlooked but has the biggest impact on the overall performance of your ride. We wanted to tackle three main areas: Low Speed rebound for support, high speed rebound to eliminate packing, and management for heat to keep rebound performance consistent.
After countless shim stack configurations, we landed on an amazingly supportive feeling shock up to the SAG point and controls all rider input to the bike while reducing the oscillation effect. The mid-range rebound gets a boost in speed to eliminate packing all together and at the very end of the stroke, the rebound slows again to stabilize the bike. The end result is an extremely predictable feeling provide great support, control, and zero packing on high speed chatter.
Robust Chassis Design
The Jade X is designed with all oversized internal and external shafts, double bushings, and thicker seals to help manage side loading and stiffer linkage designs. The new X-Series shocks are built to take a beating and keep coming back for more.
With the new chassis and internal upgrades, the X-Series is the perfect shock for E-bike application.
Bladders are located in the reservoir of the rear shock and take the place of a traditional IFP or internal floating piston. They both have the same purpose but completely different ways of executing it. That purpose is to seperate the air from the oil. A bladder is basically a ballon which is filled with air and seated to the end cap. The bladder is filled with a high PSI to push back against the oil which creates pressure in the system. As the shock is compressed, oil flows through the the system and starts to compress the bladder.
When the shock goes to extend again, the bladder pushes the oil back in the opposite direction. This decreases the chances of what’s called cavitation. Cavitation is when there is a gap in the oil caused from air bubbles and creates a temporary loss of damping. Here’s an example of cavitation. Picture turning on a hose, what happens as the water is pushing the air out of the line? Water intermittently shoots out in between gaps of air. This same situation happens in suspension causing a loss of damping.
The real benefit of using a bladder over an IFP is when the shock is working dynamically or in “riding situations”. As the shock is compressing and rebounding at a high velocity, it can sometimes have a difficult time changing directions. An IFP usually has a moment of hesitation in that situation due to stiction between the outer O-ring and the inside surface of the reservoir. With a bladder that can’t happen and you get unmatched small bump sensitivity with a seamless transition from compression to rebound.