DT Swiss SSD 190L Rear Shock

DT Swiss SSD 190L Rear Shock 

DESCRIPTION

  • Stroke: 31 mm
  • Length: 152 mm
  • Sticker: Standard

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 07, 2011]
Greg01
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Extremely smooth ride if adjusted correctly. Feels like you just float across any terrain from rooty sections to rock gardens/etc etc... I don't normally use the rebound adjustment because i found a very nice sweet spot with this shock, which is something i have never been able to experience before. The lockout works extremely well. The shock is Extremely light for its amount of travel. The joints that mount to the frame are curved (i think its called ball joints) which allows the shock to rotate about 5 to 10 degrees. This makes sure that torque from the frame/pivot does not get transferred into torsion on the shock, which ensures a longer lasting shock.

Weakness:

The lockout lever is supposed to go from the 4'oclock position to the 6'oclock position, but for some reason my lever can swing around clockwise to the 2'oclock position (it doesn't stop at the 4). It doesn't effect the shock in any way, but it is strange nonetheless. That is the only weakness i have found

For a light, easily adjustable shock with a great lockout, look no further. This shock is perfect for the XC/AM rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 20, 2010]
Farmer Ted
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, big air can, plush, responds to adjustments well, a real lock out.

Weakness:

none so far

This shock came on my BMC Trailfox 01 and I wasn't sure of what to expect. The instructions that come with it are good and it's pretty easy to set up. The rebound control is very effective and has a wide range of adjustment and you can also tell the difference from one click of the adjuster to the next...something I haven't found to be true with all shocks and forks. The lockout really locks the shock out which is nice for the type of bike that it's on. The big air can means that short travel bumps are smooth as are the big hits. Small air pressure adjustments make a big difference in sag and shock feel. I've had some trouble getting full travel out of mine...the last 5 or 6mm of shock travel is hard to get (around 1/2" rear wheel travel on the bike that it's on) but this could be due to the suspension design too. Overall, I like it and if it holds up well, it will be a worthy alternative to the many Fox shocks out there.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Float

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 18, 2008]
Andrew Perry
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very smooth motion, sucks up bumps without excessive bob.

Weakness:

Have gone through two of these shocks, both have been riding beautifully before they wear the coating of the shaft and then fail to hold any pressure. A real shame and both have happened after approximately 1 yr of riding.

A great product that for some reason has failed twice in the same fassion. Am really annoyed. Will chase up DT Swiss and see if i can get anywhere, hope their customer service as is good as their product USUALLY is.

Similar Products Used:

None

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 26, 2007]
Milwaukeehaze
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Lightweight, small bump sensitive, easy to setup, and awesome lockout capability! Also, DT Swiss sells a remote lockout mechanism that works flawlessly from the handlebar.

Weakness:

The only thing so far is that the schrader valve is cast as part of the whole aluminum body of the shock and it seems like the threads are a bit fragile. Plus, the first 2/3 of the threads are flattened out on 2 sides, which makes for a bit of an issue with some shock pumps in getting a good seal when inflating the shock. I think this may be due to something in the machining process of the shock body.

I have only used this shock a few times, but it performs as good or better than my Fox Float R did. The reason I bought this shock was because I wanted lockout. I almost purchased the Fox Float RP23, but the controls are on the opposite side of the shock as the schrader valve is, and I can only mount the shock one way on my GIANT NRS C2, due to the rocker arms blocking access to the schrader valve. The controls would have been next to impossible to reach behind the pivots while riding. Since the schrader valve and lockout lever on this shock are both on the same side it works great with my GIANT setup.

I also purchased the Remote Lockout Mechanism to mount on the handlebar and it works great. I now have a shock that can be locked out on the fly from my bar and there is virtually no movement, even when standing and pedaling hard up a hill. Much more efficient riding than with the Float R since it didn't have a lockout.

I also want to mention that I accidentally stripped a bolt and bent a spring on the remote lockout mechanism and I e-mailed DT Swiss in Colorado, and they sent me the parts within a week at no cost!! Talk about great service!

The shock also has a 2-year warranty, which is definitely a plus with a component that takes a beating.

I think that Fox has some stiff competition with DT Swiss getting heavier into the rear shock arena.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Float R

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 17, 2008]
Nick Griffiths

Strength:

Light, build quality

Weakness:

None so far

I can't recommend this shock strongly enough. I recently replaced the Rockshox Ario on my BMC with this DT Swiss model and have been amazed by the improvement. I'd spent 6 months fiddling with the Rockshox, fine tuning the rebound and air pressure, and never getting a very good result - harsh ride and limited travel. I put the DT swiss shock on with the factory settings and it's superb, great ride and vastly improved overall handling. Very smooth on the rock gardens we get to the north of Sydney while still good on rougher stuff. If you have a BMC with an Ario I strongly recommend making the change.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox Ario

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 13, 2008]
Michael Kontos
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Strong, light and easy to use

Weakness:

Pricey. But you get good quality. Given a choice between Fox and DT, DT any day!

I bought an Intense Spider 29 and chose the Fox RP23 upgrade (up from Manitou Swinger). Unfortunately, as I live in Kenya, I relied on the supplier of the bike to ge things right. The RP23 was an absolute fiasco. I'm a big guy - 220 lbs - and even at max psi, the RP23 was like a pogo stick. I sent the shock back to the dealer and opted to change it for a DT 190 (good dealer). The DT 190 is absolutely fantastic. Easy to use (not like the RP23's many settings) and lockout means your bike becomes a hardtail. No regrets at all.

Similar Products Used:

Fox RP23

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 31, 2008]
Dennis Verburg
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, Very smooth, Easy to adjust, goodlooking and bombproof.

Weakness:

Optional parts expensive (bushings and remote control)
Shock it self: none.

I thought the Fox RP23 was good but I must admit that de DT shock is better. It feels like if you are floating above the ground. No hard bumps. And if you are climbing or riding on normal roads you use the remote control.
Piece of cake!!!

Similar Products Used:

Manitou SPV 3way, DT swiss SSD210L and Fox RP23.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 02, 2007]
Ed Merkel
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Design,functionality,lightness,very ergonomic rebound,quality of the product,low maintenance.

Weakness:

None

This GT frame came with a 6.5 travel RTS 22 rear shock,so my intention and priority was to custom a light all mountain bike,but this frame is designed for a 6.5 rear travel with an 80mm travel fork. I pass some nights at the work table and looking at the frame,and I found I could change the rear shock with an 7.5 travel and choose to buy a DT Swiss.

I have no troubles to install it,but I noticed the I-drive was forced and the rear shock fitted like a glove in my hand.Well,this problem was fixed when I pumped 130psi to the rear shock,so when I get sited on the bike,my weight(180 lbs) forced the rear shock to low one inch and that's enough for the I-drive to work. Obviously,I have to install a long travel fork to avoid any over stress
on the head tube and I choose to install a Marzocchi with 105 mm travel. This mix changed the geometry of the bike make in it a nice climber and fast descender.The final weight: 12.768 Kgs (28 ponds)


How the rear shock works ?.

On straight off road,it is very,very sensitive and gives you the comfort you are looking on a rear shock.

On uphills ,it keeps it's very sensitive way and lock out works perfect.

On Downhills,you get completely surprised on the work and functionality.I let you know if you use to do long downhills,as I did,you will notice a little oil bath on the travel bar and according to DT Swiss this is normal,but just a little.

What can I say,it's a very nice product and a great upgrade to any bike.You will stop looking for any other brand.This is an 100% Swiss made rear shock and may be a little pricy,but it worth every penny. I always used with a Lizard skin protector and have no complains until now,but I recommend you to lube the bar travel with chain lube in any ride you have,and you will enjoy this fine product for a long,long time.

Yes! I highly recommend this rear shock


Similar Products Used:

Rock shock,5th element,rts,fox.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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