Heat should actually be less of an issue in an air-damped shock than an oil-damped shock as air is, for all intents and purposes, not going to change viscosity as its temperature changes.tacubaya said:Anyone has info on what happened to this shock, and how does air damping actually works for long downhill runs knowing that air doesn't have a lot of heat capacity?
+1. Air compresses, oil doesn't. A high force event on the shock can compress the air "damping fluid" making it inconsistent across a range of events.Surestick Malone said:I suspect the biggest obstacle designing an air-damped shock is that the fluid used for damping is compressible which might make the damper act a bit like a spring in some conditions.
That said it's been done (Cane Creek & Englund Total-Air) so obviously it's doable. Is it doable to the the standards of todays high-end shocks though? That's the market that Magura seems to aim for with their suspension products.