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 Rear shock from EMC-France : first experience

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PostSubject: Rear shock from EMC-France : first experience   Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:31 pm

Hello

after my second Marzocchi shock started leaking and completely lost it's oil during last summer, I decided to invest into something real.
There are actually 2 shocks on the market:
- the Hagon shock (all merits again to Nick)
- the shock from EMC France.
- Tom and Bruno are actually in contact with Wilbers but

I opted for the EMC shock for the following reasons:
- nobody yet tried it, so it's worth the experience :)))
- EMC is a french company that makes it very interesting for our french Atlas drivers.
- EMC has an excellent reputation for it's service.
- finally the EMC is a gas shock whereas the Hagon is 'only' emulsion.

When I went to the EMC website to order it online, I was shocked: all the Laverda shocks had disapeared!
Next day I gave EMC a phone call, the guy was friendly, precise and straight forward. He found the shock in the catalogue (it's named "Atlas OR 650"), to be shure, we compared the specifications: they still date from the time when EMC was a british company before beeing sold to France. When asking how long it would take to built it, the response was "within 24 hours" - not bad!!!

The shock is ways heavier and more solid than the original Marzo. On road it works as it should do: you don't notice the rear any more. But the real big difference is offroad: the rear wheel is glued to the ground, there is loads of traction now, finish the jumping and wobbeling rear, you can fly over bigger bumps with gas full on without fear to make saltos.
The EMC has - like the Hagon - a combined regulation of rebound and compression with an wide range from "soft like a sofa" to "hardtail-like". This makes it very efficient to adapt the rear to the front suspension and/or the type of ground. Now with the new rear, you even stronger feel the insensivity of this old kind of front fork - next thing to improove :)))

@ Nick: Maybe next time we meet, we could compare the EMC with the Hagon.

Frank

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PostSubject: Re: Rear shock from EMC-France : first experience   Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:50 pm


Wilbers now has the Atlas shock in their program. It's probably not listed in their catalog at the moment as Bruno and I were at Wilbers back in November to get the first one fitted into Bruno's test mule. Works great and for those who are vertically challenged (i.e. short...) you can order different lengths. Shortening the shock 7mm will drop the seat height down 30mm. Both Bruno's and my wife's bikes also have the forks "shortened" 30mm. To be more precise they've been modified so they do no not extend completely. You will need to shorten the sidestand about 20mm so limit the potential for gravitational blunders. Should anybody decide to go the Wilbers route please check the shock length (middle of the upper bolt hole to the middle of the lower bolt hole with the bike unweighted so the shock is fully extended) if you have an original shock in your bike. I've found two different shock lengths and no idea what length goes to which model. Wilbers has been doing an "Oktoberfest" rebate in October (when else?!) these last few years where there is a 10% discount. Hopefully this year will be the same.

Nick Alcock has good experience with his Hagon. However, the one I tried in my wife's Atlas has left a lot to be desired and after several attempts by Hagon to cure its stiction problems it has never worked 100%. It has now gone into the trash and has been replaced by a Wilbers unit. Not slagging Hagon, just going by personal experience.

Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Rear shock from EMC-France : first experience   Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:46 am

Hi Tom,

> Wilbers now has the Atlas shock in their program. It's probably not listed in their catalog

could you give me the reference number ?

> I've found two different shock lengths and no idea what length goes to which model.

another strange Laverda thing

Franky
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