26
Sep
2010

2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

9/26/2010 : sicklines

Elka had a brand new fork cartridge on display as well as a highly updated Stage 5 shock. Check inside for a video with Patrick Tellier going over the features of the new cartridge as well as the updates to the Stage 5 shock for 2011.

2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge

Features:

  • Fits: FOX 40, 2010 BoXXer, FOX 36
  • Designed to be very easy to install as there is little that the consumer needs to do to install this new damper.
  • Low maintenance – The system separates damping oil from lubrication oil. Elka says most users won’t need to service the cartridge but once a year and they should be able to get by with just lubricating the seals and replacing lubrication oil in the lowers during a season.
  • Nitrogen pressurized design utilizing piston and shim stacks.
  • Pressured cartridge has ~40psi so you will most likely have to drop the spring rate on your fork to compensate.
  • Hard anodized
  • External compression (~18 clicks currently low speed) and external low speed rebound adjustable (25 clicks currently).
  • Internally the fork is shimmed and allows Elka to tune the cartridge system for different riders needs and wants (high/low rebound & compression)
  • $495 USD
  • Available soon, in limited production

Three tunes will be available

  • Pro-WC
  • Medium-Average tune designed for a more average racer or those looking for a bit more performance
  • Soft version that is designed for the recreational rider
, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

(click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

Low speed compression adjust on top (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

Rebound adjustment at the bottom (click to enlarge)

2011 Elka Stage 5 Shock

Updates:

  • New clear anodized finish for more neutral color and Elka says it helps keep the shock cool
  • Thicker shaft anodizing
  • Changed a compression circuit thread pattern to stop clicking some users experienced
  • Updated rebound jet to a 1 piece design instead of 3 piece to reduce squeaking sound and standardize # of clicks across all valvings
  • Same price as last year – $450 for shock, $45 for steel spring, $10 or $15 for shock hardware
, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

notice the new silver shock body finish (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

(click to enlarge)

Elka works closely with manufacturers in order to get shock tunes set up for each bike model. For 2011, the Elka Stage 5 shock will be an optional upgrade with many companies.  Check with Elka or your bike company to find out more.

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 Mongoose Boot'R Romaniuk version (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 Santa Cruz Driver 8 (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 Foes Hydro (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 Turner DHR (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 One Ghost (click to enlarge)

, 2010 Interbike: 2011 Elka Stage 4 Fork Cartridge and Updated Stage 5 Shock

2011 Cove Shocker featuring a slightly lower bb and slacker HA, lighted up as well this year (click to enlarge)

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