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Old 06-28-2009, 05:18 PM
Jayhawk Ken Jayhawk Ken is offline
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Default The Ohlins Years

Which years of the recent EC series had the Ohlins forks? And while I'm it, do most of you think the Ohlins forks are a good thing versus the Zokes?

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:11 PM
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They were available for the first time in 2001. You could buy them as an option to the EC model in Canada - I special ordered one of these and imported it into the u.s.; In the U.S. - the importer at the time, GGNA, bundled the ohlins and other options into a special edition model, "SE".

GasGas Corporate then imported directly into the u.s. without a independent rep as the importer - so from 2003 on - you could either buy ECs or DE (Dealer Edition) with the ohlins fork option.

The ohlins fork option, I believe, adds resale and marketability to the bike. The downside is that they are more difficult to service with a double bushing setup. The fork tube is thicker at the lower clamp and uses a different lower clamp than other models.

The marzocchi is a very good fork. i have a set of surplus cannondale zokes on the front of a xr280 trailbike I have; Les (of LTR suspension) has ohlins forks on his XR and twin chamber 50mm marzocchi's on a husky txc510 we share. For most model years, the zokes tend to be valved a little more harsh out of the box; After a little massaging by a competent suspension tuner, all of these forks work very, very well.

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Old 06-29-2009, 08:28 AM
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They were also available on the MC250. My bike I believe was of US Origin with a Ohlins setup.

2003 EC250 w/ Ohlins pkg
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