Breaking into the trail fork market, especially at this sort of price, is a tough ask. But DVO has come out swinging with its first single-crown fork.
The Diamond’s 35mm stanchions help produce a stiff, accurate steering chassis. It’s more than happy being properly pummelled into the rough stuff at speed.
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Alongside the easy-to-adjust air spring there’s DVO’s OTT (Off The Top) adjuster. This adjusts the negative spring, altering how the initial part of the stroke feels.
High- and low-speed compression adjustment on the diamond is impressively comprehensive:
High- and low-speed compression adjustment on the Diamond is impressively comprehensive
We found the range of adjustment (a full 14 turns) very noticeable, and dialled in our 160mm travel test fork so it was sensitive enough off of the top to claw traction from dry and loose summer trails, without compromising its hard-hitting ability or support on steeper trails.
A closed-cartridge bladder takes care of damping duties, offering easy-to-use, adjustable high- and low-speed compression adjustment. Hammer into a series of repetitive hits, and the control is seriously impressive.
Also available in green:
The Diamond is also available in green
Although it’s not quite as slick as the Fox 36 in the really choppy stuff, the Diamond can hold its own when things get ugly. At 2.16kg (uncut steerer), it’s heavier than its direct competition though.