DT Swiss HVR rear shock review

Lightweight fettlers choice

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £400.00 RRP | USD $400.00
DT Swiss HVR rear shock

Our review

Light and loads of threshold adjustment, but expensive and accurate tuning is essential
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DT Swiss’ HVR is a valid option for those wanting a finely tunable threshold at the start of their shock stroke. At 215g it’s one of the lighter dampers available. The HVR low speed compression damping threshold adjustment stretches from almost fully locked to a gentle nudge before it starts moving. This makes it a good choice for riders trying to cut out pedalling bob or other unwanted movement.


It’s controlled by a dial rather than a lever. You need to turn the dial several times for a distinct change so it’s a set and forget shock rather than a tweak on the fly situation. Once you’re past the slight threshold clunk it’s a very buoyant stroke that tends towards fast, deep compression and rebound.


That means keeping it sitting smoothly in the sag-mid travel sweet spot needs careful air pressure and damping tuning. The rose-jointed bushings help reduce side loads in the shock, but allow more sideways sway in more flexible frames. At another £10 per end the bushings make it expensive.

Product Specifications


Name HVR shock (11)
Brand DT Swiss

Description Sizes: 165x37.5, 190x50, 200x55, 222x63.5mm
Weight (g) 215
Damping Adjustment Air spring pressure Compression Rebound