Vorsprung Luftkappe air piston kit for Fox 36 forks review

Improve traction and support with this suspension upgrade

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £104.00 RRP
(inc. installation tool & postage)
Vorsprung Luftkappe air piston kit for mountain bike suspension fork

Our review

If you value traction and support over using every bit of travel, the Luftkappe is a significant upgrade
Pros: Improves early-stroke suppleness; at the same time, increases support in the mid-stroke
Cons: Makes the fork more progressive, so some will struggle to use all the available travel; difficult to fit yourself
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The Vorsprung Luftkappe replaces your fork’s air-spring piston and increases the volume of the negative air chamber, making the spring softer in the first part of the travel (even with increased air pressure) and firmer towards the end.

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There’s a version to suit most 35mm RockShox forks and 34mm or 36mm Fox forks. You might want to get a suspension workshop to fit it for you, so factor that into the cost.

I had mine installed in a 160mm-travel Fox 36 Factory GRIP2 fork by Sprung Suspension. Even with 5psi more in the spring, the Luftkappe noticeably softens the fork’s initial stroke, resulting in slightly more sag.

I raised the bar by 5mm to compensate, yet still found that traction and stability through off-camber roots was improved. The Luftkappe also keeps the fork higher in its travel when braking hard.

It makes the 36 so progressive that it’s hard to use all the travel, even without volume spacers fitted and with the compression damping fully open.

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This does make it firmer on big landings though, and if you normally use volume spacers, you can remove them when fitting the kit to compensate for the added progression.

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £104.00
Year 2019
Brand Vorsprung

Features

Features Compatible with: Most 35mm RockShox forks / 34mm or 36mm Fox forks