I hit the world wide web for reviews and user feedback on lightweight, compliant cross country forks. The MBR forum repeatedly, time and again came back with the same response, which eventually lead to the decision to swap out my existing Rock Shox for a DT Swiss OPM ODL. That’s a whole lot of acronyms!
OPM : One Piece Magnesium
Describes the lightweight magnesium fork lowers with their distinctive reverse arch. Reviews rave about the advantages of the stiff chassis when tracking through rough terrain.
ODL : Open / Drive / Lock-out
Describes the three compression settings. What attracted me to the fork was the number of reviewers who have commented how supple the fork is descending in Open mode. Drive mode offers increased damping support for technical trails and climbing under power. The lock-out is for bob free climbing and out of the saddle sprints. These modes are selected using the handle bar mounted remote lock-out, which is described on several websites as the best in the business.
This all comes in an extremely race friendly sub 1500g package. As well as the positive reviews, a certain Nino Schurter rode this fork to the 2015 World Championships - and if it is good enough for him....!
Having made the decision, my Rock Shox went onto ebay and all was looking good until the DT Swiss fork went out of stock world wide overnight! Now I didn’t have a bike and with suppliers quoting expected delivery dates like August I thought it was going to be time for plan B. However, at the last minute my contact at Strada Wheels discovered the lesser known Team edition fork in stock at UK distributers Madison. (Thanks Darren!) 300 of these limited edition forks are being made and only a handful are making it to the UK, so it seems I have lucked out!
DT Swiss OPM O.D.L Team Edition
- 100mm travel
- Weight: 1458g including 15mm axel and handlebar lock-out.
- Carbon tapered steerer
- 15mm RWS axle
- SKF bushings
- Team Edition decals
- Supplied with shock pump