EXT isn’t widely known in the mountain bike world—yet. If enough people ride this new Era fork, it might just become a household name the way the company’s technical director, Franco Fratton’s name is among suspension experts. In his decades-long career, the list of technologies developed by Fratton is staggering. He made the first-ever three-way damper, the first air-sprung Formula One shock and the first hydraulic bottom-out in World Rally suspension, just to name a few of his many accomplishments. The majority of his and EXT’s history is in the upper echelon of motorsport racing, but the company began developing bicycle suspension back in 2012, and when its first coil shocks hit the market in 2014, they were good. Real good.


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