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Old Apr 18th 2016, 08:49 AM   #1
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Bitubo ECH29 fork cartidges

So Like a lot of you I have run into the loss of rebound damping on the base Marzocchi forks. I have had Racetech, Ohlins, and K-tech on other bikes. Befor my Pani, I had a 1098 base that raced and street rode that I had converted to Ohlins. So I have ridden with more that one brant or modified or replacement forks and shocks. Not trying to brag, just a little back ground so you know I do know at least a little about good suspension. I am an advanced class track day rider and a CCS licensed racer. I loved the base model forks. For my weight and riding style they worked great with just a lighter, and higher oil change. But when they lost rebound damping as they all seem to do, I went to the Bitubo ECH29 cartidges. Well this weekend was my first race weekend of the season, and I have to say the bitubo's are awesome! I did the cartridge swap myself, and it was really easy. You just pull the entire old cartridge out, and replace it with the Bitubo cartridge. When I ordered them, they worked with me to determine the correct spring rate, and as it turns out the rates were the same as I usually run. I have a 1.0 in one leg and a .95 in the other. I am lucky in that I have a local shop that is an Ohlins, K-tech and Bitubo dealer so support is not an issue. He also provides free spring changes until we get them correct, but mine came with the rates I requested.
So we raced this weekend, and the Bitubo's were great. After setting the sag, I put the comp and rebound in the middle. First practice the rebound seemed too much because the bike was wheeling indicating too much front rebound not allowing the forks to extend and follow the road. Compression felt good. (Shock is a revalved Sach, so no changes there since it already worked) I took three clicks out of the rebound and the bike settled and was great for the rest of the weekend. That was the only adjustment I made. My lap times improved slightly from other race dates at the same track due to better feel/feedback from the front.
So if you lost your rebound and want a quick and easy fix at a somewhat affordable price Look into the Bitubo. I Love them, now time for a race season durability test!
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Old Jun 29th 2017, 01:40 PM   #2
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Hey, I saw you put your bitubo cartridges in yourself...I was wondering if you had the steps to do it yourself for me? I have no experience in forks but don't want to pay the labor if I can do it myself.
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Old Jul 17th 2017, 10:50 AM   #3
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Bitubo cartriges

Super easy, but you will need some special tools. Where are you located? Might be able to loan the tools with a deposit that I would refund as soon as the tools came back in the same condition. Kinda like AutoZone.
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Old Mar 10th 2018, 02:48 AM   #4
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Ok...digging up this old thread because the dealership told me my Ohlins internals are junk. I’m considering the ECH29 cartridge replacements, but I have a 2012 1199s...what happens with the Ohlins electronic wires and will it cause problems with my dash for the suspension not being plugged in?
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Old Mar 12th 2018, 12:15 PM   #5
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The ECH come with new fork caps so the wires would have to be either removed, I would be willing to bet it would just be a separate harness that you could unplug, or you could just tuck them away. As for will you get a warning? someone else will have to chime in on that as I did not have the Ohlins. I will tell you that I have had zero issues with the Bitubo and still love them!

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