MEET SUSPENSION’S LATEST BRAINCHILD.
WHAT IS IT?
An entirely new race tune that delivers the perfect balance of efficiency and traction to ensure every watt possible gets translated into forward motion. A supple and more-responsive small-bump compliance for increased grip and less energy-sapping, momentum-killing chatter. The fork chassis is stiffer and lighter. The fork has the ability to seamlessly cycle between fully-open and fully-closed – literally thousands of times – on every ride. The new Position-Sensitive Brain ups the ante, and the pace, offering both entirely new features and further refinements to one of the most successful suspension platforms in World Cup history.
ABOUT THE DAMPING – A NEW WAY OF THINKING
Resulting from countless test hours in the lab and on the race course, the new Position-Sensitive Brain’s revised tune centers around a revised pedaling platform. Aligned more closely with the sag point, the platform offers racers more support when needed, while still ensuring maximum traction throughout the fork’s travel, whilst priming the Brain’s Inertia Valve system for quick and smooth transitions between damping circuits. A refined Brain Fade oil bypass adjustment allows riders to easily fine-tune the transition between free stroke and platform for the most fluid, natural-feeling Brain performance yet. The new Position-Sensitive Brain has moved into RockShox’s svelte-yet-sturdy SID SL chassis, which sheds grams while increasing stiffness. The result is more confident handling, allowing riders to take full advantage of the extra traction on tap.
DELEGATE TO DOMINATE
Nobody likes a micromanager. That’s why we gave the lockout lever its own office inside the damper all the way back in 2002. Brain, the star pupil of suspension sage Mike “Mick” McAndrews, takes Specialized’s category-changing Inertia Valve technology and allows both fork and shock to near-instantly switch between open and closed damping circuits to offer the ultimate efficiency over rapidly changing trail conditions. By leaving lockout duties to Brain’s latest Position-Sensitive Inertia Valve, riders can focus on wringing out every last watt where it counts—their legs, not their thumbs. Now in a package that lets riders easily tailor the Brain’s decision-making exactly to their preferences, the Brain’s performance keeps to the background, lessening needless distractions and freeing up focus to concentrate on what counts—winning.
F A Q
WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE LATEST POSITION-SENSITIVE BRAIN FORKS?
A completely new tune offers racers more platform feel while maintaining small-bump compliance, offering the perfect balance of efficiency and traction. Paired with a stiffer, lighter chassis that reduces stiction, the new Position-Sensitive Brain is the fastest fork we’ve ever created.
IS THE PLATFORM POSITION ON THE NEW POSITION-SENSITIVE BRAIN FORKS ADJUSTABLE?
While set at what testing has proven to be the most ideal balance of efficiency and traction (15mm into travel), for riders who prefer to personalize the performance and feel of the fork, the platform point can be set anywhere between 0-30mm of travel by a qualified technician by removing, adjusting and re-installing the Position-Sensitive Brain damper assembly.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT POSITION-SENSITIVE BRAIN FORK MODELS? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Comprised of three different models, the Position-Sensitive Brain lineup is differentiated by the placement of the tool-free rebound and compression adjustments. The Ultimate SL PS-TA and SL PS-TA Brain models are adjusted from the top of the fork, while the SL PS-BA Brain’s adjustment is on the bottom of the fork.
| MORE: specialized.com |IMAGES: Etienne Schoeman |