Viking Warrior and Viking Voyager series are available in double adjustable only,
while the Viking Berserker and Viking Crusader series are available in either
double adjustable or triple adjustable. Coming soon will be Viking Berserker
quad adjustable. Viking does not make non-adjustable or single adjustable. A
non-adjustable shock has fixed valving. There is no way for you to change the
valving characteristics without opening up the shock, many of which are not
rebuildable anyway. A single adjustable often changes only one side of the
equation, which is most often rebound in our market, with the compression being
fixed. Or, worse yet, there are single adjustable shocks that simultaneously
change both compression and rebound with the turn of a knob, which makes for a
snappy marketing tagline but not-so-good results, as that is generally not
The only way to truly maximize performance or comfort is through the ability to tune
compression and rebound completely independent of one another. There are also
positive side benefits of eliminating the non and single adjustable options, such
as maximizing stroke length, not to mention the huge benefit of maximizing
economies of scale to bring down the production cost allowing us to pass the
savings to you through significantly reduced prices.
As mentioned above, the Viking double adjustable shocks allow you to independently adjust
the softness or firmness of compression and rebound. So, what does the Viking
triple adjustable do? The Viking triple adjustable breaks out the compression
adjustment into two adjustments - low speed and high speed. The rebound
adjustment is exactly the same as on the double adjustable shock.
Why is this break-out of compression into low speed and high speed important or needed? In
order to answer that question, it is beneficial to first explain the
characteristics of the force curves of shock absorbers. The curves can be
shaped as follows:
- Digressive: Forces ramp up quickly and flatten out as shaft speed increases
- Linear: Forces increase proportionately with shaft speed
- Progressive: Forces increase exponentially with shaft speed
- Regressive: Forces ramp up quickly and eventually decrease with shaft speed
On compression valving, the curve is generally either digressive or linear. The
curve for compression cannot be progressive through-out the higher shaft
speeds, as that would cause forces to build too high, causing failure of the
shock or some other component.
The Warrior and certain Berserker and Crusader double adjustables have digressive
compression forces as shown in the graph below:
As shown in the chart, the compression force is digressive, meaning the forces ramp up
quickly and blow off as shaft speed increases. Each turn of the adjustment knob
changes the force curve throughout the velocity of the shaft, at low and high
speed. Often, these tuning adjustments provide what is necessary for
performance or comfort.
What if you had the ability to alter the force based on the shaft speed of the shock
Now you could have higher force at 6 inches per second with lower
force at 2 inches per second. The force range at low speeds becomes an area
rather than fixed lines. For comfort alone, it would be huge to tune this way.
For performance, there is a whole new realm of possibilities.
Now that we can control the forces seen at low speed, it opens up the ability to increase
the max high-speed forces. It is now possible to have a shock with a much
larger range of potential compression force without having a negative impact on
the forces being generated at lower shaft speeds. For example, a shock that
previously had a max force at 6 inches/sec. of 300 lbs. can now have a max
force of 800 lbs.
The next quesion may be, what level of adjustability (double or triple) is right for me?
People often think this can be a difficult question with long, explanatory
answers. However, the fact is, the answer is extremely simple. If your budget
allows, a triple adjustable is the shock to purchase. Any shock that provides
more tuning capability is better period! Now, other companies may steer people
away from a triple adjustable due to the significant price tag, mounting
considerations due to an added canister, or complexity in tuning. However,
these are not issues with the Viking triple adjustable, as the shock is in a
single unit that does not require a canister. Further, all of the adjustment
knobs have distinct clicks, and the tuning guide provides easy instructions for
starting points based on the series and use of the vehicle. Lastly, the Viking
triple adjustable price point is unreal and has never been seen before in the
market, making the triple adjustable attainable for all!