Product Showcase: Race Tech’s Emulators Explained

Cycle News Staff | January 30, 2014

Race Tech’s Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators

Here is Race Tech’s explanation of why you might want an emulator:

Damping-rod forks are notorious for being both too harsh and too easy to bottom. This is the nature of damping-rod-fixed-orifice forks. Until now, all you could do is change spring rate, oil viscosity and damping-hole size. The best available was a serious compromise.

The Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator is another one of the inventions from Race Tech’s Paul Thede. Simply put, emulators make damping-rod forks perform like well-tuned cartridge forks. Emulators are tunable valves that sit on top of the damping rods and are held in place with the main springs. This makes them both simple to install and completely tunable for all conditions and rider preferences.

In this video below, Race Tech founder Paul Thede explains his reasons for inventing the Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator and the advantages that follow when installing them in Harleys, vintage MX bikes and cruisers.


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