Mountain Biking

Tested: EXT Storia Lok V3 Shock | $900 – Bike Magazine

Extreme Racing Shox isn’t the most well known suspension company in the world of mountain biking, but the Italian damper developer and its technical director, Franco Fratton carry some serious clout in motorsport. With an impressive resume building suspension for Formula One and World Rally legends like Mikka Hakkinen, Sebastien Loeb and others, as well as ongoing work in Touring Car, WRC and seemingly everything else that uses dampers, Fratton and EXT no doubt have the expertise to make waves in the mountain bike suspension market. Fratton has developed countless damper technologies now used by suspension developers across multiple industries—it wouldn’t be a stretch to call him one of the most accomplished suspension designers in the world. Considering this vast experience and continuing development, it’s no surprise that there’s something special going on inside the Storia Lok V3.