Control + Bump Delete
Delete harshness, gain control, and elevate your fork's performance to a whole new level with the ultimate air spring system, bar none: presenting the Secus.
For the first time, we created an air spring with a truly better spring rate, everywhere in the travel, than a coil. The Secus upgrade delivers the first and only air spring system to really come indistinguishably close to the linear spring rate of a coil fork for the entire first 2/3rds of its travel, with the advantage of a gentle end stroke progression to prevent bottoming without the “wall of force” harshness that excessively progressive springs create.
Three Stages of Control
By independently optimising the beginning, middle and end portions of the stroke, the Secus gives you the linear-to-progressive spring rate that coil springs and traditional air springs alike wish they had.
Initial stroke - enlarged negative air spring chamber delivers a soft, supple initial stroke for ultimate small bump compliance
Midstroke - where traditional air spring rates drop off in the midstroke, our proprietary Midstroke Support Valve technology boosts the midstroke spring rate to maintain linearity, for support, predictability, ride height and compliance
End stroke - enlarged lower leg volume reduces overall progression even at higher pressures and allows for a wider range of end-stroke ramp options to be utilised with standard fork volume spacers.
Ride with confidence
12 Month Crash Replacement Guarantee
We will replace any parts of your Secus damaged in the event of a crash or other accident for the first 12 months of ownership - no questions asked. Just email us a photo of what’s damaged, your proof of purchase and let us know how it happened - we’ll do the rest.
|Fork||Year & Specification||Secus Variant|
|Fox 32||2018+ (unless footnut on spring side is recessed)||Fox A1|
|Fox 34||2018+ (unless footnut on spring side is recessed)||Fox A1|
|Fox 36||2018+||Fox A1|
|Fox 38||2021+||Fox A2|
|2018+ (Note: Installation tool sold here, air spring is difficult to disassemble)||Fox A3|
|Fox 32 StepCast||Not Compatible|
|Fox 34 StepCast||Not Compatible|
|Marzocchi Z1||2019+||Fox A1|
|Rockshox Pike / Revelation (2014-2018)||
Requires 2019-20 (B1/B2) Debonair Airshaft update to be directly compatible, or you may use the (2021) C1 Debonair Airshaft and replace the sealhead. The BIP (Bananas in Pyjamas) B1/B2 sealheads can be included in the kit by selecting the dropdown option in 'Tools Required', and may also be purchased separately here. Secus is not compatible if air side footbolt is recessed in the lowers (some 2018 forks).
|Rockshox Pike / Revelation (2019-2020)||
Compatible unless footbolt on spring side is recessed. No replacement sealhead needed if using stock air shaft (B1/B2).
|Rockshox Pike / Revelation (2021+)||Requires 2019-20 (B1/B2) Debonair Airshaft update to be directly compatible, or you may use the (2021) C1 Debonair Airshaft and replace the sealhead with the BIP (B1/B2) sealheads. The BIP (Bananas in Pyjamas) B1/B2 sealheads can be included in the kit by selecting the dropdown option in 'Tools Required', and may also be purchased separately here.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Lyrik / Yari (2016-2018)||Requires 2019-20 (B1/B2) Debonair Airshaft update to be directly compatible, or you may use the (2021) C1 Debonair Airshaft and replace the sealhead with the BIP (B1/B2) sealheads. The BIP (Bananas in Pyjamas) B1/B2 sealheads can be included in the kit by selecting the dropdown option in 'Tools Required', and may also be purchased separately here.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Lyrik / Yari (2019+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed for 2019-21 (B1), BIP sealhead is required for C1 air shafts (red footstud) on 2021-22 forks.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Zeb (2021+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Boxxer (2019+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed.||Rockshox A3|
|Any year Rockshox Pike or Lyrik forks with 35mm C1 (2021+ style) air shaft kit installed||Requires Bananas In Pyjamas (BIP) Sealhead to be installed. The BIP (Bananas in Pyjamas) B1/B2 sealheads can be included in the kit by selecting the dropdown option in 'Tools Required', and may also be purchased separately here.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Lyrik (2023+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed. Includes A3 adaptor to replace Buttercups on relevant air shafts.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Pike (2023+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed. Includes A3 adaptor to replace Buttercups on relevant air shafts.||Rockshox A3|
|Rockshox Zeb (2023+)||Compatible. No replacement sealhead needed. Includes A3 adaptor to replace Buttercups on relevant air shafts.||Rockshox A3|
Note: Rockshox A3 fitment kit replaces the previous Rockshox A1 and A2 kits. They all share the same footstud part, but the A2 kit also includes spacer shims to allow for fitment on forks that the A1 kit did not fit. The A3 kit includes the spacer shims plus an adaptor for Buttercup air shafts. Note that the Buttercups will be replaced.
The Secus does what it says on the tin. It significantly improves tracking, predictability and reduces brake dive, but this inevitably comes with small downsides; chiefly it's less forgiving on large bumps. I also found that going up in travel was the best way of maintaining ride height while enjoying the full benefit of the soft-beginning stroke, which is something to consider. The benefits and trade-offs may vary with other forks, but with the RockShox Zeb I tested it's a good option for aggressive or stronger riders who are happy to take a bit more big-hit feedback in exchange for more predictability, support and ground-hugging grip.Seb Stott, Pinkbike
I think the biggest benefits of the Secus will be felt by people — like me — who care a lot about midstroke support and generally find themselves trying to eke as much as possible out of their forks without diminishing their performance in other areas. That said, I also truly don’t think that there are any performance downsides to the Secus compared to a stock fork, no matter how you prefer to set up your suspension. It’s a very clever, very impressive offering."
Read the full review here: https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/vorsprung-secus-fork-air-spring-upgradeDavid Golay, BlisterReview.com
As with other aftermarket suspension offerings from Vorsprung, the Secus has a notable effect on performance. Even with the latest Fox 36 providing more mid stroke support than previous models, the Secus improved it even more and the lighter initial stroke and gentler final portion of travel overall made the fork more comfortable and capable on the trail.AJ Barlas, NSMB
The Secus’ impressive sensitivity takes the initial harshness off high-speed impacts so nicely it got me hyped up to ride harder and faster! Plowing through medium-sized bumps at high speeds, I found the repeated impacts easier on my arms and felt like my front wheel was finding traction in those rough patches better than before.Steve Fisher, Bikerumor.com
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Smashpot or Secus? Let's compare...
Most mountain bike forks these days are air sprung, likely due to being easily adjustable and light, however the performance benefits of coil springsare clear, so why one and not the other- ‘Should I go for the Smashpot or the Secus?’
Lightweight Riders & Fork Performance
While there are no exact definitions or numbers to determine exactly who is a "heavy rider" or ‘light rider’, riders weighing less than about 65kg (145 pounds) are likely to suffer disproportionately more from friction and the non-scalable aspects of an air fork like ramp up from lower legs.
The Limitations of Air Springs
Most forks that come on mountain bikes these days are air sprung, likely due to being lighter and more adjustable when compared to a coil sprung fork. Air spring designs have improved over the years, however there are still compromises on their performance which we will cover below.
|Is the Secus suited to lightweight riders?||Yes, absolutely - by significantly reducing the ramp-up effect that comes from compressing air within the lower legs of the fork (which generates the same force for all riders regardless of size, ie proportionally far more for lighter riders), we can make the fork work much more effectively for light riders.|
|Is the Secus suited to heavy riders?||Yes - the scalability of the whole air spring is improved. Heavy and light riders alike will now find the spring system performs much the same for either of them. However, manufacturer maximum pressure ratings need to be accounted for - typically with the Secus you’ll run about 20% higher pressure than with a stock air spring, so check your fork’s maximum rated pressure and ensure that you’re ~20% lower than that with your current air pressure before purchasing. While the Secus itself is fine at any realistic operating pressure you’re likely to encounter, we cannot guarantee that the rest of the air spring will hold up if manufacturer pressure ratings are exceeded.|
|It sticks out the bottom of my fork - what if I hit it on something?||
It’s true, you do now have an additional part outside your fork that you could potentially hit and damage. We’ve designed it to be as low profile as possible, able to flex out of the way for vertical impacts until it’s supported by the lowers, and able to rotate out of the way for lateral impacts until it contacts the brake caliper. It protrudes about 15mm (sideways) beyond the lower legs of a Fox 36.
However occasionally somebody’s going to get unlucky and damage it in a crash, just like any other bike part. To that end, we offer a 12 month crash replacement guarantee - if you damage it in a crash in the first 12 months of owning it, we’ll send you the replacement parts you need, free of charge - just email us a photo of what’s damaged and your proof of purchase and we’ll do the rest. (Wouldn’t it be nice if someone offered that for brake rotors or derailleurs?)However, it goes without saying that you do need to use some common sense and be a bit more careful when taking the front wheel off and sitting the fork on the ground, flying with the bike in a bag/box, or throwing it over a tailgate pad, because even better than a crash replacement guarantee is not having to use it.
|How hard is it to install? Do I need any special tools?||You’ll need a torque wrench with a crowsfoot adaptor, and 10mm shaft clamps (select the Secus + 10mm shaft clamp option in the drop down menu). Beyond those, nothing special is required - if you’ve serviced your fork’s air spring before, you can install this easily enough.|
|Does it make it harder to service my fork once it’s installed?||Not really. You need to depressurise slowly whilst holding the MSV charge button, but other than having to slide the Secus off/on the footstud and realign it when torquing the footnut, the process is much the same. Air spring services can be carried out as per normal using OEM factory parts. Lower leg services can be carried out as per normal using OEM factory parts. The o-rings on the footstud need to be inspected every service - if they’re dirty or damaged they’ll need replacement. Each Secus kit includes spare footstud o-rings to make sure you’re covered for this when the time comes.|
|Does it add any friction to the fork’s movement?||No - while there is an additional floating piston, it’s not directly connected to any of the moving parts of the fork. It only moves once pneumatic pressure in the lowers is enough to overcome the seal friction. All the other moving seals are the factory seals from Fox or Rockshox.|
|How hard is it to service the Secus itself?||No special tools are required to service the Midstroke Support Valve or the IFP. Service procedures can be viewed on our website.|
|How often does the Secus itself need service?||We recommend servicing the Secus (cleaning and regreasing the MSV and IFP) every 200hrs, or approximately every 4 lower leg services if you’re keeping on top of your service intervals.|
|Where do I get seals for the Secus if I need them?||Seal kits are available on our webstore or from our dealers. We also publish specifications for all the o-rings it uses in case it’s easier for you to buy them locally. Spare footstud o-rings are included in the kit because these are the ones you’re likely to need first.|
|Is the Secus transferable from one fork to another?||
Yes - you may need another footstud. Please check compatibility above.
|Is the Secus installation process reversible - can I go back to stock if I want to?||Yes - no issues here.|
|Does the Secus alter the damping?||No - the spring and damper are physically and functionally separate components. This has no direct effect on the damper, so whatever damping characteristics you had before, you’ll still have after the Secus is installed.|
|Do I need to alter my damping settings or valving if I install the Secus?||Not necessarily - the average spring rate will actually be roughly the same as before, but the proportions change between early/mid/late travel. As a result, you’ll still need comparable amounts of rebound damping, and compression damping is largely based on personal preference regardless of spring curve. You may find you prefer slightly different damper settings with the Secus, but it doesn’t require drastically different damping settings (unless your existing settings weren’t well suited for you anyway).|
|Should I also upgrade my damper to XYZ cartridge if I install the Secus?||You may prefer the performance of a better damper cartridge as well - however whether you upgrade your damper cartridge or not is actually a fairly separate concern to whether you install the Secus.|
The Secus seems to fit a lot of different forks - does it have the same effect on all forks?
|Yes, it has a similar effect on all forks - the extent to which it changes the spring characteristic decreases slightly as the fork’s internal volumes increase. Without overcomplicating things, this means it has a slightly larger effect on singlecrown forks (eg 32/34/36/Lyrik/Pike) than it does on dual crown forks such as the Boxxer or 40, however the improvement is marked even on dual crown forks.|
Why don’t you publish graphs for all the forks the Secus can be fitted to?
|Because there are simply too many variations to provide them for - even for one model of fork there are different travels, lower leg volumes by wheel size/year, volume spacer configurations, stanchion lengths, air spring shaft specifications, and then air spring pressure all affect the resulting spring curve slightly. However, the modern Fox and Rockshox forks are generally so similar in their spring characteristics that differentiating between them is basically splitting hairs.|
|Does the Secus work with MY2021 (C1) Rockshox Debonair updates?||No. The C1 sealhead effectively shortens the air shaft and reduces/eliminates the pneumatic topout control present in the B1/B2 air shaft assemblies. While the Secus can be physically attached to a C1 Debonair air shaft assembly, it will reduce your travel and may top out noticeably loudly. We strongly recommend replacing the C1 sealhead with a B1 sealhead. The replacement B1/B2 sealhead is available here.|
|Can I install a Luftkappe with this?||On Rockshox forks no. On Luftkappe-compatible Fox forks it's physically possible but it will not perform well. Use the stock air piston with the Secus instead.|
|Will this work with a Smashpot?||No.|
|Do the lower leg bleed buttons continue to work?||Yes, continue to use the bleed buttons as per normal.|
|Do I want/need the Secus?||It’s an upgrade kit for performance-minded riders who want the best from their bike - you don’t need it to go ride your bike and have fun, but it will improve your ride quality.|
|Will I even be able to tell the difference if I’m not very sensitive to suspension setup/behaviour?||You can feel a big difference just pushing on the fork in the parking lot. It’s not a subtle difference.|
|What is the Bananas in Pyjamas (BIP) sealhead?||The BIP sealhead is a replacement sealhead for Rockshox Debonair C1 type air shafts in the 35mm forks (Pike and Lyrik), it is the same as the B1/B2 type sealhead but better because it's black instead of red. Why is it called Bananas In Pyjamas? Here's why.|
WARNING: VORSPRUNG products should be installed and serviced by a trained bicycle service technician, in accordance with both VORSPRUNG and original manufacturers' specifications. If you have any doubt whether or not you can properly service your suspension product, or you have not performed this kind of work before, then please DO NOT attempt it. Improperly serviced products can fail, causing the rider to lose control resulting in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. That's not a joke. Don't mess around with it if you don't know what you're doing, because the best case scenario is usually that you damage something in the process. Do not perform any kind of service on your suspension whilst drunk, high or stupid. We accept no responsibility nor liability for component damage or failure of any description in the case of self-installed units.
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