I met Obtanium Performance Products earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic. Since then I have been in contact with them. Based out of Bellevue, WA, Obtanium has developed an aerospace grade titanium spring. They have long been making springs for the aerospace industry and has now have moved into the bike industry.
They offer springs for a variety of shocks brands such as Fox DHX, Marzocchi, Cane Creek, just to name a few. They use a standard sized spring so it is compatible with most shocks in the market. You may need a Performance Adapter (available through Obtainium) for a proper fit.
Description from their website:
Since the Obtainium Ti spring has a 1.5 inch (38.1mm) inner diameter (I.D) the Performance Adapter will allow the spring to fit a smaller I.D. For example the Fox or Marzocchi shock has a 1.370 inch I.D. By using the Performance Adapter our 1.5 inch I.D. will fit properly without unwanted movement. Also since titanium springs use fewer coils they can be shorter and still have the needed travel.
Obtanium recently sent me a Ti spring for my SOCOM DH bike. My shock size is 9.5 x 3.00”. Spring received is a 400 x 300.
Check back in 2009 as my Team and I will be racing at various DH races. This unit will get more than its fair share of testing.
If you are looking for a lightweight option for your coiled shocks, visit Obtanium at www.obtainiumperformanceproducts.com.
MSRP is $285.00