If you're new to trials the Betor steel range is ideal. Made in Spain originally for Bultacos, they cover most bikes
and rider weights with choices of damper length and spring rate. And they're good enough that you probably won't
bother to upgrade them as you improve - look around at the next meet, probably 50% of the bikes will be using these shocks!
The gas-pressurised soft dampers are available in 340/360/400mm length steel bodies and there is a choice of
either 40lb, 50lb or 65lb starting spring rates, although the springs are progressive and end up at around 80/90lb.
They have 105mm travel, 6-position preload adjustment via circlips, and 12mm rods.
Bushes are fitted with 12mm steel sleeves. These can be pushed out if you need 14mm, or we can supply steel inserts to reduce
the hole size to 10 or 8mm. Weight is around 2.5kg the pair. They can be fitted upside down if required.
Rebuildable, and like the motocross shocks above they are fitted with schrader valves for you to set your own pressure
if you have nitrogen available!! [See below for repair kits]
And then there are Alloy Pro's, the latest version of the old favourite. The steel bodies are chromed, and fitted with aluminium
end pieces to save weight - only 200 grams saved, but it all counts!!. Redesigned internally as well, they are excellent.
Plus the preload adjustment is now via threaded body rather than circlip, and the lower bushes are semi-conical to
allow more freedom of movement. Available in 320mm, 340mm, 350mm, 360mm, 380mm & 400mm length with a choice of 40lb, 50lb or 65lb
starting spring rates, although the springs are progressive and end up at around 80/90lb. They have the same long 105mm travel
and 12mm rod. Bushes are fitted with 12mm steel sleeves. We can supply steel inserts to reduce the hole size to 10 or 8mm.
Weight is around 2.3kg the pair. They can be fitted upside down if required.
And if you want the best, take a look at these PRO-ELITE trials shocks. They have the same style and finish of the Alloy Pro's,
and the same 35mm od dampers, but with two important changes which make all the difference. First, they have ADJUSTABLE DAMPING
- via 20 clicks of the slotted screw set into the top mounting - enabling you to find the setup that perfectly suits your weight
and the terrain, and vary it for different conditions. Second, instead of the 12mm rod that's standard on the Steel and Alloy Pro
shocks, these Pro-Elite lovelies have a beefed up 14mm rod fitted for extra strength and positional stability.
Available in 340mm, 360mm and 400mm length with the usual choice of 40lb, 50lb or 65lb starting rate springs.
Also now available at 300mm long, but only with 65lb springs. Not cheap but the good stuff never is.