DVO (‘Developed Suspension’) is a high-end mountain bike suspension brand founded in May 2012 and based in Valencia, California. The company was the brainchild of former Marzocchi USA chief Bryson Martin and was launched with the support of a team of fellow former Marzocchi employees, including former World Cup racer Tom Rogers and pro DH racer Bryson Martin Jr.
Martin Sr. has spent his entire professional life, more than 30 years, working in the bike business, and, under his leadership, Marzocchi rivalled Manitou and RockShox as leaders in the mountain bike suspension market. However, he became dissatisfied with life at Marzocchi following the purchase of the business by auto-parts conglomerate Tenneco, and decided to start out on his own.
His company has already become known for its cool and innovative products purely focused on the long travel market – its initial fork was the Emerald, a downhill model with inverted stanchions and 203mm of travel that is available for bikes with 26-inch and 27.5-inch wheels. The Emerald has since been joined by the Jade, a highly-adjustable rear shock.
Over the 2013 season, DVO worked with a number of DH teams and individual riders, and aims to to support some top World Cup DH teams in the near future. Current DVO factory riders include pro downhillers Mikey Sylvestri, John Keep, Cody Warren and Lucas Cowan, plus legendary racer, and now star of the emerging enduro scene, Cedric Gracia.