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DB Kitsuma Coil

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FASTER WITH THE TURN OF A DIAL - $729.99



Kitsuma Coil will be back in stock late April 2024.

Kitsuma is a strong, gravity-first shock that allows you to go faster thanks to a more personalized tune. With the increased ground-tracking sensitivity of a coil spring and the most damper oil of our entire shock family, it offers amazing downhill performance and maximum possible grip. 

Kitsuma’s defining feature is its tool-free, 4-way damper controls. Easily adjusted by hand and offering a visual indication of your settings, Kitsuma encourages you to develop your own custom, pro-level tune – all in the name of supporting you getting down the hill faster and with more control than before.  

Kitsuma favors descending but it’s not afraid to climb, with a rock-solid firm setting, it’s a gravity-first shock that wants to be pedaled to the top of the mountain for another run down. 

Highlights: 

  • Tool-free, 4 way adjustment  
  • 3 position Climb Switch: Descend, Climb, Firm 
  • Coil spring gives greater sensitivity and smoother, ground-hugging feel 
  • Larger diameter damper shaft, more bushing overlap, and redesigned oil seal head for greater durability 
  • Progressive bottom out bumper for greater end-stroke support 
  • Need help tuning your shock? Visit our Rear Shock Tuning Guide

Get 20% off when you buy our MTB Package.

Orders containing suspension are made to order and ship in 5-10 days.

All shocks are built to order by hand in our facility in North Carolina, USA. For estimated build times see below:

  • Standard Mount & Trunnion Mount Kitsuma Coil shocks will ship within 7-10 business days.

Not sure what spring you need? Check out our article Everything You Need To Know About Coil Springs

Coil shocks are sold without Spring or Hardware.

All shock returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

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Additional information

Weight

468g (DB Coil 210mm w/o spring)

Damper

Twin Tube independent compression and rebound  damping circuits.  Motorex 4wt Damper Oil.

Adjustments

High speed compression, Low speed compression, High speed rebound, Low speed rebound

Shaft Diameter

9.5mm

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  1. Absolutely game changing. I upgraded from a Fox Float X performance and I could instantly feel an improvement in control and numb absorption, especially at high speeds and on extended runs. I originally wanted the progressive spring but due to back orders, I went with the linear and honestly, I don’t think I’d want a progressive spring. The shock is super tuneable but just doing a couple of hours of research gave me the basic understanding to take advantage of it. Even climbing the shock is amazing with the climb switch.

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Q & A

Do you have any titanium spring options? Looking for ways to lighten the weight penalty going to coil Alec asked on January 18, 2024

We do not make any titanium springs. Our Valt lightweight springs are already quite light, relative to other steel springs on the market, with a 50-200g weight saving compared to a traditional steel spring. Another thing to consider is whether or not the Coil IL would fit/be suited to your bike. The Coil IL starts at only 500g with a spring - which is equivalent to some popular 'trail category' air shocks! Coil IL packs a huge punch, with the ability to generate just as much damping range and control as Kitsuma. It just has a bit less oil volume, which may or may not effect you realistically. Coil IL is a fantastic lightweight coil option so long as you aren't trying to use it on a bike that uses a clevis mount design. For more questions/clarification, please reach out to our sales team at 828-641-9560, or by emailing support@canecreek.com

Will Hart answered on January 19, 2024 store manager
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Should I go with Kitsuma Coil or Tigon? Have a 2023 Commencal meta sx v4 with a float X. 190lbs. I am was into the Kitsuma with linear spring for more plantedness and sensitivity over fast rocky downhill sections. I still want to do smaller jumps and chest high drops. Ur probably gonna recommend the Tigon, but I really like the Kitsuma. Is Tigon really the better choice? What are the disadvantages of the Tigon over the Kitsuma and in which applications is the Kitsuma better? I wanna try springs and don't want to pick the Tigon just because it has more bottom-out resistance and is stronger. Thanks! Gene asked on January 2, 2024

Kitsuma is a fantastic shock. It's got the most damper oil of our shock family, and the most external adjustability - so for people riding long, fast, and rocky descents looking to optimize their downhill performance as much as possible, then Kitsuma is the shock for you. It also has a fantastic 3 position climb switch with a firm setting that Tigon can't offer. For supreme grip and downhill control Kitsuma is great. Tigon is indeed more resilient in dealing with lateral stress, since structurally, it's built more like an air shock. All things being equal, on paper it's a better choice for clevis mount, but there are SO many other factors that go into this statement such as rider weight, general aggression, feature size, riding volume, how well you observe service intervals, ect. Tigon allows you to control and tune the spring rate much more, so it's really a great option for bikes that aren't already progressive enough to support coil use. This is no concern for you since the Meta has a linkage that already plays well with more linear rate coil springs. If you don't feel like you need all the added/adjustable progression of Tigon, then you're probably fine to go with Kitsuma. Kitsuma is a strong shock, with a solid steel 9.5mm damper shaft that in the past we said was compatible with many clevis mount bikes. If Kitsuma is what you're excited about, it wouldn't be a bad choice! Plus, the tool free adjustment is truly awesome.

Will Hart answered on January 4, 2024 store manager
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Hi. I have a 2023 Specialized Turbo Levo Carbon. I am looking for this product for an upgrade. I am 170 lbs. Is this going to fit on my mtb and what do u recommend for springs? Jade asked on November 4, 2023

Our newest shock, Tigon, is ideal for the Turbo levo since it has both a larger 12.5mm damper shaft making the shock very robust when used with clevis mount bikes, and the RAMP tube offers tuneable air support as well. We tested this shock on Turbo Levos during development and it works amazing... https://canecreek.com/product/tigon/

Ben Rea answered on November 6, 2023 store manager
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Looking for a coil set up for my 23, large Orbea Wild. 205x65, I am 195ish. Will the Kitsuma DB work for me or is there a better choice? Also what size Progressive spring, would you recommend? David Donaldson asked on October 31, 2023

You can use either Kitsuma Coil, or, our brand new Tigon shock that features our patent pending RAMP tube. This would be a great option for your Wild. Or a Kitsuma Coil with a progressive spring. Either way, you need a 205/65 sized shock and a spring rate of 500lb for Linear VALT, and the 500-610lb for Progressive. You do not need the Progressive VALT spring if choosing the Tigon shock.

Ben Rea answered on November 6, 2023 store manager
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I’m on a 2023 Specialized Evo. Riding weight 170. Would you recommend a progressive spring. And what weight? Thanks! Brian Lauderdale asked on October 22, 2023

Which "Evo" model do you have? Epic? Stumpjumper? Specialized offers the "Evo" options in a few different models. Email Support@canecreek.com with you exact make/model/year of bicycle and we can help you find the correct spring rate.

Ben Rea answered on October 25, 2023 store manager

You would definitely need a progressive rate spring to run a standard coil shock on the Stumpy evo. Probably the 450-550lb rate. That said, the new Tigon shock is a better overall fit for this bike. Tigon offers more tunable progression, and a stronger layout for this particular type of mounting scenario. If you're buying a new shock - go Tigon for Stumpy Evo. If you already have a Kitsuma coil, no worries - go with the 450lb Progressive spring.

Will Hart answered on January 3, 2024 store manager
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