Öhlins Racing launch the new OE NPX Smart EC 2.0 front fork

Upplands Väsby, Sweden, November 5, 2019. Ӧhlins® is proud to announce that the Yamaha R1M model year 2020 will be the first motorcycle to use Öhlins NPX front Fork with SMART EC 2.0 and are already in production.


NPX Smart EC 2.0

The world premiere of Öhlins NPX pressurized electronically controlled front fork takes place at EICMA 2019 and will be visible on the Yamaha booth. The Öhlins NPX-EC Front Fork features 43mm diameter inner tubes and damping technology derived from Moto GP – a competition in which Öhlins has accompanied champions for the past thirteen years.

The fork has completely separated compression and rebound circuits using stepper motors to adjust damping, and riding modes controlled from the handlebars. The gas reservoir is integrated into the fork bottom brackets, saving weight and giving the fork a sleek look.

“Öhlins pressurized NPX-EC front fork developed for the race track aims to give the rider a confidence boost to decrease lap times, says Emil Åberg, Acting General Manager at Öhlins Motorcycle division. Decreased lap times is how you win races, and that’s what this fork does well.”

The NPX-EC minimized the risk of cavitation, improves the bump absorption and builds pressure faster in the stroke. That does wonders for the general feeling of the bike such as:

  • More precise front tire feedback
  • Better grip
  • Improved control
  • Improved confidence leading to faster lap times
  • Reduced static damping force leading to improved road noise filtering
  • A “pressurized feeling” that ultimately gives the rider a direct contact feeling with the asphalt.



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About Öhlins®: Öhlins Racing has been an integrated part of the motorsport industry as well as the motorcycle and automotive industry for 40 years. Our focus has always been on high-quality products, service and support, all the way from the MotoGP circuits to the local, national racing events in over 50 distributing countries.


Our philosophy has always been to supply the aftermarket, OEM partners and teams with high-end suspension technology, and we are all dedicated to exceeding our customer’s expectations throughout the world.


Up to date highlights

  • 400 employees
  • Owned by Tenneco Inc. since 10th of January 2019
  • Headquarter in Stockholm
  • Subsidiary in USA – Öhlins USA, Hendersonville NC
  • Subsidiary in Germany – ÖDTC, Nürburgring
  • Subsidiary in Thailand – Öhlins Asia Co., Ltd
  • Subsidiaries in Sweden – CES Technologies in Jönköping & Öhlins Auto Norden in Karlstad
  • Over 200.000 shock absorbers, front forks and steering dampers and around 3 million CES valves, produced annually
  • 97 % of all sales on export
  • Focus on R&D, A/M, OEM and Racing of Advanced Suspension Technology for Motorcycles, Cars, Snowmobiles, Mountainbikes & ATV’s
  • Öhlins Racing AB is A DRiV Company –DRiV is a Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) business and leading global aftermarket and OE ride performance supplier.


About DRiV™ – the future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company:

Following the expected separation of Tenneco to form two independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company (DRiV™) as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, DRiV will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies. DRiV’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Ӧhlins®, Walker®, Clevite® Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo®, Champion® and others. DRiV would have 2018 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 54% of those revenues from aftermarket and 46% from original equipment customers.