Hey guys, Looking for some advice on a Penske tripple clicker vs the Ktech DDS Lite. Both are about the same price point of about $1250.
Bike is a 100% track/race bike. I've heard great things about the DDS pro but don't have $1800 to spend which is why I've been looking at the Lite. However, for the same price I can get the top of the line Penske tripple which also has hydraulic pre load adjustment (something the DDS Lite does not have).
Seems like a no brainer to go with Penske but I can't ignore all the racers going with Ktech components. Thoughts?
I have run both with great success however they provide feedback very differently. It is a different 'language' for lack of a better word.
I currently run the 35DDS Pro on my ZX6R which is an incredible shock. My understanding that the lite version simply has mechanical preload rather than hydraulic and does not come with the bypass circuit? If so that is a great bang for your buck. It is based on the Ohlins TTX technology so if you have ridden those, that is how they feel.
The Penske (to me) provided more feedback but I felt was a little more difficult to dial in for whatever reason.
They are both very capable shocks. Penske is American made so if that is important to you it is worth considering. On the other hand, almost all of the WSBK and WSS circuit runs K-Tech.
I guess if I had to pick one I would go with the K-Tech. It is a more modern design and easier to work with. The feedback is more than sufficient as it basically tells you everything is ok until it isn't. It doesn't pass a lot of 'noise' to the rider.
One final note: If you plan on racing at many different tracks OR if you plan on racing in the rain, the k-tech pro would be worth considering. Hydraulic preload is super easy to make adjustments. I can basically come in off of a practice session, make a few quick adjustments and go right back out. The bypass circuit is basically cheating in the rain :-p A few clicks and suddenly your bike is in 'rain mode'