I had the Bitubo then recently upgraded to a Penske triple clicker.
The Bitubo is an improvement over the OEM stock by sheer virtue of its reduction in weight. It's simpler and functions well. The advantage of the Ohlins or Penske units are the increase in adjustability over the Bitubo which is minimally adjustable in comparison.
Honestly, most every day riders will not need the increase in adjustment that the Ohlins or Penske offer and the Bitubo will make a good general replacement upgrade over stock and will serve well on the track as well. Only issue would be if the rider was particularly heavy and the lack of adjustment range could present a problem.
Thanks nycstripes. Thats what I wanted an honest answer from someone who has used both shocks. At 150lbs & mostly street use w/ a track day maybe once a year I'll be looking for a bitubo or a great deal on a used penske etc.
1. There is no such thing as a "Great Deal" on a Penske. Most folks are selling second hand TL Penske's for what they paid for them new, and usually don't have a problem finding a buyer. The big deal is the stupid linkage system that the TL requires.
2. At 150lbs, you'll love the Bitubo and you can take the additional $400 bucks and sink it somewhere else into the bike.
One reason the Penske is better is the linkage. This allows the shock to have more travel and thus do it's job with more stroke of the damper. The bitubo fits in the stock location and therefore has to do it's job in a very short stroke. It still does a hell of a lot better than the stocker and is the best bang for the buck.
Never actually saw a picture of how the Bitubo fit the TLR so knowing now that it goes in the stock location helps it all make sense because I knew the Ohlins had to have those crazy triangular blocks to give it the necessary distance for the stroke and I have heard all about the Penske and LE linkage and how expensive it is...
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