Some great insights that hadn't occurred to me when thinking about upgrading the front. Thanks for sharingI respectfully disagree about the 'comparable performance' comment.
I had two instances of leaking forks seals on the standard Sachs forks (no doubt caused by my persistent very hard braking), both times sorted under warranty.
Being fed-up with this issue, and only expecting for it to happen yet again (and persistantly again and again after that) I then did some researching about whether to go for the Ohlins cartridge kit or the complete Ohlins forks.
I was given advice from a UK supplier that the quality, and especially the tolerances, of the stock forks was poor, and that simply fitting cartridge kits into those forks will greatly improve the ride, but won't improve on the fork material quality and manufacturing tolerance issues. Obvious really!
It was explained that the replacement Ohlins forks are vastly superior in those areas, and the difference will be instantly noticed even when fitting the forks, let alone riding on them......so much so that when nipping up the axle clamps the better machining on the Ohlins means the screws will go from loose to tight in an instant....rather than the screws getting slowly progressively tighter as you crank on the torque with the Sachs.
I did think this was just sales bullshit dished out in an effort to sell me the more expensive (and more likely profitable) full forks rather than the cheaper cartridge kits. However, I managed to negotiate a huge discount off the full forks so I went with those.
When the Ohlins forks arrived, the vastly higher quality over the Sachs units was instantly visually evident.....but then further proven when I fitted the forks and found that what I was told about the axle clamp tolerances was absolutely true......no squidgy feeling when tightening, unlike the stock items. The advice I'd been offered was spot-on!
Obviously ride quality and control is now head and shoulders over the stock forks, but not only in the damping compartment, but also better fork rigidity under braking, and more side flex when turning into a corner......and my late braking fork seal popping antics no longer cause an issue.........but if I'd opted for the cartridge inserts only to drop into the sloppy Sachs forks, I very much doubt that would be the case, and I'd still be popping the OE forks seals, and not having the extra benefits the full Ohlins forks provide.
Owners who choose to go for cartridge inserts (of any brand) may well be perfectly happy with their choice, and that's great. But if you ride hard then the full replacement fork does offer much better performance over cartridges........please don't fall into the trap of thinking you are getting the same for less money by fitting inserts. If you've never experienced the full forks you really don't know how much better they are in every respect.
Replacement forks are expensive for a reason.......and it most certainly isn't just coz of the extra bling or kudos that having the Ohlins name on them brings.