So we should all be familiar with things like chrome plating, hard anodizing, or even things like Teflon coatings; surface treatments to metals to make them harder, more slippery or able to better withstand heat or corrosion. But what about Kashima Coat? Have you heard of that one yet? It is a process that improves upon the previous methods – better lubricity, corrosion and heat resistance, electrical insulating, higher hardness and abrasion resistance.
Genuine Kashima Coat is now standard issue on the FOX FLOAT 3 product line of high performance shock absorbers. When you see the Kashima Coat emblem, you know you’ve got something really good.
Its distinctive gold color is backed by its high performance attributes – properties that provide an exceptionally smooth feel and extreme durability. Developed by the Miyaki Company of Japan, Kashima Coat offers superior durability, hardness, and less friction.
Factory riders who have raced and ridden with Kashima Coat-treated FOX suspension have reported better overall traction and small bump compliance, and the significant decrease in friction has proven to give riders a tangible increase in suspension performance. Long term, the shocks will wear better with improved corrosion resistance and greater consistency of performance.
Kashima Coat is a proprietary hard anodizing processing that Miyaki Company of Japan has invented, lubricating molybdenum disulfide deposited via electrical induction into the billions of micro-pores on the surface of hard-anodized aluminum for better lubrication and less abrasion and wear.
From the September 2014 Issue of SnowTech Magazine (Aug 2014)
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