First unveiled at EICMA in November last year in prototype form, Showa’s new EERA Heightflex suspension system is a seriously cool bit of kit. And we’ve just heard that it could be available as soon as 2021.

In essence, the EERA Heightflex is a shock absorber which (when fitted) will automatically lower the height of your bike as you reduce speed – making it easier for riders of a shorter stature to reach the ground as they come to a stop.

Admittedly, it’s not totally new technology, suspension manufacturers have been working on this kind of system for years – although they usually require motors, servo valves, etc. to get the job done. But not anymore – Showa’s EERA Heightflex doesn’t have chunky electric motors or sophisticated electronic control systems. Instead, the pressure created from the bottom of the damper is controlled using an electronic valve. Clever stuff.

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More specifically, the EERA Heightflex system consists of a small hydraulic pump which works to maintain the pressure of the upper part of the shock absorber (when you’re on the move) via a small electronic valve. When the pressure is correct the valve closes, the pump stops and the suspension stabilises.