More catalogues and mag review's appearing in t'other forum as promised, I've got a few more things to go on when I get back tonight.
Hmm, where did it all go wrong... Well, finding the right elastomer was very tricky, Proflex were spot on there. The Proflex shock is under fairly large pre-load too, it was a weird material. We had problems with consistency of the shock material which made production difficult.
Production in this country is also very difficult if you want to sell through shops - which is why companies like Middleburn are OK as they are using spare CNC capacity that they already have to keep costs down. And also why USE, X-Lite etc. just have R+D here and produce in Far East (apologies if I've just offended anyone who does still make stuff in house).
It's always easy to say what we could have done better in hind sight - now I think it would turn out much like those German:A forks
With small, sealed bearings and a lightweight air shock (that hadn't been invented back in the day). Linkage forks are at a slight disadvantage as it's more difficult to do a long travel one without the axle path going all over the place.
We did have grease nipples and a clamp on top mount (so you could run any stem) which, interestingly, appeared on the later Proflex (I think). I really liked the bling CNC milling of the first fork, although it would just need a nice top to bottom complete re-design and it would be fine!