NJB SHOCKS has now been in business for more than 25 years.

In 1990 Norman Blakemore took early retirement after 24 years in a number of technical capacities with Girling, at one time the premier motor cycle shock absorber manufacturer.

He took a specification developed by Girling with the leading works riders of the time, and never supplied to the paying customer, and after further development this formed the basis for NJB SHOCKS.

Again working with expert riders updated shocks for Motocross/Scrambles, road and circuit racing were developed, and finally a range of shocks for road bikes was introduced.

The aim has always been to provide a range of shocks developed specially for each discipline, of high quality, with reliability, at a sensible price.

Direct sales are made throughout the world and we have agents and distributors in several countries.

Over the years many changes have been made to specifications, reflecting changes in technology, riding styles, and customer expectations.

Most shocks are built to order and can be changed to meet any special requirements, and delivery times are usually short.

The picture shows the proprietor testing

the product in deepest Wales.
"It’s a hard job but somebody has to do it."


NJB have constantly updated their Classic shocks over the years but there have been few changes in their appearance.

Riders have been asking for aluminium shocks as these are very attractive, particularly on competition bikes, but we were unhappy with the wear rate of aluminium bodies.

For the best of both worlds, aluminium for reduced weight and appearance, with a steel body (chrome plated of course) for maximum life, our new ‘ULTIMATE’ shocks have addressed both of these demands as well as having new features to enhance the performance of the shocks and the set-up experience.

The wide spring preload adjustment is used to set up the spring for best performance, and the ride height of the machine can then be changed by adjusting the shock length (without removing the shocks) to obtain the best steering response, without compromising the preload setting.

The length is adjustable between 335 and 385mm and cost only £203 a pair.

‘ULTIMATE’ shocks can be used with the spring at the top or bottom to avoid any installation problems.


We have been very fortunate in getting experienced, in fact Champion, riders involved in our development programmes.

The launching of production shocks at the Pre 65 2 Day Trial in Scotland was great success with class awards and top ten places, and the first batch of shocks sold out in short order.

These Trials shocks are a real step forward and give a ‘monoshock’ feel resulting from low preload, extra soft damping and the unique two stage bump stops.

The Scrambles shocks also had a winning launch, if not at such a high level.


Perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your road bike, Street Shocks can also be used to add the finishing touch to your special, be it Triton, Tribsa, Brat Bike or Bobber.

These sometimes quite radical reworks can be let down by a failure to establish the correct ‘attitude’.

A bike which is nose down, or tail high, spoils the all important look that you are seeking.

Now, with ’ULTIMATE’ Street Shocks you can adjust the length of the shocks whilst fitted to the bike, and just step back for a look, until it is quite perfect.

You will not be disappointed with the performance, these ‘ULTIMATE’ shocks enhance good handling.


Introduced 25 years ago NJB Classic shocks have undergone considerable development and refinement and established a reputation for performance and long life at a ‘sensible’ price.

They will continue to be available for those who prefer the more classic black and chrome finish.



Available in 330, 340 and 350mm centres @ £79 a pair.

Of ‘old fashioned’ non gas construction these shocks are for the trials rider who wants traditional 1960s ‘Girling Shocks’ appearance.

Usually having an all black finish, they can be fitted with chrome springs, and/or chrome half covers.

Such variations are no problem for NJB, most shocks are built to the rider’s requirements and can take account of any unusual aspects of the design, or variations in weight etc.


Available in lengths from 280 to 350mm centres
@ £86 with exposed springs or £96 with black/chrome covers.

When rebuilding old bikes many will want to retain the appearance of the original and replacement components have to maintain this , whilst providing improved performance.

These Road Bike Shocks have been designed closely to resemble the Girling shocks that were fitted to the majority of British bikes.

They are supplied in the ‘CLASSIC’ shrouded form, with a black top and chrome lower shroud and in ‘OPEN SPRING’ form for more sporting bikes.

NJB SHOCKS - The Winning Choice

NJB shocks are used by competition and leisure riders the world over.

These images and videos show some of the riders who have successfully used the new ‘ULTIMATE’ shocks since their introduction.

Congratulations to Dan Thorpe, Winner of the 2019 Pre'65 Scottish Trial!

Dan was 2nd in 2018, on a tie break, and 3rd in 2017. A superb result for Dan, and a well deserved victory.

Here you can see the Ultimate shocks in SLOW MOTION in a typical section showing how they help keep the tyre in contact at all times.

James Lampkin rides the EDMC Pre'65 Two-Day Scottish in 2016 on his 249 BSA fitted, of course, with the new NJB ULTIMATE Trials Shocks. James won the Best Under 250 Award at the event.

Sam Appleton has been extensively involved in pre production testing of the ‘ULTIMATE’ 
scrambles shocks.

In his first meeting on the production shocks he won all five of his races at Maylandsea.

Will Bateup also had a winning introduction to the production ‘ULTIMATE’ shocks at Gosfield.


NJB Shocks offer a full range of shocks for Trials, Scrambles, Road and Racing. If you need any information please phone or email and we would be delighted to help.

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NJB Shocks Ltd 220a Maldon Road, Colchester Essex CO3 3BD Tel 07788 715163 Email norman@njbshocks.co.uk

NJB Shocks Ltd

220a Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3BD

Tel 07788 715163

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