This video will treat you to a lot of cutaway illustrations, so you can see what’s happening within your shock as it absorbs impacts and vibration from the road. (Image/Belltech’s YouTube Channel)

While it may look like a really simple device, there’s a lot of technological magic packed inside a shock absorber housing. That’s because a shock absorber is an integral part of your suspension system, helping to absorb vibration and impacts from the road, while suppressing spring bounce to keep your vehicle pointed in the right direction.

So if you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in your shock as you move down the road, the folks at Belltech made this short video to show you. It’ll also explain some of the nuances between different shock designs. It’s a shade under six minutes long and packed with detailed illustrations and cutaways. Check it out: