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Liked a comment on the item Cascade Components Announces 2021 Stumpjumper EVO and Evil Insurgent Links 3/21/2021 9:40 PM

Will you warranty my tires if I buy your link and ride extra fast and get flats? HAVE YOU TESTED FOR THAT?!?!

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Added a comment about press release Cascade Components Announces 2021 Stumpjumper EVO and Evil Insurgent Links 3/20/2021 8:04 PM
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These guys have got you already https://www.williamsracingproducts.com/shop/p/specialized-mullet-yoke

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Added a comment about press release Cascade Components Announces 2021 Stumpjumper EVO and Evil Insurgent Links 3/20/2021 8:03 PM
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An Optic link is in the cards. Can't guarantee if or when it will happen, but it's on our short list at the moment.

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Added a comment about press release Cascade Components Announces 2021 Stumpjumper EVO and Evil Insurgent Links 3/20/2021 1:20 PM
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The old frames broke due to poor design/manufacturing. Factor of safety was much too low. They don't have that issue anymore. If you swap the link on a bike that's going to break anyway it will still break so not really a good example. In fact if you made it less progressive you'd break it even worse when the shock slammed into the bottom out bumper.

Do we do mechanical testing? It would be wasteful to break frames just to do it since all you would learn is that you have to bottom out really hard to break it. You hit the point where all bets are off and many components on the bike might break. It's almost always the rims though. If I'm going to break a frame it might as well be from riding it hard, so we just ride the bikes past their intended use in testing. We are yet to design a link that results in frame or link failure before the wheels blow up.

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Added a comment about press release Cascade Components Announces 2021 Stumpjumper EVO and Evil Insurgent Links 3/20/2021 9:46 AM
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The largest forces a frame ever sees are when you slap bottom. The links make it harder to do that so it actually helps your frame hold up if anything. As for force on the frame at full compression when it's not a bottom out event, there is an 8% increase. If you're worried about that then be worried about going from a 600 lb spring to a 650. Rest assured, you're frame won't rip itself apart.

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Liked a comment on the item REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/30/2021 5:20 PM

I have a carbon sentinel v1 with a cc link and a factory 205x57.5 x2 shock.
Tried the x2 on the standard linkage and was struggling to not blow through the travel.
Put the cc link on and the bike now feels amazing.
I really love the sentinel but the dpx2...more

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Old Santa Cruzs make little sense in retrospect, but not progressive by any means. They were regressive for the first bit of travel and then progressive for the last half. Total amount for progression for the old Nomads was around 12% over full travel for example. The strange thing is the regressive top of travel made the progression in the last half of travel 20%. This all made it hard to get a shock tune that felt good.

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There is that aspect to it, but I'd say that is less noticeable compared to the spring force differential between top and bottom of travel. As our resident robot/trail paver mentioned, rebound speed, assuming the wheel is unsupported, is largely determined by the position of the spring. The higher the spring force the faster the rebound. If you are deep in travel and have a bunch of volume spacers you're at a very high rebound speed compared to the top of travel due to the large differential in spring force. One thing about HSR and LSR is when the wheel is unsupported, such as between roots, the shock is almost always in the HSR range of rebound so if you crank HSR to try and slow rebound only at the bottom of travel it will actually be affecting all but the very top of travel. I view HSR and LSR more as a way to control how a bike rebounds in g-outs where the wheels are well supported and preventing rapid rebound vs how the bike rebounds traveling over roots and other chunder where the wheels aren't supported when rebounding.

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Added a comment about feature REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/29/2021 1:55 PM
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I've never understood why someone would want to run small amounts of sag (not including the case of only riding jumps). Provided our local trails are pretty root infested so how well a bike can track is critical. Bikes with low sag amounts just don't track well any way you take it.

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Added a comment about feature REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/28/2021 6:26 PM
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It depends on shock stroke too. Personally I like 35% for 65 mm stroke shocks. For 55 mm stroke shocks I'd say coils aren't really the best choice. Bottom out resistance is proportional to shock stroke squared so you lose a lot of bottom out resistance with the shorter shock. If I was going to do a frame around a 55 mm coild I'd want to be on a spring about 200 lbs heavier than what I ride on a 65 mm stroke shock so progression would have to be through the roof to keep sag in line.

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That sounds like someone was over-springing their bike with the stock link and then over-sprung it with our link. Part of the idea is to be able to run around 30% sag and have good bottom out resistance. Lack of sag and/or lack of progression is what will make a bike feel harsh off the top.

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Added a comment about feature REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/28/2021 8:16 AM
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The Yeti links are the only ones with a 7 mm BB drop. These two particular link keep the geo the same as stock. The reason the Yeti links make the bike sit lower is that it was necessary to get the leverage curve we wanted. While that BB drop might not be for everyone, even with it the bike still sits a hair higher than the new Stumpjumper Evo so it's not crazy low.

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Added a comment about press release Cascade Components Does Something Evil 11/25/2020 2:26 PM
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Better late than never - more info on our Norco Sight link here:

https://cascadecomponents.bike/collections/norco-linkages/products/sight-link

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Liked a comment on the item Working Overtime! Cascade Components Launches Yeti SB140 Link 11/25/2020 2:25 PM

Check their insta. been teasing a new Sight link

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Norco Sight link can now be found here:

https://cascadecomponents.bike/collections/norco-linkages/products/sight-link

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