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Added a comment to diegoahh5's bike check 11/18/2021 10:11 PM
Carbonda FM1002 MX

oh yeah, forgot about them. Guess they are going for a certain look.

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Added a comment to diegoahh5's bike check 11/18/2021 4:56 AM
Carbonda FM1002 MX

interesting design choice. Putting the trunnion bearing on the shock eye that doesn't rotate much. Water bottle clearance for smaller sizes?

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Added a comment about press release After Months of Speculation, Norco's New 2022 Range Has Arrived 6/24/2021 2:57 AM
_Lan

the center of the idler is concentric with the main pivot so the chainline goes above it resulting in less anti-squat.

I did a rough plot of the Range in Linkage and it shows the anti-squat to be very low. I designed a bike with a similar layout and had to put the idler lower than the main pivot and on the seatstay to get 100%+ anti-squat.

Someone then dm'ed me saying he holds the patent to the design and will be asking for a licensing fee if I intend to sell my bike. Pretty sure that's the reason Norco didn't put the idler lower.

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Added a comment about press release After Months of Speculation, Norco's New 2022 Range Has Arrived 6/23/2021 11:12 PM
_Lan

Would like to see some graphs. Anti-squat might be below 100% since the idler is concentric to the fixed pivot. Maybe their hands were tied because someone was asking for a licensing fee that they were not willing to pay.

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Added a comment about product review Kona Process X Review - This is Not a Do-It-All Bike, and That's a Good Thing 3/30/2021 4:37 PM
_Lan

All bike brands should also publish actual seat angle and offset so we can easily calculate our top tube length at our preferred saddle height, but I'm guessing 60 something seat angle doesn't look good on paper.

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Added a comment about video EPIC BUILDS - Crazy and Cool Mountain Bikes from Vital MTB 12/31/2020 6:15 PM

Digging all the downduro builds. I'm loving my MK2. Overbiked 99% of the time but rides like a dream.

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/16/2020 4:52 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

I was under that impression too. But the message I received seems to imply that legal action can be taken by the patent owner

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 5:54 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 5:52 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

Not the Shore but the unreleased one but I could be wrong and it's mounted to the pivot

The Devici protototype definitely is though

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 4:39 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

Yeah that's just it a flipped horst link. It's to lower the anti-rise values.

Yeah, similar to the Devinci Wilson and Antidote Darkmatter but the rocker link on mine doesn't pivot around the BB

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 3:56 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

without the seatstay pivot the rear triangle will bind under suspension travel. Some 100mm travel bikes can get away with relying on the flex of material used but I don't think 210mm can.

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 3:51 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

Just a heads up to my fellow hobbyists.

I received this message from hmcleay

Hi Lan,
Congratulations on your latest frame build. That's super impressive; the welds look AMAZING!
I just wanted to touch base with you to let you know that having the idler pulley mounted on that separate link like that would technically infringe on some patents that I have. You've probably come across my 'i-track suspension' technology already (especially since it shows my logo in the Linkage software too).
Don't worry, I'm not going to get 'legal' on you. I'm totally fine with people experimenting with it for personal use.

However, if you did intend to start making frames like this for sale, then we would need to discuss a licensing agreement.

How long was your lockdown?! Super impressive to pull this all together in a few months (?). What country are you in?

Looking forward to your ride report.

Cheers,
Hugh McLeay
i-Track Suspension


This recalls to mind the incident where Kavenz Cycles had to change their idler location from being on the chainstay to being concentric to the lower pivot.

I wonder if putting the idler on the main frame is patented. Anyone knows?

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/15/2020 2:30 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

I'd rather they not, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

I'm all for seeing bikes get developed further, there's nothing particularly unique to the way I located the pivots. Maybe for the look of the bike you can say it's uniquely mine but then again I did get inspiration from other bikes like the Norco Aurum HSP and the Rocky mountain slayer.

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Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 11/14/2020 8:31 PM
Tikbalang MK2 Downhill Enduro

Thanks. It looks even better in person according to some mates.


Only brushed a few times while sprinting otherwise it's like they're not there

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Added a comment about feature Commencal Speaks Up for Peace, Unity, and Solidarity with Worlds Bikes 10/7/2020 9:10 PM
_Lan

I'm disappointed that you hold this viewpoint Jeff.

If it does nothing then why are you affected by it?

It does something for me. While I'm not black, I've been at the receiving end of racist remarks. A friend hated the Chinese and said they all should be bombed and killed. Even if I wasn't part Chinese I couldn't let a remark like that go. In the end though, no one else from my group of friends stood up for me so I left. When Commencal or any other bike brand "virtue signals" like this, it gives me hope that despite my feelings being neglected by people around me for the sake of appearing impartial, at least the world as a whole is willing to take a stand.

Those of us never at the receiving end of racism and prejudice might feel that the "political" message of anti-racism is encroaching on things that we enjoy but try to be more empathic and understand that some people have to deal with this kind of bullshit day in day out.

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Added a comment about feature Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/16/2020 12:40 AM
_Lan

Every bike check should be as detailed as this. Great work man.

I have one question, the pictures show a 325lb spring and I read somewhere that you are 75kg so are you getting 60mm sag from that setup?

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Added a comment about feature Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/16/2020 12:29 AM
_Lan

I remember Lee also advocating for short reach bikes. The reach and RAD number of your bike seems way off what he would recommend for your height.

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