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Isn't the bandwagon full at this point?!

Seriously, if I was a millionaire I'd own one (likely the big S's one). Sounds fun. Surprised they seem to have sort of phoned it in, however. Nothing too amazeballs about this bike.

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Added reply in a thread What Do You Use For Off-Season Training? 2/7/2020 10:40 AM

Plus Plus time in the gym. Its not as effective as riding, but keeps me far more sane than riding non stop 12 months a year, and I enter the season in WGE (way good enough) shape for my lackluster racing efforts.

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Neko's kit looks RAD!!!

Added a comment about press release Handmade in Germany, Crossworx Cycles Presents the Dash 275 2/5/2020 2:35 PM

Am I the only one that immediately thought of the old Turner DHRs? Just getting nostalgic over here...

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Liked a comment on the item Bike of the Year Contender? All-New Pivot Switchblade REVIEWED 2/4/2020 6:39 PM

That's the real test right there! haha

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Following a few wrist injuries I am also very sensitive to harshness transmitted through the bars. I found the Shout best when paired with some handlebars offering a bit of give to make up for the momentary harshness that can be experienced on even curb-sized dropoffs. ALL the pivots. Haha....more

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Blake is referring to the X-Fusion Revel. While most forks have parallel steerer, stanchion, and lower tubes, the Revel is at an angle.

Liked a comment on the item Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 2/1/2020 6:56 AM

Doesn't it seem like all the positive attributes of the Trust forks can be achieved by running less sag and more compression on your existing telescopic fork? Less brake dive, doesn't throw you forward when you hit braking bumps or deep holes, stability on steep sections, etc, these are the...more

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To some extent, I think you are right. The way the offset works is unique however.

My gut continues to be "but motorcycles never figured this out" and "we still have a lot to learn about the bushing/stanction interface before we're relegated to forks that look like a prop from the second Alien movie"

Again, without riders objectively testing this stuff; back to back with telescoping forks, and paying attention to things like crashes, hand fatigue etc, this is all just speculative dick waving. (lol)

I'd still like to see a needle bearing setup in a conventional fork. Something that resists binding better than the current crop of telescoping forks. Maybe we can find a solution using bushings, but the problem, to me, is very obvious here. Just for fun, go ahead and take your normal fork, wedge it against a corner, wall, something, turn the handlebars and try and cycle it. This was one reason I was really excited about these linkage forks.

...or maybe some flex in a fork is okay, and this will be the answer to resisting bind. I still want a double crown inverted enduro fork with some flex built in. In my experience this kind of setup allows a stiffer spring/damping package while still being forgiving in its own way. It can be engineered to not deflect, be very rigid under braking, eat bumps well while allowing the rider to run a reasonable amount of compression damping/spring rate to accomplish a lot of what you are asking...

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Liked a comment on the item Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 8:04 PM

I'd like to chime in with my experience. I got one on loan to demo on my own bike since I'm local to them in Utah. No doubt it takes a few rides to get used to the fork! I had to adjust to riding more forward on the bike which is a part of what makes the fork work well. It wasn't until a...more

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Both. I didn't spend weeks on either though. Was a fairly brief test. If I was mega rich and had all sorts of bikes I'm sure I'd find a way to rationalize owning one of them in the right application.

Maybe I'll give it another shot this summer at a spot I can easily time laps. While I know most people don't care about shaving seconds, its a good objective way to know if something is working.

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Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 10:11 AM

Beat me to it!

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Liked a comment on the item Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 10:11 AM

i have some footage of a 36 and a Message hitting same jumps in the same style. i'll try to get them posted on to the site.

Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 10:11 AM

I know of someone with this exact footage. I wonder if it'll be posted!

I have zero affiliation with the company or any media outlet at this point. I'm also good at setting up suspension. It is world's different when slapping the front wheel. Like, "oh my God did I forget to leave a lockout on" different. Last time I felt harshness like this was in 2001 riding David Camp's old Marzocchi Z something that would hydraulically lockout in HSC events.

Some have been up front about this. Others (with ties back to the company) tend to glaze over it and say "oh, it was different".

Downsides were well in excess of upsides, at least to me. That's without even taking into account the price.

Its a worthwhile experiment, sure, but I have to wonder how much of an echo chamber this thing was tested/developed in. I also have to wonder if there was a point they went "oh shit, we've spent a lot of money on this thing, lets see if we can't get some back".

The real proof would be some objective, timed, laps.

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Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 7:40 AM

Hey Lee,

One question, did you pay for the fork? Any relationship with the company in question?

Having ridden one I can't fathom ever picking this fork over a normal fork in the 150mm+ application. In certain trail settings (120mm), I could see it being a cool alternative depending on terrain, but in the category you are describing I found the product to be downright scary.

EDIT: Scary in the way it handled bigger impacts/drops.

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Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 6:29 AM

Yes Zach! Not mentioned here - Zach is incredibly talented. He can probably make stuff work that most people couldn't. I'd wager he's able to "talent" his way through some of the weaknesses of the fork better than most.

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Added a comment about press release KC Dean Explores the Trails of Fairbanks, Alaska 1/29/2020 2:11 PM

Good theory. Hard to say though. He's done other equally as cringe worthy videos, too.. Regardless, I'm sure Canyon paid for the production, at minimum, which was in the thousands of dollars.

Translation: This video's budget could have fueled some rad 17 year old grom's dream for an ENTIRE SUMMER! ($5K goes a long way as a dirtbag racer). And just think of all the content the little (or big) ripper would be throwing down while chasing his or her dream? It'd be so cool.

(this is just one idea, not the only one)

...Anyway - League Game Smokey

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Liked a comment on the item KC Dean Explores the Trails of Fairbanks, Alaska 1/29/2020 7:06 AM

This is what happens, Larry. This is what happens.

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