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Cascade Components Announces V2 Transition Sentinel and Santa Cruz Heckler Links 3

Cascade Components enters the e-bike mod market!

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We have a couple of new links to announce again! We know everyone is probably getting tired of this, but we’ve got a lot down the line so get used to it.

Transition Sentinel (2020-current)

Our link for the new Sentinel pushes the kinematics, letting it go pound for pound with some of the burliest enduro machines out there. The amount of progression is bumped up to 30% from 24% and rear wheel travel is increased by 15 mm. With the Cascade Components link the travel options become 165 mm with a 205x62.5 mm shock or 155 mm with a 205x57.5 mm shock. At 30% progression this link works well with both large volume air shocks like the FOX X2 and coils.

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What does this translate to on the trail? The biggest change is the bike’s ability to plow and maintain traction when things start getting wild. Because of the increased progression, there is also an increase in pop. This is due to the ramp up increasing mid-stroke support, which provides a better platform to push against going up the lip of a jump or railing a berm. As for pedaling, there is no discernible change. Geometry stays the same as with the stock link so you can expect pedaling related ergonomics to be the same as well.

The Sentinel link is currently available in black and purple

Specs and Details:

  • 165 mm of travel with 205x62.5 shock
  • 155 mm of travel with 205x57.5 shock
  • Progression increased to 30% compared to 24% with stock link
  • Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
  • Stainless steel spiral retaining rings on each bearing
  • CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
  • Colors: Black and purple
  • Cost: $337 USD

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Santa Cruz Heckler/Heckler MX (2020-current)

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The Heckler link brings the performance tweaks behind our other Santa Cruz links to the e-bike lineup. As with our other Santa Cruz links, travel, progression, and chainstay length are all increased. The progression goes up to 35% from 27% while travel is increased by 8mm and chainstays go up by 5mm. The 5mm increase in chainstay length isn’t especially noticeable on the trail, however. So why would you want to throw a link on an e-bike? The added weight can make the bike prone to diving deeper into its travel than desired. The increased ramp up/mid-stroke support helps keep it up in its travel, especially when things get chunky. Small bump sensitivity is increased as well, however with the amount of weight that’s behind the bike this link is more about keeping it composed.

Specs and Details:

  • 158 mm of travel for 27.5” Heckler, 148 mm for Heckler MX
  • Progression increased to 35% compared to 27% with stock link
  • + 5 mm chainstay length
  • Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
  • CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
  • Colors: Black only
  • Cost: $331 USD.

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