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Brian Berthold of Brake Therapy fame (and the man behind the design of Kona's Magic Link suspension platform a few years back) is working on a new project, and we caught glimpse of the current test mule hanging around the aisles.

The linkage shown here is designed to provide a leverage ratio that shifts dramatically from falling rate to rising rate as the suspension cycles, coupled with a certain amount of chainstay growth built into the system which causes the suspension to stiffen up considerably under pedaling. These characteristics means you don't need much in terms of compression damping to help control bob, and also mean you can use standard small volume shocks. Brian is currently looking for a brand to take the design into production.

Credit: Johan Hjord
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