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Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed

How does this wild, long-travel alternative to traditional front suspension stack up on the trails? It's time to find out!

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With the promise of both turning heads and delivering a better ride experience, the latest trailing multi-link front suspension platform from Trust Performance is designed for aggressive trail and enduro mountain bikes. Join Zach Petersen, a rider known for his speed on a bike and the Trail Peek Youtube channel, for a straight-shooter's perspective on the unique design. Listen in as he discusses and demonstrates the fork's major strengths, weaknesses, and gives you a bottom line.

Trust Shout Highlights

  • Design: Trailing multi-link front suspension
  • Construction: Full carbon chassis, steerer tube and linkages with aluminum pivots
  • Travel: 178mm contour travel
  • Wheel Size: Fits 29” / 27.5+ / and 27.5” wheel sizes
  • Tire Clearance: 29”x 2.6” (762 x 66) max or 27.5” x 2.8” (744 x 78) max
  • Rotor Size: Direct-mount 180mm rotor (with adapter: 203mm)
  • Suggested Bikes: 29” aggressive trail and enduro bikes designed for 160-180mm telescopic travel; 27.5” aggressive trail and enduro bikes designed for 160-170mm telescopic forks
  • Damper Technology: Trust engineered twin-tube, thru-shaft damper
  • Adjustments: External rebound adjustment; 3-way compression adjust (Open, Mid, Firm) with adjustable low-speed compression on mid-mode and open-mode settings.
  • Hub Spacing: 15x110mm BOOST thru-axle standard or with “torque caps”
  • Axle-to-Crown: 580mm
  • Steerer Tube: Tapered
  • Weight: 2,170g (axle-in)
  • Price: $1,975 USD
"By employing a linkage system, Trust Performance suspension reap the benefits of a leverage ratio – something typically only found in rear suspension bikes."

The Shout includes a two-year warranty, lifetime bearing replacement, no-fault crash replacement program, and has a 250-hour service interval. For additional technical information, be sure to consult this launch feature.

Visit www.trustperformance.com for more details.

Vital MTB Rating: 3 Stars - Good


About The Reviewer

Zach Petersen - Age: 23 // Years Riding: 10 // Height: 5'9" (1.75m) // Weight: 145-pounds (65.8kg)

Zach cut his teeth figuring out how to ride on the unforgiving mining trails of Northern California. After watching Earthed 5, he decided to try out enduro racing and continues to seek out the most gravity-oriented events. When not racing he's smashing out big backcountry days in the Sierra Nevada, pushing dirt around the forest with a McLeod, and keeping the stoke high.

Video by Trail Peek

Specifications

Product Trust Performance Shout Fork
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b), 29", 27.5+
Travel 178mm
Spring Type Air (one assembly in each leg)
Damping Trust engineered twin-tube, thru-shaft damper
External Adjustments

Rebound

3-way compression: Open, Mid, Firm

- Adjustable low-speed compression on mid- and open-mode settings

- Remains plush for the first 20% of travel in all compression modes

Left and right air spring pressure

Crown Single
Front Axle 15mm x 110mm (Boost), Other (torque caps)
Brake Mounts Direct mount 180mm rotor (203mm max)
Steer Tube Diameter Tapered 1.125"-1.5"
Steer Tube Construction Full carbon chassis, steerer tube, and linkages
Stanchion Diameter
Colors Black (decal kits available in 8 different colors)
Weight 4 lb 12.4 oz (2,165 g)
Miscellaneous

- Trailing multi-link front suspension allows the front wheel to move back and away from impacts simultaneously

- 178mm contour travel (replaces most 160-180mm forks)

- 580mm axle to crown

- 20% sag with air spring pressure in PSI equal to rider weight in pounds (1-to-1)

- Travel Indicator Dial

- Tunable bottom-out resistance with Huck Pucks (up to five)

- Two Allen wrenches release the lower link and air spring assemblies for installing Huck Pucks

- Accepts tire widths up to 29" x 2.6” (762 x 66mm) max or 27.5" x 2.8" (744 x 78mm) max

- Two-year warranty, lifetime bearing replacement, no-fault crash replacement program, and a 250-hour service interval

Price $1,975
More Info

The Shout is the second multi-link design from Trust Performance. In 2018, Trust Performance launched the Message, its debut 130mm contour travel suspension platform for aggressive trail riding. 

With an axle-to-crown measurement of 580mm, the Shout is designed for aggressive trail and enduro riding. But because the Shout has a dynamic wheel path, mechanical trail increases along with front-end stability as the suspension moves through its range of travel, making the Shout capable of replacing a variety of 160-180mm telescopic forks on 29” mountain bikes and 160-170mm telescopic forks on 27.5” mountain bikes. 

The Shout’s trailing multi-link design is intended to provide riders with three main performance advantages: increased traction, improved stability, and a greater sense of control.

For more info, visit the Trust Performance website.

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