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Protour mikelevy's article
May 5, 2015 at 7:17
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Aaron Gwin's Modified Specialized Demo
*main pivot placement. *
Protour mikelevy's article
May 5, 2015 at 7:16
2 days
Aaron Gwin's Modified Specialized Demo
The Session is probably similar to the 2012 Demo, they had about the same main pivot pavement. One thing that's different than 2012 is the bigger 27" wheels. This actually causes an exaggeration of the negative effects of having extreme front and rear suspension axle path imbalance like the new Demo does unless you make the frame longer in proportion to the wheels.
Protour mikelevy's article
May 5, 2015 at 6:25
2 days
Aaron Gwin's Modified Specialized Demo
2012 Specialized Demo axle path: ttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2426014/2012.PNG 2015 Specialized Demo axle path: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2426014/2015.PNG Thanks for posting these axle path graphs @Primoz. Pretty much is what I expected and confirms all of my ideas about the new Demo. The new Demo design has over 10% more inward movement (35mm vs 31mm) than the old design because of the lower main pivot, and also has about 10% less rearward travel. But just as significant is that the new Demo axle path starts going inward at about 42 mm (vs 49 for old design). This means that when the bike is in a sagged position there essentially no rearward axle movement. When you look at the angle of the axle path when it is near the end of the travel in the new Demo it is surprising how extremely inward it is, of course the wheels are going to be fighting each other and creating negative issues with the traction, momentum, and stability that I've described previously. What you have here is a very radically changing wheelbase, more than any bike in the history of the sport, and nobody in their right mind is going to have advocate the benefits of that because there obviously are none. Obviously the bike can be ridden fast but it is a fact that it has been involved in 2 over the bars crashes in the short amount of time it has been raced on the World Cup. Psychology and preparation are the most important factor in racing results not suspension design.
Protour mikekazimer's photo
May 3, 2015 at 0:47
May 3, 2015
So you like staring at guys with pink leopard tights.

Protour rachellefrazer's photo
May 3, 2015 at 0:43
May 3, 2015
How many will go to Rampage? Maybe one. Go bigger.

Protour davetrump's photo
May 3, 2015 at 0:40
May 3, 2015
Simple x up

Protour mikelevy's article
May 3, 2015 at 0:35
May 3, 2015
Protour schwalbe's article
May 3, 2015 at 0:30
May 3, 2015
Schwalbe 27+ tires - Is this the new standard?
This almost seems like a marketing scheme to convince beginner and intermediate riders that they can ride the most extreme terrain if they buy a bike with a little bit bigger and wider tires. Imagine the sales pitches on the sales floor; "you'll be doing Rampage stuff! " Not even downhill racers like these big tires, why in the hell would anybody want to pedal up a hill with them? But nevertheless, I would still like to try it and might even like it on some trails. I'm down with diversity.
Protour lunatyk's article
Apr 13, 2015 at 6:57
Apr 13, 2015
Interview: Rob Warner
Fairly entertaining.
Protour mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2015 at 6:55
Apr 13, 2015
What's Up With Aaron Gwin's Bike?
Yes, that is what appears to have happened. Surely? Lol.
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