Come with us for a walk through the Sea Otter venue to look for new bikes and gear. Max and I find a prototype Polygon using a six-bar suspension layout, the Reeb SST with its 3D-printed frame components and flex-stays, Van Dessel's carbon trail bike, Revel's new 29" wheeled Rail, and Mondraker's 130mm-travel Raze that comes with their own suspension telemetry system.
Now get back to work. And you should really still watch the video, because otherwise Levy got a sunburn for nothing.
The whole PB crew were super busy at Sea Otter, and likely have masses of photos and words to organize. I completely understand if they don't also have a story and photo gallery in addition to the video, I'm simply interested to see/share it if more exists.
Now that I've considered that I think I can answer my own question, it's at pinkbike.com/news/first-look-the-digit-datum-has-shock-strut-suspension.html
@blacktea: nah, we should put photos in these too. It's just hectic on the ground at events.
What´s the crazy new technical advantage of this?
Others than that: I really hope Reeb can manage to have a worldwide distribution in the future. I would love to buy a SST, but it´s way to expensive when bought from abroad the US.
I honestly think the trend is there just to appease the "lets cleanup the cockpit cable/hoses" group. There's nothing left to "innovate" on our bikes, except to find ways to run the cables/hoses inside existing structural elements.
The flex stays are welded at “sag”, so the rear end is in tension when installing a shock. This gives a small initiation of travel to help the “off the top” feel, making it more sensitive to small bumps. If you lift up on the seat, the bike will raise about 5mm, lining up the seat stays perfectly.
Just for you, I’ll make sure to weld all future frames so the seat stays line up to the top tube with the rear end in its “dynamic” position.
For real though, thanks for letting me know the reasoning, makes me that much more interested in getting my hands on one! With the bike raising 5mm if you lift up on the seat, does that mean you could install a longer stroke shock?
Is it 65 HA with a 150 fork?
Is there any option of getting a 64.5 with a 140 fork?
I’d love to be able to go both up and down by 10mm either way, in my head that makes for
65 with 130,
64 with 150…
True... Unless Gearboxes make a huge leap, and change the game kinematics/pedaling forces wise.
jst bbrvt vrythng@Hayek:
Incremental change happens slow, and over a period of time, to the point that we hardly notice it until we look back.
There is no “monumental” change until you look back 10 years from now….
Please point me in the direction of the top end bike from a couple years ago that you can buy for 2k
Van Dessel looks like a Transition?
...at least nothing looked like a Session