Video: Sending it on Trust's New Linkage Fork

Dec 12, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

Follow Trust Performance rider Mike Giese as he sends the Message Linkage fork down the Bountiful Downhill Trails, Bobsled and the Salt Lake City Street jumps.

Video / Edit by Wiley Kaupas.


72 Comments

  • + 53
 I'd be more impressed with the roosts if they were coming off the front wheel.
  • - 42
flag pigar (Dec 12, 2018 at 18:07) (Below Threshold)
 Why? That means your front wheel is not holding traction and means the wheel is not tracking the line...ahh, no thank you, I'll take traction up front.
  • + 52
 @pigar: buddy...
  • + 48
 While it was a good video, and the sends on the DJs do speak for it strengths, we don't need to see it slay smooth single track - can we get a full video of nothing but plowing through the rough over rocks and roots - with some slow mo of how it performs from the side?
  • + 12
 working on one of those of my own. you'll see it on IG at some point here i'm sure.
  • + 11
 x1000. All I want is slo-mo of the travel action.
  • + 6
 It's good in the smooth stuff compared to a telescopic fork, but where you really feel the difference is in rough, rocky, loose downhill corners. You won't want to go back to your old fork.
  • + 1
 @glaw: is there a company involved in the shock that i assume is hidden somewhere inside that sleek thing? ie rockshox, fox, etc. Just curious as looking at it I cant imagine anything non-proprietary fitting.
  • + 1
 @glaw: I already don't want to go back to my old fork. Will this kind of thing work on a long travel DH race bike?
  • + 1
 I agree - you can see the suspension is working but as it isn't through the traditional method I'm struggling to see the way the linkage works. Some side on slow mo would help...
  • + 1
 @patrickbatemanworldtour89: Not the first fork, it's a trail fork. I replaced a 140mm Pike.
  • + 1
 @Clarkeh: Skip to 2:10 in the video for one short clip of slomo fork action over rough terrain. That's all I was looking for as well.
  • + 1
 @srjacobs: Yeah I did see that, but you'd think that would have been the whole video - the berm slaying was steeze, but you can do that on a normal fork, I want to see this do what it's supposed to do better than the rest.
  • + 1
 Sure. Post it for feedback.
  • + 16
 I'm just happy to see SLC riding
  • + 1
 Whenever I ride Bountiful...... That's what I thinking I look like.
  • + 12
 I would like to see the pb field test slo mo drop to show the fork compress and take the pressure from the drop, I bet there's alot less flex going on...maybe. When I see those field test vids that show the bikes sus compress the front forks look like they are going to snap lol
  • + 11
 I guess I’m one of the few that really like the way this fork looks from day one. Excited to see where this will lead 3-5 years from now (and when the price comes down, hopefully).
  • + 13
 Regardless of fork, that was the steeziest thing ive seen on here in a long time
  • + 13
 He can ride and I like the music.
  • + 10
 Look at the goddam traction on that front wheel. Oh my.
  • + 6
 Ironically, most of those trails look perfect for an old hardtail with a Marzocchi Z2.
  • + 4
 Well that’s what everybody was riding when they were built so...
  • + 0
 I can assure that your shorts would be brown if you rode any of these trails on a hard tail.
  • + 7
 That was one hell of an edit!
  • + 7
 What!? An Evil on PinkBike?!?!
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog A sign of the impending apocalypse.
  • + 4
 Let’s just say I believe all the linkage hype, I still have zero faith the air spring and damper are worth a damn. Maybe in a few years it might get sorted, but that would still require a lot of people to buy one first.
  • + 4
 How can we trust this guy’s opinion of his fork if he clearly doesn’t even know what brakes are for? This edit was just so damn sick, start to finish.
  • + 5
 The video linkage is forked.
  • + 3
 Well that is one ugly fork BUT!! I'm very excited about the thought of never again scratching my stanchion! I hate damaging my $1000 fork!
  • + 28
 wait until you get bearing play on your $2000 fork!!
  • + 4
 @Motoracer31: Well every forks gets play in the bushing (besides old marzocchis lol) and I'd believe bearings are cheaper to replace.
  • + 5
 @Motoracer31: Life time warranty on the bearings FWIW.
  • + 1
 Still drooling over when i got to push on this fork at Philly Bike Expo. So smooth! Must feel like it isnt even there on the trails. Certainly makes my brand new Fox fork feel like it's antiquated.
  • + 4
 Its a VW beetle front suspension!
  • + 3
 No, it's your rear suspension on the front, Wink
  • + 2
 Underappreciated comment, it’s damn close.
  • + 2
 The very first shot of the rider coming toward the camera - that looks like some serious feedback transferring to the hand and arms
  • + 2
 Jesus, can someone just say the song name so these sweet sweet melodies can sing me to trail sleep?
  • + 0
 "Salt Lake City Street jumps" is "I-street bike park". Should be corrected Big Grin not sure where that came from, but its very not right. "I" street as in abcdefgh "I" jklm... its at the top of the street. Google it.
  • + 4
 That's forked up!
  • + 3
 LOVE seeing the slc scene represented.
  • + 1
 Okay, it looks like the fork cand handle trails, BUT the fact remains that it costs 2,700. Telescope forks cost less and still work amazingly, and they look better.
  • + 1
 An Evil with that fork is perfect. Personally I think it looks amazing and wish I had the $$ to own one.
Sick vid too.
  • + 2
 Dear Trust... where do i mail in my Helm for a trade?
  • + 5
 I'll send you my address
  • + 3
 That was rockin man.
  • + 3
 ok it works...
  • + 3
 Yes Mike!
  • + 1
 cool edit...bikes still ugly tho
  • + 1
 So is it $2,000 worth of traction?
  • + 1
 Cool clip!! but the front fork killed it for me its weird looking ??
  • + 1
 Lord wizard dw and his antigravity fork!
  • + 1
 It's like the video is trying to send a message...
  • + 2
 Sick
  • + 1
 Doesn’t seem to be slowing him down
  • + 2
 Giese-us Chirst! Mental.
  • + 1
 Just another pivot to start creaking
  • + 1
 Two thousand dollar fork, not enough money left to buy gloves
  • + 1
 Gloveless is best.
  • + 1
 Nothing new... Watch the Indian Chief from 1946!
  • + 0
 Cool video and great riding but nothing will change how fugly those forks look. Ugly AF Confused
  • + 1
 Rad video that!
  • + 1
 What the fork was that?
  • - 1
 At some point that video ran out of travel. That fork looks like it’s doing the job, though.
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