WAKi-Leaks - Non Electronic MTB Suspension

Aug 4, 2014
by Wacek Kipszak  
Every year just after the Sea Potter Cycle Fashion Show, the biggest heads in MTB industry meet in a fancy restaurant, 275, in San Diego, CA, where they discuss how can they join their efforts to manipulate the market and carefully choose what they will put into the hype-pipe. This is exactly where the 650B conspiracy took place 4 years ago! In 2014 the theme of the conference was suspension, hence the code of the meeting Suspi-Con. I managed to dress up as a waiter to infiltrate the secret meetings and here are some of the things I found out inside. To my surprise, there was relatively little electronic stuff planned for the future, at least on day 1 where I saw a series of lectures from Rock Fox and Cannon Rail, presenting their latest R&D programs. Someone from MoonTour said that electronics will be discussed in Germany on Eurobike. So here we go!

Straight from Suspi-con in San Diego. The new STD USD hybrid fork from Rock Fox. EN-Forche 1
Standard upside down, fork hybrid called EN-Forche 1

Hybrid is the cool word among people believing in inevitable painful death of our grand children due to many subsequent environmental disasters caused mainly by beef and oil. Therefore Rock Fox will have something for the people aware of the trends: En Forche 1. A hybrid of an upside down and a standard fork, built for no one else but Enduro and AM riders. From what I have learned, it will have 160mm of travel coming in a two stage design. The lower USD part of the fork will take care of the smallest bumps while the upper section will take care of the big hits. There are separate compression and rebound adjustments for each part, offering virtually limitless setting options, so that you can tune the fork EXACTLY for the trails you ride and your riding style, whether it is expressive or progressive. To top that EF1 has two springs, titanium coil in the lower section and air in the top, but the most impressive part is that thanks to such a unique design it can take ALL wheel sizes. There is not a single troll that could argue with such mix. If they only hit the price and weight point right, then that will be brilliant! The Rock Fox product manager says that this design utilizes the best sides of both current fork designs. There is one last trend that this fork addresses and that is the recent fab in bike geometry: long frame reach, short stem. EF1 uses a reinforced carbon steerer with a cut out that makes room for a super short 25mm TrueNative stem, both being a part of the CGS, Cool Geometry System. The structure of the whole fork is designed to work with head angles slacker than 66 degrees.

Straight from Suspi-con in San Diego. The new super tunable shock from Rock Fox
The new, super adjustable shock from Rock Fox, the Quadro Barrel aka Woody

A second product I saw from Rock Fox is their uber-adjustable air shock: Quadro Barrel, aka Woody. Usage is anything from Trail to DH. It is has two reservoirs and a master valve that chooses to let the oil flow through into one of them depending on size and characteristic of a hit. The master valve is fully adjustable, so are the low and high speed compression valves, beginning and ending stroke rebound valves at each reservoir. Master valve can also provide a lock out. Again, all that in the name of optimization, for people really needing a large adjustment range to set the suspension EXACTLY as they know it should be set for the conditions on the track. Just like En-Forche 1, the Quadro Barrel hosts a CGS features and the first of them is an oversized eyelet allowing you to mount a large offset bushing to slacken the head angle and lower the bottom bracket to give you the ultimate trendy geometry. The second CGS feature is the adjustable shock stroke that... allows you to set it EXACTLY as you want in case the stock setting is not good enough. In terms of adjustability Woody beats the famous Pain Creak CPDLFS-Air-DH4bs shock.

The other presentation I saw was from Cannon Rail. They are currently developing two forks, Hefty and All Righty. Both designs express the new way of thinking in the company, going away from their ordinary series of forks: Leftist. The Hefty sports a single crown architecture with a carbon, steerer/crown, upper legs monocoque. This particular fork is aimed at all long forgotten types of riding, that is off-road cycling, where you just get out and ride a bike in the woods as if the internet didn't exist. As opposed to the orgy of dials found in En-Forche, Hefty adjustments have been minimized to rebound and reservoir pressure. The second fork is All Righty which has much weirder architecture. Cannon Rail performed a 5 year research that has proven that most World Cup XC racing tracks in the world are right handed loops, therefore fork flexing in this way will help win vital time on tracks with majority of right hand corners...

Straight from Suspi-con in San Diego. Upcoming forks from Cannon Rail. Hefty and All Righty

Unfortunately, my true identity has been discovered just before I entered the presentation by Shmox suspension shocks, after I dropped a bottle of the best Chardonnay on Gary Fletchers foot. I was escorted away from the premises where the Suspi-Con took place, therefore I cannot bring you any details on what Shmox is planning in order to take our money, I only overheard that they are working on a three stage, telescopic USD fork "Yamato" and they are planning to sell it with loose shim stacks including Signature series Shim stacks like Geeman, Peet or Shladming.

Thank you for reading,
Arguably Yours,
Wacek Kipszak

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Disclaimer: This article is meant to be a satire. My very intention with it is to entertain you and eventually provide some food for reflection in case we treat our sport a bit too seriously. I honestly do not wish to insult or harm anyone or any company. Eventual resemblance to persons, names and places might be coincidental.


89 Comments

  • 83 3
 I love this kind of satire... for the pure reason that someday, some company might even show stuff like this as the next big revolution.
You never know where this sport gets to... Wink
  • 18 1
 I wouldn't be surprised to see that rear shock actually being built someday. suspension re-adjusts itself every 1/10th of a sec already on its own
  • 4 0
 If waki had posted the canndale travel adjust shock on here, it would fit right in.
  • 37 1
 shit is brilliant. the sketches are top notch industrial-design b-s. keep it up.
  • 8 0
 Design a fork for the rear and a rear shock for the front.
  • 7 2
 Honestly, that Rock Fox fork and Quadro Barrell shock are both really good ideas.
  • 4 3
 Think that's already been done in the past!
Marine & Manitou FS, and Girvin and Look forks.
Nothing is new, just old shit recycled....
  • 8 1
 How about making each spoke on a wheel an individual shock absorber. If anybody steals this idea from me I'll sue you into the stone ages!!
  • 8 0
 This particular fork is aimed at all long forgotten types of riding, that is off-road cycling, where you just get out and ride a bike in the woods as if the internet didn't exist. ::::::::::::::.......THIS IS THE BEST AMONG THE REST!!!!!!
  • 3 1
 @Rocky-Urban look at this wheel. Similar concept I guess haha www.softwheel.co.il
  • 2 0
 @inakiarri I can't believe such a wheel exists! I thought I was wacky for suggesting such a ludicrous idea but someone was beyond ludicrous and actually built it. I am curious as to how it rides.
  • 1 0
 righty with arch. that's sounds like a stable fork haha.
  • 1 1
 I forget what company makes them but there are also wheels with leaf springs as spokes. Similar idea....
  • 1 0
 to the original poster, exactly!
  • 2 3
 @rockyurban, ive had that thought, but pedaling efficiency would suck, rolling efficiency would be lost completely, and maintenance would be constantly necessary, thats if it hypotheticaly worked perfectly, which it wouldnt because the shocks at all different angles would counteract each other in every way. Plus the weight factor and strength necessary per "spoke"would be hard to do if the socks were to function well.
  • 1 0
 I think those softwheels are for wheelchairs.
  • 1 0
 @thrasher2: @WAKIdesigns wacek they stole your single crown design!
  • 34 1
 Waki you have exceeded yourself once again!

"the Sea Potter Cycle Fashion Show"

and

"This particular fork is aimed at all long forgotten types of riding, that is off-road cycling, where you just get out and ride a bike in the woods as if the internet didn't exist."

f*cking genius!
  • 7 0
 Can't forget about the 275 restaurant, although I do prefer the 260 cafe. I definitely recommend, as well as the 29R lounge.
  • 24 1
 Ages ago I thought Waki was an irritating nibbled that simply posted on every thread, now I have ultimate respect, his drawings are awesome, his language cunning and his sense of humour & passion for the sport (to remain as much about fun as possible) is outstanding. Some kind of award required for sure.
  • 2 1
 it's correctly spelled 'humor'
  • 3 0
 Eeehm... It depends. For instance on British isles where you won't find nucular weapons nor aluminum, coloUrful people spell it Humour. It is just a different contry
  • 2 1
 sigh.. joke.
  • 2 1
 Alright then... I thought you were some non-tolerant bloke. I wish people would just look for what we have in common, not what sets us apart. Love each other, care for environment. I hate non-tolerance, I would kill all of them homophobes and racists, there should be a movement fpr legislation of a law where you can execute a racist on the street or put him into a gas chamber.
  • 23 1
 Am I the only one who's starting to think that the MTB industry is getting its new "revolutionary" ides from WAKi-Leaks?

Brilliant stuff!
  • 17 0
 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY GAMING TOKENS.
  • 13 0
 Is it weird that a lefty with a reservoir actually looks like a good idea to me...?
  • 14 1
 Always love reading these, thanks Waki !
  • 8 0
 that usd-normal fork is not a bad idea. just like schwalbe's procore technology. You don't have to lack small bump sensitivity but still have a more progressive lateral stroke.
btw "hype-pipe" made my day Big Grin
  • 9 0
 I miss v-barke mount on that thefty, it would make it backward compactible. Shame, good ideas come half way
  • 8 0
 I heard Shmox were going to produce a fork with negative trail, and matching -25mm stem, just so you can run an even longer top tube
  • 7 1
 Truly enlightened. I'll never get bored of Waki-leaks.
  • 6 0
 the quadro looks like a landspeeder
  • 8 6
 I have a dream...... Bike industry should not care about market competition. Not about making money.... Should just care about good bikes and components. ... Also... black, asian and white people should live together AS what they are. ... Brothers and sisters.
  • 18 4
 Coming from a German
(sorry I had to Smile
  • 7 1
 yes... it seems suspicious
  • 2 0
 They're still feeling a little guilty...
"Whatever you do, don't mention the war!"
-Basil Fawlty
  • 2 0
 @ boobdesign
you should say : "coming from an american..."
  • 2 0
 Well I heard an opinion, that is not my opinion, God forbid... that it is better to have a legacy of fkng up a part of Europe with a sharp mind and flat belly, than screwing whole world (save Russia and China) for profit, shtng on the environment, bombing every race of brown people and whiping your fat arse with Gods name. What a terrible opinion, I despise country - country bashing.
  • 1 1
 Well.... At least Monsanto is fighting the Hunger :/ .... Even in Africa :/
  • 2 1
 Keep the ideas coming Waki. Remember that the woodie is actually a mtb shock.
I love that someone is putting ideas out in the public domain. Either infringing patents or blocking their creation in the future innthe form of prior art, keep them coming. I know someone who makes a fortune (insert doubles principal engineers salary) with ideas that will never see the market, but thet are considered blocking patents.
  • 1 1
 This guy can come up with some briliant stuff but that righty... oh my god. it is a recipe for disaster... the lefty is a left arm for a reason: the brake is on the left and it wont come out flying every time you pull the front brake lever. the righty now... well we can only imagine.
  • 2 0
 Believe it or not, a front hub can spin freely in both directions. If the fork was designed to be able to mount a caliper on the right side, you would have no issue, just a backwards front hub.
  • 1 0
 It would be stupid if the hub didnt do such. I was speaking of the fork that if you look properly you'll find that in the drawing the post mount was on the LEFT side... the one that wouldn't work.
  • 3 1
 @ WAKi Leaks, I'm not sure what I like more??? Your sassy and facetious comments or, your take on the industry with witty art! Keep it up!
  • 3 0
 Hefty, All righty, hahahaha! So clever.
  • 3 0
 Great idea you can change geometry on your shock!
  • 2 2
 "The new, super adjustable shock from Rock Fox, the Quadro Barrel aka Woody"

Waki, that has to be the funniest thing I ever read on PB. Thanks for the brilliant satire. Awesome !!!
  • 1 0
 It is an honor to be teased by WAKi. I would argue it is flattery beyond what imitation can provide.
  • 1 0
 With all due respect... I do not draw things that I consider to be "good ideas". I try to come up with something that I think is ridiculous, and then every now and then someone from Taiwan or Germany makes it real Big Grin
  • 4 2
 Waki makes the internet worth it.
  • 1 2
 yes internet is full of shit that doesnt worth a dime like this teenager stuff
  • 2 1
 Top Shelf! I love these, the designs are just about believable and I think someone is actually gonna work some of this in.
  • 2 0
 The shock looks somehow phallic Razz
  • 2 1
 Just bought a Rock Fox. It is 27.5 specific and light enough to win any enduro race...
  • 1 0
 Will loose sleep thinking what Shmox will present ... Waki you're a genius .. keep on the work ....
  • 1 0
 From the stanchions' perspective, the En-forche 1 looks like a wanking device
  • 1 0
 I wish there was a how to tutorial or course on how to make making concept drawings or posters like these...
  • 2 1
 Epic stuff! Laughing loud here men..you guys crack me up
  • 2 2
 OMG... Hot coffee just came out of my nostrils! I love reading your articles WAKI!!!!
  • 1 1
 love the RF concept, although I think it need a battery just to fuck with some peoples heads
  • 1 1
 Take my money, I'll buy all of these sh*ts! That RFQB shock will make me flying on the Enduroll race!
  • 2 1
 We are powered by imagination and logic, Waki got them both.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for all the comments, there shall be more Big Grin
  • 3 2
 Brilliant!
  • 3 2
 Ha! Excellent!
  • 3 2
 Nice one waki.. tup
  • 2 2
 Thanks, I almost forgot to invest in beef and oil.
  • 3 3
 Big Grin Fox's pull shocks are beyond these freaks!
  • 2 2
 YES so many good ones in this write up!
  • 2 2
 These just get better and better.
  • 2 2
 " I have to say, I'm a Waki fan"
  • 1 2
 Pretty funny. Reminds me of CBC"s this is that, where some readers will think this is the truth.
  • 1 1
 this is a brilliant post Waki.. loved it Salute
  • 1 1
 i need my rock fox nauh!!1
  • 1 1
 What amazing bullshit, loved it!
  • 1 1
 Can you guys start making these funny?
  • 2 2
 Great ! !
  • 1 2
 Let me know if you need help with the patents.

#loamydogpatentlaw
  • 1 2
 Loving the righty.
  • 4 6
 That RockFox is the real sh%t!!!
  • 5 7
 oh god this is shit is so lame
  • 7 9
 yawn
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