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CascadeComponents sarahmoore's article
Jun 4, 2020 at 9:28
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Tech Briefing: Tools, Green Initiatives, Inexpensive Bikes & More - June 2020
@tgent: despite some similarities on paper, the Megatower and Hightower are quite different bikes. Also, while then leverage curves have similar initial and final values, the shock strokes for the two bikes are very different. I started in on the Hightower because I wanted to build what I thought was the the perfect race bike for the Washington area. The Megatower is just too cumbersome pedaling for most enduro stages around here. As much as I wish I was racing courses that demand the Megatower that's not the case. The Hightower with the stock link pedals nicer, but tends to ping off things and still goes through its travel quite easily, which isn't conducive to racing. So I designed a link for the bike that kept it more planted and added mid-stroke support and bottom out resistance while not harming its pedaling. The mentality behind the design wasn't "I wish I had a Megatower now". It was "I don't want to race a Megatower. I want to race a Hightower. Now let's make the Hightower as good as it can be."
CascadeComponents sarahmoore's article
Jun 3, 2020 at 21:22
2 days
Tech Briefing: Tools, Green Initiatives, Inexpensive Bikes & More - June 2020
@filryan: everyone gets so fixated on the travel numbers and forgets there's a lot more to it than that. I guess that's what we get for not doing kashima and oil slick for colors...
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
Jun 3, 2020 at 13:52
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Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
@ingotaraske: Because a spacer doesn't do a lot of the things a link does. Spacers a really more of a band aid than a true solution. There's a reason a lot of professional racers aren't on stock linkages.
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
Jun 1, 2020 at 15:30
Jun 1, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
The link doesn't effect climbing.
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
May 27, 2020 at 10:55
May 27, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
@Cmcniff: The BB is 2.5 mm lower than the BB is in low with the stock link. We've never had any issues with pedal strikes with any set up on this bike.
May 17, 2020 at 18:49
May 17, 2020
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
May 15, 2020 at 10:18
May 15, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
@Jesse221: the aluminum spacers/shields are still there, but they don't really keep much out. When we were doing back to back testing one lap was all it took to get mud past them. The rubber environmental seals on top of the bearings are gone though, which was a bit of a step in the wrong direction for bearing longevity with the shielded bearings. The get a bunch of grit on them while riding and no one is stopping mid-ride to clean that out. Being able to grease them doesn't improve their life over a sealed bearing since axial loads from cornering are really what wear these bearings out and that happens long before a sealed bearing needs grease.
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
May 14, 2020 at 21:59
May 14, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
@JPostuk: to get the same stack height as a 180 mm 27.5 fork you have to go down to a 150 mm 29" fork. At this point it's an amount of travel that's not really fitting for what the Nomad is intended to do. Reducing shock stroke isn't exactly desirable either since bottom out resistance is proportional to shock stroke squared. With a Megatower on the other hand you make a link that raises the rear 10 mm and geo is unchanged with a 27.5" wheel.
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
May 14, 2020 at 20:33
May 14, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
If you haven't swapped out the link on your Nomad you're missing out, but don't take our word on it... https://theloamwolf.com/2020/02/17/review-cascade-components-v4-nomad-lt-link/ As for the grease fitting, here in the PNW having shielded bearings results in more maintenance and bearing life that is at most equal to the life of a sealed bearing. If SC wanted to stick with shielded bearings they should have left the rubber environmental seals over the bearings like the ones the Nomad has on all their bikes. Otherwise there's nothing to keep contaminants our mid-ride. Sealed bearings are designed with an amount of grease in them that lasts the life of the bearing. Whenever I run through a set of bearings I always pop the seals off to see how they are looking and the grease is always surprisingly clean. If someone is pulling their sealed bearings out and the insides look nasty the bearings likely should have been changed a while ago due to wear on the races.
CascadeComponents CascadeComponents's article
May 14, 2020 at 10:01
May 14, 2020
Cascade Components Announces V2 Hightower LT Link
@heitz1979: The fork is still at 150 mm. @WAKIdesigns: Supple and supportive go together with more progressive linkages. Below the sag point the suspension is more supportive and above the sag point it's more supple. This combined with being less reliant on damping to avoid harsh bottom outs allows the suspension to remain more active over chunder. It's less likely to pack up as well. Generally over roots and rocks and what not where you're really worried about small bump your sitting higher in your travel (or at least should be) so you benefit from the more supple portion of the stroke. Then in scenarios where support is really important such as corners, g-outs, and jumps you get the support from being a little deeper in the travel. As for why the stock link was designed the way it was, I don't really have a good answer for that. I haven't found a single instance where I thought the stock link would serve me better. The leverage curve our link creates can't be achieved with exactly 140 mm of travel so that may have played a role in their design.
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