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Cascade Components Announces More New Links

Jul 14, 2021 at 11:33
by Cascade Components  

PRESS RELEASE: Cascade Components

After a brief hiatus from press releases, we are pleased to announce and handful of new links! We have three and a half links in this press release so that you don’t have to read one of these every other week. The links we have details on below are the Evil Offering V2 link, the Ibis Ripmo V2 and AF links, and the 2018-2020 Giant Reign link.

Evil Offering V2 Link

Alright, we are keeping this one short and sweet because you have essentially seen it before. The V2 and V1 Offerings have extremely similar leverage curves. If you overlay them, you can hardly tell the difference in fact. So what can you expect out of this link? The exact same thing the V1 link has been doing for some time now. More ramp and an elimination of the flat region that exists around 50% shock stroke.

Available in black, silver, and orange


Specs and Details:


• 145 mm of travel
• Progression increased to 35% compared to 23% with stock link
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver, orange
• Cost: $249 USD.

Ibis Ripmo V2 Link

Our Ripmo V2 modifications include a different upper link as well as shock yoke. This allows significantly more ramp to be added especially at the end of stroke. Progression increases to 28% from 19% while travel stays at 147 mm for clearance reasons. As with the Offering links, this one eliminates the section of the leverage curve that is essentially flat. While this is our first link for an Ibis frame, the added progression functions as it does with any other frame. This means you can expect the suspension to feel more supple off the top, more willing to move up and over obstacles, and then smoothly ramp up as the shock moves through its stroke.

Available in black and silver

Now with this one we’re sure there will be lots of climbing questions. The change in pedaling performance is indiscernible. There is a decrease in anti-squat late in travel, relative to the stock linkage, but beyond that you won’t notice a difference. This decrease at the end of travel does mean there is a little less pedal kickback when you get into that region of the curve and hopefully you aren’t pedaling with it compressed that far. All that said, this is designed with the goal of improving descending and is intended to leave climbing as is. As far as geometry goes, this is the only link of the ones included here that has a real impact on geometry. The BB is lowered about 3 mm, which slackens the bike by about 0.25 degrees. We would advise people not to fixate on these numbers, though, because the additional mid-stroke support will result in the bike riding a little higher in its travel over terrain where the suspension is getting put to work. What we are getting at here is please don’t purchase this for perceived geometry changes since it might not feel the way you expect it with the different leverage curve.

Specs and Details:


• 147 mm of travel
• Progression increased to 28% compared to 19% with stock link
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver
• Cost: $332 USD.

Before you ask, unfortunately this is not compatible with the Ripmo V1 and we are not sure when we will get around to a link for that one.

Ibis Ripmo AF Link

We’ll keep this one brief as well since the Ripmo AF shares its kinematics with the Ripmo V2. Because the Ripmo AF’s aluminum frame is less bulky around the BB and lower rear triangle area, all that is needed is the upper link, hence the lower cost. If you’re wondering why the yoke is so expensive, it all comes down to material and machine time. The upper link is quite small. Now if you’re wondering why the Ripmo AF has a little more travel and progression than the Ripmo V2, it’s because of the stock shock yoke. If there weren’t clearance issues with the stock yoke on the V2, it would have kept that as well. So the Ripmo AF receives 151 mm of travel and 31% progression.

Again, with the climbing this behaves similarly to our V2 link. Technically it sits a hair higher in the anti-squat curve than the set up on the V2 does, but that is not noticeable on trail. As for geometry, because the shock yoke is the same, the drop in BB height and slackening are practically eliminated.



Specs and Details:


• 151 mm of travel
• Progression increased to 31% compared to 19% with stock link
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver
• Cost: $206 USD.

2018-2020 27.5” Giant Reign Link


We believe this link has the potential to entirely change your perception of the 2018-2020 Giant Reign. When we dove into the kinematics for the Reign, we quickly realized that there was a lot of potential to increase progressivity. The link in combination with a small shock extender increase the amount of progression to 36% from 19%. Travel with this frame is left at 162 mm for clearance reasons.

Available in black and silver

This large increase in progression is quite noticeable and makes small bump sensitivity and bottom out resistance fantastic.

Specs and Details:


• 162 mm of travel
• Progression increased to 36% compared to 19% with stock link
• Includes required shock extender
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver
• Cost: $366 USD.

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for sticking with us all the way to the bottom!

For more information on any of our stuff click cascadecomponents.bike.


117 Comments

  • 139 0
 Sure was nice of the link company to provide links to where you can buy their links.
  • 74 1
 You heard it here first: pinkbike is going to monetize clever comments. Top 5 comments for articles will be behind a monthly subscription.
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: I would prefer it the other way around.
  • 3 0
 The prices are links to buy the links…
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents Can you please make one for the Giant Trance X, Little bit more travel would be perfect and some more progression
  • 83 1
 I have no choice but to bring up paywalls here, I believe.
  • 25 0
 I don’t see the link
  • 18 0
 @Altron5000: that’s because of the progression
  • 9 0
 @abueno: progression to "the next level"
  • 3 0
 @abueno: how much progression tho? Like 19% or 28%?
  • 66 0
 When are they going to release one for my Orange?
  • 95 0
 I think harbor freight sells pretty good door hinges
  • 54 0
 I am going through the stages of grief.
  • 17 0
 I think I just got past denial and am coming round to apathy and sadness
  • 9 0
 @sspiff: I am getting to bargaining
  • 11 0
 I’ve already arrived at acceptance! That this is way over my budget.
  • 8 0
 You're the perfect candidate. One of these links should provide you with enough mid-stroke support to help you through this tough time. If that doesn't help, they make it so you don't bottom out too harshly.
  • 43 4
 The cascade catalogue is getting quite big now, who'd have thought all these manufacturers had gotten their leverage ratio's wrong! #cynical
  • 17 5
 Maybe not wrong for the average rider. But certainly lacking on some bikes for certain riders.
  • 6 1
 @WalrusRider: exactly. Everyone has different wants and needs from suspension.
  • 30 0
 Isn't this the same as saying "...who'd have thought all these manufacturers had gotten their (fork, shock, handle bars, pedals, etc.) wrong. Just because you add chocolate syrup to ice cream doesn't mean the ice cream makers got it wrong
  • 5 0
 Another possible reason to buy them is if your needs from a bike change. Maybe you’re now hitting much bigger stuff and can’t afford a full new bike. The links let you make your bike a bit more aggressive without the cost of a full new bike (admittedly this only makes sense in very limited cases, but it is a small company).
  • 3 0
 In all fairness, I've been looking at changing the shock on my Reign for the exact reason of it not being progressive enough, I'm relatively heavy at 100kg + with kit, this does look like a worth while upgrade for myself
  • 18 0
 Yo dawg, we heard you like links...
  • 14 1
 Hey @cascadecomponents I am curious if you have looked at Guerrilla Gravity Links or what you could do with them since they have such a versatile platform. Have you looked into them at all?
  • 13 1
 Can confirm, the Ripmo AF link does what they say. I received the unit with the first serial number.

Beginning stroke is quicker to move when hitting stuff before the sag point (unweighted), and progressive curve at the end is smooth and appropriate. Way better for smashing. I have a Topaz, and needed 3.5 volume spacers to prevent bottom-out. Now I can run 2, and the rebound feels way more controlled on heavy hits. Well worth the money for me, and it made the Ripmo AF the bike I had always hoped it would be.
  • 1 0
 Rad. My Ripmo AF is amazing for most all of my riding but it would be nice to not bottom out with 3 spacers in with appropriate sag. One thing that I really do not want to change though is the climbing characteristics. Would you say they are correct in saying it is a negligible difference?
  • 1 0
 @ct0413: I'd say there may be a very slight decrease in that "knuckle" that it tends to sit on when putting power through, but it's minor, and I'd need more time on it to say for sure. It's still climbs great, and the improvements are definitely more noticeable.
  • 1 0
 @ct0413: I wonder if I'm doing it right. I don't ever bottom out. I'm 220lbs and run 275psi in an X2 to get 15-16 mm sag and use 51/54mm shock travel. What does your setup look like?
  • 1 0
 @mammal: same question. I never bottom out my V2. What kind of setup do you have?
  • 1 0
 @50105010: Ripmo AF with the stock DVO topaz, which comes with a really light compression tune. I'm 170lbs without gear, running 180psi for around 30+% sag, which is where it feels good. That stock setup needs a bunch of volume spacers to avoid bottoming out in places I shouldn't. The link really helped.
  • 2 0
 I just got a Ripmo AF link too. I have the Jade X Coil and can really feel the increased bottom out resistance and extra travel. Runs like a dream. I thought I had the first serial number unit too since I pre-ordered the link. But I messaged cascade and they said its a part number, not a serial number...
  • 1 0
 @mammal: Ah, cool. Thanks. I guess that extra 100psi in the shock really helps me avoid bottoming out. I run just one spacer in there.
I'm glad the new link works for you. I've heard a bunch of other people share you sentiment that the Ripmo bottoms out too easily. It just never happened to me.
  • 1 0
 @50105010: Yeah I have the same setup as @mammal, almost the exact same weight and PSI as well. I can run the shock around 25% sag comfortably on smoother terrain and get the resistance I need, but my local terrain is really rough rock gardens and lots of fast repeated hits, so 30% sag is the only way to feel in control through that stuff, but when a drop of compression comes up it tends to dive through the end of the stroke really easily.
  • 1 0
 @TahoeEbikes: Do you have a progressive spring on your Jade X? I have wanted to put a coil on my AF and now am wondering if the link would replace the need for the progressive spring. Perhaps both would be too much.
  • 2 1
 @ct0413: I've been running the Jade X Coil for a while and also have a Topaz that it came with. The stock linkage is progressive enough for the Jade X Coil. You wouldn't want to run a progressive coil on a bike like this. Progressive coils are better for bikes that are not designed to be ran with a coil shock.
  • 1 0
 @50105010: Yeah, if I up my pressure in the topaz to 190, with 2 spacers, it's ok for bottom out but doesn't feel great. Different shocks require different pressure ranges, and terrain/riding style makes a difference too. Probably not an apples to apples comparison with our setups.
  • 2 0
 I also received a link from the first batch of AF's. Didn't think it was going to be as big of a difference as it is. Much more eager to get out of the way off the top, solid support through the middle and a nice pleasant bottom out. I've got a kitsuma air and found myself running almost the same psi with some changes to compression. Also the oem link I pulled out the bearings were pretty much toast so if you need to talk yourself into it...
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: Interesting! On paper I have thought that the Ripmo should be progressive enough for a standard coil but due to needing 3 volume spacers in my Topaz I kind of developed the mindset that I would need a progressive coil to achieve similar results. I do feel like with a coil though I could have a higher spring rate to resist bottoming out while still achieving suppleness to the beginning of the stroke. Like always, if I switch to a coil I will try cheap heavy springs first to decide spring rate so that will probably give me a good idea of the progression.
  • 3 1
 @dualsuspensiondave: Plenty of folks on the RAF MTBR forum needed progressive springs with the Jade X to prevent bottoming. It would likely be overkill in combo with the new link though.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: It probably really comes down to riding style with this bike. I could see for someone riding fast through chattery/rough single-track all day wanting a standard spring, because this bike feels really good through that stuff with a more linear setup. But for myself I end up landing off of some decent sized drops in my rides and that is the only time it feels like a linear warp-speed-blow-through-travel smash into bottom. I actually think that what I am wanting is an independent high-speed compression circuit, because if I keep that bladder above 190 psi the whole bike just deflects off of rocks, but ends up have decent bottom-out control.
  • 1 1
 @mammal: That’s pretty wild, the bike was designed for use of the coil due to the added progression. Definitely wouldn’t want that myself. Bike doesn’t bottom out unless you case something hard, even then it’s really forgiving.
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: That's certainly not my experience, but riding styles and terrain we ride play a big factor in how the bike reacts.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: @dualsuspensiondave, my theory in the difference of experience is the shock itself. I find that the Topaz has an especially noticeable bottom-out. If you've ever taken one all the way apart you'll notice pretty quick that there isn't much in there to keep the shock from having harsh hits. The Jade X however has a pretty forgiving bottom-out bumper and I have read a review somewhere of the Jade X and the writer mentioned how forgiving the shock's bottom-out was.
  • 1 0
 @ct0413: Pretty much all coil shocks have a massive bottom our bumper, talking 5-10x bigger than the 2.5mm oring found in rockshox and similar air shocks (x2 has a bigger one like a coil)

The thing with coil shocks is that the bumper is included in the travel. So if you have a 15mm tall bumper , the last 37ish mm wheel travel is bottom out bumper. Some companies choose to use a short bottom out bumper on their coil shock that has a very noticeable contact/transition point to maximise the amount of "spring only" travel, whereas some manufacturers have a longer and softer bumper for a smoother ramp up at the end of the travel

Another variable is the shape of the bumper. You can use a large diameter bumper like Rockshox, you can use a taller bumper with more taper, you can use multi-stage bumpers like Ohlins. Avalanche have a range of bottom out bumpers for different riders and frames (scroll down a bit, lots of options www.avalanchedownhillracing.com/Fox%20DHX/Fox%20Vanrc%20SSD%20Mods.htm)
  • 2 0
 @Civicowner: totally makes sense. That’s good info, and definitely even more reason for myself to use a coil eventually.
  • 1 0
 @ct0413: If you measure the shaft diameter, you can install a bigger bottom out oring in your shock. I use a 206 size o ring that's about 40% bigger than stock on Super Deluxe (3.5 vs 2.5mm). I believe topaz has the same shaft size as a Monarch Plus so 10mm (could be wrong) so you could find something that works if you want slightly more rubber cushioning your bottom outs

This will need to be done during damper service
  • 15 0
 So... Looks like a paywall....
  • 14 0
 PAYWALL
  • 13 0
 I vote for a V1 Ripmo link so a coil could be fitted...
  • 5 0
 Big bike companies design bikes for gumbies with lots of cash, an market them as thoroughbred race machines. Im still bitter about my 2018 Sentinal, who’s rear end was atrocious. But the media loved. Well done cascade, the links look top notch.
  • 8 0
 I am still waiting for a link for my Kona Honzo!
  • 5 0
 @CascadeComponents The Ripmo V1 would benefit from this linkage and there are a lot of these bikes out there. Any plans on making a linkage for the original Ripmo?
  • 3 0
 +1 on a link for the V1!!
  • 6 0
 We wanted a brake in the press releases, not a hiatus!
  • 2 0
 It's not clear to me why a progressive linkage is the new fashion now.
I am riding progressive frame now (yt izzo) and it can feel harsh without bottoming out. I would have liked a link that would reduce progression
Also, progressive out back can feel unbalanced when not evened with progressive front end which makes for a tiring ride.
  • 7 2
 WHY IS THIS NOT 3 SEPARATE PRESS RELEASES
  • 6 0
 $366?
  • 3 0
 You went to all this trouble to make this article but you muppets aren't going to show us the leverage ratios after the sag point?
  • 3 0
 Shock stroke =/= suspension travel
  • 1 0
 I have one on my alloy patrol, I love it. transition did a great job on the stock link, really supportive and poppy, just not very supple on the small chatter. the cascade link feels so much better for rough trails and brake bumps, super supple off the top but still stays really supportive midstroke. People always say "why didn't they do it right in the first place" they did, this is just another way to fine tune and personalize your suspension. I feel like having the progression added from the link feels better than adding volume spacers or extra pressure to help things ramping up how you need. I frequently play around swapping between air and coil, now I just need a custom spring rate. Gimme a 535lb spring and I'll be super dialed
  • 2 0
 That's when a Sprindex comes in handy.
  • 2 0
 I'm I the only one that could use a less progressive link? Seems like I am always removing volume spacers (not adding them) on my bikes to get the correct shock ramp up and use full travel.
  • 1 0
 Reign 27.5 is an outdated bike (geometry) at this point. Giant just keeps making them because they're tooled up.

How about a Reign 29 link? could use a more progressive end stroke-and a little more travel if clearance is there.
  • 1 0
 People worried about weight….adding half a pound of system weight will be imperceptible when climbing uphill. Like less than a couple watts over a longer climb. There are calculators out there where you can change bike configurations and play around with that if you ha e weight anxiety hahaha
  • 4 1
 I wonder if they could take additional material off these beef cakes. They sure are stout.
  • 1 0
 The weight isn't a plus, but the performance is (for me at least). It seems like all the upgrades I want weigh more than what im currently running. I really want a coil upgrade for my lyrik
  • 1 0
 @Beaconbike: yeah I have one of the links myself. It seems like they could easily take material off and not compromise strength at all
  • 2 0
 @speed10: I'm sure they could, as a big dude I don't mind though. I cracked the stock link on my 2018 reign sx. Well I also cracked the frame at the top tube/seat stay joint.

I guess I need to take extra material off of me!
  • 5 0
 They are designed with a factor of safety over a full bottom out with maximum shock pressure to ensure that if someone on the heavy side cases something bad the link isn't the weak point. On most of them the weight is pretty reasonable, but there are a couple of heavy ones for sure.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: appreciate the reply. I do love the performance gains and when people ask about it I always tell them it’s the best upgrade I’ve made to my bike yet. Only drawback is the obvious extra weight from the stock link. I do understand your reply though. No brand wants to see photos of their failed components floating on Instagram.
  • 1 0
 Pretty lame they started with the V2 Ripmo since that bike was already more progressive than the V1. The V1 is what could really benefit from the new link...@CascadeComponents
  • 1 1
 When Cascade started this business I though it was awesome, however, nowadays I always think "all bike companies are doing wrong?" Why all bikes need to upgrade links, suspension rate etc?
  • 1 0
 maybe because they're made for the average rider. those who want better riding characteristics can upgrade (and unfortunately pay a lot for it)
  • 1 0
 and secondly, after riding a bike for a while, you might notice flaws you wouldn't notice in the beginning. so then you can upgrade with links without buying a new rig
  • 2 0
 Looking forward to more info about the brake calipers and the chain guide
  • 2 1
 Waiting for the sb6 link. I would love a little more progression for coil shocks
  • 1 0
 Anyone see their new brakes they posted and also the chain guide? Keen to see what’s to come from them!
  • 2 0
 still waiting on a mk1 transition patrol link Frown
  • 1 0
 I've got a 2017 Scout, love that bike but I'd love it even more with slightly more travel. Waiting as well
  • 1 0
 @src248: got a 2015 scout as well lol
  • 1 0
 I'd love a link to improve my Merida E-One sixty. Has an almost linear curve thanks to its regressive end stroke.
  • 1 0
 Do the 2019 specialized Enduro 29. I want 2-4% more progressive. Not much just make the ramp up slightly better
  • 2 0
 Norco optic please? Yes? Okay thank you.
  • 1 0
 Great seeing them make the link for the 27.5 Reign, hope we will get one for the 27.5 Trance as well!
  • 2 0
 I hope they do a reign 29er link. A bump in the travel would be nice!
  • 1 0
 In Reign SX 29 just change the damper travel to 65mm and you get 160mm of travel instead of146mm. The damper length remains the same - 205mm. Here's how to change the stroke of the Fox DHX2 www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=226701
  • 1 0
 I have the link for the Reign and it’s properly transformative! Definitely recommend it.
  • 1 0
 Two words: Rocky Mountain. Please and thank you! (Instinct BC first please)
  • 1 0
 Can you guys please make a link for older NP mega?? Mine is a 2019 and has the god awful old santa cruz leverage curve.
  • 2 1
 Why would you want to get rid of the flat spot on the evil leverage curve? That’s what makes evil bikes unique.
  • 1 0
 Are there any plans to have some kind of demo program?
  • 1 0
 I wonder if we ever get a link for x wing enduros
  • 1 0
 Wreckoning LB next please!
  • 1 0
 Missed a chance to provide a link that can allow the Ripmo to go mullet
  • 1 0
 Links in the description.
  • 1 0
 who is translating even the company names.. fun read Big Grin
  • 1 0
 2017 Trek slash next please please please
  • 1 0
 at those prices, I would expect a .0001 scallop height.
  • 1 1
 Funny how the giant link is swoopy shaped, matching their frames
  • 1 0
 5010 V3 link?
  • 1 0
 What about meta am 2021?
  • 1 0
 Reign 29 please!
  • 4 5
 Mullet links for every bike or PISS OFF
  • 3 1
 i like your energy
  • 2 3
 So, every bike brand are wrong with their suspension designs. noice
  • 7 9
 Nothing says I bought the wrong bike like a cascade link.
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