The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems

The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems

Mountain bike rear suspension may appear to come in a baffling array of different designs. Each one is claimed to offer superior performance for one reason or another, usually backed by an array of baffling acronyms and marketing spiel. But if you really boil it down, there are essentially just three or four basic layouts, each with their own pros and cons. How to get your suspension setup dialled 6 top suspension maintenance tips Here I’ll go through all the major layouts — and a few variations too — explaining how they work and their potential advantages or shortcomings. Then I’ll define the major design concepts that are collectively known as suspension kinematics, these include: anti-squat, brake jack, and leverage rate, as well as the important concepts of Instant Centre and Centre of Curvature. I’ll explain what they mean, how they interact and use some real-world examples to shed light ...

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