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I’d love to hear from a frame designer why they don’t go more progressive on more frames, I’m sure there’s a good reason. Is the average consumer more OK with bottoming hard than they are with using less than max travel? Is there a pedaling tradeoff? Carbon frames are so strong these days I’d guess bottoming hard isn’t a problem like it used to be.
I love my current bike, 2017 Transition Patrol with the Super Deluxe Avalanched, and it works great with 3 or 4 spacers in it. But every fully I’ve ever owned, except a Devinci Spartan from a few years ago, needed close to max spacers. The Devinci only needed 1-2, and it felt wonderfully bottomless. All my (admittedly crappy) DH bikes bottomed somewhat easily running coils.
I break shit all the time, so it could be just me being a mega-hack. But I’m not so sure. My smoother and smaller friends also always run spacers. That said, trying to make a single linkage work for a mellow 100 lb rider to a 220 lb pinner can’t be easy.
More just curiosity and some serious bike nerdery than anything. I’ve said it many times, bikes these days are so, so good.
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