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July 27, 2020, 11:58 a.m. -  Marc Fenigstein

Perfectly liner suspension curves are not an advantage - manufacturers work very hard to make sure that both front and rear are progressive. The linear nature of a telescopic force becomes a thing that MFGs have to work around with air assist, bottom out valves, etc. And a standard shock has no challenge on valve area or oil volume, since It can grow to the diameter It needs to be. Telescopic forks are limited to the cartridge diameter AND have to deal with/compensate for bending forces on the damper shaft. The only Inherent advantage of the telescopic system is clearance and packaging for long travel, rider habits/muscle memory built around the natural dive characteristics, and the refinement that comes from decades of evolution.

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