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On the subject of longer chainstays, a regular at my local park built himself a dh frame with 510mm chainstays. I think the reach is around 460 or so, but I could be wrong. It’s a pretty wild looking bike and it seems to work pretty well, despite being radically different from any other bike on the mountain.
I just went from a Kona Process 167 to a Pole Evolink 176 for my main park bike and am a long bike convert, at least for dh. The Kona is a hoot on flatter trails, but when it gets crazy steep the Pole is way more composed.
I think that we’re reach-ing the limit on reach, (see what I did there?) and that there needs to be a corresponding shift in chainstay length, and maybe even bring the front center back in a little bit. Plus I need a better excuse for not being able to manual.
Of course this is just me talking out my ass, and different terrains and riding styles demand different bikes, but it is fun to talk about
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