What the previous comments have shown is that bigger and smaller riders probably need different linkages. Which totally makes sense. XS riders have very different leverage needs to a 220lb dude pushing the pressure limit in an air shock. This is the level of size-specific stuff we're not likely to see anytime soon from any company. It kind of seems like the kind of thing companies could produce in small quantities to allow customers with special needs to purchase but bikes still ship with the stock link.
These Cascade links are specifically to vary suspension kinematics and progression. The G1's adjustments are for geometry.
edit 1: I don't think that's how people are using these adjustments. No one is like the terrain is too tough I better increase suspension leverage by lengthening my chainstays. Changing kinematics is a byproduct of fit and TBH adding 3mm of chainstay probably isn't noticeable suspension-wise.
edit 2: Same with the travel settings. If I choose to use the travel settings now all my settings are off and I have to find another spring to maintain the same feel. So yeah the kinematics change as a byproduct of changing travel not because that's the goal.
It's fair to find it odd that people find that local bike designers are dumbing down their kinematics so much that the bikes don't work well here. I'd be curious to hear what the folks from Forbidden think about this link and why they didn't just go this route in the first place. They're pretty clever.
I find it weird that these bikes ship worldwide with such a vanilla kinematics tune that a $300USD upgrade is necessary and worthwhile. And that's from companies based right here in southern BC.
"Cascade Components caters to aggressive, lighter to mid weight riders that have reached the limit of tuning in their shocks." Virtually all mountain bike products are optimized for this weight class already so why not?
You can ride a modern progressive hardtail (with Cushcore Pro) at nearly the same speed as FS on the Shore, maybe not in the bike park. It's totally doable but the margin for error can get thin and it takes its toll on the body for sure. It's a nice change in the shoulder seasons when everything is soft.
I think the catch is that performance degrades slowly so we don't notice how shitty it's become. That's why it's good to be proactive.
There's nothing wrong with getting your service done early. Sometimes that's just the convenient time to do it. Ideally I do mine the second I get injured or during a shoulder season when I know Suspensionwerx or Fluid Function will be quiet.
I don't know what happened to Arthur but I needed his help setting up my first Geometron. Everything about how my weight was distributed on the bike was unfamiliar. Everything worked so so well after that. I convinced a few friends on more conventional bikes to do the same (immediately after servicing fork and shock) - all were surprised at how poorly their bikes had previously been set up.
Everyone around here should be servicing their dropper, fork and rear shock every single season. Depending on how deep you go and how many small parts need replacing that's around $300+. It makes your stuff feel way better and radically minimizes the likelihood of a catastrophic failure out on the trail.
I'd like to see the Venn diagram of people who don't do regular service on these things and those who buy crazy expensive upgrade kits for their forks/aftermarket linkages, etc. The old "I haven't serviced my fork in two years but I just spent $500 on a coil conversion to get that smooth feel back!".
Seems to me that most people tend to overestimate their ability to do proper setup and underestimate how badly their stuff needs servicing.
I would much rather have to consider a few dimensions than just one. The new way really gives you a whole picture of the bike. I look at reach then HA-SA then head tube length and rear center then BB height/drop with wheelbase. When I look back at every bike I owned before 2012 (when I began thinking of bike geometry in this wholistic way) it's no wonder that every single one of them fit poorly. That was when we trusted bike companies to do a good job.
Maybe I'm building a pumptrack bike.
But Andrew what if I wanted to run it singlespeed? Is there a slider option for those dropouts?
Lace tension varies with how wet the laces are. Plus retying laces with cold, wet or gloved hands sucks. This seems like a huge oversight.
Laces on a shoe like this seem like an odd choice.
Someone please manufacture a mini-EMP I can use to disable AXS and ebikes.
So instead of developing a better solution to internally routed cables the obvious solution was to make drivetrains even more complicated and introducing a ton of unnecessary technology. Classic SRAM logic. But look at us we created a universal derailleur hanger standard because we care about keeping things simple. SRAM doesn't make bike parts it makes plastic toys.