Best money spent lately, right after the pizza oven!
Ive always been a fan of chainless riding. Bike park trails or pumptrack, as it really helps equalizing foot pressure on pedals and free the sudpension.
The OChain does exactly the job its intended to.
Really impressive result on the Meta from commençal, those bikes are race bikes intended to be used with clipless, so when you ride them with flat you can quickly feel that half way thru the travel , the suspension often stiffen or get choppy, specially in the rough. Resulting in loss of grip or feet moving forward on the pedals, despite the use of Daggas with a few pins off at the right spots and super tacky RC shoes.
The spider on the meta , fixed the problem on first ride and i am only riding the 6°, which is the equivalent of the maximum pedal kickback on that bike (meta Tr sx)
Also it improves the quietness of the transmission and makes wheelies a breeze (not exactly sure why, i believe its the delay that helps power control)
On climbs i noticed a benefit on grip over obstacles , kind of like a “crawl control” would work on modern pickup trucks, i stead of instant power, there is slight delay that gives you time to position better and gives momentum to your body. Almost no slippage anymore.
Down side is a tiny feeling of loss of uphill performances... thats right, even with the knob turn to stiff on the back shock, on technical climbs, there is no more pedal kickback, so “no chain tension” at the instant moment you hit an obstacle, so nothing prevent the suspension to act freely. Bit its only in few cases that you really feel it. Still made it all the way up in the same amount of time as usual.
I am definitely putting one on my bike park bike , so i can ditch the “freak coaster”