Posted by: tashi
I LOVE the look of that bike (and the handful of others like it) and appreciate a steel frame but after years of being hammered with the “significant” differences between suspension designs I’m curious if a simple single pivot design like that, which most of the steel frame guys use, has any significant compromises vs all the more complicated designs out there.
Love to hear from the folks who can detect these nuisances, because although I can kinda ride a bike good in VERY bad at detecting what my suspension is doing.
While I havent ridden a Murmur, I have spent time on other single pivots. The two most common characteristics are pedal feedback and what people call 'brake jack' (rear suspension stiffening on brake application). You can get used to either, but I definitely dont miss these quirks. Single pivots are usually also quite linear which is why having a properly tuned coil shock would likely help out by increasing progressivity at the end of the stroke.