Bicycle Mechanics - What's the advantage of Sybil link rear suspension design
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11-15-02, 04:21 PM
I am wondering what's the advantage, if any, of the rear-suspension setup that uses Sybil Link (e.g. SCruz superlite and GF Sugar) over all the other designs?
11-19-02, 03:30 PM
To begin with, the Santa Cruz Superlight is a single pivot bike. The pivot is placed at a height approx equal to the small chainring. This is an uncomplicated design, yield lighter weight, but the drawbacks are some pedal induced bobbing when in the small chainring. Overall the effect is minimal and careful pedaling can all but eliminate the bobbing. See here: http://www.santacruzmtb.com/bicycles/superlight/superlight.asp
Secondly, the sugar utilizes carbon fiber seatstays for their design. This design elinates a set of pivots and the carbon flexes as part of the design.http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/series.asp?series=sugar
The Sybil, suspension is an adjustable link added to change the travel to 4.1 inches.
I'm not really sure what you're asking since you're comparing a single pivot to an adjustable multi-pivot bike.
My guess, is you want to know what the link does. The only thing it does is add a little weight and increases the travel. This helps GF bikes compete with other lightweight XC full suspension bikes in the marketplace that achieve 4" of suspension travel. It's a good design and works well. I've ridden the Sugar 2+ that we have in the shop as a demo bike. Just not my cup of tea. I want a burly bike that can handle my 225 lb self w/o complaint!
Originally posted by firebolt
I am wondering what's the advantage, if any, of the rear-suspension setup that uses Sybil Link Well If you like bikes with multiple personalities that you'd need to send to a shrink...........:rolleyes: :beer:
11-19-02, 05:31 PM
Thanks for the info. To my untrained eyes, sugar and superlite have similar rear-suspension setup (and kinda funky looking), so I though I could put them in the same category. And to me, the other FS bikes have more "conventional-looking" setup (e.g. Trek Fuel, Rocky Mountain)
I am new, and addicted :) to MTB and overwhelmed by the number of selections out there. I am currently using a Fisher hardtail (love it to bit), and thinking about adding a full suspension to my collection in a year or two.
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