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Old 09-20-05, 09:25 AM   #1
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which is the best FS pedaling frame(no bob)

hi.. i wounder.. what is the best frame with 4 to 5 inches of rear travel with the most minimal of bobing?
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Likely anything with Horst link. Ellsworth Truth, some of the Norco bikes, Turner 5 Spot, any of the Specialized FSR bikes, Blur and VP Free. Of course, even the crappiest pedalling suspension design can be saved through the use of a pro-pedal type shock. Also, even the best suspension design will ride like crap if the rear shock is setup incorrectly.
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That would be my short list;


Specialized Stumpjumper
Ellsworth ID
Turner 5 spot

Although many more manufacturers make 5'' travel bikes now that pedal beautifully. The complete list would be extensive.

Edit: damn your fast pinkrobe
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My list would be (of course only when set up correctly):

If you want 4".

Ellsworth Truth (I'm a little biased here though)
Turner Flux (licenses it's suspension design from Ellsworth)
Giant NRS (3 1/2" or 4", not sure)
KHS XC904r (only 3.5") (licenses it's suspension design from Specialized)
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 100
Santa Cruz Blur XC
Santa Cruz Superlight (old technology but still one heck of a bike)

If you want 5".
Ellsworth ID
Turner Five Spot (licenses it's suspension design from Ellsworth)
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 120

There are a lot of other great bikes out there, these are just my favorites. On a side note, I still like what Tony Ellsworth says about lock outs on rear shocks, a bike that is designed properly doesn't need a lockout. Not an exact quote but gets the point across.
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i always thought fsr was on the top with pedaling?

i guess i was wrong. just for future reference what kind of sus. are on those otehr bikes?
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The Ellsworth and Turner have ICT (Instant Center Tracking). It is a four bar design. They are basicly the same thing as the Specilized but somehow have found a loop hole that allows them to get around the Specialized patent.

Here is Ellsworth's explanation of it.

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ICT™ Technology: Instant Center Tracking™ is internationally patented and quantifiably the most energy-efficient suspension design in the world, period. Internationally acclaimed, ICT four-bar linkage technology provides up to 100% pedal power efficiency by aligning the instant center of the linkage on the chain torque line and continually tracking it throughout the range of travel. What does that mean in layman’s terms? It means ICT allows pedal power to propel the rider forward without power loss, effectively avoiding the common suspension design flaw that divides pedal inputs into a wasteful combination of forward and vertical (jacking or bobbing) motions. ICT-equipped bikes such as the Dare, Truth, Id and Witness—are legendary for their rare combination of responsive performance and plush suspension that can be found nowhere else. All ICT-equipped bikes feature 12mm pivot axles and oversized bearings for superior pivot stability and lateral stiffness under power. Our commitment to raising the limits of suspension technology, innovation and performance.
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i always thought fsr was on the top with pedaling?
Horst Link, FSR, ICT ...samey same.

I'll add these to the 4" group:

Titus RacerX100
Turner Fuse

...probably the 2 most sought after 4" FS frames. YMMV.
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How is the Yeti 575 with cancelling out bob?
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... and Giant's Maestro. What do you guys think about it?
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Pinkrobe said it best.


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Of course, even the crappiest pedalling suspension design can be saved through the use of a pro-pedal type shock.
This is a pretty good resource to better understand FS designs. Suspension explained
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I have a '99 K2 Flyin' Monkey that doesn't bob at all.... It's a single-pivot design. The frame wouldn't accept ISO disc brake mounts, so I bought a new bike....

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Old 09-21-05, 07:13 AM   #12
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thanks guys.. looks like the direction to go is to the ICT technology used be ellsworth and turner.. and how about the titus moto lite AL?
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