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Old 06-07-04, 10:08 AM   #1
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Linkage forks

Where did they go? Haven't seen one for sale new in years. Is anyone still making them? I'm curious to know...
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Old 06-07-04, 10:39 AM   #2
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I don't know where they went but I did a search and they don't look like the most efficient way to create good suspension. They would be cool for a ss chopper type bike though.
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In some ways they're actually more efficient than the type currently dominating the market. Particularly useful for XC rigs.
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They look like they would weigh more?
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From what I remember from a while back, they were usually about the same, sometimes a tad lighter than equivalent telescoping forks. I guess what took them down in a lot of people's minds was that they couldn't get the same total amount of travel as a telescoping fork. But for me, doing XC and not something like downhilling, I'd take efficiency of design over gross travel.
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Totally. There is no need for tonnes of overeactive travel doing xc. Cool..will be interesting to see if you can find one not on ebay.
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I think Leader was the leader in linkage forks. (Pun intended)

Last I remember there was a company in Europe (Great Britain) that had adopted the design concept and making one out of carbon.

Don't remember the name though.

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Might be thinking of http://www.whytebikes.com/.
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I have just discovered the Look Fournales...now to find a distributor...
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I have a K2/ProFlex/Noleen carbon-crosslink fork and it's the best tracking fork I've ever ridden. It steers with precision like a rigid fork but gives you suspension. It's not that much heavier than medium travel telscoping forks but doesn't offer a whole lot of travel (only 3-1/2"). It's great for XC but I wouldn't pick it do any kind of riding that will require more than 80mm of travel.
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