April Update

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These are strange times indeed. We have been trying to put a positive spin on it though. With more resources available due to other slow downs, we are using the time to try and add as many links to our catalog as we can. The Hightower link is just about to enter production, we are working on getting a prototype Transition Sentinel link going, and a Specialized Turbo Levo link will shortly follow. On top of that we are looking at evaluating the Yeti SB150 and the Pivot Firebird. If there’s something that comes to mind as a link that just has to be done don’t hesitate to share your thoughts!

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  1. POIRIER CHRISTOPHE
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    Hi,

    Firstable thanks a lot for your work to improve our bikes !

    I am interested in the new hightower link, do you have the new geometry datas ? bb height, angles…
    About coil fitting, i’ve been told C frame tunel is larger than CC frame one. What frame material and size did you test Fox DHX2 on ?

    Best regards,
    Christophe

    • Jimmy Davis
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      We’ll be publishing more complete geo details when we officially release the link, but it’s a little lower and a little slacker than the stock link in low. Not nearly as extreme as the Stumpjumper Evo though.

      We have been doing our testing on a medium CC frame, which does seem to have a smaller tunnel than the C. I’m not sure if this is reliable or not since I haven’t seen a ton of C frames. The 500 lb SLS spring fit comfortably. A stiffer spring can definitely be run, but the largest we are going to recommend is 500 lbs in order to account for potential differences in paint and carbon thickness through the shock tunnel.

  2. Chris Barlow
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    Hello there,
    Would you have any details on the Hightower link.
    Many thanks
    Chris.

    • Jimmy Davis
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      The Hightower V2 link will be available for preorder next week! The link will increase the travel to 150 mm and add 10% to the total amount of progression the suspension has. Along with that, clearance to the top of the shock tunnel is increased which helps riders trying to fit coil springs on the frame.

  3. Joe croft
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    I was going to get a nomad link and make a downhill nomad, but have since decided to get a V10 and recently purchased one. I’ll still pick up a nomad link as it’s something I really want to try as I can see it benefiting my riding style. However, is there a V10 link in mind or is that a linkage that’s pretty perfect as far as VPP goes?
    Cheers!

    • Jimmy Davis
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      There’s always room to tinker! Everyone has slightly different preferences. Minnaar had a custom link and chainstay extensions on his frame. Because the V10 already has a good leverage curve we’d focus more on creating different set up options. Maybe four settings: 215 mm of travel high, 215 mm low, 200 mm high, 200 mm low. Maybe a fifth setting that makes it a true 10″ bike again…

  4. james dolan
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    Can you tell me more about the benefits of the sentinel link and would it work with my current suspension set up(x2)?

    Thanks

    • Jimmy Davis
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      The main thing the Sentinel link will achieve is a dramatic increase in progressivity. The stock link is 7% progressive where as our link will be 20% progressive. Upping the progression to 20% will increase small bump sensitivity, bottom out resistance, and mid-stroke support. For larger volume air shocks like the X2 the increased bottom out resistance will be especially beneficial.

  5. Brad Buege
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    Hey guys, looking forward to purchasing the hightower 2.0 link and will be checking eagerly this week for the pre order form. Question for you in the meantime: I have a Large “C” model, with the super deluxe select plus. Will the new link change the eye to eye or I can keep using the same shock? Also, I am hoping to fit a Fox DHX2 with the climb switch and an SLS spring, I’m not very heavy so maybe a 400-450lb spring, what eye to eye should I look for to run this shock with your link? Stock size 210 x 52.5mm?

    • Jimmy Davis
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      The link is designed primarily around the stock shock size, which is 210 mm x 52.5 mm. We have been doing our testing with a CC frame, which actually has a narrower shock tunnel than the C. With our frame we can comfortably fit a 500 lb SLS spring. This is the largest size spring we will officially recommend, but you would likely be able to get away with an even stiffer one without having any rubbing issues.

      • Brad Buege
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        Thanks Jimmy. What’s the release date for this bad boy?

  6. 增大网
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    疫情还未结束,还是祝愿人类和平吧!

  7. Rich Gardiner
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    Hi there – have seen you guys have moved onto working on another proto link for the sentinel this time with 152mm and the curve tweaked slightly – would this be based on using the stock shock size?
    Keep up the awesome work

    • Jimmy Davis
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      This variation of the link is based on the stock size only for the aluminum frame and should allow running up to a 62.5 or 65 mm shock on the carbon frame. The aluminum frame has much less clearance between the seatstay arch and seat tube while the carbon frame is limited by the shock reservoir contacting the down tube.

  8. Jason
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    Any thoughts on adding a Tallboy link to the roadmap?

    • Jimmy Davis
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      We will be getting to it eventually. Our schedule is pretty packed right now so it might still be a little bit out though.

  9. Spencer Huso
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    So if I’m reading the previous comments correctly, the Sentinel link will work with the stock length shock on the carbon frame and just increase progressiveness? I am very interested in a bit more bottom end support with being a rather large human (6’7″ 230lbs). Definitely would love to get my hands on the new link ASAP. Even better that I live in Tacoma!

    • Jimmy Davis
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      We are still prototyping, but yes it will definitely work with the stock shock size/stroke. We’ve got the performance where we want it and are just trying to balance frame clearance on the aluminum and carbon versions. They have limiting clearance in different locations so we are just working through how to maximize the shock size options people with have.

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