Get Your Santa Cruz's Rear Suspension Right With One Simple Upgrade
Whether you're a pro or moderate rider, a Cascade Components link upgrade will smooth out your ride on the roughest terrain - and instantly take your riding performance to another level. Tired of endlessly tuning your rear suspension and never getting it quite right? Upgrade to a Cascade Components link and you'll immediately feel the difference!
A Cascade Components link gives you more traction,
more send, and a lot less bottoming out.
“Along with smoothing out the chatter on washboard trails and square-edge hits, I was really impressed with how well the bike helped prevent bottoming out. Whether it was landing a drop, casing a jump or major G-out compressions, I no longer felt that bottom out feel I’d grown used to. Once again, by remaining higher in the travel, I could ride faster and more confidently, which are things I am constantly striving for."
- Alex Moschitti (The Loam Wolf)
What does a Cascade Components link do?
Replacing the linkage on your bike with a Cascade Components link changes the kinematics of the bike’s frame itself. It modifies certain variables of your suspension that standard shock tuning is unable to accomplish. Our linkages increase a bike’s suspension progression, as well as adds more suspension travel.
What is progression?
Progression is a measure of how the force required to compress the suspension increases as the bike moves through its suspension travel. More progression allows a certain spring to feel softer at the beginning of travel and stiffer as it is compressed.
Why do I want a link with more progression?
An ideal suspension setup is soft enough at the beginning of travel to absorb small bumps and track the ground, providing more traction and control, but is stiff enough through the end of travel to resist harsh bottom outs.
On bikes with limited progression, riders must setup their suspension too soft to get the traction they need, which then leads to excessive harsh bottom outs. If they setup their suspension stiff enough to keep from bottoming out as often, the bike’s suspension feels harsh and is harder to control when navigating roots and rocks.
A bike with more progression allows riders to achieve the best of both worlds, offering the rider a bike that has excellent small bump compliance while also being able to resist harsh bottom outs. Cascade Components linkages make it easier to attain a balanced suspension set up that doesn’t blow through its travel, while also having excellent small bump sensitivity. No over-springing or excessive damping is necessary.
*Example comparison chart, showing the changes in progression between a stock link and the Cascade Components link on a Norco Optic bike.
If your links are so great, why don’t manufacturers make their bikes this way from the start?
Manufacturers have an entire range of bikes and customers they are working to keep happy. Their bikes need to cater to the vast majority of riders, so they design accordingly. Our linkages cater to a smaller subset of riders looking to change the characteristics of their bike in a way that may not appeal to all riders.
Can't I achieve the same benefits by making adjustments to my shock?
More tokens in the shock can help you keep from bottoming out as often, but can come at the expense of the bike’s suspension feeling harsh as it nears the end of its travel.
Increasing and decreasing pressure can create a bike that has great traction or great bottom out resistance, but most bikes will not be able to achieve both traction and bottom out resistance without a linkage.
How hard is it to install a link on my bike?
Installing the link is easy, and most riders will be able to install one at home with basic hand tools. You bolt it on, adjust your shock, and go riding. Following the QR code that arrives with the linkage packaging will take you to our website, where you can find install instructions and torque specifications for your specific bike model. The linkages are a direct bolt on part and require no additional parts or modifications to install onto your bike.