Hi all, been lurking around here for a while and have finally come across a question which doesn't appear to have been asked and answered on a weekly basis..!
I'm currently riding a 5" four bar FS (cube ams) and am getting ready to upgrade at the back end of the year.
After two years of maintaining the four bar rear end the major points that interest me when looking at possible new bikes are:
Number of bearings
Number one contender is obviously the filing cabinet bike from Halifax (in fact I already own a 2005ish frame that is used as a spare bike between mates), followed closely by Santa Cruz's five-a-like the heckler. This comparison is purely based upon the lack of bearings behind the line of the seat tube and single pivotedness.
A wildcard, although quite admired wildcard is the whyte 146, the bearings and linkages are all largely protected by the frame and where exposed are quite easily saved by a crud catcher by the looks of it, but reports of frame issues makes me wary...
So, anyone think of any other frames out there that may fit the bill? Plastic would be nice but ally will do just as well!