Singletrack Issue 141 – The Joy of Flex

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Welcome to Benji, our new Technical Content Manager. He has opinions and he’s not afraid to share them. As the person who’s just been hired to be In Charge Of All Things Tech at Singletrackworld I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but… I don’t know much about flex on mountain bikes. Well, maybe I don’t know much, but I have an awful lot of suspicions. It could be worse. I could be a road bike journalist where pretty much the only thing to talk about is frame flex. Seriously, how do road journos keep writing (with a straight face, and...

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  • hardtailonly
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    Hmm. Just read this in the mag.

    No vertical compliance you say?

    Well, as a non engineer, and a non metallurgist, I’m not convinced! Seems counter-intuitive.

    But, WTF do I actually know?

    I get the lateral flex bit, and that the compliance within a frame is because the loads applied in every day riding come at it from all angles. But is there, REALLY, no vertical compliance at all? And at what angle from the vertical, does lateral compliance come into play? 1° angle lean? 10°? 30°?

    Would like to hear from some bike frame builders…

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