Orange Gyro alternatives?
Based on how well my 160F 140R Spitfire pedals, I suspect the Phantom absolutely flies! The linkage analysis on the KS-link frames explains why, there is loads of anti-squat when you pedal so the bike goes forwards instead of bobbing, even with a very plush shock without the pedalling platform engaged (CCDBa on mine). Monster descender too, with the progressive linkage making it feel longer travel than it is – I’ve never felt mine bottom out hard despite running 30% sag.
I’m sure the VPP Santa Cruz bikes are good but the kinematics don’t make half as much sense – pedal similarly well but the linkage is progressive-regressive which will make the damper much more difficult to tune for plushness without bottoming out. You can reduce the air volume to ramp the spring up but you’re not gaining increased compression damping like a progressive linkage would near full travel, so you’d have to run more high speed compression which will compromise it in the middle of the stroke where the linkage feel is stiffest.Posted 3 years ago
Not sure I really follow the comments about the “progressive-regressive” linkage.
I’m enquiring about the Pivot frame though.
Thought about the SB95 but Hobnob pointed out the massive weight of it. SB95C would be an option. But we’re into quite a chunk of cash then.
Tallboy Carbon could be an option, but would not be the LT version due to wanting to use my current forks. (Bit of a cliche too being an Audi driver!)
The Niner Jet option needs a bit of investigation too. Anyone ride one?Posted 3 years ago
Northwind, tried a Camber before buying the Gyro and chose the Gyro over it. There’s a concept store near me so maybe I’ll borrow the demo again.
Roverpig, there’s nothing I can mention explicitly that I don’t like as such. Climbs ok, goes down ok. It’s not the lightest though and now that I’m fully into the 29er element I fancy something new/better!
I should probably demo some of the bikes at Mountain Trax. They have an Ibis Ripley and a Tallboy2 Carbon available.Posted 3 years ago
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