I’ve often considered one as I reckon it would add a bit of comfort for longer (multi-day) adventures. However, I don’t think that’s a huge market. The nearest I’ve seen more recently would be something like a Salsa Spearfish (80mm travel).
Had a couple of scalpels – they were great bikes and the soft tail design worked brilliantly. Wasn’t there some issue with getting the flexy chain stays to work with the new 29er design that meant dropping them?
Took the scalpel up hill and down dale – was surprisingly comfy on the longer rides.
One of my previous bikes was a Dekerf Team ST. The suspension was no more than about half an inch which felt like having a bigger tyre on the bike. It wasn’t a patch on todays lightweight suspension designs but at the time it was light and pretty much bob free and seen as a good solution to issues with suspension bikes of the time.
Why did soft tail tail bikes never really catch on. I remember I used to lust after the ritchey one from waaaay back. And the moots stuf looks ace. But there must be SOME reason they didn’t make it to the masses?