Just finished assembling this thing around 4am... and just popped out for a quickie test ride round the block and DAMN... the suspension doesn't bob from pedalling at ALL. Go figure for a store housebrand that imports their frames from taiwan, the shock and suspension geometry (the ICT path lines up just ahead of the fork) resulted in a bob free ride. Pretty damn good for a 21" size, 6.3 pound aluminium 4-bar horst-link frame that retails for $699 cdn (http://www.eclipsebicycles.com/en) complete with an X-fusion air shock that has adjustable rebound and adjustable compression (across a wide range, not just a simple lockout like similar looking Fox RL's have). And after that brief ride, I don't think it needs a shock with a pedal platform either (which would raise the price of course) as I took it on a short trail section as well as a couple kms of pavement and the only movement was from bumps. As pictured its 25.8 pounds complete, and by an interesting miracle the decals zoom is using on their 2006 carbon parts (like the riser bar I used) are identical color/style to the ones eclipse used for this frame. Think I'll need to get a Zoom carbon post for it next to complete the look. All the pivots employ cartridge bearings, the chainstays are assymetrical profiled with the left taking a straight path from the BB to dropout pivot, the frame uses a zero stack headset, and there's enough clearance for a 2.4" tire if I wanted something that big. Oh and with a 1.5" shock stroke the total rear travel is 3.6", which works out to a fairly low 2.4:1 leverage ratio.
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