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    Noble F5 Development

    Hi guys,

    We started development of a new 5 inch travel frame last April. Typically companies work on new models secretly and pull the rabbit out of the hat when the new bike is finished and ready for the market.

    We are taking an entirely different approach. Throughout the development process we will be making short videos that explain the process and shows how we use SolidWorks to develop our frames.

    If you are interested in bicycle product development you should check out the videos on the F5 page (they are at the bottom and best viewed full screen)

    http://www.noble-bikes.com/f5.php
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    Added a few screenshots of the F5 digital prototype.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Noble F5 Development-f5_1.jpg  

    Noble F5 Development-f5_2.jpg  

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    looks like a Tomac (and that's a compliment)

    Hey Mark,
    I was paging through a copy of MBA from 2008 and your name was mentioned in an article about the Tomac downhill bike. What is your connection with Tomac if you don't mind my asking? I had a Tomac 98 special that I loved for 4 years before it cracked, and the design looks extremely similar to your F4. Of course, the 98 Special was from the ABG era, and not the current ownership group.
    That's not what he said, you ignorant wretch. Your Spanish is worse than your English.

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    Hi Bunkerbuster. A few years back I worked together with Doug Bradbury and Joel Smith on the development of the Primer DH frame. Joel, Doug and of course Johny T are all good people and being involved with the development of the Primer was a blast.

    Fast forward to 2010, I'm now in the process of getting my own Noble bike brand off the ground.

    The Noble F4 does look like a 98 Special, for two reasons. Like the 98 Special the Noble F4 is an all CNC machined frame. Most parts that are optimized for machining have some similarity to them. The second reason is that I believe the 98 Special was a good looking and great working suspension design and I developed my own version.

    However the devil is in the details. The wheel rate on the F4 is significantly different from the 98 Special. I positioned the pivots in slightly different locations and worked with Fox on a custom valved shock with an XV can and this results in quite different suspension characteristics. Wheel rate is the spring rate measured at the wheel and is the defined by; air spring rate/leverage ratio squared. Because the LR is squared, small changes in LR have a large influence on wheel rate. If you are interested in technical suspension details I recommend you read the F4 Suspension pdf's on the Noble website.

    http://www.noble-bikes.com/tech.php

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
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    good insight...

    Thanks for the quick reply, I appreciate the insight that you offer on bike design. I like what you have started, unfortunately I've already committed to a new 29er FS from my LBS. But if that doesn't work out to my liking, I'll definitely keep the F5 in mind.

    Good luck with your venture.
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    Hi Bunkerbuster, thanks for the encouragement. And if you don't mind me asking which 29er FS did you order? Other than starting up my own brand I'm as much a bike geek as the next guy.
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    any plans for a 29er?

    I'll PM you also, but I've got a HiFi pro on order.

    Any plans on making a 29er in the future? It seems your design could be adapted quite well to 3-4" 29er platform.
    That's not what he said, you ignorant wretch. Your Spanish is worse than your English.

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    Hi Bunkerbuster,

    Yes there are plans to make a 29er in the future. It is certainly possible to make a 4" travel 29er F4. At this point most new development is held back due to finances. New frame developments are supported by sales of the F4. Things are going really well, so new frames will continue to be developed and released as they are ready.

    It's an exciting time for us, the F4 was in development well over a year before it was released and the success of the F4 is allowing us to invest in new frame developments.
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