DW/Ibis - dw link 2xc advantages?
Dave and Ibis product dev. - Having experienced how well the dw-link system works, the 2xc version will surely be aiming to duplicate the performance with the concentric.
Are there any ride characteristics that differ between the 2 dw-link approaches?
Any advantages of one approach over the other?
Will wear and tear on the concentric be equivalent to that of the swing link type?
You can do pretty much the same thing with either design. The Ripley iteration of it does much the same thing as the HD and SLR DW Link bikes, but has a higher anti squat response built in for very good acceleration and climbing.
Originally Posted by etanc
It's compact enough that we were able to hide it inside the seat tube. That helps make room for the larger wheels and should help keep it clean. It is a very short load path from the swingarm into the front triangle, so it should be a more efficient structure. (Lighter weight for a given stiffness in this case)
Since the suspension is almost totally hidden within the frame, people wonder how it works... where are the links!? With almost 5" of DW-Link travel hidden inside the frame, it's kind of hard for people to believe it until they see it in action.
Replacement parts for the eccentrics should be less expensive. Durability should be comparable or better.
Regarding the advantages of the regular links: Since we are already doing them, they are easier / faster to develop.
They make it a little faster to assemble a frame and they look nice in their own way ; )
Its interesting that the small concentric allows for that much travel, I guess some more reading about Newtonian physics and less about the particle wackyness may be in order. I haven't yet ridden anything that I like better that dw-link so looking forward to the release.
It must be an interesting experience working with DW. Thanks for the response Hans.