Richard Cunningham from MBA printed and replied to an online post that spoke of the DW-Link:
Q: I really enjoyed your article explaining the traits of the different rear suspension designs. Currently I am on a VPP bike, but I do not enjoy the pedal feedback and suspension stiffening while climbing steep, technical ground. I am probably going to switch to a Horst type bike, like the racer-x, but I wondered if you have an opinion on the DW-link suspension, and the newer maestro design used by Giant. Another publication recently reported that the Trance (Giant) bike's suspension exhibited less pedal feedback than even Specialized's Horst bikes. Is the Maestro suspension fully active, and what about the DW-link, is it fully active?
barrows/mbaction.com - 10/29/2004 9:51:38 AM
A. RC: The key phrase in your question is "Pedal Feedback." Any suspension that uses chain tension to counteract the tendancy for suspension to bob with each downward pedal stroke will exhibit some degree of pedal feedback--and therefore cannot be an active rear suspension. The Weagle Link, VPP and Giant Maestro all fall into this category. The VPP linkage is the best of the linkage rear ends (generally speaking) because its pedal feedback only occurs in the first part of the suspension travel. If you want an active rear suspension--one that is free to cycle uder power and while braking--there are only a handful available: Ellsworth Truth; Turner Five Spot; Specialized Epic, FSR and Enduro; and the Titus Racer X, Switchblade and Moto lite are some of the best examples. The downside of an active rear supension is that all of your suspension platform must come from the shock. The upside is that your bike will have more traction and handle better on the descents. I have yet to ride a Maestro for any length of time, so I cannot steer you in that direction until then. I hope that helps
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