Searching mtbr and Google turns up a few comments and from the same 1 or 2 riders. Regarding the 999 RSL frame and Smoothlink, how does it compare to the DW Link found on the likes of the short-travel Pivot 429c, the Ibis Ripley or the Turner Czar. I don't expect anyone to have extensive time on the aforementioned nor own them, but my questions are as follows:
Even with proper sag does the Smoothlink work better with the shock platform turned on to eliminate bobbing? I prefer not to have a bar mounted lockout lever and would just set and forget if possible.
Does the rear suspension spike or pack up on fast long descents with proper sag to maximize climbing efficiency? I know this is often a shock trait on some bikes, but does the Smoothlink contribute to this trait if it is indeed a trait.
Is Smoothlink semi active under braking like a single pivot?
Does it require more psi to keep the rear end higher in its stroke ala my VPP2 or does it operate with less psi and still stay high in the shock stroke due to anti-squat like my Maestro and DW Link bikes?
Looking for a lightweight endurance race bike. You'd think with the light weight and stiffness the 999 rsl frame would be a no brainer for a highend racer. Is it the dealer network or does the marketing of other fs designs overpower Rocky Mountain?
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