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    ever hit this on rocks etc

    someday id like to get a SC full suspension bike, but im wondering, do you guys ever hit this on rocks etc. im assuming its pretty much a non issue, since a lot of their bikes are designed like this

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    ever hit this on rocks etc

    MTBR user named Cytoe sells guards a lot of us use.

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    ever hit this on rocks etc

    I haven't in about 700 miles, but the alum bottom link in the middle has a 8mm chip out of it, and, I have a bash guard that protects a bit.

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    i noticed the new Nomad isnt like that. maybe the next bikes wont be either. that would be cool
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    Its not totally a non issue.
    I've slightly gouged the link and rear triangle there on both on a TRC and 5010.
    I think its mainly from slow speed manuevers like trying to climb over a small boulder.
    The link gets pulled out of the way as the suspension compresses so higher speed stuff is more likely to just contact the chain rings.

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    Mine has a handful of chips/scratches on it from rocks kicking up, but nothing catastrophic that would keep it from functioning properly.

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    The link on my four year old Mk.2 Nomad is still in perfect condition. Non-issue as stated above. When the suspension is sagged (i.e. how it sits when you're actually riding) it is considerably less protruding.

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    It only ever gets scratched if you're riding loose scree and stuff. It'll take hits from sticks and logs no problem, and most rocks aren't sharp enough to get in there without hitting the tire/chainring first.

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    I've seen not seen a Santa Cruz broken there but have seen intense break there. It's completely vulnerable during low speed rock crawling type obstacles. Rocks and debris will also build up on top of the lower link then start getting smashed into the rear triangle. You should consider a guard but as another user stated both intense and Santa Cruz are starting to tuck the link up higher and makie it shorter

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    I have owned several VPP-SC bikes and it can get scratched but is a non-issue for me.

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    I've got a huge chip there on my LTc. I think I got it somewhere in Downieville on one of the high-speed rocky sections, but it hasn't been a problem in 1+ year of riding. I'll upload a pic later.

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    I just put a Amygos guard on my link. Nice piece and now I have peace of mind.

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    it was always a concern when i first got the bike, but after 3+ years of riding it hard over some really rocky crap, its a non-issue.

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    Had a rock strike on mine on the 3rd ride, So brought a plastic cover off ebay, No problems since.

    Did chip the paint on my 5010

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    Yes I hit mine

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    If you chose to climb the technical stuff with step ups and logs you can end up hitting the lower link. I had a chain guide on for the first year and then moved to a type 2 derailleur. So I am starting the 3rd full season with it exposed and this is what it looks like. Shop says its just cosmetic at this point.
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    where do you get those?

    thanks
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    +1 for the Cytoe guards. Have it on my Bronson. Super easy to install and remove to clean the bike when needed, and it works great.

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    I've had some hard contact there multiple times resulting in chipped paint. My LBS said it shouldn't be a structural issue, and if it becomes one, SC warranty will cover it.

    I should probably get the Cytoe-slider...

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    I've had some hard contact there multiple times resulting in chipped paint. My LBS said it shouldn't be a structural issue, and if it becomes one, SC warranty will cover it.

    I should probably get the Cytoe-slider...
    That's good to hear though I imagine it won't help my resale value.

    I've also noticed quite a few chips in the paint right in that spot too.

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    Resale value... We don't really care, hehe. Frame tape, what? I take a beating every time and somebody gets a great deal. As long as it's cosmetic, bring on the damage...

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    The sooner SC eliminates that that low hanging fruit of a linkage from the VPP lineup the better... Let's hope the trend set by the Nomad 3 continues...
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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Resale value... We don't really care, hehe. Frame tape, what? I take a beating every time and somebody gets a great deal. As long as it's cosmetic, bring on the damage...
    Yeah, I'm with you on that. I figure no matter how much protective tape and guards I put on my bikes, they're going to show some wear and tear. Ride the crap out of them then let someone else enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyt275 View Post
    I just put a Amygos guard on my link. Nice piece and now I have peace of mind.
    Just checked out the Amygos site....pretty slick looking stuff! Where did you get yours? Is there a US distributor?
    I have the Cytoe and it works just fine, but I like the 'form fit' of the Amygos (plus it appears you can get it in a carbon-fiber "look").
    Thanks!

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    I ordered it direct so that's why it cost a bit more. It was definitely worth it and I love how it fits around the entire linkage rather than just a plate. It took 7 days from France to Idaho.

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