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    vert. vs. horiz. suspension

    Is one better than the other?

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    Not really. Closely similar leverage rates can be produced with shock linkage whether the shock is mounted more vertically or more horizontally. Vertical shock linkage often requires larger links, and therefore a larger weight number, so horizontal is an isolated weight advantage, all else being equal (which is never the case).

    Horizontal shock mounting can unfavorably reduce space for water bottles

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnoyc View Post
    Is one better than the other?
    if it were, do you think anyone would make bikes with the "worse" option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnoyc View Post
    Is one better than the other?
    Yes. In the case of my legs, they work best when vertical.
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    I've read that the vertical mount shock gives the bike a lower center of gravity or something like that as opposed to the horizontally mounted shock on the type that is mounted under the top tube. But there are bikes with lower mounted horizontal shocks, like the Turner DHR. Actuallly, on that bike it's kind fo diagonal....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fachiro1 View Post
    I've read that the vertical mount shock gives the bike a lower center of gravity or something like that as opposed to the horizontally mounted shock on the type that is mounted under the top tube. But there are bikes with lower mounted horizontal shocks, like the Turner DHR. Actuallly, on that bike it's kind fo diagonal....
    Yep, the Blur LT and some other Santa Cruz models are like that. Kinda sucks for water bottle space, but it sure does work well!

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    A vertical shock and rocker is easier to manufacture in different sizes because there's less to change as the top tube moves up and down.

    However, the suspension load feeds sideways into the seat tube at the rocker on a vertical setup. Having it go into the larger top tube end on - in column more or less - is inherently less prone to stress and failure. That said, there are zillions of bikes out there with vertical shocks which will die of other causes.

    In carbon you can design for this side load more easily than in aluminum and the fatigue life is longer, so any structural consideration is becoming less relevant.

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