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    History of suspention, Mono,Prolink,...?

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    Is the DW link the final finish? All of you over 40 folk must be looking at the evolution of the Mtbike and saying Dejavu all over again!(As Yogi would put it!) We MOTO HEADS have seen this from the 80's .Yamaha had the Mono Shock,(70,s) Honda had the Pro Link,(80's) Suzuki had the Full Floater,(80's) and Kawasaki had the Uni-Trak...(I think.) Any how..
    They all settled on one no-name Link. Except KTM, and a hand full of botiqe brands...(you like how I mixed moto and botique in the same link )
    Well I can't help but think in a few years all MTbikes will be on the same page and running the same link.
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    Are you saying all moto bikes are running a link similar to the DW link?

    Seems not.

    Marketing knows no end.

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    This comparison is comletely useless since you don't have to pedal an MX bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    This comparison is comletely useless since you don't have to pedal an MX bike.
    Perhaps it is, for now, but what would happen once the hammertime and 6+ internal gear rear hub become mainstream and designers can now optimize linkages based on a single chainline like in a moto? Don't you think a single pivot could be just as good as any 4 bar linkage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    This comparison is comletely useless since you don't have to pedal an MX bike.
    Guess I was not clear. It was more of a thought and observation of what took place back when Moto-X manufactures all had "the" perfect linkage. Seems the Mtbike could be headed down that same path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAPRO
    Perhaps it is, for now, but what would happen once the hammertime and 6+ internal gear rear hub become mainstream and designers can now optimize linkages based on a single chainline like in a moto? Don't you think a single pivot could be just as good as any 4 bar linkage?
    Apparently not...or at least the marketing would have us believe it as far as braking is concerned.

    My personal experience differes from that assertion though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Apparently not...or at least the marketing would have us believe it as far as braking is concerned.
    Perhaps that may be true; in theory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarzan415
    Guess I was not clear. It was more of a thought and observation of what took place back when Moto-X manufactures all had "the" perfect linkage. Seems the Mtbike could be headed down that same path.
    I see what you are getting at, but it's not quite the same comparison. Except for some very rare MX bikes they have all been single pivot and all the current MX bikes I know of are single pivot. MX linkage systems have been to alter the shock rate not wheel path. This can and does have an effect on the bump handling, acceleration, and braking of an MX bike but it is not the same as a DW vs Single Pivot vs VPP vs ICT vs Maestro vs Faux Bar....
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