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    The Forbidden Bike Company

    https://nsmb.com/articles/forbidden-...ot-trail-bike/

    I'm hoping this local company's bike is the dog's bollocks.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    that's hot. Anything that breaks the paradigm of VPP and Horst gets my attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    https://nsmb.com/articles/forbidden-...ot-trail-bike/

    I'm hoping this local company's bike is the dog's bollocks.
    We'll be waiting for your demo report. You are perfectly placed to score an early demo!
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    I like the looks of that..... I'd prefer AL, but good luck to them.

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    Intrigued by this bike and company. Subscribed.

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    I was wondering what Owen Pemberton was up to. I knew he had moved to Cumberland, but had no idea what he was up to after leaving Norco.

    As an aside, this is Owen's last creation while with Norco:

    The Forbidden Bike Company-fullsizeoutput_5d.jpg

    Hmmm...a definite resemblance...

    He was also largely responsible for my last 2 bikes - my 2018 Sight and my 2015 Range. The uber high anti-squat in the Range was polarizing. The Sight is about as perfectly balanced as it gets (for me at least).

    I hope to visit their HQ in...3 days...and counting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    I was wondering what Owen Pemberton was up to. I knew he had moved to Cumberland, but had no idea what he was up to after leaving Norco.

    As an aside, this is Owen's last creation while with Norco:

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    Hmmm...a definite resemblance...

    He was also largely responsible for my last 2 bikes - my 2018 Sight and my 2015 Range. The uber high anti-squat in the Range was polarizing. The Sight is about as perfectly balanced as it gets (for me at least).

    I hope to visit their HQ in...3 days...and counting...
    Pictures or it didn't happen. Also, I'd like a ride report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    that's hot. Anything that breaks the paradigm of VPP and Horst gets my attention.
    I think that paradigm is mainly broken these days, or at least significantly threatened, because single-ring (1x) systems don't need all the crazy complexity that the old 2 and 3x systems needed to make a decent compromise for the drastically changing anti-squat properties when you changed rings up front. These days a good single pivot can replicate around 98% of the qualities of the better "parallel linkage" designs. I think a lot of companies actually want something a little more "complex" because it makes it "seem" like it performs better or must be somehow more special (Pole).
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    The Forbidden Bike Company...

    Forbidden because Owen is forbidden to design bikes, including HSP bikes having the same linkage as the Aurum that he designed, pursuant to a Non-Compete he had to sign on his way out of Norco.

    Lol. I kid. I kid.

    I only hope he doesn't piss on my Sight if I bump into him. One more sleep...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I think that paradigm is mainly broken these days, or at least significantly threatened, because single-ring (1x) systems don't need all the crazy complexity that the old 2 and 3x systems needed to make a decent compromise for the drastically changing anti-squat properties when you changed rings up front. These days a good single pivot can replicate around 98% of the qualities of the better "parallel linkage" designs. I think a lot of companies actually want something a little more "complex" because it makes it "seem" like it performs better or must be somehow more special (Pole).
    Jayem is right (and that is something I have been saying for years). Also, put me down in the "that is UGLY" camp.

    The paradigm shift that needs to come is the dumping of chains and derailleurs (but no motors!).
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    I keep looking outside my house after work and my Forbidden bike has not shown up yet??? Travis ask them what's going on.
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    All the local shops I have visited are stoked on this, but I have no idea who is going to carry it. I keep hoping to see it on the trail, but no luck yet.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    I keep hoping to see it on the trail, but no luck yet.
    You need to ride more obviously! Possible park outside the designer's house and follow him to the trails. Don't worry it's not creepy when it's about a new bike.
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    Come on people! Somebody has to have something to say! Nobody stalking the designer of this bike in Cumby? Really?
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    Okay...I'll at least post a pic of the bike!
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    definitely intriguing. I'd like to demo one. 130/140 29 seems perfect for me.

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