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    Cannondale Habit - can someone explain swingarm flex?

    Guys, can someone scientifically explain why swingarm flex on Habit is good? I just don't like the idea of it and this pushes me towards Santa Cruz 5010 as a bike for my wife.
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    It's a way to reduce weight and makes it less complicated and cheaper to produce.
    Scalpel has been using that for quite some time now and the movement at that part is minimal.

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    MarinCRO, is the trigger carbon rear swing arm flex in the same way?

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    Yeti uses the same concept on the ASRC. So do a few others.
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    Yes, it's well tested. In fact the old 26er carbon Scalpel had no pivots at all (just for the shock / linkage) so I wouldn't be concerned about durability. If it's anything like the 29er Scalpel then it will be incredibly stiff side to side, so I don't see much downside really.

    As for performance benefits, besides a weight saving, perhaps there is some leafspring-like behaviour from the flexing swingarm that is desireable?

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