Oh, why not.
So, I broke my trail bike at the bike park. Might have had something to do with using parts wrong, or casing big jumps, or both, who could say?
Rather than try to band-aid that rear triangle, I figured I’d just make a new one. Also, this butt section can now hang, complete, on the wall of shame.
I’m gonna eliminate the travel adjustment, add 10mm of travel (135mm), shorten the chainstays by 10mm (435), add some sexy new BFS dropouts and take just a bit of progressiveness out of the link. So, I’ll also be building a new linkage and getting new aluminum pull rods and heim joints because I’m still convinced that’s a cool fucking idea.
Borrowing from our record holding downhill program I added some tabs to put the bolt that holds the pull rods (Yankers? Jerk rods?) to the rear into double shear, you can see in the pictures of the carnage where this would have been helpful. I also eliminated any bent tubes, bye-bye pie cuts.
This whole section was 14g with some 16g exhaust pipe to make the curve. I know. the bottom piece is still 14g but the tabs are all .120" now and I left a bunch more material in the lower plate piece thingy.
Adapter free 203mm rear post mount and it clears the 32 tooth chainring, I’ve got a really pretty Works Components 30 tooth that’ll be going on it…
And just thinking about what I’m gonna do when I get this back together…
Make it again.
New version has the same layout, but tucked in a bunch more, smaller links (stronger?) less anti-rise but still a good pedaling platform, 1 piece seat tube (thank god), short stays, mixed wheels and I shortened it up a bunch. I really like how the DH bike feels being shorter (reach) and taller (stack) than this is now, steepened up the HT too, it’s still big but not big like it is now. More standover, trail bike shit, blah, blah, blah…