“There are many FOX-supported athletes using the new X2 shock for racing on serious mountainsides, not just for the odd practice run or on shorter, flatter tracks. Is the end nigh for coil springs?”
Subtle, Pinkbike. Subtle.
When you’re so nakedly and shamelessly baiting a comment-section conversation like that, internet law requires you to follow up your question with “talk amongst yourselves.”
Maybe with staccato breaths and tissue eye-dabbing as well.
Allowing the mechanized overlords to be baited for a moment, the ROBOTS happily await the impending death of coil springs. 90% of amateur riders and 50% of advanced riders the world over are rolling around on coils shocks with the wrong spring rate, either because it was too expensive or too much of a PITA to buy the right spring, or they bought the bike complete and didn’t know they needed to replace the stock springs.
Nothing in the entire world makes a bike ride worse than the wrong spring rate. 99% of all head angle, geometry, body position, and tire design conversations going on right now could be resolved by changing the rider’s spring rates.
This is also the root cause of 100% of all internet-dispersed Avalanche or Cane Creek Double Bummer suspension wisdom. “Yeah, I set up my fork with 35% sag like you’re supposed to and it feels great on the small bumps, but I still can’t shake the feeling that it’s diving and a little unstable at high speed…”
The ROBOT apocalypse will be air-powered.