I have often wondered how much stiffer the Totem 40mm was compared to 66 (at 35-38mm) or now the Fox180 at 36mm. It would seem a simple test to measure deflection against a specific load. I know the engineers designing these forks spend many hours tweaking the designs of fork braces, crowns, etc to get good numbers (for stiffness, strength etc) that can be manufactured efficiently. But we have no numbers. The only thing we get every now and then is "8% stiffer than last year" or some other BS.
Maybe there is a German or Japanese magazine that actually tests some of these forks and holds them to their word? In the end, it only matters what rides better for a specific person, but I would bet 95% of people couldn't tell a 10% stiffer fork from it's weaker brother.
I agree totally.
Maybe one area of key difference as thrown up by Moosey, depending maybe on how much you've ridden experienced different forks etc you might not fel a stiff weakness as such, but if you had both forks setup for your ride then compared you may feel a difference not so much which is stiffer but more how it rides, sometimes a little give is a good thing just depends where in the fork, Ive often heard qouted that 40mm van give a non delfective ride and at times ya want stability yet you get that in combination of the fork, quality,setup and a bit of flex or give might be a better word in the right area's
Moto's went overboard some years ago, up to and above 50mm and now some of the best are around 47mm or or 48mm 50mm is often a bit stiff, ***********.
Dunno, I stil like the Totems and 66s, yet not so much a fan of the 40 for this reason, its a great fork, but on a triple I like the combination of the right amount of stiffness to track well and maintain stability yet also not to be so stiff it can deflect at sped no matter how well tuned, top rider can handle this because there reflexs are so quick, but it could cost them a sec or 2 here and there.
Why I chose the boxxer, for a single crown I doubt this is as important for the duites say a Totem would perform or 38mm 66, it will be interesting how the 36180mm goes te 66s @ 35mm were pretty good, but the key diff there was that the 66s had much thicker materail esp in the fork steer tube area and lowers hence they heavier chassis, 36s will be light.
In that fork I think for me I'd be choosing the new Lyrik DH, if I wanted a longer travel single crown def be a 66 or Totem.
I do think weight vs stiffness can come at a price if ya really pushing it, some riders on LT will love the new 36 though Im sure, but not for a Feerider that could get interesting to see how muddy those waters get lol.