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I'd be interested to hear the builders opinions on elevated and asymmetrical chain stays. I'm more of a curious amateur than anything so here is the only place I can get some more informed opinions.

I remember the hardtail elevated chain stay fad in the 90's, the reasoning given was that they were less prone to chain-suck and were more stiff. Of course they were a good marketing tool too, very recognisable in a shop full of normal designs.

I sort of took a back seat to the sport after that and now I'm seeing these full suspension bikes with asymmetrical chain stays. It seems the non drive side is usually shorter than the other side and elevated slightly, but both sides pivot around the same point, or so it seems on most designs.

Is it just more marketing on the new bikes, or is there a real benefit to an elevated non drive side chainstay on a full-susser?

Thanks :)
 

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I did a search before I made the post, thanks. I have one question that wasn't answered when I looked, that's why I asked it here. You'll notice I basically summarised everything about them and then asked my question.

So, is the conclusion that elevated stays on the non-drive side of a FS bike are just for show? I can understand if they're symmetrical, but I'm seeing some that aren't and I was wondering if there was a benefit to it.
 

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puncturerepairkit said:
Is it just more marketing on the new bikes, or is there a real benefit to an elevated non drive side chainstay on a full-susser?
it does serve a few purposes,
first it saves weight (marginally but hey a few grams is a few grams, they eventually add up)
Second, added stiffness, a tube in a straight line will be stiffer and stronger than a tube that is bent
last, the drop is necessary, the drive side wold be the same but they have to work around ft der clearances

I guess some builders will think its 100% marketing, I have no real data to back up anything I just said but its all info manufactures have stated regarding the subject
 

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puncturerepairkit said:
I'd be interested to hear the builders opinions on elevated and asymmetrical chain stays. I'm more of a curious amateur than anything so here is the only place I can get some more informed opinions.

I remember the hardtail elevated chain stay fad in the 90's, the reasoning given was that they were less prone to chain-suck and were more stiff. Of course they were a good marketing tool too, very recognisable in a shop full of normal designs.

I sort of took a back seat to the sport after that and now I'm seeing these full suspension bikes with asymmetrical chain stays. It seems the non drive side is usually shorter than the other side and elevated slightly, but both sides pivot around the same point, or so it seems on most designs.

Is it just more marketing on the new bikes, or is there a real benefit to an elevated non drive side chainstay on a full-susser?

Thanks :)
This is just making things harder than they need to be :thumbsup:
 

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Cheers guys

Thanks for the responses guys, they were helpful. It was just something that was bugging me.

And thanks for the link Tortuga, I needed that laugh :)
 

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One bonus I haven't heard anyone say yet is the fact that back in the day you could swap chains without splitting them...no chain tool necessary.
 
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