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Wow...house brand suspension....AWESOME!!!


the only house brand suspension I'd pay for would be Foes/Curnutt, why is Spec trying to jump into a game with 3 or 4 OBVIOUS industry leaders?
 

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Specilized should be happy enough owning Mountain Bike Action............................

The population starts pulling back when a company gets dictator like. It would be a negative to have more or less everything in house branded and manufactured, unless it is just a painted shock from another brand.

Not for me really, but hey, I am only one small minion of sand on the beach..........

Horses for courses, what ever skids ya wheels, what ever turns ya cranks, floats ya boat, etc etc etc
 

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Specialized used to have suspension forks back in the early 90's... They were made by Rock Shox. Now they even have the frame made by other companies in Taiwan too so it's not a stretch that they have their logos sticked on another company's shock...

But a long travel bike, speced with smallish 2.1 tires? And with the skinny tires it barely has any mad clearance. So it might not be possible to put 2.3 and bigger tires at all on that fork! Doesn't sounds like a winner to me...
 

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clearance should be interesting. Its comming spec'ed with 2.3's not 2.1 (the 2.1's I heard were just for the proto). I think the old models were called Future Shock (SE/FSX) and i think they had a carbon (or at least carbon sticker) on a judy esque fork back in the late 90's
 

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mtb_biker said:
clearance should be interesting. Its comming spec'ed with 2.3's not 2.1 (the 2.1's I heard were just for the proto). I think the old models were called Future Shock (SE/FSX) and i think they had a carbon (or at least carbon sticker) on a judy esque fork back in the late 90's
Well, check the clearance with the 2.1 tires... Let's hope the fork's lower is not the final production form or you can kiss the 2.3 tires goodbye.

 

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the difference is that they know exactly what the hell they are doing

the guy that designed that suspension was fox's head engineer for 6 years, worked at rockshox for numerous years, and even maverick, not to mention was a pro motocross suspension tuner. Basically, he brings all the experiance they need to the board.

I would say the switch to faux-FSR suspension is even more radical. Overall a crazy bike though, seems to be the answer to the nomad.
 

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j6105 said:
the difference is that they know exactly what the hell they are doing

the guy that designed that suspension was fox's head engineer for 6 years, worked at rockshox for numerous years, and even maverick, not to mention was a pro motocross suspension tuner. Basically, he brings all the experiance they need to the board.

I would say the switch to faux-FSR suspension is even more radical. Overall a crazy bike though, seems to be the answer to the nomad.
But how much will it cost? Specialized are crazy expensive to start with, add a carbon frame and high-end components and it brings the price close to the price of a car! It is nice though...
 

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My question is, if we're already gonna be in the upper price ranges being a new specialized, what the hell was wrong with a fox 36 TALAS? Under 5 pounds, 6 inches travel, full tire clearance, and full steering radius.

If it aint broke, don't fix it.
 

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My question is, if we're already gonna be in the upper price ranges being a new specialized, what the hell was wrong with a fox 36 TALAS? Under 5 pounds, 6 inches travel, full tire clearance, and full steering radius.

If it aint broke, don't fix it.
I agree, I wouldn't want that S fork personally. Looks flimsy... But then again, a flimsy and light fork with barely enough space for 2.1 tires, a carbon frame... I think the bike may be aimed at rough XC riding/all mountain more than the freeride crowd.
 

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Not at all being snobby or rude, but the big S can stick it if they axpect someone to pay 7K for a mass produced scooter made by the millions.................. Before you hook in, I know it sounds snobby, but for 7K, you could get abike that was a piece of art, not a reprint with Spec on it. Just my thoughts, they make great bikes, but not for me, and more so at more than 6K................
 

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Not at all being snobby or rude, but the big S can stick it if they axpect someone to pay 7K for a mass produced scooter made by the millions.................. Before you hook in, I know it sounds snobby, but for 7K, you could get abike that was a piece of art, not a reprint with Spec on it. Just my thoughts, they make great bikes, but not for me, and more so at more than 6K................
Some will pay, don't worry. I wouldn't either, not worth it IMO but that's just me.
 

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I thought the same thing but looking at closer you can see the differances. Another interesting note is that the 2007 FOX manuel has the OE brain and triad shock listed but nothing like this and the fork does not look like anything else out there.

Either way I predict that this bike will be over $8000.00 and in the words of Whafe they can stick it. I am not paying half that for a mass produced bike with house brand suspension. Even having the control of the media that the S has they cannot expect to compete with the three or four suspension leaders.
 

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Well, they can put them on their own bikes without any competition :p If they tried selling them seperately, I dont know how well that would work out...
 

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Enough about the spec. stuff, I am excited about the manitou rear offerings. The evolvers finally coming out is great, I just hope the ISX6 comes in a 50mm stroke.
 

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Enough about the spec. stuff, I am excited about the manitou rear offerings. The evolvers finally coming out is great, I just hope the ISX6 comes in a 50mm stroke.
I'm wondering about the Swinger X3 (not for a downhill bike, don't worry) and the new hand adjustable platform...
 
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