Moustache rider said:
I really don't know, but I would guess not being able to sell their full suspension models here for patent reasons is a big obstacle.
I'm pretty sure if that was it that they could just pay Spesh the $25 (or what ever) per frame licensing fee and import the bikes. Likely it's something else.
I'd like to hear the stories behind Specialized stealing the Horst Link design. Never heard that before. I'm pretty sure Horst either got paid, well, or get's royalties.
>Horst Leitner began working on the problem of chain torque and its effect on suspension in the mid 1970s with motorcycles. In 1985 Leitner built a prototype mountain bike incorporating what became known later as the "Horst link". Leitner formed a mountain bike and research company, AMP research, that began building full-suspension mountain bikes. In 1990, AMP introduced the Horst link as a feature of a fully independent linkage rear suspension for mountain bikes. The AMP B-3 and B-4 XC full-suspension bikes featured active Horst link/Macpherson strut rear suspensions and optional disc brakes.
The bike company Specialized worked with (Horst) Leitner Technologies to develop a heavier-duty version of the four-bar/Horst link suspension which was marketed as the Specialized FSR (Future Shock Rear). The FSR patent describes a four-bar bicycle suspension system with the rear wheel mounted to the seatstay.<