Demo a Trust Message (front suspension).

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Demo a Trust Message at The Wasatch Road and Trail Retreat

Trust Performance has bikes for you to demo on Saturday, September 21st. Reserve yours for no cost during sign up.

The Trust Message is the beginning of multi-link front suspension design from Trust Performance. The Message is a mind-blowing reset of what you think a front suspension should do; it’s something you feel the instant you start riding. If we tell you how good we think the Message is, you probably won’t believe us. For us, it’s simple. It’s a lack of chatter, more traction in corners, and predictable steering. It’s a level of small bump compliance that’s usually reserved for elite athletes with world-class, suspension-sponsored race support. It’s a stability under braking that’s usually only possible with jackhammer-hard compression settings.

Rip through corners. Charge through chunder. Ride harder and faster than you ever thought possible. This is the Message: suspension unlike anything you’ve ever known — a ride unlike any other.

Stiction (static friction) is friction force inherent to telescopic forks that must be overcome to set objects in motion. Reducing stiction has been a focus for much of the telescopic fork development in the last 50 years. Until you overcome stiction, there’s no suspension.

The fore/aft stiffness of a suspension fork is critical to maintaining traction. To increase stiffness, fork manufacturers have increased stanchion diameters. Forks with 40mm stanchions are much stiffer than those with 32mm stanchions, but the increased surface area of the fork’s sliding components — stanchions, seals and bushings — also increases stiction.

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The problem here is that even the best telescopic suspension systems rely on oversized chassis for steering precision, utilizing oversized seals and bushings to increase stiction. It's a paradox; make one area better, and you make another worse.

Unlike front suspensions, most rear suspension systems use compact dampers with smaller shafts, shorter strokes, and low friction pivoting linkages. These design elements allow rear suspensions to operate with far less stiction and better performance than telescopic front suspensions.

Linkage front suspensions are different than telescopics in that they separate suspension and structural duties — similar to most rear suspensions. This allows the chassis to be optimized for stiffness and leaves the suspension free to move smoothly with very little stiction and better overall performance.

It really comes down to this: have you ever wondered why your rear suspension feels better than your front? It’s because excess stiction, fixed offsets, and diminishing caster are fundamental issues with even the best telescopic forks. As riders, we deserve better.

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