Does anyone know if there is any difference in the handling of these bikes? It's just i recently bought an fsr elite max backbone in red and the rear frame is not perfectly symmetrical, right hand seat stay is lower than the left! I have noticed it's not the same for all max backbones and some of the ones i have seen on here are symmetrical.
do you mean chain stay (the part that runs parallel to the chain)?
if so, then yes these did differ, not sure when the change was made, but, i had a 98 ground control FSR before my Elite.
98 had the 'twisted' chain stay (closest to the main pivot)
99 Elite has symmetrical/flat chain stay (closest the main pivot)
not sure why this was the case and i doubt it makes much difference to handling.
it may make a difference in the strength though, would imagine the diagonal would be stronger in the case of up and down movement/impact.. would need them side by side for a comparison to form a better opinion.
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