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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:17 pm 
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Recent Whytes are four bar. Design has really come into it's own as shock technology and computer modelling has advanced. My first full sus was a 1997 GT STS 2. Really plush suspension action, but bobbed like a rowing boat in a tsunami when pedalling, even seated. My current Whyte still has the same plush feeling but pedals so much better. 1x drivetrains have also helped, as the suspension can be optimised to work for a single chain position relative to the pivots. On my STS the amount of pedal induced bob is noticeably worse in the granny compared to the middle ring.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:33 am 
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Another to add to the mix, Club Roost DH8


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:45 pm 
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I've had a GT LTS 3 - great bike, solid and very reliable.

GT LTS 1000ds 1998 with a RS DH shock (Shock was utter shit and an ass to replace) - Still have this frame in the loft.

Over lockdown I managed to find a broker LTS 1000ds 1999 with front and rear discs. Many hundreds of pounds later its full working inc the Fox Air Shock.

Also had a XCT Giant Team frame - I never got along with that bike. Was better built then the GT.

1999 might be up for sale - its super rare and exactly how it came out of the shop.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:48 pm 
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Another odd one to add to the list, Saracen Ariel - Haven't been able to pin down dates precisely but this approx 2008 machine is a very different bike to the present model.
Looks like a very similar design to the Carrera Banshee of similar vintage.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:11 pm 
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Two more to add to the list - although they look very familiar.

Giant NRS. One looks identical to the XTC Team, the other is a carbon frame (also seen in aluminium) with a revised look about it. In particular, the rear dropout area looks to be a lot simpler.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:48 pm 
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Does this count. Recent, but 4-bar Horst link
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:56 pm 
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teethgrinder wrote:
Does this count. Recent, but 4-bar Horst link


Yes indeed it does. What is it though?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:44 pm 
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Hope HB160. Had it almost 2.5 years and love it.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:57 pm 
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Another couple of Saracens have come to light, again these model names have been used on lots of very different bikes over the years at different price points. These also seem fairly rare, can't see much about them online. Havoc and Frenzy.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:14 pm 
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Thanks to 'The History Man' for today's entry, 1997 Muddy Fox Rock & Roll Team


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