Just sharing an important revelation: Mountain Bike Rear suspension DEFINITELY AIDS TRACTION.
What to do on a "precious" day off from work? After brief contemplation I decided to go offroad cycling (MTBing) on my new air Full Suspension Mountain Bike.
Well I went round Hull/Humberside: Swanland, Melton, Brantingham, Elloughton, South Cave, Little Weighton, 25 miles in 3 hours 15 mins, not bad, considering most of it was uphill or wet trails, that’s about an average of 8 miles per hour, my max 40 mph down Swanland Hill.
Made an interesting observation, in comparison to a RIGID bike, the rear suspension definitely aids traction uphill, it gives greater traction as on steep uphills, you move forward to prevent the front wheel from lifting from the ground, however by doing so this takes weight off the rear wheel, increasing the probability that the rear wheel will loose traction.
The rear suspension improves rear wheel traction, as rear suspension has a small amount of sag depending on riders weight, so when the rider leans/moves forward to prevent the rear wheel from lighting off the ground, then as the rear wheel becomes unweighted, instead of the rear wheel loosing traction as it would normally lift off the ground in the instance of the riding moving forward, INSTEAD the rear suspension sags less, hence increasing the chances/probability of the rear wheel remaining on the ground.
Well full suspension MTBs are good at going uphill as well! Almost cheating physics/gravity isn’t it. In all fairness my FULL SUSPENSION bike is at least 6 lb’s lighter then my RIGID bike, so can greater miles in less time, it’s a fun little bike, tell you what after looking at the year 2011 version, I like bikes, and these are very nice bikes, but I say who’d pay £3000 for one?
Giant Trance x1 ~ 2008