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Old 05-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by erkmania View Post
While still true, not all KTM's are linkless anymore. Their 350's and 450's are sporting linked rear suspension these days. I think they must have detected a need for change since most everyone else in MX land is using linked rising rate rear suspensions. It makes sense since a fork is usually a progressive suspension because of the trapped air volume.

Apparently, there are pros and cons to each setup from what I have read.

No one has mentioned Ducati here to my knowledge, so I will. They have gone to linkless (cantilever) shocks in their Monster series. They do use progressive springs, though. I think they did that to save money and weight while mimicking linked suspension the best way they can . What do you all think?

BTW, welcome back from Banned Camp, Joe.
I also think that it's done for cost reasons. There are variations in the linked suspension, mostly done on the racebikes, that make them non-rising rate.

If you get a chance, have a look at the setup on the 1199 Panigale. It's unique due to the fact there's no actual frame.
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