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Old 01-22-2008, 04:22 PM   #54
Frank Warner
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Originally Posted by NC Rick
With more sophisticated damping, we can "help" the spring by absorbing and dissipating some of that initial bump energy using compression damping.
One way of looking at it .. but not absolutely correct!

What is wanted is the bike to stay stable while the wheels follow the track ...

The compression damping stops the wheel leaving the ground at the end of an upwards movment - and that is primarily the effect of the unsprung mass moving upwards .. not the spring ..

One of the really old damping systems was friction damping - same damping effect for both compression and rebound.

Rick .. Rule = guide for wise people.

I'd rather see suspension travel expressed as a percentage of total travel .. that way it works for all on similar bikes ... with similar terrain.?
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