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Bedlam

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Feb 13, 2010
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BB-pivot, low FSR-pivot, strange rocker/chopped up seat stays.
I think there was something on PB about it just being a mule for testing geometry and stuff though, seems strange to take out something you want hidden in whistler right now..
 

jonKranked

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BB-pivot, low FSR-pivot, strange rocker/chopped up seat stays.
I think there was something on PB about it just being a mule for testing geometry and stuff though, seems strange to take out something you want hidden in whistler right now..
well the FSR patent is almost up.
 

Sandwich

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whoa...if that pivot is really above his ankle and not further forward, it might actually end up doing some pretty cool stuff. Very lawwill-esque.
 

shirk007

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Apr 14, 2009
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Rode the lift with Benedict on Friday and he certainly was doing his best to keep the pivot locations covered up with his leg/ankle. Didn't get a good look at it.
 

shirk007

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Apr 14, 2009
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youre gonna name drop like that and not have any pics???
Well to really name drop then I should be mentioning the most important one. I was riding with the one and only FlipFantasia.

Sorry no pics, I don't keep my phone in a hip holster for quick draw shooting.

On the platform he was making sure to keep his foot in front of the pivots. He was kinda being pretty protective of it. Guy didn't say a single word on the lift, nothing, like he was in robot mode.
 

EVIL JN

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Jul 24, 2009
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Seems rather odd to say its just a test mule for geo, wont see production yadda yadda but have a high profile rider at the biggest bike event of the year and the rider has to go all 007 on covering it up. Why? Take some heat of the new super rider's recent fall from a verh high pedestal which is casting a bit of a shadow over the flagship bike's capabilities?

Rather cheap marketing ploy either way, slap two ends from existing models, give to a rider for a two week "test session" at the most crowded bike geek event of the year. Even though my overall faith in Spec engineers is quite low, their marketing dept is playing in a different league entirely, but I have to assume the engineers would be interested in making a simpler rear end to make a carbon version of it in a cheaper/easier way.

So this is more likely a concept mule of a new Demo backend, cant see much point in geo testing for them any more either. Only thing out of the ordinary on a stock Demo to most other companies is the cs length and their new star rider seem to have spent half his wc season testing that out, so what geo is there left to test?
 

Bedlam

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Feb 13, 2010
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I suppose you missed my post from the last page, but yeah, BB-pivot according to my mate who ran into him as well (and got a good look).
 

Sandwich

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Simpsons did it! Simpsons did it!

Too bad rotec is not really rotec anymore, or they could play specialized's favorite game- rip off and sue!
 

Sandwich

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Also, speciallulz did this when the demo 9 first came out. They posted a picture of it with some dude's ankle in front of the linkage and were all like "LOOK AT WHAT WE GOT COMING OUT SOON ITS COOL DUDE" and then they revealed it six months later and everybody was like...wut?
 

supercow

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Feb 18, 2009
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Surely if they wanted to keep the proto under wraps, the last place in earth to send it would be Whistler.
Clever hype machine IMO .
 

Tomasz

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Jul 18, 2012
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Surely if they wanted to keep the proto under wraps, the last place in earth to send it would be Whistler.
Clever hype machine IMO .
Now now, maybe they just didn't realize that Crankworkz was this week?

Also, the branded and named jersey doesn't do much to keep things low key either, does it?
 

'size

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May 30, 2007
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are you guys trying to say that a company that sells products is trying to generate talk about, and interest in their products? wtf?
 

Kanye West

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Aug 31, 2006
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The humongous rocker with the short seatstay (that appears to be almost parallel to it) is pretty interesting. Probably not a production spec but that looks like it would have a gigantic bending moment on the seatstay. Linkage angle to the shock looks like it would be really progressive.

E-spec over....for now.