Cascade Parts, builders of aftermarket hyperlinks for full suspension mountain bikes, have at the moment launched new hyperlinks for the Transition Sentinel V2 and the Santa Cruz Heckler eMTB. Not solely do they ramp up development, in addition they bump up the rear wheel journey considerably. Let’s dig into the numbers.
Cascade Parts Santa Cruz Heckler Hyperlink
As with their different Santa Cruz hyperlinks, the brand new Cascade Parts hyperlink for the Heckler eMTB will increase its journey, development, and chainstay size. Development will increase to 35% from 27%.
In the meantime, the Heckler’s journey will increase by 8mm to 158mm. Nonetheless, it must be famous that for the Heckler MX mullet construct, the Cascade hyperlink truly reduces the body journey to 148mm. Chainstay size will increase by 5mm to 450mm, mentioned to be not particularly noticeable on the path.
Right here’s Cascade Parts’ justification for creating the Heckler aftermarket hyperlink:
“The added weight could make an ebike bike vulnerable to diving deeper into its journey than desired. The elevated ramp up/mid-stroke assist helps stick with it in its journey, particularly when issues get chunky. Small bump sensitivity is elevated as properly, nonetheless with the quantity of weight that’s behind the bike this hyperlink is extra about conserving it composed.”
Cascade Parts Transition Sentinel V2 Hyperlink
The inventory hyperlink on the Transition Sentinel provides its 150mm of rear wheel journey a leverage curve with 24% development. The brand new Cascade Parts hyperlink for it pushes the bike’s kinematics “letting it go pound for pound with a number of the burliest enduro machines on the market“.
Not solely does it improve the development to 30%, it additionally bumps the journey up 15mm to 165mm. And, it does this with out affecting the bike’s geometry. So, Sentinel house owners, your journey choices are actually 150mm with the unique hyperlink and shock, 165 mm with a 205mm x 62.5mm shock or 155mm with a 205mm x 57.5mm shock. At 30% development, Cascade say this hyperlink works properly with each massive quantity air shocks just like the X2 and coils.
Right here’s what Cascade Parts say it means for the bike’s new trip really feel:
“The most important change is the bike’s potential to plow and keep traction when issues begin getting wild. Due to the elevated development, there may be additionally a rise in pop. That is as a result of ramp up growing mid-stroke assist, which gives a greater platform to push towards going up the lip of a leap or railing a berm. As for pedaling, there isn’t a discernable change.”
Pricing & Availability
Choose up the Cascade Parts hyperlink for the V2 Sentinel for $337 in silver, black or purple. The Heckler’s aftermarket hyperlink is available in at $331 and is on the market in black solely.