Asymmetric design: If the forces in the bike aren’t symmetrical, why should the bike be?
On a bicycle, the drivetrain is mounted on the right side, the brakes on the left side, and the suspension (usually) around the centre. When riding, the environment influences the wheels, and consequently the suspension and frame. When braking, it inflicts major forces on the left side of the bike, whereas acceleration and pedaling affect the right side of the bike.
Asymmetric design does away with the conventional stigma that a frame must be mirrored from drive side to non-drive side.
Reinforced where it’s needed, lightened where it isn’t – allow for a frame that is just as stiff, but lighter.
Asymmetric tubes allow for the dispersion of shock forces between the top tube and downtube. At the riding sag point, most of the shock forces are directed along the top tube. At suspension bo...
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