Focus Bikes Develop 'FOLD' Suspension Design - Dispatch Weekly

June 20, 2016 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Focus Bikes have designed, developed and patented an entirely new suspension design dubbed Focus Optimized Linkage Design (FOLD) – a design that the company says provides the highest level of fun on any adventures.

FOLD system is divided in two phases. Within the first phase of travel, the system works degressively for super sensitivity, thereby eliminating microbumps and generating immense grip. The second phase of the travel offers fine tuned progression for both plushness and feedback while still ensuring enough bottom-out resistance ensuring that the rider is always in control of the bike.

The company says that FOLD embodies the perfect balance between rigidity and stiffness. All suspension hardware is located in the frame’s center. The resulting low center of gravity enables superb handling that gives you extra confidence, especially on technical terrain and cornering. The optimized centralised mass affects the riding dynamic as well as the great handling of the bike.

The core of the FOLD design is the one piece rear triangle, which results not only in massive weight savings but also significantly minimizes the unsprung weight. All bearings are centralised in the main frame. As a result of that all suspension hardware is secure of mud-spray from the backwheel.

Another great thing about FOLD is that it enables a super low center of gravity that is perfect for superb bike handling. The FD-Mount on the BURRITO BRIDGE is an innovative feature for all who still want to run a 2by-setup. For all others – simply dismount it. A feature, which not only saves weight but also makes the whole bike look much better.

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