aper kompace enduro mountain bike A lot of brands have switched to high-pivot suspension designs lately, adding idler pulleys and more chain to gain improved rearward axle paths. But Greek upstart Aper Bikes is taking it a step further with a sliding linkage that raises higher throughout its travel. closeup of aper kompace enduro mountain bike rising pivot suspension The Aper KOMpace is a 160mm-travel enduro mountain bike with a high pivot design. What makes it unique is that the main pivot sits on a sliding shock mount, which replaces a lower linkage. How Aper’s Rising Pivot suspension works
aper kompace enduro mountain bike rising pivot suspension design Imagine a VPP design, but swap the lower link for a sliding element, and as it slides, it compresses the shock. When you hit a bump, the pivot slides up and back, giving the rear axle path about twice the rearward movement of other designs.
Aper says most high pivot designs have about 25mm rearward path before the arc starts moving straight up, then forward. Their Rising Pivot design, because the pivot point slides upward and backward with the impact, allows up to 45mm of rearward axle “travel”.
The claimed benefit is that the wheel moves backward with the obstacle as it rises over it, so the impact is less abrupt and doesn’t rob your momentum. So, more rearward movement should mean more momentum maintained. closeup of aper kompace enduro mountain bike rising pivot suspension The rising pivot slides on a heavy-duty rail […]