Every day it’s looking more and more likely that Project Danzig is going to happen. No doubt there will be slow days, but there’s momentum now. Since leaving Speedgoat, I’ve worked my ass off to build a whole new me, and one big part of that is seeing this design turned into a rideable prototype. That this could not only happen, but that I might get to work with some incredible people, is pretty rewarding. Sure, it could all still go to hell. There is no coasting allowed here. But all the effort I’ve put into the design is starting to at least be appreciated.
As promised to the nerds out there, here are some details about the shock orientation.
Originally, I’d thought the only viable shock position for my suspension system would be the near-horizontal position you see in the drawing up top. Turns out, that was completely wrong. Given the position of my links and the nature of how the rear swingarm essentially pivots on itself, it turns out the absolute best position for the shock is vertical–like a walking beam bike, only without all the mess. The suspension system itself can drive the shock straight down without any longer, flexier rockers. One small lower link feeds out the swingarm while one small upper link reins in the suspension and directly compresses the shock.
Once I figured out that the shock really could fit in that area, everything began to fall into place. As long as we can position the shock as low and forward as we have it in this next drawing–and we should be able to without any problems–everything else becomes much easier.
Without further ado, then, he’s a small animation of the new shock position. Please ignore the background drawing and stay with the blue lines instead. Apologies for the blinky note bubble, but here’s how it works.
More soon. Stay tuned.