What do you do when you're Norman Hossack and the guys at work start talking about mountain bikes? Well, you might start out saying you could build a better suspension than what the bikes come with, but then your buddies say "prove it," and you find yourself with some work to do.
Norm laid out four targets:
- 100mm Wheel travel.
- Same weight
- Less flex (mountain bike forks are prone to flex at full extension)
- Make it fit a standard frame
He came pretty close, but fitting it to a standard frame meant some frame modifications he would usually do were ruled out.
Does it work? Norm says it still needs development, but it's a pretty interesting design. Personally, I'd like to see the full treatment, frame mods and all, but it's neat to see what he did within the design parameters he had to work with.