- Nov 8, 2003
A lot of people have argued the case for and against the PDS and continue to do so. One of the main problems I see with the PDS is the failure to adequately control damping progression through the majority of the stroke. As Ive mentioned before the needle really only cuts in when the shock is near to, or on the bottom out bumper. It is then we really notice an abrupt rise in the compressive resistance. Linkage shocks have a smooth progressive curve from the initial movement. I take delivery tomorrow of our first prototype telescopic needle. this needle is two stage with the inital stage retracting into the final one to give a housed length similar to the current needle design incorporated in the 04 shocks. The extended length however is dramatically longer creating the ability for the PDS shock to now develop a smoother progression similar to that of a linkage shock. WP has requested we send them one of our needles upon arrival for testing purposes. Could this be the end of the argument...who knows but seems good on paper. We've discussed a lot on this forum and I thought I would put this out there for discussion and welcome your thoughts an critique.