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The physics used in the analysis of the main designs involve basic mechanics strategies and equations. Force vectors, angles in radians, both angular and linear accelerations, velocities and positions, moments of inertia, and torque. However, little of this will be used to make this site readable to someone with a mild physics background. The descriptions of each suspension design under the Designs tab will be analyzed with minimal mathematics, and only a handful of physics ideas. To help with visualization, rendered diagrams will come from a bike suspension simulation program called Linkage from Racooz Software.

Variables will be used to describe pivots, mounts, bars, angles and components of each suspension design. Physics topics used here include torque, force vectors and a bit of trigonometry. Following the descriptions will be a lot easier if one can mentally picture diagrams from text descriptions.

If, however, you are brave and very much interested in diving into the thick of it, I suggest you read the more in-depth Path Analysis Paper, which has a referencing link on the About page.

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