Originally Posted by Imped
You'll either 'get' the mathematical component of suspension design or you won't. If you get it and truly understand it then you'll be able to do it without blinking an eye. If not, then you won't. You seem like you've got a good head on your shoulders so once you really buckle down and apply what you learned back in high school to this particular context, I think you'll get it and you'll see things a bit differently after that. Blaine doesn't do anything special, nor do I.....focus on building a good suspension with high clearance and good travel and do what it takes to accomplish that. Simple as that.
Any off-the-shelf one, perhaps. Just because it has longer or shorter arms doesn't mean it sucks anymore or less than Blaine's custom mid arm. It just means it has longer arms and may or may not have a larger footprint under the frame. One thing you need to stop focusing on so much is arm length and the titles associated with it......you'll progress a lot quicker with the educational phase of suspension design once you stop doing that.
Good discussion dudes. OP is learning some stuff.
Yes off the shelf is what I meant.....