We blazed the trail in active, independent suspension, and have been refining it ever since. FSR technology delivers more control, comfort, and efficiency than any other suspension design, by effectively isolating chain torque and brake loads. Through our nearly 20-year progression of FSR we’ve been able to tune the ride to match the experience. The result: The same FSR technology that smoothes the trail for Jaroslav Kulhavy to sprint up the mountain faster than anyone in the world, and the same FSR technology that Sam Hill and Troy Brosnan call upon to capture another Downhill Rainbow Jersey.
Maximum traction means greater control. The FSR design is independent of brake forces, therefore it’s free to compress and rebound over terrain features whether you’re braking or not; allowing the tyres to maintain contact with the ground a greater percentage of the time. The rear brake and drivetrain are decoupled on “floating” seatstays, keeping the FSR suspension active under braking to provide maximum control when it’s most needed.
Smoothing the terrain increases an athlete’s endurance. Active suspension is free to absorb trail induced forces so the rider’s body doesn’t have to, ultimately reducing fatigue.
Maximising each rotation of the cranks is the key to riding efficiently. The FSR drivetrain is independent of the suspension, so pedal stroke is not affected. Chain torque won’t engage the suspension, so as a rider puts effort into the pedals the bike will propel forward, not up and down.
Location. Location. Location.
The foundation of our FSR suspension is the two chainstay FSR pivots. By modifying the FSR pivot location we can tune the bike’s desired spring rate and performance to match the desired experience.
SPECIALIZED BRAIN TECHNOLOGY
Specialized Brain Technology knows the difference between rider forces and bump forces. Our branded forks and shocks, as well as our collaborative designs with Rockshox and Fox, use brain technology to immediately transition from firmly efficient in smooth terrain to fully active in rough terrain, boosting both efficiency and control.