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Beaver Creek GS...WTF?...Shock Absorber?

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Henrik Kristoffersen's Rossi's in the Birds of Prey GS - 3rd place

 

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Interesting!

 

If he picked up 3rd, they certainly didn't get in the way.  Whatever the device is, would be difficult to judge if it helped- 3rd in GS isn't out of line with his prior results.

 

I wonder if the device is for damping, energy storage, or both.  My personal preference would be for something that preserves torsional stiffness.  Being point-mounted at center of ski, this might not unless the shaft is non-rotating.

 

If a pneumatic cylinder (or combo air/oil) is involved, the resistance to compression would be at a constant, increasing rate.  I remember when air shocks & forks became all the rage for factory motocross bikes in the 70's.  (damn I'm getting old!)  I raced an RM125 with air forks but never spent the $ for air rear shocks.  I liked the smoothness for low speeds and/or small bumps but for high speeds & big bumps the increasing rate had some balls to prevent bottoming out.  

 

Interesting device on the Rossis- inquiring minds want to know more...

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Article on the subject. Google translate is your friend ;-)

 

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Originally Posted by PeteW View Post
 

Article on the subject. Google translate is your friend ;-)

 

 

Ha! Indeed: "After that NRK experience shall rod holding skis quieter."

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It took really long time for this thread to start. I was thinking it will be all over this on Sunday already :)

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