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Oct252018

Trust Introduces The Message Linkage Fork

Years in the making, the Message is the beginning of multi-link front suspension design from Trust Performance. The Message is a mind-blowing reset of what you think a front suspension should do; it’s something you feel the instant you start riding. If we tell you how good we think the Message is, you probably won’t believe us. For us, it’s simple. It’s a lack of chatter, more traction in corners, and predictable steering. It’s a level of small bump compliance that’s usually reserved for elite athletes with world-class, suspension-sponsored race support. It’s a stability under braking that’s usually only possible with jackhammer-hard compression settings.

By employing a trailing multi-link design, the Message allows the front of the bike to realize the benefits the rear has enjoyed for years — an easy actuation feel early in the stroke and progressive ramp through the mid-stroke. The result: ground-hugging traction, increased confidence when pushing through berms and more bottom-out resistance at the end of the travel to handle large impacts and botched landings. Additionally, our linkage design means that the axle path on the Message isn’t forced to travel in-line with the steering axis. Instead, it counteracts the natural steering angle change with a corresponding adjustment in offset. The Message maintains caster through the range of travel, giving you predictable handling in a wider variety of trail conditions.

Our in-house designed twin-tube, thru-shaft damper is securely housed inside a stiff carbon chassis. The chassis design provides unique stiffness and significantly isolates deflection to the linkage portion of the system, virtually eliminating stiction in the damper. A three-way mode adjust provides on-the-fly adjustments to control compression performance. The most notable difference about the Message is its ability to accept multiple 29” and 27.5” disc brake mountain bikes. Because the Message's contour travel and static structure is more versatile than telescopic travel, one product is suitable for a wider range of axle-to-crown lengths and travels. While the Message performs best on 29" and 27.5"+ designed for 110mm to 150mm of travel and 27.5” bikes designed for 130mm to 150mm of travel, you’ll find you can push the limits in either direction with surprising success.

Features

  • Trailing multi-link front suspension
  • 130mm contour travel
  • 1980 grams
  • Full carbon chassis, steerer tube and linkages
  • Three-way mode adjust - Firm, Mid, Open
  • Trust engineered twin-tube, thru-shaft damper
  • Fits both 29/27.5"+ (110-150mm) and 27.5" (130-150mm) bikes
  • Tire widths up to 29 x 2.6” (762 x 66mm) max or 27.5 x 2.8" (744 x 78mm) max
  • Easy setup with air pressure equal to rider weight
  • 535mm axle-to-crown
  • Fits existing mountain bikes with tapered head tube
  • Boost 15x110mm thru axle (or with torque caps)
  • Direct mount 180mm rotor (203mm max)
  • 250 hours between service intervals

Who Is Trust?

If you know us, you know that we’ve built our careers on making the ride better — in finding unconventional solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges. We’ve created new standards and set benchmarks for innovation. We’ve been doing things differently for a long time. But it’s never been about being different for different’s sake — it’s always been about generating an effect that improves the overall experience.

DAVE WEAGLE
Founder & Technical Director

He’s been described as a mad scientist, a trendsetter, and a whiffle ball champion; he is the suspension authority, Dave Weagle. His rear suspension designs have more than a few World Championship, World Cup, and EWS Stage wins to their name, which makes him arguably the most qualified bike suspension designer around. So when he emerged from his barn with a wild look in his eye, and a new invention that blew our minds when we rode it, the fuse was lit for Trust Performance to take flight.

Dave oversees Trust's advanced development.

JASON SCHIERS
Co-founder & President

There are composites engineers, there are carbon fiber technicians, and then there’s Jason Schiers. Part anarchist, part artist, Jason has developed a long list of firsts with carbon fiber. Before he set his sights on making the Message a reality, he founded ENVE Composites, which single-handedly proved that carbon fiber mountain bike rims were not only lighter but better.

Jason manages Trust's brand and communication.

HAP SELIGA
Co-founder & CEO

If anyone on earth can be correctly described as a force of nature, Hap Seliga most certainly fits the bill. Equal parts unshakably optimistic and eternally pragmatic, Hap is a ray of sunshine in human form. He co-founded Competitive Cyclist, growing it from a scrappy brick and mortar bike shop into the premier online bike retailer long before internet shopping hit the mainstream.

Hap oversees Trust's sales and operations.

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