Maestro Suspension Technology

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Whatever your choice in mountain terrain, Maestro Suspension Technology expands your bike’s capabilities and boosts your performance. From ripping-fast trail bikes to burly downhill machines, it’s an adaptable rear suspension platform that gives you more control, traction, comfort and speed.

HOW IT WORKS

Maestro utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points and two linkages that all work to create a single floating pivot point. This single floating pivot point improves pedaling efficiency by counteracting pedaling forces that would otherwise create suspension compression (squatting) or pedal kickback (bobbing).

KEY BENEFITS OF MAESTRO SUSPENSION

Maestro’s near-vertical wheel path and linear spring curve allow the rear suspension to remain sensitive to both small and big impacts without “packing up” under rapid, sucessive hits or bottoming out from big hits. This results in better contact between your tires and the trail—improving traction, acceleration, cornering and braking.

FULLY ACTIVE

From high-frequency trail vibrations to big-hit compressions, Maestro soaks up the full spectrum of trail impacts to give you a smoother ride over all types of terrain.

PEDALING EFFICIENCY

Whether you’re sprinting up a climb or hammering through a rock garden, Maestro performs consistently under pedaling power and doesn’t compromise efficiency.

TOTAL BRAKE INDEPENDENCE

Even under full braking force, Maestro Suspension stays active, keeping your tires in contact with the trail and giving you better traction at all times.

DEEP DIVE

Take a journey deep inside the kinematics (suspension analysis) of Maestro Suspension Technology. You’ll learn about its unique wheel path, linear leverage ratio, anti-rise characteristics and anti-squat performance—each specifically engineered to bring out the very best from your mountain bike experience.

Giant Mountain Bikes Maestro Suspension Wheel Path to Leverage Ratio

WHEEL PATH / LEVERAGE RATIO

When compressing from an impact, the trajectory of the swingarm and the direction of the rear wheel dictate how a suspension system performs. Maestro’s nearly vertical, steep-arcing wheel path is the key to its activity, efficiency and independence. A linear shock ratio helps keep suspension travel smooth at its initial stroke and progressive towards the end of its stroke thanks to the nature of air compression.

The result is one of the secrets of Maestro’s “bottomless” suspension feel over the full spectrum of trail impacts.

ANTI-RISE

Many suspension designs suffer poor performance under rear brake activation. When applied, the rear disc brake can sometimes either “drive” or “lift” a suspension swingarm to extension or compression—both undesirable traits when riding through tricky terrain. Because of Maestro’s calculated neutral floating pivot point, the system remains neutral to brake input—creating outstanding suspension performance. The result is perfectly balanced suspension on the roughest descents.

Giant mountain bikes anti-rise
Giant mountain bike suspension anti-squat

ANTI-SQUAT

Anti-squat refers to suspension performance under pedaling force. Most suspension designs add a certain amount of anti-squat to stabilize suspension movement while pedaling. Too much anti-squat, and suspension completely locks out under pedaling. Not enough, and suspension will wastefully bounce up and down under acceleration. Getting the balance right is critical, so Maestro suspension utilizes a higher level of anti-squat through the initial 50% of travel—then regresses to less anti-squat through the second-half it its travel. This results in an efficient pedaling platform when riding smooth terrain, but allows for uninhibited suspension travel on larger hits.

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