Anti-squat has become common term in discussions about bike design. But what does it mean? As simply as possible, it’s how your bike’s suspension reacts when you accelerate. Although there are other factors at play as well, anti-squat most often gets oversimplified to pedalling performance. While it’s a big factor there, we need to start off with some other terms and build our understanding to properly understand its effects on bikes.
Riding bikes is a hugely dynamic process, so to analyse what’s going on we need to strip real life back to two dimensions. That way we can understand what is happening and make some calculations before we start to, bit by bit, add in real world elements and scenarios to arrive back at real life with an analysis that matches it as closely as possible.