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Electronic Suspension

Rob's picture

By Rob - Posted on 24 September 2009

Just found this:

Pretty cool but could do with the following enhancements:

1. The same joystick needs to alter settings for both front and rear shock to the conditions chosen.
2. It needs linking to a GPS and to remember when you change settings on the first lap of a circuit. Then automatically change for you for the rest of the day.


Flynny's picture

add a dyno hub to keep the battery charged.... and a proper fork....

Gary's picture

Didn't Cannondale already try that on their downhill bikes back in the mid ninties.

Rob's picture

Think they only tried ELO (Electronic Lock Out) before.

The way this SIMON thing reads is that it adjusts rebound, pressure, etc. to various pre-sets as you ride along.

Buck's picture

Another article here. Sounds interesting.....and expensive!

mattanderson's picture

I wouldnt want to see what they charge for servicing those. At the price they are probably going to retail for a gps built in wouldn't make to much difference i wouldn't think

Rob's picture

If you read the blurb the actual mechanical part of this is really simple - just a needle moving in a port to adjust the oil flow. The way the servo moves said needle throughout the travel is the smart bit.

Point being, mechanically simple so should be way easy to service Smiling

Colt's picture

Bugger that guys, how about aiming for the moon? Can we not see getting some real compontry into this thing so it can actually analyse the load and what the shocks are doing and adjusts settings automatically on the fly based on the current conditions? Like Rob suggests with the GPS but rather than being location based it does it based on received data from the shocks themselves, so when you are running on the smooth tarmac the shocks stiffen up but on the rough of the trail they loosen. And all done by itself... no manual intervention required.

From an I.T. viewpoint, in principle it wouldn't be that difficult to do. Shocks could be fully automated in a few years!


Rob's picture

Colt... that's exactly what it's suppose to do already.

There's an accelerometer right by the hub to detect the bumps.

Colt's picture

Ahh, my misunderstanding... I missed that bit. I thought the electronic part of the whole setup was just electronic control of the shock settings via the joystick.

That'll teach me to read everything fully before I open my mouth. (Or type on my keyboard, as the case may be.)

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