Cannondale Simon Electronic Suspension Reads Trail

Posted: Jan 12 2010, 1:07am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:51pm CDT, in News | CES


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Bike maker Cannondale exhibited a the Simon electronic front suspension system for Mountain Bikes at the CES 2010.
Demonstrated as a concept the programmable Simon suspension system uses an ADI single-axis iMEMS accelerometer to monitor the terrain at 2-millisecond intervals.

This data is processed by the Simon system to access more than 10,000 terrain-response maps to provide optimal bicycle suspension control. Unlike previous mountain bike front suspension technologies, which relied on mechanical devices with slower response times, the Simon front suspension system incorporates ADI’s accelerometers for real-time response, which allows riders to instantly adapt to changing trail conditions.

The Simon electronic suspension system incorporates ADI’s high-g ADXL78 accelerometer at the wheel hub to dynamically monitor the applied forces. That information is transferred over a digital network that processes terrain information and manages the suspension fork’s fluid control system to improve rider safety and control, minimize fork wear and reduce the impact loads that are transferred to the bicycle frame. The programmable settings are controlled using a handlebar-mounted joystick and LCD display.

I love mountain biking, but for me I want to still "feel" the trail and not have an fork called Simon have all the fun. I started biking with a Mountain bike with zero suspension. It was the awesome Kona Kilauea. I went with the times and I am getting older too and now ride a full suspension MTB from Specialized. The suspension is hands-off and smart enough to adapt to the situation. More I do not need.
I know tough tons of mountain bikers who are in love with the technology of their bikes and take it apart after each ride to clean each part and put it together again. For those enthusiasts the Cannondale Simon is for sure a wet dream.
There is a video from CES on the Cannondale Simon page that demonstrates the new electronic suspension. There is no pricing and shipping information for Simon yet.

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