‘Simon’… intelligent suspension for bikes

Stan Megraw
23 January 2012

Cannondale, a US-based company, designs and manufactures high-end road and mountain bikes. For the past five years they’ve been working on a product called ‘Simon’ that promises to radically improve the performance of bike suspension.

Simon is a programmable oil damper suspension system that uses MEM technology to monitor and respond to changes in the terrain. It features a single axis accelerometer on the hub of the front wheel that’s connected to a small computer screen and a power button mounted on the handlebars.

Traditional suspension systems for better quality bikes rely on manual adjustments to deal with different ride conditions. Simon, however, can be pre-set to 5 separate modes so the suspension will automatically adjust to the type of terrain and how the bike is being ridden. Each setting can also be customized to take into account such factors as the user’s ride preferences, body weight, etc.

Simon is still in the development stage and there’s no word yet on when it will be available or how much it will cost. Nevertheless, as the video below shows, the concept is absolutely brilliant. Click here to learn more.

Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.


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