P17214: Smart Mountain Bike Suspension


Project Summary Project Information

Problem Statement

In competitive mountain biking situations, suspension aids the rider in absorbing variations in the terrain, though undamped suspension movement on smooth surfaces robs the rider of power. To adjust the suspension and save energy in either condition, the rider must either remove their hands from the bars, limiting control, or use a remote system with both solutions requiring mental energy needed for the event.

Current remote suspension damping controls for mountain biking applications rely on cable actuated systems or the use of electronic servos with limited or no autonomous capabilities. The only commercially available electronic system that affords autonomous operation is capable of operating the rear shock absorber alone due to hardware delays preventing the front suspension from actuating on accelerometer input alone. The proposed solution would allow for remote operation of the front and rear suspension with autonomous operation for both through the use of forward facing terrain sensors.

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Final Prototype Design

Final Prototype Design

Project Name
Smart Mountain Bike Suspension
Project Number
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technologies
Start Term
Spring 2017
End Term
Fall 2017
Faculty Guide
Prof. Beato, ljbeec@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Brian Venderbosch, Brian@fullmoonvista.com, 585-201-2251
Sponsor (financial support)
Simone Center NSF Grant @ $3000

Team Members

Team members (Left to right): Lorenzo, Zachary, Andrew, Devin, Nemanja, Kristina

Team members (Left to right): Lorenzo, Zachary, Andrew, Devin, Nemanja, Kristina

Member Role Major Contact
Zachary Law Facilitator EE zrl2374@rit.edu
Devin Cooley Project Manager ME dbc9275@rit.edu
Andrew Lints Communications CE asl8545@rit.edu
Lorenzo Nunez Design Engineer ME lan2106@.rit.edu
Kristina Shillieto Purchasing EE kes9984@rit.edu
Nemanja Drobnjak Lead Engineer EE nxd8506@rit.edu

Table of Contents

Click on any of the links below to be taken to a page detailing the activities and products of a given phase of our MSD project


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


- A Special Thanks to Full Moon Vista for their Technical experience in the areas of suspension maintenance and setup and the RIT Cycling team for their valuable rider feedback and racing experience