Orbea, dedicated to the design and manufacture of bicycles since 1930, ongoing commitment to innovation and use of new technologies.
Leads the Disusbi project bringing all the experience and best resources with the aim of creating a new full suspension mountain bike featuring the latest technologies.
Tenneco Automotive Ibérica (TAI) is the company through which multinational Tenneco (a leader in the automotive industry) operates in the Iberian Peninsula, where it has several plants and distribution facilities. From its plant in Ermua, Vizcaya, focusing on the production of shock absorbers in small series and specializing in electronic shock absorbers (ESAC), they take part in the Disusbi project (Mountain Bike Suspension Design based on Subjective and Objective Rider Data).
Within the Tenneco conglomerate, Marzocchi was the firm chosen to participate in this project. Headquartered in Bologna, it specializes in mountain bike suspension systems.
The Center of Studies and Technical Research (CEIT) is a non-profit research center established by the University of Navarra in 1982. It carries out applied research industrial projects under contract, in cooperation with R&D departments in companies. CEIT is a partner in the IK4 Research Alliance, specializing in the fields of Materials, Applied Mechanics, Electronics & Communications, Microelectronics & Microsystems, Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
CEIT is a partner in the DISUSBI project through the Applied Mechanics Department, whose main tasks are:
- To develop a comprehensive design method for Orbea and Tenneco to deliver the most effective designs.
- To develop a sensor system for mountain bikes.
- To conduct experiments at the trial circuit and analyze the experimental data obtained.
- To improve existing simulation tools. The experimental data will be used to improve the mathematical models for forks, shock absorbers, riders and other relevant factors affecting bike performance.
- To contribute to the design of a full suspension bicycle prototype using the newly developed simulation tools.
The Biomechanics Institute of Valencia (IBV) is a technology center seeking to improve the products, services and environments that man makes use of. IBV combines knowledge from various fields and applies them to various sectors with two main goals: to improve our quality of life and to contribute to business success through welfare. IBV advocates a people-oriented innovation model in which people are the main source of information in product design, thus guaranteeing that end user needs and expectations are taken into account. This brings a high added value to the resulting products and services.
IBV’s main contribution to the DISUSBI project lies in the identification of mountain biker needs and the cooperation for the final design of a fork meeting the needs of target users.