Innovation

The truth machine. We visit the CEIT

2013-08-14

Have you ever thought what happens in our mountain bike when pedaling? Do you know how pedaling forces and pressure on the saddle and handlebar affect in performance?

At Advanced Dynamics we never stop innovating. Our next step is to bring us into a world unknown to many, and thanks to the excellent work of CEIT (Centre for Studies and Technical Research of Gipuzkoa) we have sensorized an Orbea Occam to put figures through your feelings.

More than 35 sensors in the Orbea Occam

In our next development phase of the Disusbi project we have chosen a Orbea Occam as our test bike and we are going one step further to analyze its performance. In CEIT facilities and thanks to the team led by Sergio Ausejo, we have strategically placed different sensors in this Orbea Occam to collect forces, speed and relative motions data concerning the performance of the bike from more than 35 points of the mountain bike.

At Advanced Dynamics we have begun the tests on a treadmill to analyze pedaling performance, as well as overcoming different types of obstacles of different heights to analize the suspension performance.

List of sensors

Five accelerometers / gyroscopes that measure the acceleration and angular velocities placed on the wheel axles, in the post under the saddle, close to the crankset and handlebar.

Force and torque sensor in the post. The sensor measures three forces and three moments in the three directions of space and is located in the central part of the seatpost

Force sensor in the steering (strain gauges)

Fork and shock length sensor with potentiometers that detect compression and extensión movement

Speed ​​sensors on both wheels with different magnets placed at the same distance from each other to detect both wheels movement with independent sensors front and rear.

Speed ​​sensor in one of the cranks for detecting crankset rotational speed & Power Sensor with the use of pedals and sensor to measure pedaling cadence and an estimate of the power and strength we make with the left and right pedal.

A step farther

As you have seen, this is not child’s play. All these sensors are so pricey, but if the you don’t even know how to interpret the results, all these would be useless. Our human team has over 20 years of experience and this has such a great value difficult to evaluate.

Are you surprised with this type of tasks we are developing? Give us your feedback!