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by Matt de Neef
April 16, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Michael Valgren wins Amstel Gold from late attack; World champion Blaak outsprints Brand to win women’s Amstel Gold; Steele von Hoff takes gold in Commonwealth Games fairytale finish; Chloe Hosking sprints to Comm Games gold; Matthews devastated by bad luck in Amstel Gold Race; Multiple fractures for Lucy Kennedy after Amstel Gold crash; Froome doesn’t want to give a running commentary on salbutamol case; Fabio Felline sidelined until late May with toxoplasmosis; Bora extends sponsorship through 2021; HiRide tests smart suspension at the cobbled classics; What it takes to ride the break at Amstel Gold Race.
Over the last two years, HiRide Suspension, an Italian company based in Milan, has been working with Pinarello to develop a smart rear suspension unit for the new Dogma K10S. Powered by an on-board battery, the suspension unit automatically locks and unlocks to suit the terrain.
The system, which HiRide has dubbed ESAS (Endurance Smart Adaptive Suspension), employs a number of sensors and algorithms — all of which are housed in the battery — to analyse vibrations travelling through the frame and control the behaviour of the suspension unit. The result is a suspension unit that can adapt to changes in road conditions to improve the comfort and efficiency of the bike. ESAS also provides a user interface via a smartphone or bike computer using Bluetooth and ANT+ protocols.
Riders from Team Sky, including Ian Stannard and Michal Kwiatkowski, recently tackled the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix on the Dogma K10S with the ESAS system, providing one of the toughest shakedowns for the new bike as it is ushered towards commercial release. At this stage, there is no firm word on when it will be available but a number of retail outlets are taking orders.
“Today, we can confidently say that the electronic suspension is a reality in cycling,” said HiRide’s CTO, Domenico Borgese, who is looking forward to expanding on the applications for ESAS. Given HiRide’s background experience in the automotive industry, that is likely to include more sophisticated suspension units, and at this stage, the company is already working on a smart fork that will offer 25mm of travel for road bikes.