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Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Company Uses FEA to Design Fast Bikes Faster

Posted by Richard Strange on 10-Mar-2009 12:49:00

By Joe Graney, Engineering Director, Santa Cruz Bicycles

Santa Cruz Bicycles makes best-in-class, fully suspended mountain bikes. 

Located in Santa Cruz, CA, the company was started to make suspension bicycles more efficient to ride uphill and faster downhill without sacrificing durability.  Now we are using FEA to analyse stresses for product development and design bike frames that won’t break under brutal competitive stresses.

FEA images display areas on bicycle frames where test lab failures corresponded exactly to the analysis results, allowing frame weaknesses to be corrected. Image shows peak stresses near the head tube when loading the fork from the front. [...]

This article was published on Design World Online. Read the whole story.