DATA ACQUISITION TESTING
REAL-WORLD DATA PROVES CUSHCORE WORKS
Motion Instruments, an independent data acquisition specialist, conducted a series of tests to better understand how CushCore affects mountain bike performance.
In biking and motorsports, data acquisition is the process of gathering real-world physical data about vehicle performance. Motion Instruments fitted test bikes with travel position sensors, accelerometers, and data loggers to measure suspension travel usage, suspension velocity and acceleration, G-forces resulting from bump impacts, vibration and other variables. They tested with and without CushCore, then compared the results.
For the test track, Motion Instruments’ Rob Przykucki selected a rough 15-mile descent near Downieville, California. Two test riders used their personal bikes setup to their liking. Each run included over one hour of descending, so the two test riders together accumulated over four hours of data. Robert explained that long runs with continuous data acquisition would even out inconsistencies between runs and produced a reliable, accurate comparison.
Tires, tire pressures, and suspension settings were held constant. The riders attempted to produce identical runs – riding at the same speed and using the same lines. In the end, their two runs came in only 6 seconds apart.
Motion Instruments’ Rob Przykucki fitting a suspension travel sensor.
Test result #1
Installing CushCore before the test.
Rugged test terrain near Downieville, CA.