Complication? Read enough on forums about mountain bike suspension, and you'll get the sense that proper suspension tuning is some surreal combination of art, science, and voodoo. And the ideal adjustment can change constantly, even during a single ride, depending on trail conditions.
Well, if any aspect of cycling screams out for computer-assisted intervention, I guess it's suspension tuning. And it looks like somebody is making that happen.
SussMyBike is just wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign (ends on Dec. 11) for a suspension fork setup tool that uses an electronic sensor and a smartphone app that analyzes suspension activity and recommends improved settings.
|The fork-mounted sensor has a spring-loaded tether line.|
Such sensor units are sometimes called "yoyo sensors."
"Suspension has evolved!" shouts the SussMyBike ad. "We live in a world where (nearly) everything can be measured. We have an appetite for numbers and data. We want figures that will help us optimize results. Strava, MapMyRide . . . it's everywhere!"
Yes it is. It's everywhere. Like viruses. And when I get out on my bike, the last thing I want is more data. Riding is where I get away from it all.
|There's the yoyo sensor mounted on the fork stanchion, |
with a smartphone analyzing the data. (photos from SussMyBike)
Actually, I have no problem believing any of that. But what it says to me is that I'm glad I don't bother with suspension.
I have no doubt that there are people who will find a suspension tuning app very useful. I'm just kind of happy not to be one of them.