SussMyBike came about from my own experiences as a mountain biker. With 20 years of riding and thousands of pounds spent on equipment I had a nagging doubt about whether I was getting the most from my bikes. I always felt that the suspension might not be working as well as it could. Recommended settings provide a starting point on a static bike but they don’t factor in riding style or the type of trail. I knew that if I could measure the performance on the trail I could ride in peace knowing that I wasn’t being held back by poor tuning.
The solution was to build a small data logger that measured what my suspension was doing on my ride. This allowed me to see precisely how the suspension had been performing dynamically on the trail. By analysing the data I was able to understand and see how my riding and trail style impacted the setup. With this knowledge I could then tune the sag, compression and rebound to fit me perfectly. I can now finally ride in peace knowing I am getting the most from my bike.
In July 2014 I set out to make this a viable solution for the public knowing that there are millions of people out there who could benefit from properly setup suspension. With help from Edinburgh and Napier Universities, the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland and the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator I formed a team which ran a successful crowdfunding campaign. This raised the cash required to develop and build the unit. As we near the final stages of design and manufacture we are getting hugely excited knowing that poor suspension setups will soon be a thing of the past!