Technical Note: A method for quantifying front wheel bicycle hub stiffness
by Eric L. Wang, Mike de Lorenzo, M.L. Huill
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 25, No. 3, 2001

Abstract: The use of suspension forks has become increasingly common in off-road riding. This is due to their ability to isolate the rider and bicycle from vibration, which in turn can improve handling and comfort. Suspension forks provide vibration isolation by allowing the front wheel to move relative to the rest of the bike. Thus, the bike and rider travel a smoother path than the front wheel which follows the contours of the ground. This project was undertaken to evaluate the stiffness of several currently available suspension hubs and to use the stiffness data to gain a better understanding about how hub design relates to hub stiffness. This information can help hub manufacturers to produce stiffer hubs.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-Aug-2003

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