On the Effectiveness of Suspension Stems in Reducing the Vibration Transmitted to a Cyclist’s Hands in Road Cycling

Jean-Marc Drouet, Derek Covill, Antoine Labrie

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Abstract

The practice of road cycling is often associated with low levels of comfort for the cyclist and can be a physically painful experience on bad roads. Apart from cushioning in the saddle, applying handlebar tape, or reducing tyre pressure, a road bicycle offers in itself few options for comfort improvement, as it is primarily designed for performance, with emphasis on low mass and high stiffness. However, a range of components exist (e.g., suspension stems and seatposts) that can be fitted to a road bicycle, which can potentially improve comfort. In this context, the aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of suspension stems in reducing the vibration transmitted to a cyclist’s hands in the case of impact loading. The results showed an important reduction in the vibrational energy transmitted to a cyclist’s hands with two commercially available suspension stems compared to a regular stem.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020
EventConference of the International Sports Engineering Association - Toyko, Japan
Duration: 22 Jun 202026 Jun 2020
Conference number: 13
https://www.mdpi.com/2504-3900/49/1

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Keywords

  • road bicycle
  • dynamic comfort
  • vibration
  • suspension stem
  • transmitted energy

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