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Interesting technology regardless.

Waiting until they have a helmet with nodes that can hook up to our brains. And we can just will the bike into turns and off jumps! Kinda of like using the force.
 

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I agree. More weight, expensive and not that much of an edge. I'll flick a couple of dials and knobs manually to adjust suspension before shelling out the coin I'm sure this ride would run. Money aside, I'm still not interested in it. Looks like more stuff to go bad. Will the LBS stock solenoid valves and control modules?
 

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The Simon is more of a proof of concept bike for cdale right now. There was a lot of discussion of it on the cdale forums a few months back. What they actually make into a prod bike, is not set.

to read more check this thread
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=557641
 

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Assuming reasonable durability, reliability and ease of (self) service - I'd buy one in a heartbeat. How about an electronic planetary system to match. I know I'm gonna catch some flak for this but I think this stuff rocks. I hope I can afford it.
 

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I want to see the suspension system on a Corvette retrofitted to a MTB, as seen here.

Imagine: you start to pedal out of a corner, the bike knows this and stiffens up the rear end, while at the same time tracking what bumps the front end hits, and instantaniously relaxes and stiffens the rear end to compensate.
 

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I like to have "the gear" too. I still get that feeling the new gear will make me that much better. Most of the time I just need to forget it and just ride hard. I think we get too much stuff sometimes and forget to just go hard.
dac89 said:
I'd buy it just because I'm a gear whore.
 

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They already have it for cars.
You can even bunny hop you car with it!

 

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no

wait... Umm, okay -- still a no. I'm not a huge fan of changing bike settings mid ride; I think I'm at my most efficient when the bike and my sense of the bike is constant.
 

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I spent quite a while talking to this engineer at Interbike (where it looks like the video is from) and I, being a Lefty lover, was intrigued and listened intently.

The engineer knows the weight issue, but keep in mind this is a prototype.

The thing that got me was the tunability. It was incredible. You could have an all mountain fork, DH fork or XC fork with the push of a button. When I say that I mean the charactaristics of those types of forks. For XC obviously weight will be an issue.

It was impressive to see all the changes that can be made electronically. It will tell you if the air is in the correct range, it can change the way it handle bumps.

Very interesting and I'm glad I got to see it first hand.

Of course, BAMBOO has very shock absorbing qualites as well! :D
 

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There is a similar thread in General about this too: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=584455

Here's my $.02

I got a chance to test this at Interbike, full article is here:

http://reviews.mtbr.com/interbike/cannondale-shows-new-high-tech-suspension-technology-simon/

Here is Maurice's version:

http://www.dirtragmag.com/blogarific/cannondale-simon-released-to-press-at-interbike/

First off, I'd say give Cannondale some credit for going out on a limb. Is it the future? I don't know, but I like companies taking chances with technology for R&D. Just because other iterations failed means that they shouldn't try?!? Growth can not happen without change.

And yes, definitely cool to see this at a show like CES.

Yes, it's not ready for prime time....yet.

It's not for everybody, to be sure. But for certain riders under certain circumstances I could see how it would be an improvement over what we currently have.

-g
 
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