Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Lee McFarland


The goal of this project is to produce a quantifiable relationship between pedaling and braking forces and suspension behavior. The test results will serve as a benchmark, against which other suspension designs can be compared in an objective, numerical manner. This report details the work completed towards determining this relationship and is primarily focused on design development of the data acquisition system and analysis of braking forces, pedaling forces and suspension response. A 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Evo was used as the development platform. The system will be used to measure various rear suspension designs for comparison.