Patents suggest a full-suspension Specialized Roubaix is on the way – Cyclingnews.com
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The design positions this damper entirely within the top tube, concealing it. A little damper is located horizontally in the leading tube, allowing the seatpost to flex for increased comfort (Image credit: Specialized Google patent) In the technical details of Specialized’s patent application, it plainly explains an oil-filled damper, which implies this is not an elastomer type shock absorber.
Specialized has just recently been approved a patent application which shows a brand-new suspension convenience concept will be applied to Specialized road bikes.
A set of patent illustrations found by BikeRadar show a top-tube-mounted damper, enabling both vertical and fore-to-aft movement of the seatpost.
The design puts this damper entirely within the leading tube, concealing it. Specialized’s accompanying patent files explain the seatpost’s vibrant movement in rather more detail.
“An upper portion of the seatpost is movable relative to the frame in between a fixed very first position and a stressed out second position. The damping member couples the seatpost to the frame to dampen movement of the upper portion of the seatpost between the 2nd and first positions.”
Those riders who are experienced with hydraulic dampers will want to know how a hidden unit would be adjusted and serviced. A creative seat clamp system enables full elimination of the seatpost and protective boot, which covers the entire aft seat tube and seat stay point. The damper can then quickly be gotten rid of for servicing or re-configuration, as it features a low-speed rebound adjuster.