Although most riders don’t ever think of this fact, there are a lot of benefits of a bike that doesn’t transmit shock or vibration from the road surface. The solution – a full suspension road racing bike – has been suggested in the past but hasn’t been commercially available as yet.
Every vibration and shock to the human body must be compensated for by muscular strength, which over long distances produces fatigue. However, no power should be absorbed by this suspension. Bike physicist and inventor Hans-Christian Smolik worked to solve this problem.
Followers of professional road racing see faces contorted with pain as riders are punished and sometimes crash on the irregular cobbled roads of the spring classics.
With the Project 0.01 road bike, we give you a look at what the future of road racing can be. Presenting such exciting prototype bikes has become a bit of a tradition at Canyon. The goal of Project 0.01 is to implement all the demands stated above. The new F10 carbon frame provides the starting point of the Project 0.01 chassis.
After countless hours of handcrafting, Hans-Christian Smolik modified the rear triangle and fork of the F10 chassis. A road race bike with 1.5cm of travel is the result, which is visually impossible to identify as a full suspension race bike. The smooth action of the suspension parts result in a gain of performance plus maximizes road adhesion (and therefore safety) on bumpy road surfaces. Bikes that bounce or skip through turns and rough surfaces often end up on the bottom of serious accidents.
The suspension medium for the rear and front fork are steel coil springs. The fork is also supported by an elastomer to prevent bottoming out. Specific synthetic bushings permit smooth absorption action of the Monostay rear; at the fork, robust steel guides take over this job. Smolik already has taken the next step of evolution with a modification of the fork’s steerer tube, equipping it with linear roll bearings, allowing the sensitivity of the fork to increase.
In this locked-out mode, the full suspension frame meets the same rigidity data as its brother, the original F10. And, with a complete weight of 6.9kg, the additional weight of 500g for the suspension frame is negligible.
The Project 0.01 was developed as a study. Hans-Christian Smolik wants to present a vision of how the future of the road racing bike could look.
Since the beginning of 2007, the Canyon development team, together with the Institute for Fiber Composite in Kaiserslautern, have worked on a specific test and measurement bike. On this bike, they utilized the 2D Measuring Systems GmbH and an SRM crank for quantifying riders' performance. Results of this research were used in the production of the new F10 and F8 alloy frames, which are currently the smoothest rides on the market. The importance of full suspension road race bikes is to increase efficiency and safety and the convincing Project 0.01 offers more than an incentive to bring this idea to life.
* a=acceleration; w=perception; t=time