Like no other hobby, mountain biking is the melding of man and machine. It’s why we spend outrageous sums of money on titanium hardware, and enormous amounts of time researching new technologies. The obsession and passion surrounding new frame models is often equaled or surpassed only by discussions on suspension (and where to drink post ride).
In order to help make suspension acquisition data readily available to armchair engineers and forum dwellers everywhere, Dusty Dynamics had launched a new Kickstarter campaign around their ShockWiz Automated Suspension Tuner.
The small apparatus weights 45g and mounts to any air shock or fork.
Once connected to your suspension via a Schrader valve, the ShockWiz sends feedback to your phone regarding pressure/sag/etc…
From there, you can enter your weight and riding style to generate tuning recommendations. As you ride, the system will sample your spring pressure at 100hz, evaluate the suspension characteristics, and spit out recommendations.
The system can also generate a shock health score, to help indicate how well your suspension is setup.
An additional feature, which doesn’t influence shock tuning (but is apparenlty good for settling bets) is the system’s ability to record air time.
Currently the ShockWiz has 59 backers and is $54,166 shy of reaching it’s goal. If you’re interested, the super early bird price is $259, and there are still 31 days left in the Kickstarter Campaign.
Would you be interested in trying this device out, or is this just too geeky?