We’ve seen pro downhillers with all manner of telemetry gadgets strapped to their bikes, gathering real performance data to optimize suspension setup. But now Italian upstart BYB is crowdsourcing a project to make pro-level suspension setup a bit more attainable for serious mountain bikers who want to get more out of their forks & shocks.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

BYB is calling this the “world’s first professional telemetry kit for mountain bikes”. And while the fact that they’re crowdfunding to Kickstart it into production might suggest some level of affordability, the ‘pro’ moniker reminds us that this isn’t meant to be some low-cost, homemade gadget. BYB wants to make suspension tuning a bit more of a science than a mysterious art, and their setup uses technology and data to dial your bike’s setup.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

Doing so isn’t cheap. Super early bird backing on Kickstarter will still cost you almost 1000€. But in the sense of making World Cup-level suspension setup more attainable to lower level racers and even some amateurs, it is still quite interesting. And in reality, one BYB Telemetry can be shared among a group of riders, so everyone on your team can get truly personalized suspension setup for how they ride.

BYB Telemetry suspension setup

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

The overarching premise here is that you bolt the sensors onto your bike, and BYB Telemetry logs every movement of your suspension. Then you can visualize how it is performing, and base your shock tunes on quantitative data rather than subjective ride feel and how far the little rubber o-ring on your fork stanchion moves.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

BYB’s app analyzes suspension performance post-ride, and offers clear instruction how to adjust the knobs & settings on your shock & fork to dial in the ideal tune to maximize the performance of your suspension based on your riding style and track conditions.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

The made-in-Italy BYB Telemetry kit is universal and can be setup on virtually any suspension XC, trail, enduro, or DH mountain bike, even eMTBs (up to 203mm/8″ of travel). It is a compact system weighing less than 500g with a control box/data logger mounted on the handlebar (31.8 or 35mm bars) that is then wired to two sensors that bolt up to the outside of your telescoping fork and shock, working with both air & coil suspension. Besides sampling & logging suspension movement 400 times per second, the BYB acquisition unit also collects ride data with built-in GPS, accelerometers & speed sensors.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

The whole things wirelessly syncs with a BYB’s iOS/Android smartphone apps or the more detailed PC visualization software over WiFi, both with an easy-to-use interface offering clear recommendations.

BYB Telemetry timeline

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

The BYB Telemetry project is a collaboration between recreational rider, physicist & data cruncher Stefano Calati and engineer Enrico Rodella who won this year’s Italian amateur DH after dialing in with the latest prototype.

BYB Telemetry pro MTB suspension analysis & tuning

The project just started its crowdfunding campaign today, and runs through Jan 17. BYB’s development timeframe anticipates shipping out the telemetry tracking kits to Kickstarter backers in April 2019, in time to dial your bike in for the coming race season.

Kickstarter.com

9 COMMENTS

  1. Telemetry is only as good as the person interpreting the data and translating that into suspension changes. Wiz bang suspension components are wasted on 98% of people because they are unable to set it up. What the market needs is a good suspension school.

    • “BYB’s app analyzes suspension performance post-ride, and offers clear instruction how to adjust the knobs & settings on your shock & fork to dial in the ideal tune to maximize the performance of your suspension based on your riding style and track conditions.”

      Sounds like they’re claiming that this is part of the package.

      • That’s a bunch of crap. There is no way their software is getting anyone near their ideal unless it’s by accident. Said everyone who knows anything about setup and/or is fast. The best funded two wheels racing teams in the world don’t have software to calculate suspension setup. Because it won’t work. The environment is too dynamic and the rider input/preferences are all over the place. It’s not a matter of solving for X. Can it get people closer than not knowing anything? Probably. Could they figure it out/learn for far ;less than $1000. For sure.

    • and 98% of riders aren’t going to drop a grand on something like this.

      A suspension school wouldn’t be good without telemetry. You’re talking about tuning based on adjectives and feelings; people who know what they’re doing tune based on numbers. Just because you aren’t smart enough to understand those numbers doesn’t mean no one is.

      • You’re talking to a suspension engineer/designer who is also blisteringly fast (retired). Forgive me if I don’t agree. No one on two wheels sets up by the numbers. There are no numbers to set up to. Just because you’re not smart enough to understand, doesn’t mean it’s not a fact.

  2. At about €1000 I think this is for the 2% or as a coach’s/shop tool to help athletes dial in their setup prior to racing. I can see smart local bike shops or mobile mechanics posting up near DH spots offering tourists a tuned set up for a nominal fee

  3. I feel like my shockwiz does this. It gets me to a quick “I like this more” area and then I tweak here and there to make it better.

  4. I would love this on my bike, but unless you are willing to get in those dampers and start swapping shims and porting valves this wont take you to the level some people are wishing for. Its not going to be a plug and play WC level tune.

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