Apr 19, 2019
by Caley Fretz
A small fleet of full suspension road bikes will line up for Paris-Roubaix under Team Sky on Sunday, each featuring a fully automatic lockout function developed by Italian firm HiRide. The technology was launched to the public this week on the back of the new Pinarello Dogma FS, but that’s simply the first bike to use it, not the last.
On Friday, we drove down to the Arenberg forest to try out HiRide’s clever electronically controlled full suspension tech for ourselves.
HOW THE HIRIDE SUSPENSION WORKS
The HiRide ESAS (Electronic Smart Adaptive Suspensions) system includes three distinct parts: rear suspension, front suspension, and a bundle of accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other electronics that lock and unlock the two shocks via electronically controlled hydraulic damping circuits.